Manual BPM in play panel?

• Aug 6, 2015 - 18:09

For reference:
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It seems to me that it would be much more convenient to type in "120" or "176" instead of attempting to set the slider to the right tempo, or trying to set a percentage. Tap tempo would be nice too.


Well, for BPM there's regular tempo markings:

The thing is that it's possible to have multiple tempos in different places in the score. The Play Panel tempo slider lets you play through the score accelerated or decelerated proportionally. The BPM number above the percentage will actually change accurately according to the percentage set if you play through a tempo change.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

If you care how fast MuseScore plays your score, you presumably care how fast human musicians will play it as well, and they will appreciate a visible tempo marking. If you prefer a text marking like "Allegro", simply add the tempo amrking then edit the text. If the tempo really is meant to be indeterminate - up to the whim of the musician - then indeed, you can hide the tempo marking. But that would be the exception, not the norm.

In any case, markings on your score are how to you set the actual tempo(s) for your score "for real". The slider in the play panel is just a temporary override so you can hear playback faster or slower than the actual tempo. Kind of like how if you want larger than normal staves "for real", you set that in Layout / Page Settings. if you just temporarily want to see things bigger on screen, the Zoom control provides a temporary override. Play Panel is for tempo and volume what Zoom is for size.

In reply to by JGitar

Yes, lead sheets are definitely one of the exceptions I had in mind, although I tend to not often care about hearing playback of them.

Switches from 4/.4 to 6/8, though, are among the cases where it woud normally be especially important to clarify for the sake of musicians reading the score how you want the new tempo interpreted. For adding a tempo marking with a BPM value for MuseScore's sake makes sense for playback, but then you should probably edit the text to say eighth = eighth (using the F2 palette to access the actual symbols) or whatever - and *not* make it invisible. Otherwise. probably half (or more) of the people reading it might assuming the "big" beat stays constant - the old quarter becoming the new dotted quarter.

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