Music Notator 1.1.030
Plays music and generate midi files
You can make changes to music you have written - perhaps add a part for an extra instrument. You can copy sections of music from one composition to another and adapt them as you wish.
Display size and width:
The width of the drawing area is automatically adjusted as the size of the window changes. You may change the size of the display using an option. Smaller notes allow more to be shown on the screen. Music Notator is intended to work with an 800 * 600 display area, but will work better with a higher resolution display, such as 1024 * 768.
When composing. start by inserting a clef, and a time signature. Use the menu to generate some new notes. New notes are generally inserted after the currently selected item, or at the end if there is no selection.
You may then select a note and change the note length, pitch and other properties. You can split a note into several part notes of equal value, such as a minim into two crotchets, or a dotted minim into three.
You can split a note into triplets, if required. Two notes or two rests can be combined, provided the note value of the result is valid. You can convert a note into a rest, or vice versa.
Pitch may be changed using the up and down arrow keys. You may adjust the pitch of either a single note, or a group of notes.
If you change the clef which applies to a group of notes, the notes will remain the same but be displayed differently.
Note Selection and Scrolling:
Note selection may be changed using the left and right arrow keys, or the menu, or by clicking on the display. There is an AutoScroll option, which causes the display to be automatically scrolled to show the selected item near the middle of the screen. AutoScroll is off by default.
If you wish to scroll the display freely, turn select off, using the edit menu, or turn off AutoScroll.
Copy and Paste:
Once you have generated some music, you can use Copy and Paste to generate more notes which you can edit as required. Use shift with the arrow keys to select a block of notes.
You can open further frames from current frames, and copy and paste within or between them. Be wary of repeated use of 'cut', as the first set of notes will be lost.
As insertion is always done after the currently selected item, deletion of the first item can not be undone by paste. To change the first item, insert new material after it, before deleting the original.
If you wish, you can create a music manuscript in a separate frame containing some of the common notes or sequences of notes you expect to need when composing. Then you can just copy and paste the relevant sections, and adjust them as necessary. Copy and paste apply only to the currently selected track.
The program automatically arranges the notes into bars. Common time is assumed by default.
If a note will not fit in the current bar, it will be moved to the start of the next. You do not need to insert bar lines, but you may do so to ensure that a particular note starts at the beginning of a bar.
The composition is assumed to start at the beginning of a bar, so you may need to insert rests before the first note. Rests are shown to indicate the gap at the end of bars, but these generated rests will be removed when more notes are inserted.
You may also insert genuine rests. Repeat clefs and key signatures are automatically generated at the beginning of each line, where needed.
The 'join' command is applied to the first note of a group to indicate that the notes should be displayed in a joined manner. This facility should be used carefully, as unexpected results can occur as notes are added or deleted. If 'join' produces unexpected results, use 'unjoin' from the menu on the first note of the joined group. The program will automatically clear out any joins which become invalid.
For convenience, commands are provided to split a note into several parts and display them in a joined manner. For example, you could split a crotchet into 4 joined semiquavers, or 3 joined triplet quavers.
Ties and Slurs:
A note may be joined to the following note by a tie or slur.
Music Notator will normally arrange for the note stems to be up or down as appropriate. You can override the default. This may be necessary in conjunction with slurs and chord notes.
In the case of joined notes and triplets, the choice of stem direction should be set on the first note. All the stems are displayed in the same direction.
The stem direction can be changed on a selected block of notes if desired.
You can add accent, staccato, and pause marks to your music.
There is a remove menu to remove various kinds of ornament. Ornaments are generally set on individual notes. Remove will remove all the ornaments of a given type from a selected block of notes.
This program is designed to deal with music tracks, each consisting of a simple sequence of notes or rests.
If your music is more complicated, you can use multiple tracks. Sometimes, piano music consists of variable numbers of notes - such as chords, or octaves. In this case, it may be simpler to add additional 'chord notes' to an existing track.
Chord notes are inserted after the previous item, as usual. They appear at the same place as the next item, and are played at the same time.
To select the correct note in a chord, use the menu, or arrow keys, rather than the mouse.
To complete your composition, add a title, and end the music using "EndBar".
You can compose music using more than one part. New tracks may be inserted before or after the current track. You may choose which tracks are visible using "Track Properties". The current track is always displayed, as well as those marked visible.
For each track, you can specify a midichannel, and the volume. You can specify the instrument, or midi device type, either by name or number.
The instrument selection applies to the midi channel. You can play several tracks on the same channel, but you should use different channels for different instruments.
Different midi devices simulate different instruments and use different numbers. If you are using an attached midi device, set the instrument type by number, as the names in this program may not be correct.