Changing the Default Playback Device
Even if your computer has only one sound card, there are likely at least a couple of alternative internal playback devices available. The internal playback devices actually correspond to MIDI device drivers that are installed with your sound card. There might be additional internal playback devices available if, for example, you have downloaded from the Internet and installed a MIDI "software synthesizer".
The alternative internal playback devices are distinguished by the different types of engineering techniques they use for simulating instrumental sounds. For example, some internal playback devices play back actual sampled sounds of recorded instruments. Other internal playback devices simulate instrument sounds via sound wave formulas designed by engineers. It probably will not matter to you how the instrument sounds are created. You probably just care about how they sound to you.
It is a good idea for you to try out the various internal playback devices that are available on your computer. Choose the playback device that sounds best to you as a default. Then, whenever you open a new MIDI file, or create a new song, your chosen default playback device will be assigned to the staves of the song.
To change the default playback device:
|Follow the procedure "To test and select a MIDI playback device on your system" in the topic Quick MIDI Device Setup.|
To change Composer's rule for reassigning staves from an old MIDI device to the new default MIDI device:
|1.||Choose the MIDI Device Configuration (not the Quick MIDI Device Setup) command in the Setup menu.|
|2.||Open the Device Properties dialog box for the old MIDI device.|
|3.||In the Device Properties dialog box, add a checkmark for "Was Previously the Default MIDI Output Device" it you wish Composer to review the assignment of staves to that old MIDI device when you open Notation .not files. Remove the checkmark if you wish Composer to no longer do that.|
|4.||If you do wish Composer to either automatically reassign staves to the new MIDI playback device, or ask you for each reopened Notation .not file whether you wish to reassign the staves, then click the Option To Reassign Songs to New Default Device button in the Device Properties dialog box:|
|Composer will then display the following dialog box:|
|5.||Choose one of the options in the above dialog box.|