Lesson 8 
Working With MIDI

 
The HyperScribe Tool
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PrintMusic’s
HyperScribe tool is a real time transcription tool that allows you to transcribe a live MIDI performance into notation as you play your MIDI keyboard.
 
Create a new document with a piano staff containing both treble and bass staves.
 
If you don’t have access to a MIDI keyboard, work through the HyperScribe lessons anyway.
 
From the
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You may see the following dialog box:
 
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Click the
OK button.
 
From the
MIDI pull down menu, select Human Playback Style and then None.
 
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We need to set up a few things before we can begin to record using HyperScribe. I am also assuming that you have your MIDI keyboard set up correctly and ready to go. If not, please review the MIDI setup section in your PrintMusic manual.
 
From the
MIDI pull down menu select Quantization Settings…
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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We are going to be inputting a quarter note and eighth note melody, so choose an eighth note for the
Smallest Note Value.
 
Under the
Options section make sure that the Tuplets box is checked.
 
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Click
OK to close the dialog box.
 
From the
MIDI pull down menu, select Device Setup and make sure that MIDI Thru is checked.
 
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From the
HyperScribe pull down menu select Recording Tempo and Click…
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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We are going to keep the tempo at 96 and select a quarter note for our
Beat Equals.
 
Click on the
Click and Countoff button. image022
 
You will now see the
Click and Countoff dialog box:
 
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We are going to have PrintMusic Count off two measures and use a click from the computer. 
Click
OK to close the dialog box.
 
We are all set to record!
 
Click on the second measure and you will see a box surrounding the measure. You will also hear your 2 bar count off.
 
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After your two bar count off, play a melody on your MIDI keyboard to the metronome beat using quarter notes and eighth notes. If the tempo is too fast, slow the tempo down from the
HyperScribe pull down menu by selecting Recording Tempo and Click… and changing the recording tempo.
 
How cool is that! You should have notation that reflects what you just played on your MIDI keyboard.
Experiment with different quantize settings and different melodies. Remember that you can also play on more than one staff and play chords.
 
Split Points

If you are going to be playing a two-handed performance into PrintMusic, you will need to designate a note on your MIDI keyboard as the
Split Point pitch. All of the notes on or above the specified Spilt Point pitch will be placed into the upper staff and all of the notes below the Split Point pitch will be placed in the lower staff.
 
Make sure that the
HyperScribe tool is still selected.
From the
HyperScribe pull down menu, select Record Mode and then Split Into Two Staves…
 
 
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You will now see the
Fixed Split Point dialog box.
 
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The
Fixed Split Point dialog box allows you to identify a MIDI note as your Split Point. Every note on or below your Split Point will be placed into the lower stave.
 
You can either enter in the MIDI note number by typing the number into the number box, (middle C on your keyboard is 60) or you can click on the
Listen button. You will then see the following dialog box:
 
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Play a note on your MIDI keyboard to set the
Split Point.
 
Do It!
 
Record a two handed piano part into your piano staves using
HyperScribe. Notice that any note or notes below your Fixed Split Point will be placed into the bass clef stave.
 
The Hand Grabber Tool
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When you select the
Hand Grabber Tool you can grab the music with your mouse and slide it vertically in Scroll View or horizontally in Page View.
 
Do It!
 
Try using the
Hand Grabber Tool in Scroll View and Page View to move your music around.
 
The Zoom Tool
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This tool allows you to magnify or reduce the music on your screen. This is especially handy for fine tuning edits to your music. When you use the
Zoom Tool you are only changing the screen size not the printed size of the music.
 
Select the
Zoom Tool by clicking on it.
 
Notice that your cursor will now turn to a magnifying glass with a + in the middle.
 
Click on the first measure and notice that your view will increase to twice its normal size each time you click on it.
 
You may also click and drag with the
Zoom Tool to highlight a specific area that you want to zoom in on.
 
To reduce the size by one-half:
 
Use the
Zoom Tool and hold down the Option key and Click (Mac).
 
Use the
Zoom Tool and hold down the Ctrl. key and Click (PC).
 
Changing The Global View
 
You may also change the viewing size of an entire document.
 
