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Music MasterWorks 2017
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- If you are not
getting any sound or very low sound when playing:
- Check the
'Device'-'MIDI Output' sub-menu. Try different options on
this menu until one works. The 'MIDI out' or
'USB MIDI' is the external MIDI port, you'll need to have
an external MIDI keyboard hooked up properly with a MIDI cable/adapter for it to
'Device'-'Playback Volume' and check for the 'MIDI Synth'
(or something similar) volume. Make sure it is turned up
and not muted. Also make sure the main volume is turned up
and not muted.
- On advanced
soundcards that have more than 2-speaker options, check
your sound card's speaker settings. You may have 5.1
speaker setup selected, but only 2 speakers connected.
This can cause the MIDI to sound very faint. If you've
installed the software that came with your sound card, you
may have a 'Speaker Connection Wizard' or something
similar. Make sure your speakers match what's selected!
- Poor sound
quality: MIDI playing uses the device selected on the
'Device'-'MIDI Output' menu. The quality of the sound
depends on the quality of your sound card's MIDI system. Try
all them to see which gives the best sound. Microsoft
includes a software synthesizer that standardizes sound
across PCs called 'Microsoft GS Wavetable SW synth' - this
option will sound good on all PCs, however because it's a
software synthesizer it may have a slight time delay during
playback (which can cause synchronization problems).
- MIDI note
recording is done from all available input devices at once
(the default on your 'Devices'-'MIDI Input' menu item), so
there is nothing to set up. If you are having problems you
should check that your MIDI cable
is plugged in correctly and upgrade your sound card's
software driver. You can also try different options on your
'Devices'-'MIDI Input' sub-menu, if you have more than one
choice, to see if a certain device is causing the problem.
- If you are having
trouble placing notes at the correct intervals, you may not
have the snap-to resolution set correctly. Select
'Options'-'Snap-To Resolution' and select the appropriate
lowest time interval you'll need. For triplets, you can
select 'twelfth' or 'twenty-fourth'.
The vertical dashed lines are based on the snap-to
resolution to help you place notes. You can overlap notes in
time, so be careful of the placement (overlapped notes often
cause confusion about why rests show up in unexpected