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Wolf
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   Posted 4/3/2002 9:59 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hi,
I am wondering how to enter chords on
an ibook without attached midi keyboard.
(On the road and do not want to carry a lot
of stuff)
With an usb full computer keyboard it is
possible to enter a single note at a time
in 3 octaves... in speedy entry.

Is it possible to enter a full chord at once
instead of each single cluster note? I do
not think so, but if anyone comes up with
a good solution, thanks for an answer!!

Wolf
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Peter Thomsen
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   Posted 4/3/2002 10:32 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The Command Line plugin might be an option. For general input the Command Line plugin can't compare to Speedy Entry, but for entering lots of chords it can be faster than Speedy Entry.

However, it will take you some time to learn all the secret (and geeky) codes. You may not like the plugin.

Peter
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   Posted 7/5/2007 11:28 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
More food for thought:
Not using a keyboard really limits your note entering ability. Have you considered a small midi controller such as the Keyspan 49E? It requires no power other than usb and plugs directly into your usb port, no MIDI interface required. It is even touch sensitive so your playback can be expressive. I use my favorite keyboard at work and the Keyspan at home or on the road.

For manual entry are you using the key commands? Enter a note and press 3 and 3 and you have a chord.

GN
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   Posted 7/5/2007 11:51 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
>Not using a keyboard really limits your note entering ability.

Perhaps, but I sure know an awful lot of pay-per-page engraving slaves for large outfits who don't use midi because it takes too long, and rely on speedy entry instead.
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   Posted 7/9/2007 9:43 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'll be honest---before I had a MIDI interface, I entered an entire long work for string orchestra using nothing but my (in those days) powerbook 520c. I just used speedy entry and the laptop's keys.

That said, however, once you use a MIDI keyboard, it's painful to go back to manual entry. It's just so much faster. My synth is out being fixed due to a dead logic board after 15 years, and I haven't done anything with Finale in the interim since it's not worth it.


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   Posted 7/9/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Somebody said...
More food for thought:
Not using a keyboard really limits your note entering ability.


Matter of opinion and of course style of music. I am once again <trying> to learn input with MIDI after years of using almost exclusively computer keyboard input. Granted, I've had years of experience without MIDI and learning to do it with, well, I'm learning.

Having said that, I input up to 11 A4 pages of music per hour, depending upon style. about the only time I really felt, that MIDI input was faster in my case was when doing piano music with block chords. Just about anything (except with really large melodic skips, like certain baroque bass parts) melodic I can do very quickly without MIDI.

And of course, for several years I did almost exclusively atonal contempory music and I found I had to make too many enharmonic corrections in such cases. Especially in such a case, I found actually using a MIDI device to be very limiting and time-consuming.

Your mileage will most certainly vary - but just more food for thought.


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