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Given the impending death of the Classic form of SmartMusic, I seek a method of conversion of a full band score but utilizing a single piano line accompaniment available to all instruments, rather than the current requirement of the full score as accompaniment.  Designation of a specific instrument (in this case, the piano) as the accompanying instrument as I can currently do in the Classic form using Finale, is what I seek.

Thank you,

John McLellan

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    Daniel Brisk
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    I'm looking for a thread requesting specific features of SmartMusic Classic to be brought into the new SmartMusic.  If I don't find the threads, I'll create.  Stay tuned.  You and I may want the same things back.

     

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    McGill Musicianship
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    I agree, the ability to designate which parts are for assessment and which are for accompaniment would be a dealbreaker. A similar request has been made in another post; I encourage you to upvote the original request so MakeMusic can see the total number of users waiting for this feature.

    https://smartmusic.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360017504473-Choose-what-you-want-to-be-the-Accompaniment-

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    Cynthia Gonzales
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    I learned the following last week, which may be useful when creating specific accompaniment parts.

    Goal: create a file in which multiple voices can be assessed one-at-a-time, while other parts are accompanimental. The result is that no part to be assessed will be heard with the accompaniment.

    1. When formatting the Finale file, open the score manager. Beneath the instrument list, open "Customize View."  Click "Mix."
    2. In the instrument list, locate a column titled "Vol." For all parts to be assessed, set the volume to "0."
    3. Export from Finale as MusicXML and upload into NewSmartMusic. 

    This is especially useful for creating sight singing assignments; the melody to be read at sight cannot be heard in advance. (I have not found, however, that reducing the volume to zero disables sound when individual note heads are clicked on.)

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    Cynthia Gonzales
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    The most recent update to Finale 26 includes "Convert" in the File drop-down menu, just below "Export."

    "Convert" transforms SMPX files into the format that can be uploaded into NewSmartMusic via its "Compose" feature.

    I have converted files, so I know it works. I have not yet assigned any converted files, since most of my older SMPX files need a bit of editing, which I can do more easily in Finale than I can in NewSmartMusic.

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    McGill Musicianship
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    Thanks for the info Cynthia - the zero volume workaround is brilliant!

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