tempo changes after score is written

• Feb 14, 2018 - 01:41

Hi, I wrote a song for a friends 'musical' and used the default 120bpm. I added lots of ralls and back to tempo(s). Now he wants it all slower. Is there someway of me slowing the whole thing down that will also globally affect the ralls as well? Or (as I suspect) do I have to add the new slower tempo to the front of the score and manually adjust all those pesky ralls?



Sorry, there's no good news about a global change in tempo. I'm guessing each rall. has several tempo changes. If you used the tempo change plugin, the good news is that you can run it again and let it change the tempos in the rall. sections. It will automatically replace the previous tempos in those sections, that leaves only the main tempo changes to be edited.

In reply to by mike320

Mike, thanks for your reply. Sadly I didn't know there was a tempo change plugin (must investigate!). As you so rightly guessed, each rall had several tempo changes. Ah well, a good excuse now to look for the tempo plugin and have a play with it. Thanks again.

In reply to by mike320

An alternative method to tempo alteration for things such as ralls is to abuse invisible fermutas over notes, having their "time stretch" value be a ratio sense of how much longer you want that note to be played. If you set the time stretch to, say, 1.2, then that note will be 1.2x longer regardless of the tempo.

In reply to by LuuBluum

The tempo change plugin automatically calculates the tempo for each note from the start tempo to the end tempo (be it faster or slower) then automatically inserts a tempo text on each note and makes all but the final one invisible. It will optionally add a staff text (NOT a system text) to notate the tempo change on the score.

If you are going to manually insert fermatas, it is easier to add tempo changes yourself. The purpose of a rallentando is to "permanently" change the tempo which would be very messy if you use fermatas. Fermatas impact a singe note on a single staff. To have the same effect as a tempo change is a mindblowing amount of work to calculate the time stretch for every note.

In reply to by LuuBluum

Thanks Ispil,
This programme is amazing.I didn't know about the Fermata stretch either (I can hear you all laughing!!). I've been putting individual tempo marks (invisible obviously) above each fermata.
Whilst that didn't solve my issue, it is most certainly a great help for the future...and so bloomin' simple to do!

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