From the
View Pull down menu, select Zoom
 
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You may then choose any of the preset views or use
Other… to input your own scale. I will often change views when I am editing articulations or slurs.
 
Do It!
 
Try changing the view of your document.
 
The Selection Tool
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The
Selection Tool allows you to select, drag, edit, or delete an entry when used in conjunction with a tool from the Main Tool Palette.
 
The Resize Tool
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The
Resize Tool lets you reduce or enlarge a staff, system, page, or an entire document.
 
You will use this tool most often to reduce the size of an entire document. Unlike the
Scale View mode, Resize will affect the size of the printed document.
 
Keep your piano part open and create the following:
 
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Switch your document to
Page View by selecting it from the View pull down menu.
 
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You should now be looking at how PrintMusic would print out your document. It may be a little messy, but don’t worry about that right now. We are going to cover printing and page set up in the next lesson.
 
 
Resizing A Staff System
 
This method allows you to specify the percentage of enlargement or reduction that you want to apply to a staff system.
 
Select the
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Click to the left of, and between two staves that are part of the same system, in this case our piano staves.
 
You will now see the
Resize Staff System dialog box:
 
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Enter a value of 80% into the
And Resize System box.
 
In the
Staff System Range select System 1 Through 2. This tells us that we are going to resize systems 1 and 2 in our page view.
 
Click
OK.
 
Notice that only the first two system were resized. This is especially useful for writing out cadenzas or cue staves in a score.
 
Go to the
Edit pull down menu and select Undo Staff System % Change to return our document to its original size.
 
 
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A nice short cut on a Mac is
Command Z for undo
 
Resizing A Page or Pages
 
This method allows you to specify the percentage of enlargement or reduction that you want to apply to a page or multiple pages of a document. Make sure that you are still in
Page View.
 
If not already selected, select the
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To resize an entire page or score, click on the upper left hand side of the page. You should now see the
Resize Page dialog box.
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Select
Resize Page to 50 % that way you will see a big difference in the appearance of the page layout.
 
Select
Page 1 Through End of Piece.
 
Click on the
OK button.
 
You should new see a reduction in the size of your document. Don’t worry if it looks strange. We are going to cover page setup and printing preparation in the next lesson.
 
Close out this session and don’t save any of your changes.
 

Layout And Printing

 
We are now going to learn how to prepare a document for final printing of score and parts.
 
Open up your String Quartet document again and create the following:
Notice the key. You may even recognize the song!
 
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Fit Measures
 
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When you select
Fit Measures from the Utilities pull down menu, you will see the Fit Measures dialog box:
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This dialog box allows you to define how many measures you want in each system. This tool is especially useful for formatting pages and staff systems.
 
The Page Layout Tool
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The
Page Layout Tool allows you to define the page layout for your project. This may include page size, margin sizes, number of measures in each system, and positioning of the systems on each page.
 
Make sure that your newly created string piece is in
Page View and that you have selected the Page Layout Tool by clicking on it.
 
Notice that you now have a
Page Layout pull down menu.
 
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Space Systems Evenly…
 
The
Space Systems Evenly tool allows you to format your systems evenly across pages. You may also move systems to another page.
 
From the
Page Layout pull down menu select Space Systems Evenly…
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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The
Space Systems Evenly On: dialog box allows you to select how you want your staff systems placed on a range of pages. You may select only one page or all pages. This is especially useful if you only want a single system to appear on a range of pages or a single page.
 
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The
Space Pages More Than dialog box allows you to enter in a percentage in the text box to specify how PrintMusic will space your systems. When systems take up less space, the program will leave the systems alone so you don’t end up with a large space between two smaller systems.
 
Experiment with different percentages to get a feel for how this tool works.
 
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The
Distribute Systems dialog box allows you to specify the number of systems that you want on each page, place the maximum number of systems automatically on each page, or keep your format unchanged by selecting Don Not Change the Number of Systems on Each Page.
 
Do It!
 
Experiment with changing your system layout on your string quartet. Take notes on any values or changes that you like and may want to use again.
 
 
Editing System Margins
 
The
Edit System Margins dialog box allows you to edit and set your system margins numerically.
 
