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Re: default midi velocity

From: Martin Tarenskeen
Subject: Re: default midi velocity
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 11:21:08 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Thu, Apr 02, 2009 at 10:43:10AM +0200, Hans Aberg wrote:
> On 2 Apr 2009, at 09:52, Martin Tarenskeen wrote:
>> 1. How can I change the default MIDI velocity from 127 to a more  
>> modest
>> value, without adding dynamic marks in the printable score ?
>> 2. Shouldn't it be a good idea to lower midi-velocity values for
>> lilypond's MIDI output by default ? In other words: If no dynamics are
>> specified, shouldn't the default be mezzoforte ?
> I think MIDI is underdeveloped in LilyPond, and part of the reason is  
> that it is not a suitable audio format.

I don't agree. For test-hearing scores it is THE suitable format. 
(strictly speaking, I think MIDI is not an audio format.)
I also think MIDI has low priority for Lilypond's developers team. The 
recent discussion about also midi2ly confirms this.

I also use ABC and MUP for scorewriting from time to time. If I compare
these with Lilypond: Mup has pretty good features to insert all kinds of 
MIDI commands inside the score.  

For abc the special features offered by abc2midi are kind of unique and 
funny. ( Like automatic performance of guitar chords. Nice for 
test-hearing lead sheets :-) )

The main task of Lilypond should always be to produce beautiful scores.
I just don't want to blow up my speakers if I forget to turn down the 
volume on my amplifier when I play a MIDI file to test my score with 4 
piano's constantly playing fff !



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