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Mournful.DQM MIDI Setup

When this setup is loaded, right-clicking on the Pitch-to-MIDI title bar or any non-control portion of the dialog will open Help at this topic.

Mournful.DQM uses Tenor Sax (66) and Electric Bass - Pick (34) with Scales set to Major and +/-Notes at 0. Tempo is 180 BPM. Track Min-Max range is 100-2500 Hz.

This setup is intended for DaqMusiq use; with KaleidoSynth it tends to get stuck in simple alternating note patterns, or produce runs of several identical notes.

The Velocity Pattern for the Sax voice is '8686', which sets a measure as 4 beats, with a slight modulation in loudness. There is no Chord Pattern for this voice.

The Velocity Pattern for the Bass voice is '8___', also 4 beats per measure but the first note is held. The Chord Pattern is a single 'M' at position 0, for a Major chord which is thus held throughout the measure. This will be modified by the Changes script... see below.

Both voices use Range Fit; the Sax voice has a range of 20-80, while the Bass voice range is 30-70.

The Bass voice has Arpeggio-Strum set to 1 for a quick strum.

The Changes script is in Voice 1, but it affects Voice 2. Comments are added here, preceded by semicolons:

$A=117                  ;117 Hz Oscillator
{! W=16 UA=$A(70,90)    ;Wait 16 beats, random User A
rM2=UA oL=UA            ;User A to Range Max, show it
[?(0,1)=1               ;50% random IF
C2.0="M" oR="M"         ;Set Major chord if 1, show it
| C2.0=" " oR=" "]      ;Else clear chord if not

This is identical to the script for Symphonic.DQM, which is explained in detail there. One important point to note is that while it changes the Range Max value in exactly the same way, that gives a different feeling here: Where high values in Symphonic caused a surge of "excitement", here the feeling is more that of "intensity" or "soulfulness".

Now toggle Percussion on. It's already set up to use Low Floor Tom (41) and Acoustic Snare (38), with the Snare Velocity set down to 80 (compared to 127 for the Tom) so it doesn't dominate.

The Percussion instruments have Velocity Patterns of '88006600' for Tom and '00880066' for Snare, giving two strong beats of Tom followed by two of Snare, then two softer beats of Tom followed by two soft beats of Snare.

Try changing the Voice 1 Instrument from Tenor Sax to Harmonica (22).

See also Example MIDI Setup Files, MIDI Setup Files, Musical Frontiers, DaqMusiq, KaleidoSynth, Pitch-to-MIDI dialog, Pitch Track Toolbox - Overview, Spectrogram / Pitch Track Controls, Spectrogram / Pitch Track (Sgram/PT)


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