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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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  • Trevor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I noticed that these three instruments are missing however in order to compose and arrange certain styles of music these three instruments would be very necessary.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please don't get rid of the midi export option, though! I use it all the time and export to midi, then I can break it down and put it into GarageBand on my iMac and create practice tracks for my string group. Thanks!

  • Austin James Bashore commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why do some instruments make a wah-wah sound when holding out a long note. I've noticed this for the saxophones, mainly. I am putting the notes in their range, too!

  • Dennis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Use recordings of real instruments instead of computer generated midi. Wouldn't that sound real, instead of the harsh computer tones that they are using now?

  • Quaid Trudell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I understand that you have to keep everything free, and that you have to copyright everything from sound files to recording, blah blah blah. But, as I have noticed, there has been no changes at all in any sounds. The instruments in Noteflight basic all sound short and choppy (not just retaining full value, but don't have that slight echo that makes it sound more studio-like), and hardly any of them sound like what they do in real life. The recorded instruments almost all sound like they were in a padded room, and sound somewhat muffled. Even the Crescendo instruments sound odd, even as mellow as they are, they don't sound very much like the actual instruments. Some instruments sound terribly out of tune as well, such as the Flute, Bass, Guitar, and Trombone (trombone also needs a buff, even at fortississimo and accented, it sounds soft compared to other instruments). Additional instruments that could possibly be released to basic members could be new instruments, such as synthesizers, harpsichords, marching instruments, and extra percussion. I understand that you have a lot of software fixing, but if you could possibly retrieve and high-quality sounds from each instrument that sound real, you can find yourself competing with other instrumentation softwares such as Finale, due to the ease of input and HQ sound. I love Noteflight, and I have made many Marching Band arrangements for my school marching band. But, it's quite difficult when the band doesn't recognize what instrument is which in the recording.

  • Eli Webber commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I want more percussion options and drums and i would also like a dubstep sound board and a sound board with synth options. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

  • Noah Stephens-Brown commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've noticed that at least the Tenor and Bass audio is flat (I think). It really takes away from the cool function of listening as you input stuff and makes it almost bad to listen to during playback.

  • Jack Pellegrini commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Does anyone know how to export the MIDI files and import them to a soundfont program? I would like to do that. Are there free programs(preferably for mac) That can import MIDI files and then change the soundfonts?

  • Watsubishi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've often found myself in a slightly awkward situation where I need an instrument for a song, but the instrument isn't actually built into Noteflight. As such, I have to use a different instrument to substitute the one that I need, and the end result isn't what I had in mind. I'm talking about instruments that are often used in baroque pieces, like the harpsichord, or acoustic versions of the electric instruments that exist, such as a pipe organ. It would be nice if we could also use midis or actual recordings of instruments and insert them into our music. Kind of a lengthy suggestion, but I think it should be done.

  • Neil Stewart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm thinking of a simple version of something like Van Basco's midi player that's used by so many bands/duos. Allows you to make song lists for live work, change keys, instruments, tempo. Most of it is there already. There seems to be no decent midi player for Android out there! Seems like an easy add on. I love how stable noteflight is by the way!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Should just procedurally generate the instrument sounds, hopefully eliminating download times and allowing actual dynamics to be used.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Allowing recordings would allow us to use obscure instruments or use techniques that have not been given a sound yet. Also it would allow the integration of singing- rather than using "AAA" or "OOO" or piano.

  • jack commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be great if noteflight could have some system where you could record a noise through a microphone then assign it a space on the line, enabling people to record and use more unknown instruments or specialist sounds.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Include the option to import DLS files (collections of virtual musical instrument programs). It will help me use my own instruments.

  • Tuwanda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Some people don't have $50 to fork over for decent sounds that crescendo offers. Most of them are the people noteflight should be reaching out to, too. Such as students and children who would be inspired by music. However, the sounds of instruments that are big parts of musical pieces have terrible quality. For example, my mom thought the violin was a crappy sounding organ.

  • Zenog-NoteflightFeedback commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ziddy, they really don't, though. Yes, they sound miles better than the Basic instruments, but they still don't sound like the real thing, you know? I'm pretty sure that most of us here on Noteflight are or were in a band or orchestra of some sort, so we would know what the instruments should sound like, and most of them don't. Take, for example, the French Horn in the peice I'm working on: http://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/3f8fcc3e287404f43b8446b14cc41fd21523eed5 . Even with two horn parts playing to one Alto Sax. and nothing else playing melody, you could only hear the sax., not the horns.

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