I wish Noteflight would...

Higher-quality Sounds for Playback

NoteFlight is a fantastic project, and I fully support it. I notice that there are a lot of votes for exporting to MP3 formats. However, I argue that it will not really be worth exporting to an audio format if the sound of the instruments sound like MIDI from 20 years ago. Would it be possible to include some high-quality instruments playback sounds, ones that would really make it worth-while to export from NoteFlight instead of first exporting to MIDI (or MusicXML) and then importing it into our own programs that do Soundfonts or something similar.

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  • Denis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Instruments retain vibration after being struck, make it so it does not stop the vibration right after each stroke. Allow a slider that adjusts how long an instrument vibrates for, and remove the need to cover the entire piece with the dotted lines of let vibrate.

  • Vera Vieira commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The two options we used to have years ago, for the sound used to be better than what is available now (specially the basic one).

    It has been really hard to handle the sound, and volume, not clear where it is when we open a piece.


  • Joe JOe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why does my string quartet sound so terrible on playback. I can't believe it. It hurst to even listen to it.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    One thing I’ve wanted since I’ve started using Noteflight is a proper contrabass clarinet. The bass clarinet only goes down to a concert G1, but a contrabass has a range down to Bb0. I would love to see the range expanded for the bass clarinet or for a contrabass clarinet to be added as a new instrument.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Each instrument should have different tones. Snares should have dry/dead tones AND fat/full tones. Guitars should have a distortion option, but you should be able to control how much distortion. Much like how their are six or seven volume levels by using crescendo or decrescendo.

  • Winfree03 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is SO ANNOYING. It is very hard to get the correct sound with sextuplet 16th notes and everything. Even then, it doesn't sound right and the score looks sloppy. The same goes with the marimba, vibraphone, and xylophone, but an option or notation on a cymbal note should make a suspended cymbal sound, instead of repeating the same sound over and over.
    Thanks for the help!

  • Ghee Buttersnaps commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Im actually kinda worried that the update that will change the instruments will remove the old ones w/o an option to get them again, which could quite possibly ruin a lot of scores that utilize the current instrument's timbre.

  • Winfree03 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The organ is a very beautiful instrument. Quite unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the Noteflight version.
    Would it be possible to select your stops? If not, which stops are currently in Noteflight now?
    Last thing: would it also be possible to have a pipe organ?


  • Shane Carey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The sounds that Saxophones make are the ugliest sounds on Earth, please give us a better sound for them!

  • Winfree03 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In recent compositions, I have realized that concert C, B, and Bb are much louder than the rest of the notes. This makes it frustrating to have to write a dynamic level lower on every one of those notes to make it sound smoother.
    Another thing I have noticed is whenever you write the french horn's dynamics either louder or softer, the notes only change in volume, not in style. In my opinion, it would make it very interesting to add a checkbox in the mixing panel that allows this to happen.

    Thanks you so much!


  • Alex Spaulding commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I always liked the idea of changing the piano note sounds (or adding new ahhs and oos in the choir options) this plugin extension would allow us to import custom sounds. I have no idea if this has already been developed, but I want it to.

  • Robert Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The ones at the minute are horrific. The male voice sound in particular is so severely out-of-tune it's simply unusable, especially in the upper tenor register. I admit better sounds may come with a larger upgrade, but for the moment, at least fix their tuning, electronically perhaps, so that the existing ones are viable.

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  • Salmon Kwok commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I sometimes use the strings for my pieces, and the string sounds are the worst in all of the basic instruments.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The violin does not sound good until you get to around the e string and it still doesn't sound standard level. Same with all of the other bow strings

  • Brian Reels Jr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I play french horn and it seems like there is a flat, soft chalky sound. Even for all the brass i feel like there should be two different types of sounds. A solo tone and a more ensemble sound that has a difference when playing soft and loud.

  • Ecremprown commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    These shouts would go well in cinematic/epic type pieces and wouldn't be a specific note, it would just be a shout. I'm working on a piece that could really use them, and I haven't found a way to replicate them with the existing vocals. Also make the vocals very energetic and powerful!

  • Mc Magma commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Overall it is great.
    Some instrument sounds are incorrect though. I feel free accounts don't get enough things, such as higher quality instruments and the ability to make more scores.

  • Violinist147 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Most of the instruments sound good, but the violin and viola are so unrealistic that I don't us them, but I would like to.

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