Adjusting the Volume Level of Select Staves During Playback
During playback you can increase the volume of selected staves relative to other non-selected staves, so that you can focus your listening on these staves. This is a useful aid for studying orchestrations and arrangements.
You can control volume with your mouse and the volume control in the toolbar; or by typing V+ or V+; or by playing special notes on your keyboard, using the Pitch-to-Command feature.
The volume control is in the toolbar, and looks like this:
Normally, when no staves are selected, the volume control applies uniformly to all of the staves in the score.
When one or more staves are selected, and you move the volume control to the right of center, the selected staves will sound louder, while the non-selected staves will remain at their normal level.
When one or more staves are selected, and you move the volume control to the left of center, then the behavior is probably not initially what you would expect. You might expect the volume level of the selected staves to decrease. Instead, the volume level of the selected staves remains at the normal level, and the volume of the non-selected staves decrease.
If you are familiar with the distinction between MIDI staff volume control events and individual MIDI note-on velocities, then you might find it useful to know how Composer's volume control is implemented. The volume control affects both individual MIDI note velocities and the overall MIDI staff volume (via controller event 7). The reason for this design is that some sound cards do not implement staff volume controller events well or at all. Composer's design, which relies on both MIDI note-on velocity adjustments and staff volume controller events, produces more reliable volume control across a wider variety of sound cards.
If you find that the overall volume level is too soft, then you might find it preferable to increase the volume level of your computer speakers, or use the Windows volume control, rather than to use Composer's control. Some of the expressiveness of volume changes in the song, as well as some instrument panning, will be lost the more you increase Composer's volume level.
To change the volume of selected staves relative to other staves:
|1.||Select one or more staves as follows: Choose Show Staff Controls from the View command. Click the staff selection button to select a staff. While holding down the SHIFT key, click the staff selection button to extend the range of staves.|
|2.||Increase (or decrease) the volume of the selected staves, using one of these methods:|
|(a) Drag the volume control button to the right (or left).|
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(b) Type V+ (or V+).
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|(c)||If you have enabled Composer's Pitch-to-Command feature, while holding down the "trigger key" on your music keyboard, play the first Eb above Middle C to increase the volume, or the C# to decrease the volume. See Controlling Composer From Your Music Keyboard.|
To reset the volume level back to normal:
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|2.||If you have enabled Composer's Pitch-to-Command feature, while holding down the "trigger key" on your music keyboard, play the first D above Middle C. See Controlling Composer From Your Keyboard.|