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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000222.txt from 2005/05

From: (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: Re: [kl] Finale vs. Sibelius drum roll [was: help (OT?)]
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 06:27:36 -0400

Joe Wakeling wrote:

> Finale can play back a "sort of" drum roll, but
> it sounds like a machine gun. [snip] In both
> Finale and Sibelius the playback is largely a
> composition aid rather than a performance
> tool.

Yes, I don't expect otherwise.

I was asking whether the 'tat-tat-tat-tat' of Finale's machine gun is
steady and uniform (when you use the slash notation)? In the case of
Sibelius, it's not even close.

I receive a 'tat-tat-tat-tat' of nearly but not completely uniform 1/128
notes with additional 1/32 (more or less) 'tats' inserted on downbeats.
It's as if Sibelius gives a firm 'tat' on the downbeat and then realizes
a moment later that it should have been doing a 'drum tremolo' instead,
and so it picks up with 1/128 tat-tats until the next downbeat. The
exact pattern varies with the time signature (and perhaps with other
details that I haven't identified).

By contrast, if I input several measures of individual 1/128 notes, then
Sibelius plays a steady tat-tat-tat-tat rhythm (a true machine gun
sound). This shows that my sound card can produce a steady 'drum roll'
rhythm if it receives the correct commands (128 of them per measure).
But a slashed stem doesn't do the job.

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