This afternoon, I thought of a work-around for this "problem" and it actually works! Score purists would not approve, but here's how it's done for all of you score/staff people:
I have a passage in 3/4 time (3=beats per measure; 4=quarter note gets one beat) at a tempo of 60 beats per minute.
The score reads [using: Q=quarter note; 8=8th note; 16=16th note; 32 = 32nd note; 64=64th note; dot = dotted)
| 16. 32 16 16. 32 64 64 64 64 64 64| tempo=60 in 3/4 time (as written in score)
The workaround is to take that one measure and make two measures out of it, then double the note duration value
for each note. Finally, insert a new tempo for double what you had (60 bpm becomes 120 bpm) at the beginning of measure 1.
The above becomes:
Measure 1 | Measure 2 |
| 8. 16 8 | 8. 16 32 32 32 32 32 32 | tempo=120 in 3/4 time (as written in staff view on MC5)
(keeping in mind, e.g. that an 8th note has a duration twice as long as a 16th note, etc.)
I believe that tempo changes affect all tracks in a project, so keep that in mind when writing out the other parts/voices. Be sure to set/insert the original tempo back if there are no more weird/unsupported notes in the score.
Convoluted? You betcha. but it works.
Les Paul, when he recorded in the studio, often played some very fast riffs slowly at one speed, then turned up the playback speed x2. He then overdubbed tracks at that speed. Some of his songs were incredible.
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