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Re: feathered beams

From: Bryan, Chris
Subject: Re: feathered beams
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 13:05:09 -0400

If it isn't yet "officially" possible (although I like your hack!), I would absolutely LOVE to see it as a feature in a future release.
(Consider that a subtle hint to the developers!)

More specifically, it would be cool to be able to specify the number of starting/ending beams, allow for direction changes in mid-group, and the total duration of the group. For midi it could then dynamically calculate the duration of each individual note.

I don't know how hard it would be to implement that, but I do know a bit of c++. If the developers need any grunt-work accomplished, let me know.

By the way, in my opinion, the coolest LY feature is the automatic midi pitch bends when using microtonal accidentals. It rocks!!!

a happy composer,

-Chris Bryan

On Jun 14, 2004, at 12:13 PM, Peter Lutek wrote:

On Mon, 2004-06-14 at 11:16, Bryan, Chris wrote:
Is it possible to do feathered beams in LY?  If so, how?

there is no native mechanism for this. i hacked it a while ago by making
two simultaneous beamed note-groups, with the beams tilted opposite
directions in each, and tweaked so the beam start-points were the same.
lily's spacing algorithm was sufficiently reliable that i didn't have to worry about making one set of noteheads or stems disappear - they always
coincided exactly.

that was back on 2.0.0, so things may have changed since then.

if anyone else has a better solution, i'd love to hear it too!


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