From the
Page Layout pull down menu select Edit System Margins
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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The
Edit System Margins dialog box allows you to change the stave systems margins values for top left, bottom right, and distance between the staff systems.
 
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You may also select which systems to change by using the
Change System boxes.
 
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Top, Left, Right, Bottom Distance Between Staves boxes allow you to enter the staff system margins for a specified system. Changes to your document will take place after you click the Apply button.
 
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Required for add’l system: This tells you the amount of space that is needed to place an additional system on the current selected page.
 
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Change System_ Thru_ Select All lets you specify which systems will be affected by the user specified margin changes.
 
Use the
Apply button to enter the adjustments into your score.
 
Do It!
 
Experiment with changing the system margins in your string quartet document. Take notes on any values or changes that you like and may want to use again.
 
Editing Page Margins
 
The
Edit Page Margins dialog box allows you to edit and set your page margins.
 
From the
Page Layout pull down menu select Edit Page Margins.
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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From this dialog box you can adjust your page margins for a specified page or for the entire document.
 
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Top, Left, Right, Bottom. Use the text boxes to enter in changes for page margins. If the box adjacent to the text is checked, then that margin will be affected.
 
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Change: Page, All Pages allows you to select your page range for your margin changes.
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Use the
Apply button to enter the adjustments into your score.
 
Do It!
 
Experiment with changing the page margins in your string quartet document. Take notes on any values or changes that you like and may want to use again.
 
Adjusting Page Size
 
Adjusting Page Size allows you to change the size and print orientation of your document pages.
 
From the
Page Layout pull down menu select Page Size…
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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Page Size: Width: Height: This allows you to adjust the height and width of a page for printing.
 
The
Page Size pull down menu provides you with a variety of choices for pre selected page sizes.
 
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Orientation: Allows you to specify how you want your printer to print out your page or pages. Make sure that you also specify page orientation in the page setup menu for your printer.
 
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Change allows you to specify what pages will be affected.
 
 
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Use the
Apply button to enter the adjustments into your score.
 
 
 
Do It!
 
Experiment with changing the page size in your string quartet document. Take notes on any values or changes that you like and may want to use again.
 
Page Turns
 
There may be times when you want to avoid awkward pages changes in your document. Make sure that your String Quartet is still open and that you have the
Page Layout Tool selected.
 
After you have arranged the measures, staves, and other page edits so that your document looks they way you want, you may find it necessary to facilitate better page turns by moving staff systems around.
 
Pushing A System Onto The Next Page
 
We are going to do this on the first page of our String Quartet.
 
Notice that you have a pair of boxes attached at the beginning and end of each staff system.
 
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Those boxes allow you to drag a staff system up or down depending on where you want to place the staff system.
 
In this case we are going to force the second staff system from the first page onto the second page.
 
Click and drag the box attached to the lower right hand side of the second staff system downward until the system disappears from the first page.
 
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The system has now been moved to the next page.
 
Select page 2 from the page scroll menu located in the lower left hand portion of your document.
 
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You should now see the second staff system at the top of the second page. You may also grab and move the outer most boxes to reposition your staff systems.
 
Project 14:
 
Make the following page changes to your String Quartet:
 
Fit 2 Measures per line.
 
Change the Page size to Hymn (5.75 X 8.25)
 
Change your Margins so that the Top and Bottom Margins are indented 2 inches.
 
Save this as your name Project 14.
 
Close your String Quartet but don’t save any changes that you have made. We are going to be using the String Quartet in our next lesson.
  
Recap: Lesson 8
 
You should have a better understanding of:
 
Using the HyperScribe Tool
 
Recording with a click
 
Using click and Countoff to record in HyperScribe
 
Working with Split Points
 
Using the Hand Grabber Tool
 
Using the Zoom Tool
 
Changing the Global View
 
Using the Selection Tool
 
Using the Resize Tool
 
Resizing A Staff System
 
Resizing a page or pages
 
Working with Layout and Printing functions
 
Using the Page Layout Tool
 
Using the Fit Music command
 
Using the Space Systems Evenly command
 
Editing System margins
 
Editing Page margins
 
Adjusting page sizes
 
Redefining page turns

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