Skipping Note Attack

• Apr 9, 2021 - 22:24

I'm asking here rather that in feature requests because I'm more curious if there's an existing workaround than whether this will ever be added as a feature (since I rather doubt it), but is there a way to somehow "skip" the attack of a note? More specifically, I'm trying to think of a way to get a violin to play a tremolo such that it doesn't sound quite as awful, and my thought is that rather than having each note in the tremolo initiate a new note (and hence sound like the violin is starting up a new note for every note in the tremolo), somehow just change the pitch of the violin on a sustained note up and down with frequency, which would closer match reality.

Obviously tools such as bends exist, but from what I can tell you can't make a bend "instant"- you can hear the frequency change linearly each time. Anyone else figure out a way to do this?


In reply to by yonah_ag

I think you might be onto something with that. A "legato" version of the soundfont for the instrument where it's the same samples but with just the sustain portion. Simply change channel after the first note, and then change back when that portion is done.

In reply to by LuuBluum

Easy to do, (and worth a try), but maybe a soundfont with a greater variety of samples would sound better. For example, the Philharmonia samples for violin notes are quite extensive. These are just for B5 and this is typical of all pitches.


It would be interesting to know how you get on with 'attack reduced' samples. This could be a useful compromise.

Skipping the Attack part of a note's sound would alo be needed for true slured playback of e.g. Woodwinds
MuseScore doesn't do this though (yet).

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