Regarding dynamics, crescendos, decrescendos, and playback of chords with notes with a tie preceding them.

• Feb 13, 2016 - 21:45

(Please view attachment for an example of what brought me to making this post) I realize it's impossible to have a playback register a crescendo for sustained notes. I know it's impossible for instruments in real life such as a piano for this to occur. But human voices, strings, brass or wind instruments could certainly crescendo/decrescendo while holding sustained notes, right? If the musescore team could work for making this a possibility, that would be awesome! Because it's pretty common to write music with these sorts of instruments holding sustained pitches with a crescendo or decrescendo. Not having this playback feature, although not limiting the potential of a real ensemble from interpreting and performing the music, limits your ability to have these dynamic changes take place for people listening to your score on musescore. If you have a chorus sustaining a chord starting from piano then crescendo towards a new chord to forte, there is no crescendo, instead you get a sudden change from piano to forte, which isn't what you would want in this case. It is also impossible to have a dynamic change take place (Ex. from piano to forte) across tied notes. The effect can be jarring on playback if certain notes are tied and certain notes are not on a particular chord where a dynamic change takes place. Leading to some notes remaining on piano, and the untied notes becoming forte. Which creates an unbalanced chord. You could easily work around this by removing all the ties in your chord, but it obviously has a less smooth effect. So this is a more minor gripe. And finally, it'd be nice when you select and play a chord on a certain measure, all the pitches are sounded including those with a tie preceding them. That way you don't have to start at a place with a tie in the middle of it, or even temporarily remove the ties altogether, which can be a little inconvenient at times. Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I hope you can understand my complaints.

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Yes, this is a common request. This is not currently possible the way MuseScore implements MIDI playback; there is way currently no control of volume after a note starts. This wouold require implement new MIDI functionality we don't currently support, but hopefully might some day. Meanwhile, do kieep in mind the primary purpose of MuseScore is notation, not playback, so feature requests are prioritized accordingly.

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