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The Score Window

The Score Editor is quite different from other editors in that it does not aim at 100 % exact visual representation of stored MIDI data. A direct translation of recorded MIDI notes into score graphics in most cases would (and in the case of some cheap sequencers actually does) result in a score that is so complex, that it is practically unreadable. The Space Toad for the most cases produces sufficiently readable scores, since it never directly displays its material, but rather creates a simplified interpretation of it. However, this interpretation is often a bit off the track. This because score notation is a medium for intelligent human beings, while computers are terrible stupid - especially when programmed by people as stupid as the Space Toad developer! So you will often like to make the program to interpret its data different. You can do so by adding hints to individual MIDI notes that will override the programs decision on how to interpret the data. So it should be possible to arrive at an accurate score for even complex cases as long as the following restrictions are observed (many of these may become removed in future versions):

Interpretation Modes

A complex issue is how time positions will be interpreted in case of a real-time recording. Human players (even when following a metronome) never play notes on mathematically "exact" positions, but stretch and compress time according to the musical context. The Space Toad lets you decide, if you want to view a piece rather from the mathematical side or the musical side by setting up the so-called Rubato Tolerance.

When Rubato Tolerance is low, time divisions are likely to be presented "as is", even when the presence of an internal rubato requires the use of a complex rhythmic division. A "shuffle beat" – for instance - (a rhythm oscillating between a 1+1 duplet and 2+1 triplet division) may have the following display when Rubato Tolerance is low (example is Jelly Roll Morton's "Frog-I-More Rag" sequenced by W. S. Trachtman):

The 3+2 quintuplet is chosen because it lies directly between there aforementioned divisions and is therefore the most accurate representation of a "shuffle beat" from a mathematical standpoint. But when Rubato Tolerance is raised, the picture becomes different. The program now starts to avoid the unusual quintuplets and replaces them by ordinary duplets and triplets according to what is nearest in the actual phrase:

Rubato Tolerance can also be completely turned off, but that is only to be recommended when dealing with MIDI scores written by hand that don't have any rubato.

Editing Options

These are the actions you can perform with this editor:

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