Cymbal Rolls

• Apr 3, 2019 - 19:56

Probably been mentioned before but is there a way to get (or for musescore to integrate) much better sounding cymbal rolls, tremolo on top of a cymbal clash doesn't quite cut it for me when I need a big dramatic film-score like cymbal roll


Use the cymbal roll in the Marching Cymbals instrument, and throw a Sustain ( |______| in the Lines palette) under it. That way you don't get that robotic decay cut-off as it crescendos.

In reply to by SketchMan3

Hi SketchMan3

I have added Musescore Drumline so that I can follow your advice above. I'm new to Musescore and generally computer-challenged. Despite reading the tutorial on MDL I cannot figure out how to do what you describe above.

Can you point me to step-by-step instructions or can you help?

Thank you!

In reply to by Nicholas Preston

My apologies for being 2 years late. Life pulled me away. I hope you've figured it out since then. If not, here's what you do:

Edit > Instruments... > Choose Marching Band from the drop-down menu on the left > Choose Percussion - Marching > Choose Cymbals > Click Add To Score (Or explore your options to choose whichever cymbal you think sound nice)

To execute a nicer-sounding Cymbal roll, enter Cymbal Roll notes into your score, with tremolo and crescendo set up however you like..., and then go to Palettes > Lines and select Pedal (Straight Hooks), which looks something like this |________|. That's a sustain pedal, and it will cause the sounds of the cymbal rolls to overlap each other rather than canceling each other out.

In reply to by agoura

My bad. This is in MU4 with Muse sounds. There is already reverb on the sound so you don't need the pedal. There is no Sus cymbal in Basic sounds. Create a cymbal staff. In the mixer go to Sound fonts>MS Basic>Drum sets>Orchestra kits. But the notation should still work. Add some reverb.

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