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Custom Instruments/Transposition

Post by axyndus » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:44 pm

Hello
I'm currently arranging a piece for windband with a great Highland bagpipe (GHP). Dorico has a bagpipe, but it's a non-transposing instrument. For the GHP I'd need an instrument in Db (the reality is more complicated but this works for notational purposes). Is there or will there be a way to either create a custom instrument or to change the transposition of an existing one?

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Re: Custom Instruments/Transposition

Post by LeifG » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:02 pm

Wouldn't it work to transpose the whole bagpipe part?

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Re: Custom Instruments/Transposition

Post by Rob Tuley » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:54 pm

LeifG wrote:Wouldn't it work to transpose the whole bagpipe part?
Bagpipe notation doesn't quite follow the normal "rules", because the natural scale is D major, but the music is written without accidentals or key signature. (In traditional piping, the other semitones in a full chromatic scale are never used).

You can create a different key signature on one staff using the K popover and pressing Alt-Enter instead of Enter.

You can also tweak the playback pitch of an instrument by a semitone in the HALion player. Select the instrument and hit the "Edit" button.

Actually, if you go into the MIDI tab in HALion, you could probably tweak the playback so that F and C naturals play as F and C sharp, by playing the bagpipe patch on two different MIDI channels and switching the notes to the appropriate one. That would be a bit messy to set up, but at least the total range of the pipes is fairly small which limits the amout of work to do it.

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Re: Custom Instruments/Transposition

Post by axyndus » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:57 am

Thank you, I will try your suggestion of tweaking the playback.

EDIT: tried it and it works very well :) Changing the key signature of just the bagpipes and then transposing it up one semitone in the MIDI-tab of HALion seems to be the solution, thank you!
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