RehearScorePlus TOC 1.1.indd - Music Theatre International

RehearScorePlus TOC 1.1.indd - Music Theatre International
MTI’S REHEARSCORE®PLUS
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USER’S GUIDE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction ................................................................ 1
The RehearScore®PLUS Window.................................... 2
Program Menu Buttons ................................................. 3
Title, Song and Timeline ............................................... 4
Playback Controls........................................................ 5
Edit “Boxes and Buttons” .............................................. 6
Measures, Tempos, Tranpositions................................... 7
Parts and Accompaniment Control ................................. 8
Markers ................................................................... 11
Saving Your Arrangement ........................................... 12
Frequently Asked Questions/Tech Support .................... 13
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MTI’s
RehearScore Plus
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CONGRATULATIONS!
You have chosen to use MTI’s RehearScore®PLUS for your rehearsal process. The RehearScore®PLUS is a powerful,
yet simple-to-use rehearsal aide that will help your cast learn and rehearse their music easily and conveniently,
vastly enhancing your rehearsal process, freeing you up for other work as the computer tirelessly teaches parts and
plays rehearsals. RehearScore®PLUS plays every note of the Piano/Conductor Score precisely the way the composer
intended. Your copy of RehearScore®PLUS can be loaded onto as many computers (both PC and MAC) as needed
at no extra charge! It can augment your rehearsal accompanist during dance or staging rehearsals and also act as
a private pianist for each of your cast members, whether they are rehearsing in your theatre, a practice room or
in their own homes. Because each singer’s part has been recorded on a separate track, it can be played back with or
without accompaniment (or louder or softer relative to the accompaniment).
There are many ways in which MTI’s RehearScore®Plus can help with your rehearsal process. Below are seven ways
that directors, musical directors and choreographers can use the RehearScore®Plus to make the rehearsal process
easier and more productive.
1)
EVERY CAST MEMBER CAN HAVE ACCESS TO REHEARSCORE®PLUS! (LOAD THE
REHEARSCORE®PLUS ONTO AS MANY COMPUTERS AS YOU LIKE!)
2)
CONDUCT DANCE OR CHORAL REHEARSALS! (VARY THE TEMPO AND SEPARATE PARTS!)
3)
FIND THE RIGHT KEY- TRANSPOSITIONS ARE EASY! (TRANSPOSE UP AND DOWN IN HALF-STEP INCREMENTS)
4)
NEW FEATURE! CLICK AND JUMP TO ANY MEASURE (THE NEW ‘TIME LINE’ MEASURE NUMBERS MATCH THE SCORE!)
5)
NEW FEATURE! ADD CUTS AND VAMPS
6)
NEW FEATURE! SAVE YOUR CHANGES!
7)
NEW FEATURE! WORKS ON MAC OS X & WINDOWS VISTA (MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: MAC OS10.X OR WINDOWS XP), FOR OLDER
OPERATING SYSTEMS, CONTACT MTI.
QUICK START INSTRUCTIONS:
INSERT THE ENCLOSED CD INTO YOUR COMPUTER. IF THE INSTALLATION DOES NOT START AUTOMATICALLY, CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE ICON (PC OR MAC). THE INSTALLATION PROGRAM WILL INSTALL THE ENTIRE
REHEARSCORE®PLUS ON TO YOUR SYSTEM. ONCE THE INSTALLATION IS COMPLETE, SIMPLY CLICK ON THE “R” ICON ON YOUR DESKTOP, AND YOU’RE READY TO GO!
PLEASE NOTE
ONCE YOU INSTALL YOUR REHEARSCORE®PLUS PROGRAM, IT WILL EXPIRE AFTER SIX (6) MONTHS. IF YOU NEED TO USE THE REHEARSCORE®PLUS BEYOND
THAT POINT, PLEASE CALL YOUR MTI REPRESENTATIVE FOR AN EXTENSION CODE. EXTENSION CODES WILL ONLY BE GIVEN FOR VALID, BOOKED PRODUCTIONS.
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The REHEARSCORE®PLUS Window
All of the functions of the RehearScore®PLUS are accessible in one easy-to-operate window. Most of the
controls are self-explanatory. The easiest way to learn how to use MTI’s RehearScore®PLUS is simply to
spend some time playing with it.
