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MDL Feedback

Hey everyone. I thought I'd drop the first post to get feedback on MDL and see how we can continue to improve.

We are currently working on MDL 1.1, which we hope to release in the next couple of days. 

In this release we are working on some minor fixes in articulations, improving templates and also adjusting the sound of individual instruments (here is an example of sound updates in progress - https://soundcloud.com/musescorelabs/mdl-11-beta-tuning-test-fluid-flavor).

I'd love to get your feedback and suggestions on any aspect of MDL you think we can improve.

MDL 1.0 Feedback

Wow. I have to say how impressed I am with MDL 1.0  When Daniel first came online talking about this project, I was skeptical. I didn't think we'd get a viable alternative to VDL for free. Yet, here we are. It's great work and a huge asset to the community.

Keep in mind, I primarily write for battery and all comments come with that lens.

First, it's very speedy to write battery parts. Tuplets get a little squirrely at times, but I'll chalk that up to learning curve on my end. Its fast enough that I find myself unreasonably annoyed with the things that aren't quite as fast.

One thing that slows me significantly is how much overlap I get with accents, articulations, dynamics and pictograms in the defaults.  I spend a lot of time moving things to where they're readable. I don't think I've changed the default settings. For example, pictograms are showing up right in the middle of the staff. Even then, I find myself deciding it's "good enough" and moving on to something else. I don't love how some of my published scores look, but it's just the way it is.

On the 'feature request' side, one thing I miss about Sib is the percussions stickings text and how it aligns to notes without additional futzing by me. With the 'staff text' in MS MDL I press a lot of space bar and caps / lower case make things not quite aligned. 

Second, audio playback is a B+ for the battery - and I'm being hyper critical. The sextuplets in particular are vastly superior to what I was getting in Sib + VDL. The flams sound great too.  However, there are times when playback creates weird phaser / wooshing sounds that just don't happen in real life. 

Finally - and I'll beat this point forever - I'm really missing the ability to dictate stickings - particularly on the snare drum - and have the audio follow. Patterns like shirley murphey's, egg beaters or even just paradiddles just don't sound quite right. They're less important on tenors and even less important on bass, but would still be nice.

All in all, it's amazing. I'm a fan and quickly becoming an evangelist for MDL. The entire team deserves praise.

MuseScore Drumline (MDL) Preview

The first preview release of MDL is now available for download.
Download the file mdl_0_2_5.zip and follow the instructions outlined in the enclosed readme.txt file.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KY658fpCWa_LE39bnufB2BXgqp59HkQx?usp=sharing

This is an ALPHA release, so you will likely experience some minor bugs and the installation and configuration process is currently a manual process.

Included you will also find a rough draft of the notation reference for:

- Snareline
- Tenorline
- Bassline

If you are a VDL user or used to reading notation created in VDL, the notation reference should be somewhat familiar, though there are some clear differences.

Currently in progress, but not yet included are:

- Solo Snare
- Solo Tenors
- Cymbal line
- Racks

PLEASE DO feel free to offer feedback or suggestions on how we can improve any aspect of the sound playback, particularly:

- Instrument sound
- Balance across instrument
- Articulation quality
- Articulation accuracy
- Ensemble blend

Very specific and concrete suggestions can more easily help us to improve the quality and make a finished version freely available to the community as quickly as possible.

New Percussion Soundfont for 2.3

I thought I would share the progress with the new percussion soundfont. Here is a demo of marching snare.

A couple of points to mention - each sound has 4 samples with random alternations between each sample to make it sound much more realistic.

The soundfont is fully compatible with VDL, so has all the same articulations and capabilities (except mallet changes).

There will be 6 tenors and 2 bassline options - 6 basses and 10 basses. 

I hope to be able to get this to the community to be testing within the next couple of weeks. :-)

Need Someone To Write Battery Part For Show

Hello! I composed a high school indoor percussion show that is still untitled. I am very new to writing for battery so I am asking someone to do it for me. I will credit you! More than one person can do it. Do not steal my composition and claim it as your own.

