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With digital output, musical notes are
transformed into sounds by the software as soon as they are played.
It is possible to use sounds other than the predefined set, or to apply
a digital effect processor.
||Question : What
is the difference between "Digital output" and "Midi output"?
With Midi output, the Midi sound card
or the external Midi synthesizer does this job. The resulting output
is then dependent on the quality of the connected MIDI hardware (card,
There are several possible explanations :
||Question : Sound
is sometimes broken up. Why?
If your computer becomes very slow, so that
it is difficult to perform mouse actions, it means that calculating the
digital output is overwhelming your computer's processing capabilities.
Digital output consumes a significant
amount of processing time. If your computer is not very powerful and you
try to output your tune with high quality and many voices, it can even
freeze your system.
You can then :
Select the 'Configuration>Digital output configuration'
menu option and reduce output quality and/or number of voices.
In the same window, deselect the option "Enable
Click the digital sound effects icon in the "play"
palette and remove digital post-processing effects such as Reverb,
If breaks do not occur regularly, and you
can hear your hard disk or another device working in the meantime, it means
that the system halts digital output from time to time.
You can then :
Ensure no other program is running in background
(automatic anti-virus, etc.)
Select the "Configuration>Digital output configuration"
menu option and set a bigger buffer (Standard or Compatible button)
to minimize the effects of these halts on digital output.
If breaks are regularly distributed across time
and the program continues to run without noticeable slowness, it means
that your hardware (sound card) is not compatible with the buffer options
set in the digital output configuration.
You can then select the "Configuration>Digital
output configuration" menu option and set a bigger buffer (Standard
or Compatible button). You can also manually set the buffer size
and number of voices so that your computer plays music properly.
Maybe a change in tempo has been invisibly defined
in your tune. Check it.
||Question : While
the tune is played, there are speed variations. Why?
This can also happen if your system is overloaded.
Quit other applications, switch the 'Scroll music' option off and do not
move the mouse while the music is playing.
The sound volume of your instruments, or the general
volume, is probably too high. Reduce it. You can also use the Automatic
Gain Control (AGC) to avoid saturation, but it can lead to a muffled sound
if the general volume is too high.
||Question : When
several instruments play at the same time, the sound crackles. Why?
You have two solutions :
||Question : I am
entering a tune, and I want to hear only the end. How can I do this?
1- Switch to "play selection only" mode (Tune
playing floating palette) and set the selection range to
the point you want your tune to start from. While your tune is playing,
you can change the selection location to try other parts of your tune.
2- Set the tune start marker in the ruler (gray
area giving the bar numbers).
To do this, hold the Command (Macintosh) or Ctrl
(PC) key down and click on the bar number you want the tune to be played
from. A menu opens, select the required option.
The instruments in the list cover the whole GM/GS
standard. A few sounds are not available,however, and are displayed here
solely for compatibility with Midi files which can use them.
||Question : Why
do some drum instruments (for example Gong, Pandiero...) not produce any
But this is not specific
to the software. A great number of synthesizers cannot produce all these
Edit the instrument and reduce its volume. You can
also do this in the "Mixer" window.
The sound of one instrument is louder than the others. How can I adjust
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