Would like to disable playback on a tremolo (like you can for a glissando)

• Dec 4, 2019 - 14:03

I wish there was an option in Inspector to turn off Play for a tremolo, just like there is for a glissando, which would leave the tremolo marking but ignore it during playback.

In all other ways I find MuseScore playback to be amazing, and it is a huge benefit to be able to practice along with pleasant and lifelike playback (especially when I have to listen over and over sometimes to get it right!) -- until you come to a tremolo and it just sounds broken. I am using "grand piano" playback, and tremolos sound like a pulsing synthesizer rather than a piano "shake".


Try putting a pedal on the tremolo and make it invisible. Restart each tremolo with a new pedal since it tends to increase volume. It won't be perfect but it's better IMHO.

In reply to by mike320

Thanks for the tip -- I can't hear any difference though. Then again I can't hear the pedal on other measures I tried either. Is there some trick to causing pedal playback? I just added it from the Lines palette... I tried a couple of different pedal lines, but I assumed they were just different notation styles.

I just figured out there are two types of tremolo, and that "tremolo between" (A) and "tremolo through stem" (B) are played differently. (See attached image.) The playback for A is nice, the playback for B is not.

I expected that A and B would be played the same and I would always have written B.

C is what is in my piece, a series of 3- and 4-note chords; the playback is screeching. So it would be nice to be able to disable tremolo playback for notation B and C.

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In reply to by Jovie.Cat

I made the assumption you were using your type A tremolo and using it properly. Turning off play of this would be quite meaningless since it would leave you playing either two consecutive notes or a chord, neither of which is close to proper playback.

Your B & C are actually the same. Whole notes actually have a stem that is not drawn, but its location can be "seen" when you apply a tremolo and see it flip when you select that whole note and press x.

In reply to by mike320

Sorry, I should have illustrated C with a half note to be consistent.

My point was that I could write B like A to get the desired playback because it's only two notes, but I can't write a chord with 3 or more notes with a "between" tremolo.

I did come up with a workaround, which is to put the tremolo on a hidden, unplayed note in another voice, like this:
1) Add a note below the bottom note in another voice
2) Put the tremolo on this note instead of the original chord
3) Use Inspector to turn off Play and Visible for the new note (leaving the tremolo visible)
4) Shift the new note up and behind the original bottom note (can't "hide" the new note behind the original until it's invisible, otherwise it goes beside the original)

I'd also like the option to disable playback of tremolo (through-stem type). The notation is needed, especially for mandolin scores, but the playback is too distracting in its current form.

I noticed that the "Buzz roll" tremolo option (entry in the upper right corner of the palette) doesn't cause playback with a mandolin instrument so while unconventional, I could use this method. However, redefining a standard notation doesn't seem like such a good idea.

I'd like to know if there's another option or solution. Thanks.

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