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Set the mode, sound, delay, and loudness of precount:

Reference Tones...

Tune your instrument using this function. Select pitch, octave and repetition rate. Alternatively, tune ChordPulse to your instrument by changing the frequency of the A440 reference.

Visual Transpose...

You can set a visual transpose for the chords and musical notes you see in ChordPulse. This will not affect the actual pitch at which the music plays. Visual transpose is useful for transposing instrument players (like saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, etc.) and also for guitar players using a capo.

Please note that visual transpose applies to:

   - chords (as seen on the main display)
   - chord editor
   - "Save Chords As Text..." function (in File menu)
   - "Note-Octave Matrix" visualization
   - "Chord & Bass Notes" visualization

but it does not apply to:

   - "Piano Keyboard" visualization
      (The piano keyboard will always show what a piano player would play.)

If you activate visual transpose (change it from the default C to any other musical note), then each time ChordPulse starts you will see a reminder for three seconds.

Show Musical Notes

Visualizes the musical notes that are currently being played by the backing band. You can select from the following visualization modes:

   - Piano Keyboard
   - Wide Piano Keyboard
   - Note-Octave Matrix
   - Chord & Bass Notes

In "Note-Octave Matrix" mode, the musical notes are shown in a grid. The vertical position indicates the octave of the note.

Show Actual & Total Time

Shows/hides the actual play position and total length of the session.

Show Bars

Shows/hides bar lines below chords.

Show Bar Numbers

Shows/hides bar numbers next to the 1st, 5th, 9th, etc. bar lines.


Select this to display more options:

Midi output device

Select a General Midi compatible midi output device to be controlled by ChordPulse. If there are more devices available, select the one that sounds best in your opinion.

Midi channels used

Select the midi channels ChordPulse uses to communicate with your midi device. One channel is used for drums (always midi channel 10), six additional channels are used by different instruments of the accompaniment.

Warning before deleting an unsaved session

If on, a warning is displayed before opening a session, starting a new session, or leaving the application with an unsaved session.

Flat notes by default in new session

Selects flat notes to be used by default in new sessions. Otherwise sharp notes will be selected.

Automatically close "Style" / "Tempo" / "Key shift" selector

If this is enabled, the "Style" / "Tempo" / "Key shift" selector closes automatically after clicking on its buttons (e.g. selecting a music style). Otherwise, the selector stays open after the first mouse click, so you can try different settings conveniently (e.g. search for music styles).

Model - White

Select white version of ChordPulse.

Model - Wide

Select wide version of ChordPulse.

Model - Key shift buttons

Show key shift buttons (reset/+/- key shift controls) in main window.

Display text color

Select a color for the text used on the main black display.

Chord colors

Select a coloring method for the chords:

"Match text": all chords have the same color: "Display text color"
"Alternating": chord colors match "Display text color",
      but every 2nd chord is darker
"Spectrum":chords are colored based on their bass notes
"Pastel spectrum": a less saturated version of "Spectrum"

Color gradient for slash chords

If this option is enabled, the bottom part of a slash chord will be colored based on the bass note, the top part will be colored based on the chord root note, with a smooth gradient between the two colors. If disabled, the chord will have a single color based on the bass note.

Chord & page look

Select a style for the chord and page sensors.

Chord cursor

Show/hide the chord cursor below the chords. The chord cursor shows which chord is actually being played. In pulse mode, the cursor pulsates with a frequency based on the current BPM.

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