Dynamics playback

• Mar 10, 2017 - 18:25

Say, I am using the dynamics markings to bring down the volume, but it does not seem to be working consistently on playback. Any reason for this?


In reply to by Joe H

If you are trying to change the dynamic on a single note with a (de)crescendo, it doesn't work in 2.x. Hopefully it will work in 3.0. If you are changing it over several notes you can control the dynamics offset in the inspector either for the crescendo or the final note of the crescendo (putting a dynamic at the end of it does the same thing). MS will then gradually decrescendo each note to the proper dynamic (velocity), but each note will have a constant volume with the exception of an instrument such as the piano where each note fades.

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In reply to by mike320

I want to cue the whole score so that the playback volume is decreased when starting the audio. I don't want it to playback so loudly at the start and do not want to decrease the volume manually on my playback machine. I'm doing overdubs with a single track machine and need to adjust the volume before exporting the audio. Dynamics works on single notes. Strange. I put a pp or ppp at an intro measure and even include a few cue notes but the audio plays back as loudly as if it had no dynamic markings.

In reply to by Joe H

Ah. What you are seeing here is not a bug but a feature. The dynamics are still honored on a *relative* basis, but as part of the export to audio facility, the audio is "normalized" so the loudest passage is a, well, "normal" volume. So if your file is quiet for its entire duration, the whole thing is bumped up to a normal volume. If even one note had been louder, then the overall level would be brought up to make that one note "normal", and the rest would be quieter in comparison.

The way to understand the problem is to Export the file as a wav. It's very short and takes two seconds to convert. I got that it's relative. It works to maek the first note p and the second ppp. But it's not always working even with that. That first p can blow out my eardrums.

In reply to by Joe H

See my response above again. I did test this and verified it works exactly as I said. This is not a bug - your exported audio is simply being normalized, so it's loudest passage is a "normal" volume level. If your speakers are turned up so loud that a "normal" volume - same volume as everything else on your system - blows out your eardrums, then you should turn down your speakers, because *all* audio will have the same effect.

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