This is just a wish to hope for somewhere down the road – like the road between Vienna and the moon. You know, version 243 or something.
We all know how notation duration means different things in different kinds and sections of music. Even within one work the way a musician would naturally interpret how to play a quarter note would vary depending on the context.
We can set a default play duration percentage for normal, tenuto, staccato, staccatissimo, etc., but that is like a one-size-fits-all shoe. It’s only going to work for the average foot. For a lot of passages the defaults might work fine. But for a lot of them they won’t.
In the current setup the only solution for a stretch of music where normal notes ought to be understood as playing shorter than default length is to attach a tenuto, or a staccato tenuto, or some such marking, or a special playing technique that would require further complicating Expression Maps. These is certainly doable, but they become tedious applying them to nearly every note in a section of music. And you’re constantly hiding and unhiding these markings because they would not show in any normal score. It’s just understood, or perhaps left to the conductor’s briefing.
I have a suggestion. What if the user were able to create and name their own set of note duration profiles that could be applied to selected bars? An applied profile would override the default note lengths for that stretch of bars (or a single flow). It could be identified by a flag. This way the user only has to modify any notes that don’t fit the profile, saving a lot of time and tedium making the score look much more like something a conductor would present to an orchestra.
This idea was prompted when working on a brass arrangement for a verse. To make playback sound the way I (as if I was a conductor) would want it played, I literally had to adjust the playback length of every single note individually. And the vast majority of those adjustments were exactly the same, shortening quarter notes to about 75%. It seemed pointless.
Any comments by the user base or developers?