Options Menu - Software Guide
Please note that all settings located in the Options menu are global (i.e. program level) settings. For example, if you change the master tune of ChordPulse, this will apply to all sessions you load.
In this window you can specify the duration, sound, delay, and loudness of precount:
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.
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 selector
- "Export Chords To Text File..." function (in File menu)
- musical note visualization modes that are not based on the piano keyboard
but it does not apply to:
- musical note visualization modes based on the piano keyboard
(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.
ChordPulse lets you listen to chords, chord notes, chord roots or bass notes while the music is not playing, see page Chord audition. In this window, you can set the mode (Off, Chord, Arpeggio), musical instrument, and loudness of the chord audition function:
In this window you can specify how you would like the half diminished seventh chord and the augmented seventh chord to be notated on the screen.
If you select compact notation for the half diminished seventh, the chord will be displayed as "7", otherwise "m7b5" will be used. Regardless of the option selected here, in exported text files the half diminished seventh chord will be shown as "m7b5".
ChordPulse outputs MIDI messages that can be sent to a MIDI output device to generate sound in real time. Alternatively, the musical information can be exported to standard MIDI files for further processing or playback. A General MIDI compatible synthesizer (software or hardware) is required to create an accompaniment with the intended musical instruments. In this window, you can select a MIDI output device and define which MIDI channels to use for communication:
Musical Note Visualizer
Visualizes the musical notes that are currently being played by ChordPulse. You can select a visualization mode from this menu or you can click on the actual visualization in the main window to switch to the next mode. The available visualization modes are:
- Full Piano Keyboard
- Compact Keyboard
- Split Keyboard
- Split Notes
- Note-Octave Matrix
Please note that the visual transpose (i.e. transposing instrument) function does not apply to visualization modes based on the piano keyboard: piano keyboards will always show what a piano player would play.
In the 'Split Keyboard' and 'Split Notes' modes, musical notes are separated based on musical instruments. If a musical instrument is part of the bass section (e.g. an electric bass guitar), then its notes will be visualized as bass notes. If an instrument is part of the chords section, its notes will be visualized as chord notes, including notes that may function as bass notes (e.g. the left hand part of a piano pattern).
In the "Note-Octave Matrix" visualization mode, the musical notes are shown in a grid. The vertical position indicates the octave of a note (with the highest octave at the top).
Musical Note Visualizer Options...
In this window, you can customize how musical notes are visualized in the different visualization modes:
Show Chord Notes In Chord Selector
If enabled, small dots will be displayed in the chord selector to indicate which musical notes are part of the selected chord. For options and more details about chord voicing, please see "Chord Voicing..." in "Play" menu.
Show Actual & Total Time
Shows/hides the actual play position and total length of the session.
Show Bar Numbers
Shows/hides bar numbers next to bar lines (below the chords). The density of bar numbers can be customized in the "More..." window (see below).
In this window you can find additional options to customize the user interface of ChordPulse:
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