Add and Remove Dynamic Markings



Dynamic markings effectively vary the volume of each track during a performance, and can be divided into 2 distinct groups: dynamic expressions areUsed to set a particular volume, and changing dynamic markings - such as crescendos and hairpins - are instructions to slowly change from one volume level to another.


Dynamic markings are generally associated with a particular staff. During a performance, MIDI volume controller messages added to the performance correspond to the various dynamic markings.


Once a dynamic marking is added to your music you can edit its appearance and performance properties.


To Add a Dynamic Expression


  1. Select the Dynamics tab in the Input Palette, then select one of the dynamic expressions. This includes all the symbols from pppp to ffff.


2. Move the cursor to the location in a staff where you wish to add the dynamic. Notice that the cursor changes into a pencil and a dotted line is displayed at the current location in the Music Score.



  1. Align the dashed line with the beat on the Music Ruler where you want the dynamic expression.
  2. Click the mouse to add the dynamic at the specified location in the staff.



  To Remove a Dynamic


To remove a dynamic, simply select it with the mouse and select Edit Delete from the menu.


-OR-


Select the dynamics and press the Delete key.


To Add a Changing Dynamic


  1. Select the Dynamics tab in the Input Palette, then select one of the changing dynamics. This includes all symbols except the expressions from pppp to ffff.


  1. Move the cursor to the location in a staff where you wish to add the dynamic. Notice that the cursor changes into a pencil and a dotted line is displayed at the current location in the Music Score.


  1. Align the dashed line with the beat Music Ruler where you want the dynamic to begin, then click the mouse.


This is the "anchor position" for the dynamic and typically represents the start point for a changing dynamic such as a crescendo.

As you move the mouse a solid line remains at the anchor position, while a second dotted line tracks your mouse movements.



Click the mouse again to define the end point of the dynamic.


Note: You can also click and drag the mouse to define both the start and stop positions.