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Posted By : mkelley - 4/12/2002 5:31 AM
I love the way you can enter music in Notepad, but I need the ability to export to MIDI -- and I also need the ability to control the note volumes.

Allegro seems to do this, but the demo doesn't answer three questions:

1) Why doesn't the note show up as I move the cursor the way it does in Notepad? This seems to be *real* important to be able to see what note duration you're entering (I hate those crosshairs!).

2) I can't get the numeric keypad (or even the numeric keys) on my computer keyboard to set the note durations the way it works in Notepad -- it doesn't seem to have any effect at all in the Allegro demo.

3) While I can *see* the volumes of the MIDI notes in a graphical manner, I don't understand how to set them. Is there any way I can easily reduce the volume of all the notes in a given instrument, for example?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Posted By : TechSupport - 4/15/2002 6:54 AM

>1) Why doesn't the note show
>up as I move the cursor the
>way it does in Notepad? This
>seems to be *real* important
>to be able to see what note
>duration you're entering (I
>hate those crosshairs!).

This is because Allegro 2002 has not yet been introduced. The notehead mouse cursor was an improvement to the 2002 versions of our products.

>2) I can't get the numeric
>keypad (or even the numeric
>keys) on my computer keyboard
>to set the note durations the
>way it works in Notepad -- it
>doesn't seem to have any
>effect at all in the Allegro
>demo.

That is also due to a difference in versions. In Allegro 2001, you need to hold down the note duration when you click.

>3) While I can *see* the
>volumes of the MIDI notes in a
>graphical manner, I don't
>understand how to set them.
>Is there any way I can easily
>reduce the volume of all the
>notes in a given instrument,
>for example?

That is included in the documentation with the full version. I will individually email you the PDF chapter for the MIDI tool if you'd like to take a look at it before buying.

Dan
Coda Tech

Posted By : mkelley - 4/15/2002 7:15 AM
Thanks, Dan. I ended up ordering Finale 2002 anyway, since it's pretty obvious I'll want the full power (and it looks like a terrific program).

But that's great support from you (and another reason for buying Coda!)