Piano "rolls"

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Piano "rolls"

Post by michaelesisk » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:55 pm

I am unsure how to ask this question with proper terminology since I am not a music major

I am attempting to create a set of rolling arpeggios in a single measure:

Example (in a 4/4 time signature):

Bass clef: F# A C# Treble clef: E G. B. —— for beat one

Treble clef: F#. A C#. (Next octave E. G. B. —— for beat two


To complete four beats in the measure

So there would be twenty-four notes in the measure.

I realize that layers are (likely) necessary.

I apologize that I, the math/computer science major, cannot articulate in better terminology to the music majors and gurus on the forum.

Thanks again for any help. I am learning — and enjoying the challenge,

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Re: Piano "rolls"

Post by Michel R E » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:07 pm

just write the 4 chords, one per beat, no layers, just one in the bottom staff, the other in the top staff, and use the roll articulation.

if the playback isn't quite right, you MAY have to write all of the notes in one staff, use the note mover tool to get some of them into the bottom staff, use the stem tool to separate the stems, and THEN use a single roll to get the right playback effect.

again, no need for layers, or voices, or anything of that sort.
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Re: Piano "rolls"

Post by ttw » Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:21 am

It's possible also to get a more articulated arpeggio. I've done this for harp and for piano. Example: I wanted a 7-note arpeggio in 32nd-notes, slightly delayed, in a quarter-note time space. I just wrote a 32nd-rest then a 32nd note tied to a 16th-note tied to an eighth; above this, I wrote a 16th-note rest tied to the rest of the cluster. Etc. The rests were mostly (except for the initial 32nd-rest) hidden (I think FInale did this for me, but perhaps I checked or unchecked a box somewhere.) Then a slur over the system and I've got an arpeggio with a "broken hand" type delay.

For simple arpeggios, R.E.Michel's answer is fine.

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