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4.9 Playback Properties

Playback values of dynamic and articulation markings can be altered by use of the “Prop- erties” tool. Changes can be applied individually to the marking itself or globally to all similar markings in the score. Finally, default values can be reset for that particular mark for all future SmartScore files. Certain changes to barline properties will also affect play- back. See Section 4.9.11 and Section 4.6.1 for barline properties details.

To activate the Properties window of an object:


Hit the “Esc” key or select the Properties icon from the Toolbar and click on one of the objects below to open and modify its playback and display properties:

4.9.1 Note Properties

Clicking on any note head will open the Note Properties window.


FIGURE 4 - 13: Note Properties

Note duration: Change basic note value.

Dots: Add or change dots of prolongation.

Staccato: Change default duration when staccato is applied.

Tenuto: Change default duration when tenuto is applied.

Accents: Change default velocity when accent is applied.

Fermata: Change default tempo when fermata is applied.

Notehead types: Noteheads can be altered to several alternative shapes configurations including triangle, empty triangle, diamond, empty diamond and “x”.

4.9.2 Property Options (All Properties windows)

Apply (changed property) to All:

Selecting this option will update playback properties of the same mark throughout the


Apply Setting(s) to All Future Files:

Selecting this option will permanently reset the default value for the selected property

to its new values for all future ENF files.

Back to Default:

This will reset values to application launch defaults.

Reset Defaults;

This will return values to new installation defaults.

4.9.3 Slur (Legato) Properties


FIGURE 4 - 14: Dynamic Marking Properties

Extend duration: Duration of notes associated with the slur.

None: No increase of note duration.

4.9.4 Tempo Marking Properties

Tempo values can be changed by clicking any tempo marking with the Properties tool. Changes can be applied to all tempo marks in the document or to all future instances of the selected tempo mark.


FIGURE 4 - 15: Tempo Marking Properties

Tempo slider: Reset tempo value.

Uncommon Name: Enter an alternative name for the tempo marking (e.g. “really fast”).

4.9.5 Accelerando, Descelerando and Ritard Properties


• Starting and ending tempos (as a percent of default tempo)

• Use an uncommon name (e.g. “gradually slower”)

4.9.6 Hairpin, Cresc. and Decresc. Properties


FIGURE 4 - 16: Hairpin Properties

Velocity sliders: Start value and Ending velocity values.

4.9.7 Trill Properties


FIGURE 4 - 17: Trill Properties

Permutations: The number of half-step movements.

4.9.8 Dynamic Marking Properties


FIGURE 4 - 18: Dynamic Marking Properties

Volume slider: Resets the volume for the current part.

Range: 10 to 127 (General Volume)

4.9.9 Tuplet Properties

Divisions = The number of beats to be applied to the tuplet. Value = The number of (equal) notes that would be in the group if no tuplet were applied. See Section 4.4.1 for more details.

Hide = Do not show (uncheck to show) Value number or Symbol bracket.

Apply to: Only this symbol or All symbols in current file.


FIGURE 4 - 19: Tuplet Properties

NOTE: Default settings for how tuplets appear can be changed in Text Symbols and

Score symbols tabs found in Program Preferences or Document Preferences.

4.9.10 Multi-Measure Rest Properties

Measures = Number of measures the multi-measure rest applies.


FIGURE 4 - 20: Multi-measure Rest Properties

4.9.11 Barline Properties (Pickup measures and Codas)

Pickup, measures normally begin a piece or section with a truncated measure having less beats than the time signature calls for. It is often associated with a “closeout” measure at the end of the section. Split-measures are divided between the final measure of one system and continue through the first measure of the following system.



Pickup Measure (Typical) Split Measure (Typical)

FIGURE 4 - 21: Pickup and split measures

Incomplete, pickup, closeout and split measures will normally cause playback to hesitate. By default, SmartScore applies the exact number of beats to each measure (Lock to Time Signature).

To play individual measures exactly as written,

a. Select Properties Tool and click on the barline that precedes the measure in question.


b. In the Playback combo box, choose “As written”.


FIGURE 4 - 22: Barline Properties

Sometimes a score will contain so many split or incomplete measures that you will simply want to play it entirely without hesitation. In this case, you will want to apply “Play as written” to the Playback tab in Document Preferences.

To play all measures in the document exactly as written,

Go to Edit > Document Preferences. In the Time Signature (Lock to Time Signature) pull-down menu, select “Play as written”. All measures are now unlocked.


FIGURE 4 - 23: Document Preferences > Playback > Play as Written

In Barline Properties, you can also create system breaks (Codas) and page breaks.

To create a Coda (Split system)

Select Properties Tool and click on the barline that begins a measure of interest.

Choose Actions > “Split System.


FIGURE 4 - 24: Creating Codas (Split Systems)