How do I get a one note diminuendo?

• Mar 24, 2019 - 16:47

I am writing a piece for a group on I don't want to give the piece away because it isn't finished. But there is one thing that I really need. That is a one note diminuendo. The note is 2 whole notes tied together and I want it to smoothly go from forte to pianissimo. Currently, with the most recent version of Musescore 3.0.5, I can't do that just using a diminuendo. When Musescore 3.1 comes out, I will be able to do that. But I am really in need of that effect right now.

Any ideas on how to get it to sound like a single note is fading away from a strong forte to a gentle pianissimo? Because right now, I have a held forte followed by a sudden pianissimo which is not what I am wanting.

I have been told 2 different things. One is to add dynamics, change the volume, and make the added dynamics invisible using the inspector. But I thought ties meant that the added dynamics would be ignored.

The other is to have the note in multiple voices and have the loud voices fade out quickly and then make those multiple voices invisible.

I can see how the multiple voices would work to simulate a tie but I still don't see how I would get the loud voices to fade quickly

Since I don't want to give the piece away, here is an image of what I have in the score around where the diminuendo occurs(I haven't added anything and made it invisible yet):

One note diminuendo.png

It is those violin and cello lines where I am wanting it to sound like a single note is getting quieter over the course of 2 bars(the length of the tie) and then the note changes, still getting quieter over a third bar until pianissimo is reached. Of course, with the piano line, I will need multiple notes to get it to diminuendo(and also to avoid parallels with the cello and the violin as they all go to a quiet A major chord before the A major section starts.


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

I know, but what I am asking is how I can get the effect of a one note diminuendo before Musescore 3.1 is released. The date by which I have to finish this piece in which the one note diminuendo occurs is March 27. I don't think Musescore 3.1 will be released by then.

In reply to by mike320

I would rather not use a nightly build. I have always avoided using them because of the frequency of bugs that occurs in the nightly builds and the fact that there are already lots of people using the nightly builds.

In reply to by Caters

Since weeks, I use a nightly build of 3.1 (MuseScoreNightly-2019-03-08-1928-master-2c21b2a-x86_64), exclusively for production playback and recording of my scores using the cresc./diminuendo on single notes features, and didn't suffered a crash yet. If you're afraid it would mess or corrupt your existing score, just work over a copy of it and that's all. Also don't forget a nightly/development build is completely separated from your normal MuseScore installation.

Within MuseScore, you'll need the yet-to-be-released 3.1 version.

If audio is that important to your hand in, use File → Export and pick any of the audio formats. Then use an audio editor to put in the fade-out.

There are any number of midi editors that can control those three bars for playback. Just export the midi file. Pick a DAW with midi editing or just a midi editor and call up the piano roll or events editor. Go to bars 136-138 and either type in the diminuendo offsets or maybe drag the mouse across the note on events for the parts in the piano roll until you are satisfied. These are velocity events (cc7 or maybe 11) SAVE the file. Render the changes to audio mp3 or wav. You will probably have to match the instrument sounds back up. But Fluid won't render them. Other than that, just track the audio, and fade where needed.

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