NOTES ----
There are some parts that I would like for battery parts to not be written:
1. During the preshow, before keyboards enter for the first time.
2. During the transition to Part 2.
3. During the beginning of Part 2, with the eerie celesta phrases. After the marimba enters with the swelling eighth notes, it is fine, and so on.

Here are some parts where I'd like a specific thing to happen:
1. A tenor "Feature" that includes syncopated rims.
2. A cymbal feature where the keyboards decrescendo to mp before the final impact to the end.
Beyond that, you can do whatever you please!

LINK : https://musescore.com/user/226816/scores/5019991

Contact me as soon as you finish! Comment if you are interested!
Additionally, I compose for winds, so if you would like to collab in the future, my email is : circusespart2@gmail.com

THANK YOU.

Marching Percussion Templates

As we are preparing the MuseScore 2.3 update, I thought I would see what type of templates you guys would like to see added for marching percussion in the next update.

Right now we are considering:

- Drumline (snare, tenors, basses, cymbals)
- Drumline - show style (snare, tenors, single tenor, basses, cymbals)
- Indoor Marching Percussion (add flubs to drumline, plus front ensemble)
- Front Ensemble (help us define this one!)
- Military drum corps (snare, single tenor, bass, cymbals)
- Pipeband drum corps (snare, single tenor, bass)

Anything we're missing? Anything else you'd like to see?

Orchestration Practice Competition RESULTS

There were a lot really close, so all of the numbers are pretty tight :D
so here they are!

First place - @lizzapie
Second place - @vesteel
Third place - @Grimes Music Press

Scores! (in order of judging)

https://musescore.com/sss5/orchestration-thing
SCORE - 15
https://musescore.com/lizzapie/the-minute-polka--arrangement
SCORE - 20 (1st)
https://musescore.com/owlman142/the-minute-polka
SCORE - 15
https://musescore.com/user/2878026/scores/4999455
SCORE - 18 (3rd)
https://musescore.com/fabian01/the-minute-polka---orchestration-of-robin-m-butlers-the-minute-polka-for-piano-solo
SCORE - 17
https://musescore.com/johnwd/robin-m-butler-minute-p-o-l-k-a---orchestrationarrangement-by-john-donaldson
SCORE - 16
https://musescore.com/user/24959521/scores/5005494
SCORE - 15
https://musescore.com/vesteel/butletminutepolkavesteelorchestra
SCORE - 19 (2nd)
https://musescore.com/user/26997940/scores/5010382
SCORE - 16
https://musescore.com/jmusic1600/robin-m-butler---the-minute-polka-for-orchestra-arr-jacob-evarts-hq-audio
SCORE - 17
https://musescore.com/rookwizard/minutepolka
SCORE - 16


Thank you all! be sure to watch for a summer original competition! :D

*I did average out a little bit the scoring of the scores, so some scores scored higher in caparison to others than what is written, but they all had some really great ideas!!*

I’m updating “Shorts for Trombone” and need suggestions for songs to add

You may have seen my “Shorts for Trombone.” It is by far my most popular score, probably because it pops up if you search  for a lot of popular music. It has not been updated in a while and I would like to add a whole bunch of new excerpts to it. If you have any suggestions, comment them below and I will add pretty much anything.  
I am also interested in creating versions of my shorts for concert pitch treble, Eb treble, F treble, and Bb treble, and a version in bass clef an octave lower than the current version so that more people can play my shorts. I am not pro, so those would be something you would have to ask for.

Here’s the score: https://musescore.com/user/2878026/scores/2800021

Front Ensemble Instrument Changes

I have been thinking quite a lot about how we can support instrument changes for front ensemble to include mixing pitched and non-pitched percussion.

In trying to come up with a solution to this, I started thinking about the actual physical construction and organization of these instruments, for example on the frame of a marimba is a rail which you can attach another instrument.

Using this metaphor, I came up with the concept of a "rail" added to a pitched percussion staff. This rail functions quite literally the same as the rail on an instrument frame might, enabling the ability to add and switch between nearly any non-pitched percussion instrument.

Here is an example - https://musescore.com/daniel/scores/5032929