Customize SmartMusic

when you click the left side of Customize (lower, right hand side in the play window) a new window appears. The Select drop down menu lets you adjust:

Following - (formerly called Artificial Inteligence) a feature which allows SM to follow your performance - to speed up and slow down with you. It can be set from 0 to 10, where 0 is off and 10 follows every nuance; on levels of 5 or higher, you also have the option Sensitive (either “on” or “off”). Before playing, the graph beside “Follow me” on the right of the play module, shows you the level at the start of the piece - while playing the level is shown as a number beside “Accompniment”. You can shut off “Follow me” in the play window before beginning a “take”.

In the “Customize” window you can see levels which exist in the piece. You can also change the levels and/or add new ones of your own.

Proper set up and input level of the microphone is extremely important for this to function correctly. In addition, you might have to adjust the “Fine Adjustments” (see below) if you feel that SM is rushing or dragging.

TIP: In the solos which I have edited, I have only used three different levels, basically, Regular (2), Medium (5) and Strong (8). Only change or add “Follow” after you have worked on a piece for a while - then shut it off and see where you feel it needs to be added or changed.

Wait for note - When you choose “Add” and pick a measure and note (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) in playback, SM will wait until you play that note before playback continues. The note will now appear blue on the screen. Again, proper set up and input level of the microphone is extremely important for this to function correctly.

Breath mark - To set breath marks you specify the note before which a breath mark would appear. You have a choice of “Large” or “Small” breath.

Breaths are accomplished by delaying the music slightly, or with the large breath, more noticeably. You might want to test one or two breath marks before you add a large number - they can become very distracting.

Tempo - Use this to specify an exact tempo and the range you want it to be used (e.g.., 60 from bar 1 to bar 49, beat 2; then 66 from bar 49 beat 3 to bar 70, etc.). These changes can be edited again and again, until you are completely satisfied.

Skip repeats - This allows you to shut off most but not all repeats. Because of the terminology used, works with many repeats (including DC & DS) can be a little confusing.

There also seems to be a limit on the number of repeats which SM will play. More than 15 repeated sections and SM becomes very unpredictable. Because of this, some works (the ”Complete” versions of Bach’s Suite in B Minor & Telemann’s Suite in A Minor) have had to have some repeats omitted.

Cut measures - To set cuts in the music (e.g., skipping over tutti sections) click “Add” and specify a cut from the bar number and beat to bar and beat. The “cut’ section will still be visible on screen but will be jumped over in playback.

TIP: If you are cutting a Tutti section which occurs at the beginning of a work, it is easier to simply set the “start” to a few measures before the solo enters.

Fine adjustments - use this if you feel that SM is rushing or dragging in the current accompaniment. You can adjust this for the program (i.e., all accompaniments) by using Settings/Advanced settings/Fine adjustments before selecting a piece.

Once choose New Customization and have added, adjusted or changed (i.e., customized) double-click on the name to change it. You can save several different customizations for the same file; if you control-click (right-click) you have the options: Rename, Export (i.e., save to hard drive), Duplicate, Delete.

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