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10.8 MIDI Recording


No MIDI

Recording

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10.8.1 Recording Options


To activate the Record mode and adjust the recording options choose Record from the Realtime menu.

Synchro Start

Recording is synchronized to start with the first MIDI note played. To “un-synchronize” the start of recording with the first played MIDI event uncheck Synchro Start from the Realtime menu OR choose the Metronome Settings listed under the Options menu and uncheck Synchro On.


• Thru

Sends new MIDI events to the selected MIDI output device. The active Piano Roll deter- mines the parameters of the MIDI Thru sound. If no Piano Roll is open, MIDI Channel 1 is used.


10.8.2 Metronome

The Metronome is on by default. The metronome is useful in keeping time while record- ing and as a “count-in” tool to mark the beginning of the recording session.

Sometimes, you may want to record “freely”... that is, you simply want to capture a per- formance in MIDI without worrying about timing or about trying to convert the perfor- mance into notation. For this purpose, you will want to turn the metronome off. To make the metronome inactive during recording, uncheck Metronome from the Realtime menu OR choose the Metronome Settings listed under the Options menu and uncheck Metro- nome On.

To make changes to SmartScore’s metronome;

Choose Metronome Settings from the Options menu. The Metronome Settings win- dow will open.

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FIGURE 10 - 24: Metronome Settings


NOTE: The Metronome On check box must be selected for the metronome to sound during recording. To record without a metronome uncheck the Metronome On box.

With Synchro On, SmartScore will synchronize the start of recording with the first played MIDI event.

Select which MIDI Port the metronome will play through. Choose the metronome’s MIDI Channel.

NOTE: The de facto drum channel, MIDI Channel 10, is the default channel. But you can change it if you wish.

Determine the number of Lead-in Measures that will play prior to the start of recording. The metronome will click at each baseline beat (derived from the time signature) for as many measures as you choose.

The Primary Beat (down beat) will sound when its On check box is selected. The Pitch pull-down menu displays all General MIDI drum sounds. Use the Volume scroll box to increase or decrease the volume of the Primary Beat. The default accents the Primary Beat.

The Secondary Beat will sound when it On check box is selected. The Pitch pull-down menu displays all General MIDI drum sounds. Use the Volume scroll box to increase or decrease the volume of the Secondary Beat.

10.8.3 Snap to

MIDI recording is very strict. Any fluctuation in timing or speed may result in strange or even useless notation. To prevent this, you can apply quantization to your performance. Select Snap to from the Options menu prior to recording. Choose the smallest rhythmic value that you think you can accurately play while recording. The resulting MIDI events will be justified, each event beginning at the nearest selected rhythmic timing mark.

You can reset start times of selected events to the nearest value set in Options > Snap to will also reset start times of all selected MIDI events and will fix the increment at which selected MIDI events can be moved, when using the mouse or arrow keys to move events horizontally.


10.8.4 Recording New Tracks / Voices


To Record a new track to a MIDI file,

a. Select Record from the Realtime menu OR press the Record button in the Play- back Console. The New View window will open if any MIDI data already exists in an active file.

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FIGURE 10 - 25: Selecting Track to Record


b. Select an existing track to record a new voice within the same track.

NOTE: The new MIDI data will be added to the existing track without overwriting any material.

c. Select New Track to record a brand new MIDI track.

NOTE: A Piano Roll will open for the selected track. A Piano Roll must be open to record in SmartScore. A new voice and MIDI channel will automatically be cre- ated when recording into any track.

d. Use the Playback Console to assign the MIDI parameters for the new track / voice.

e. Press the spacebar or select Play from the Realtime menu, or press the Play but- ton in the Playback Console to start recording at measure 1, unless a Punch In point has been set (see below).

While recording:

Pause (spacebar) will temporarily halt recording.

Play button (spacebar) will resume recording the same track / voice

Stop will end the current recording session. SmartScore will return to the standard MIDI editing environment.


10.8.5 External Timer

To run SmartScore’s MIDI recording from an external timer, select External Timer

from the Realtime menu.


10.8.6 Setting Punch In and Punch Out points

To set Punch In and Punch Out points for recording, double click any measure number in an Overview or Piano Roll. The Measure Settings window will open.

Check Punch In to start recording at the beginning of this measure.

Check Punch Out to set this measure as the last measure for recording.

The Punch In and Out points are marked with red triangles in the Overview and Piano Roll displays.