Time Signatures

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Mapex2021
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Time Signatures

Post by Mapex2021 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:42 pm

Hi everyone,
was there an update to allow for customization over time signatures?

Kind regards,

Dan.

Richard
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Re: Time Signatures

Post by Richard » Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:03 pm

Hi Dan - no, an update to support arbitrary time signatures is still not available.

Mapex2021
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Re: Time Signatures

Post by Mapex2021 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:33 pm

That's a shame, but thanks for letting me know. Three is a possible workaround I've found, if only to use on small groove/fill ideas, like 4 Bars long etc.. Exporting the PDF, converting to a PNG file online, then using paint to srub out the 4/4 and replace it. I don't yet know the font style that is used for time signatures on charts yet mind.

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Re: Time Signatures

Post by Richard » Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:41 pm

The font is the "Feta font" used by LilyPond (another music notation program).

These are the time signature glyphs:
https://lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Document ... ber-glyphs

One option would be to use LilyPond to render out the time signatures of interest to a PNG and paste them into your own image.

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Re: Time Signatures

Post by Mapex2021 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:55 pm

Hi Richard,
many thanks for the reply mate, most appreciated. Do I download the feta font from that page link? As I have tried but can't seem to see a download link. Cheers!

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Re: Time Signatures

Post by Richard » Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:28 pm

I can't find a copy of the font files online either but it looks like you will have them after installing LilyPond (http://lilypond.org/download.html)

In the case of Windows, these are the files:
C:\Program Files (x86)\LilyPond\usr\share\lilypond\current\fonts\otf\emmentaler*.otf

The Feta font is contained within the font called Emmentaler.
(http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.19/Documenta ... taler-font)

In the case of Aered we do not process those font files directly. Instead we used LilyPond to render the glyphs we needed to SVG files and processed those.

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Re: Time Signatures

Post by Mapex2021 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:30 pm

That's awesome, many thanks for that mate, kindly appreciated!

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Re: Time Signatures

Post by MrNickDrummer » Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:25 am

I just started using this software, Mac version. Is there a way to set up the time signature to 3/8 for example? I can change to anything/4 but I can't find anywhere where I can change the bars to /8

Thanks!

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Re: Time Signatures

Post by Mapex2021 » Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:48 pm

Hi Nick mate :)
Sadly there isn't currently an option to work in 8th note signatures, only 4. But there is a work around,
which I have tried, and works quite well. I would mean exporting the chart you have written as 3/4 in a PNG etc,
then opening in a paint program, carefully erasing the 'signature' of 3/4, and replacing it with 3/8.
If you download the attachment I put on this thread, one of the examples I did was in 6/8.
I just written it out in 3/4, then scrubbed out the signatures as above. When your done then, export it as a PNG, then convert back into PDF. Bit of a work around, but it does seem to work. I hope this helps.

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Re: Time Signatures

Post by MrNickDrummer » Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:20 am

Man, that's a lot of work... To me by far this is the easiest software to use for drum notation, it works beautifully but the lack of other subdivisions with eight notes, sixteen, 32nds etc is very limiting.

When playing the notes using the (very nice) feature embedded in the software, it becomes impossible to make it sound as it should with just quarter subdivisions even though all the e/a/+/. are available. I have this song with bars 6/4 and 3/8 in sequence several times but nope... can't write / hear that one inside the software.

Hopefully this feature will be available some day, because using MuseScore 3 for drums is a pain.

Thanks for the reply!

PS: On another note (no pun intended) the login in this forum is not secure, this should be fixed. (pic attached)
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