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Re: Help a newb: Formatting custom instrument names

From: Lukas-Fabian Moser
Subject: Re: Help a newb: Formatting custom instrument names
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2020 22:22:27 +0100
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Hi Michael,

So far I’ve only been able to assign the column of text to the instrument name, but it’s WAY to big and spaced out. I tried to find the commands to tweak the instrument name in the reference manuals, but I just couldn’t figure it out. I need to tweak the size of the font, the vertical scale (assuming the characters are evenly spaced vertically) and the position. Can anyone help out a hapless newbie?

Maybe something like this?

\version "2.21.80"

\layout {
  indent = 5

#(define-markup-command (unit-height layout props arg) (markup?)
  (let* ((stil (interpret-markup layout props arg))
         (x (ly:stencil-extent stil 0)))
    (interpret-markup layout props
                      (make-with-dimensions-markup x '(-0.5 . 0.5) (markup #:general-align 1 0 arg)))))

#(define-markup-command (unit-height-column layout props args) (markup-list?)
    (interpret-markup layout props #{
      \markup {
        \override #'(baseline-skip . 0)
        \center-column \unit-height #args
      } #}))

\new Staff \with {
  \override StaffSymbol.line-count = 12
  instrumentName = \markup {
    \override #'(font-size . -10)
    \unit-height-column { First second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth eleventh } } }
{ a'4 }

The command \unit-height forces a markup to have Y dimension exactly -0.5 to 0.5 (hence, one staff space), no matter its actual size. \unit-height-column the given elements in a (horizontally centered) column, stacked without padding between the lines.


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