I wish Noteflight would...

allow custom articulations

There are a few problems with playback on the articulation markings now, for example:
1. staccato markings are much too short
2. stacatissimo markings don't play
3. marcato accents are too loud
et cetera, et cetera.

A good solution for all these problems, and one that would be adjustable to different styles and moods of music would be a menu that allows custom articulation definitions for tenutos/legatos, marcatos, staccatos, etc. throughout a piece.

I would imagine two sliders: the first, "length," would be expressed as a percentage of marked value. It would be defaulted at ~85% for normal notes, 60% for staccato, 95% for legato, etc.

The second, "volume" would be expressed as a percentage of the current dynamic level (ranging from about 50% to 200%). An accent mark should not have an absolute volume; it should be determined by context. Obviously an accent in pp is sounded differently from one in fff.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I feel like the duration of the pedal (how long each note is held) is too short, so I don't get a realistic sound out of the pedal. If you could adjust how long each note is still being held, then I think it would sound better.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When you add a fermata in your text, it is held for a little too long. It would be nice to have it be only 2 times the duration or an adjustable duration.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Right now, if you write a staccato with a slur, the playback audio will read this as just a staccato. I'm not sure if it's possible, but it would be really great if it could be portato instead

  • AdminRobin McClellan (Admin, Noteflight) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dylan (and everyone) we are looking at this actively! We know how important this is to our users, and on one level it might be simple to implement, but it connects to a number of more complicated factors and managing all those various decisions is quite tricky. So with our other priorities it is taking us some time. Don't give up on us! Solutions are on their way! :-)

  • Dylan Nicholson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How many votes is going to need for this to be prioritised? It's not an especially *difficult* or risky change to make (I say that as a programmer that's worked on music playback software).

  • MattThe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Maybe this is just my laptop, but when I mark a strong accent for a note (my substitute for a rimshot - I'm writing a drumline cadence) the note just sounds regular. When I mark a regular accent, the note sounds like an accent, and a strong accent should do the same.

  • Stephen Miller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sometimes I want the fermata to just be a little longer; like a quick attention grabber. Other times I want it to draw the suspense out and hang on it for a lot longer. It would be extremely useful for there to be a slider bar that would affect the playback and how long the fermata is held.

  • Winfree03 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be a great addition to Noteflight if there was a special Volume setting for all drumsets.

    I like having a Premium Membership because of the Mixing Panel. However, I have noticed that in different compositions some parts of the Drumset should be louder or softer. In my opinion, it would be nice if you could make individual volume sliders for each part of the drumset (snare, hi-hat, toms, etc.)

    I think it would be a great addition to the software.

    Appreciate it!


  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree, if all the problems were fixed then the songs would be smoother and realistic.

  • Dylan Nicholson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Absolutely agree - at a minimum I'd like to be able to turn OFF the default interpretation of staccato and other symbols as they often don't sound right. E.g. if I mark something p and staccato it's barely audible.
    But ideally I should be able to control what the desired playback length is for staccato, what the desired velocity reduction is for piano etc. etc. At a score level would be ok, at a instrument level better and ideally of course at a per-note level.

  • Jonah Mcconnell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would make all songs smoother and better sounding; right now it all sounds clipped and almost overly staccato.

  • Sitric commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    While the tenuto, staccato, etc... options are useful, having a slider for actual note length within the beat would be very useful. Where a staccato may be too short but a regular quarter note too long for style, this would help to capture the true style of a note.

    The same goes for dynamics where one dynamic throughout the entire note duration may not sound right. Different attack and taper would help if the dynamic level could be controlled over the course of a note. While this would complicate things, it would be incredibly useful.

  • Gingecards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The strong accents/marcatos should have more of a staccato and accent to them. There should be falls. Glissandos for trombones should make a smooth sound rather than playing all the notes in between. Allow arpeggios to be for both hands for the piano. The brackets should be pedal down too. In addition, there should be una and tre corda. There should also be changing pedal. And the mordents and turns and their inverted versions should be played, too.

  • Richard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Could you add a sign or symbol that would allow us to soften the initial sound that plays when using the piano? Right now, whenever a note is played on the piano, it sounds harsh, as if you're hitting the keys hard.

  • Stephen F. Czapla commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but many of his have taken it at face value and written with the too-short staccato in mind. We should be allowed to maintain it. Additional flexibility would be a help, as was done with the length of grace notes. (In HTML5, at least.)

    On that thought, is it too much to ask that Flash users be given the same updates? I would be using HTML5 if any computer/browser I'd tried it on was able to play it back successfully. Why should we be shut out of these developments because of the bugs in HTML5?

  • Zenog-NoteflightFeedback commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Absolutely! The bane of my existence here on Noteflight is the staccato markings. The accents being too loud I can deal with, but the staccatos always reduce the note down to something far too short, no matter what note they're placed on.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I do the same as GarretSnavely, also, I remove the tenuto marking to mark the end of a phrase, or create the effect of taking a breath.

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