Instruction manual - Pizzicato 3.6.2 EN650 - Revision of 2013/05/29



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Editing graphic and Midi symbols (1)

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Graphic and Midi symbols [Professional] [Notation] [Composition Pro]

In this lesson and the following, we approach one of the most advanced aspects of Pizzicato: the modification and the creation of graphic and Midi symbols by the user himself. Let us start by reminding the general philosophy of graphic and Midi symbols.

In musical notation, there is a whole series of graphic symbols that can be placed on the score. They are used to specify how notes must be played. They can influence the force with which they are played, the speed of a score and other aspects. When the performer reads the score, he or she sees these symbols and modifies his (her) performance according to them.

In the Tools menu, you have a great choice of symbols which you can place on the score. If Pizzicato would be limited to display and print a score, the graphic aspect would be sufficient. But Pizzicato can also take the control of your synthesizer or sound card and play the score. It is thus needed to describe the significance of each symbol so that the resulting sound effect can be produced when the score is played.

The score plays on your synthesizer through the Midi system. When Pizzicato finds a symbol in the score, it needs a Midi description of the sound effect to create. The symbols located in the tools palettes may thus contain Midi information, therefore we use the graphic and MIDI symbol expression.

Because of the new possibilities offered by the modern synthesizers (reverberation, incorporated sound effects…), new types of symbols allow to produce these effects. Some symbols could not be performed by the musician, as for example a symbol which increases the reverberation or modifies the sound panoramic.

Let us notice that you can create a symbol which is only graphic and which does not influence the performance. Conversely, you can create a symbol which is graphically invisible on the score but which produces a sound effect in Midi.

You will find most of the current symbols in the original tool palettes, as well as a large variety of symbols to control the synthesizer sound effects.

Most of the users will find in the current symbols all they need to create their scores with sound effects. They can largely exploit and in multiple manners the provided original symbols.

The most creative and adventurous users will however find limits to these symbols. They will want to be able to create new symbols or to modify the existing ones so that they are better suited to their creativity. The system explained in this lesson and the following will help them to create the most various symbols, as well on the graphic level of the score as in the Midi universe.

Tools palettes [Professional] [Notation] [Composition Pro]

If you move the right bottom corner of this window, Pizzicato progressively adjusts the shape of the palette. By dragging this corner to the top and to the right, you will be able to get respectively:

You can adjust them to make your screen more user-friendly. The shape of the palette is memorized with its position when you close it. When you open the palette again, it keeps its position and form.

The upper part is addressed to the palette while the lower part relates to the tool you clicked. Select the Palette properties item. The following dialog box appears:

The palette title can be modified. This title appears in the title bar of the window, but also in the Tools menu.

Just below, a popup menu select the tool size of this palette. Eight standard sizes are provided. Click OK.

The choice Delete this palette… is used to erase this palette completely. A dialog box asks you to confirm . Do not erase this palette, because it contains the main working tools. If you do a wrong operation on palettes, just reinstall the program and the original palettes will be restored.

The tools contained in the Main palettes and the Notes and rests contain the Pizzicato working tools. The graphic and MIDI symbols are in the following pallets.

An additional menu is present in the graphic and Midi symbols: Edit tool… It is with it that you can modify and create new symbols and determine all their characteristics. The basic tools of Pizzicato (notes, rests, keys, measure tools…) have a fixed behavior in Pizzicato and do not contain this menu item.

Creating a new palette [Professional] [Notation] [Composition Pro]

The Tools menu contains all the original palettes provided with Pizzicato. You can create new palettes to add at the end of this menu. For this lesson and the following, we will create a new palette to illustrate what you can do with these palettes and tools.

Consult the Tools menu and you will see that this pallet has been added at the end of the list. It does not contain any tool yet, although its size is ready for one tool.

You can move and duplicate tools from one palette to another. This lets you create a personal palette grouping the tools you use the most. To do that, hold down the CTRL key (Control) and click for example on the arrow tool from the main palette and drag it towards the palette you just created. When you release this tool on the new palette, the following dialog box appears:

Three actions are possible:

Click on the second choice. The new pallet is now displayed as follows:

The new palette looks like this now:

The exact order of the tools depends on the location where you dragged the tools into the palette. When you drag a new tool, it replaces the one on which you put it and shifts the other. The positioning order of the tools in the palette is done as follows:

Modify the shape of the pallet to obtain for example:

If you wish to modify the order of the tools in a palette, take a tool and drag it to its new position. Take for example the tool and drag it to the top left corner. In the dialog box which appears, keep the Move tool option. You get:

The other tools were shifted according to the rules stated above.

We can now create and remove palettes, move/delete and duplicate tools. We will see in the next lessons how to create and modify graphic tools, as well as all their characteristics (graphics, MIDI aspects, keyboard shortcut,…).

Importing the tools created with a previous version of Pizzicato [Professional] [Notation] [Composition Pro]

For the users of a previous Pizzicato version, if you created your personal symbols, you may import them in Pizzicato 3. To do this, select the Import tools... item of the Options menu. A file open dialog appears. Go to the folder of the old Pizzicato version and open the Misc or DataEN / prefs folder. A file named Tool.def appears. Click on it and then click on Open. Then it asks you to open a file named Tool.pal. Pizzicato imports the symbols and palettes you had created.

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