I’m programming a very lengthy piece that requires my switching back between several fixed tempos. Some slower tempos are for programming parts with difficult fingering. The faster ones are for listening decisions “at tempo.” The problem is, when I switch between the tempos my markers get all screwed up.
Instead of showing measure 12, it will show 188.8.131.52 for slower settings or 184.108.40.206 on faster settings. Even more annoying, when I switch back to the original tempos where the markers were set, they frequently do not return to the original whole number values. I have tried both “Time Based” & “Tempo Based” and both give me the same disappointing results regarding the markers.
Can anybody tell me which variation will allow me to switch the tempos WITHOUT SCREWING UP THE MARKERS?!!? Do I need multiple marker tracks at various tempos to accomplish this? It’s a real P.I.T.A. trying to program with this impediment.
Okay, I’ve actually gotten a conversation going at the Steinberg Facebook page about this. Greg Ondo (SB Tech) told me to change the clock icon (time based mode) to the quarter note icon (musical mode). But I’m already in musical mode. Let me be clear about the issue. I don’t have a problem with the tracks being off. When I switch tempos in music mode, my MIDI track adjust accordingly. But the markers are all off.
Let’s say I’m at bar 27 and I want to jump to bar 5. If I’m in the originally programmed tempo, when the markers set up, I can jump to bar 5. But if I’ve changed the tempo and try to make the same jump, I end up at bar 220.127.116.11!!! This makes the markers useless UNLESS I REMAIN AT THE ORIGINAL TEMPO.
Look at these screenshots.
This one shows the markers as they should appear at the tempo of 90bpm. Note that I AM IN MUSICAL MODE (quarter note icon is lit).
This shot shows what happens when I slowed down to 60bpm. I am still in musical mode. the quarter note icon is still lit.
But all of the markers are now off.
So, I’m guessing that the markers are permanently FIXED IN TIME BASED. That’s the only explanation I can come up with as to why measure 5 isn’t still measure 5, regardless of tempo. Any ideas for a work around?