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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.

Drum Corps Wallpapers for MuseScore

Here is a folder with a collection of Wallpapers for MuseScore inspired by World Class drum corps.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dp6zxm12ovou8vf/wallpaper.zip?dl=0

Once you have downloaded and extracted the files, select the MuseScore menu in the top left of the MuseScore application, then Preferences.

MuseScore > Preferences > Canvas

From the Canvas tab, click the folder icon next to the Wallpaper field.

Browse to the desired wallpaper file. Ok.

BAM!

More info on Canvas and Preference - https://musescore.org/en/handbook/preferences#canvas

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.

Help Appreciated

I'm not too great at spicing up Low Brass or bass parts. Nor am I too great at writing battery parts. Bear with me on this piece since I haven't figured out on an opener and if you'd like to help me write it that would be awesome! Either way help is much appreciated so if you'd like to collaborate on my piece Life To Undead (which needs a better title too) I'd love the help!

Indoor Percussion

 Hey, guys! I'm new here and have been recently writing an indoor percussion piece (I've only written front ensemble) and I need someone to write battery for it. I need a snare, 5 drum tenor/quintet quads, and 5 bass drums. Whoever is willing to do it must be able to stick to a schedule. I will credit you and allow you to post, but if you claim you wrote everything yourself, I WILL report you.
Thank You!

My email is 
rednotewriter@icloud.com">rednotewriter@icloud.com

Indoor Percussion

 
Hey, guys! I'm new here and have been recently writing an indoor percussion piece (I've only written front ensemble) and I need someone to write battery for it. I need a snare, 5 drum tenor/quintet quads, and 5 bass drums. Whoever is willing to do it must be able to stick to a schedule. I will credit you and allow you to post, but if you claim you wrote everything yourself, I WILL report you.
Thank You!

My email is 
rednotewriter@icloud.com">rednotewriter@icloud.com

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.