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Myriad HQ

Myrsynth - Guitar

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What is it?

Myrsynth-Guitar is part of the Myriad HQ module. It's a physical synthesis of pinched string instruments.

Unlike a sound base, in which recordings of a real instrument playing notes at different pitches are reassembled to play the score, physical synthesis calculate the sound data depending on the instrument physical parameters and the performer technique.

A digital equivalent of the physical instrument (body, strings) is built in memory, then the virtual strings are pinched and the vibrations transmitted to the miscellaneous elements through mathematic formulas. The result of these calculations is then picked up by virtual microphones, and the sound can be heard.

What instruments, what playing technique?

Myrsynth-Guitar can simulate most of the instruments with pinched single-strings (no double strings) : Guitar, bass, luth, banjo, ukulele, etc, mounted with metal and/or nylon strings.

Most of the playing techniques are managed, including natural & artificial harmonics, hammering, slap, slide & bend, muted notes, etc
The whole range of flamenco "golpe" can also be played (hit on the instrument body with the thumb, fingers or palm)

Myrsynth-Guitar automatically computes the strumming direction, and can slightly arpeggiate chords. It can also put stress on rythm beat, simulate the sliding of fingers on strings, or let the string continue sounding after the end of the written note, for an even more stunning realism.

Instrument and play mode selection

In the instrument selection box ("Staves > Edit related instrument" menu option) the "MyrSynth virtual instrument" type can  be selected in the pop-up menu.
When selected, you then get two lists.

On the left, the list of available MyrSynth instruments. They are sorted by category, and by sub-category for guitars.
In real life, it would be several instruments on their stand, you can pick one to play.
The "Tuning" button under the list lets you choose another tuning for this instrument.
During playback, if some notes cannot be played (for example because out of the instrument pitch range), they will play a "golpe" (body hit) instead.

On the right, the play mode list. This will be the way this instrument is played. You can select the plectrum, decide whether you play softly or heavily, follow exactly what is written or play with more emotion, etc.
In a general way, "clean" play modes follow the written score : note duration and power, struck chords, no finger sliding noise. On the opposite, "noisy" play modes" are more humanised, but less faithful to the score

Automatic selection when importing and loading

The program can, when a score is imported or loaded, automatically select the more appropriate MyrSynth instrument, when it exists.
This can be set up through "Options > Myriad HQ > MyrSynth setup

In the list on the left "standard" instruments that can be used in the score
Tick "Display all" to see them all, otherwise you'll only see those for which the matching with MyrSynth has already been defined.

On the right, the Myrsynth instrument selector, as well as its play mode.

This match will be applied, and Myrsynth instruments will replace "standard" ones, according to the selected option at the bottom of the box:
Cette correspondance pourra être prise en compte, et des instruments MyrSynth sélectionnés
"Imports" are files in a foreign format (MIDI, Karaoke, Finale, MusicXML...)
"Old files" are score files that have been saved with a version of Melody/Harmony prior to the first version of MyrSynth

Special case: forced matching of the output type

In the global setup, "Load" section, output kind of all instruments of a loaded file can be forced.
In particular, the user can decide that all instruments of a loaded score will automatically play to digital output, even if they were set as using another kind of output (e.g. MIDI) by the author
What must be done, in this case, when an instrument in the loaded score uses a MyrSynth instrument?
Will it be kept as is by the program, or changed to a standard (sound base) instrument?

This depends on the settings in the MyrSynth setup box (see previous chapter). If the automatic choice for Myrsynth has been selected for any kind of file, then the MyrSynth instruments will be kept. Otherwise, they will be changed by an instrument that uses a sound base.

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