A map of MTI’s RehearScore®PLUS features is below, with each feature explained in more detail on the
following pages.
Time Line Control
Song Title Dropdown
Show Title
Start/End Time Edit Boxes
Cut/Vamp/Attacca Edit Buttons
Program Dropdown Menus
Playback Controls
Markers
Transposition Control
Tempo Control
Parts and Accompaniment Controls
Measure:Beat Reference
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Program Menu Buttons
The HELP Menu
• Turn Tool Tips Off - MTI’s
RehearScore®PLUS utilizes “roll-over” tips
as part of its interface. This button toggles
the roll-over “tips” on and off.
• MTI Web Site - Click to go to the
MTI Website if you are connected to the
internet
• MTI RehearScore Help - Click
to connect to help via the MTI Website
• Order A Transposition - will
take you to the MTI Website page (if you
are connected to the Internet) where you
can order an MTI “Transposition-OnDemand” for available song titles.
The ACTION Menu
Here you can find keyboard shortcuts
for all of the actions available in the
RehearScore®PLUS window.
The REHEARSCORE Menu
A standard program menu to check which
version of RehearScore®PLUS software is
running, and a “Quit” button to end the
program.
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Title, Song and Timeline
SHOW TITLE
Your Show automatically loads when you
launch RehearScore®PLUS!
SONG TITLE Menu
You can quickly move to any song by
simply selecting it in the Song Title
Dropdown Menu. All songs in your show—
from “Overture” to “Exit Music”—are
included (including all scene change music
as well). They are numbered exactly as
they appear in the Piano/Conductor score.
THE TIMELINE
New to RehearScore®PLUS, the TIMELINE
is the heart of your score. On the TIMELINE
you can:
* Click and drag to highlight measures in
order to edit them (set cuts and vamps), or
conversely, click on edits to delete them.
* “Double-click” on the timeline will
immediately jump to that point in the song.
ALL of the measure numbers on the
timeline MATCH the measure numbers in
the Piano/Conductor score, even if they
are “letters,” “numbers” or combinations
of both!
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Playback Controls
Most of the Playback functions are similar to an ordinary CD or MP3 player—Stop, Play, Fast Forward, Rewind, Next
Song and Previous Song. The button on the far right, however, is unique to RehearScore®PLUS—the Exit Vamp button.
See descriptions below.
The PLAY and STOP Buttons
Click one to “PLAY” and one to “STOP.” Alternatively, the spacebar on the computer toggles “Play” on and off.
The REWIND and FAST FORWARD Buttons
Clicking the REWIND button jumps to the first beat of the previous measure. Alternately, clicking the FAST FORWARD button
advances the song to the beginning of the next measure. Quick clicking in either direction moves you quickly back and forth
through the score.
The PREVIOUS SONG and NEXT SONG Buttons
If you are at the beginning of a song, clicking the PREVIOUS SONG button will go to the beginning of the previous song. If you
are in the middle of the song (past measure 1), clicking the PREVIOUS SONG button will go to the beginning of the song that is
open. Clicking NEXT SONG will take you to the beginning of the next song in the song list.
EXIT VAMP Button
Whether a VAMP is pre-programmed or programmed by you, the
EXIT VAMP button will take the player out of the vamp on the next
pass (or ignore the vamp if it hasn’t begun to repeat).
SEE VAMP EDITING for more!
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EDIT “Boxes and Buttons”
START/END
TIME EDIT BOXES
When you select a part of the song (by
clicking and dragging) to edit, the “start
measure” and “end measure” appear in
the START/END TIME EDIT BOXES. These
default to beat one of each measure. You
can override the default by actually typing
alternate “beats” and “ticks” in these
boxes, e.g., if you are cutting from beat
two in measure 5 to beat 3 in measure 7,
your Start/End Boxes would read:
Start: 5/3/000 End: 7/3/00
(This would play as 5/1, 5/2, 7/3, 7/4 the number in the start box is the first count
that is cut, and the number in the end box
the first count that will begin playing after
the cut).
CUT / VAMP / ATTACCA
BUTTONS
* Making A CUT - highlight the measures and beats you
want to cut, click the CUT button. The highlighted area becomes
grey, with two arrows indicating the cut. The next time you play
the song, RehearScore®PLUS will skip over these measures.
* Setting A VAMP - hitting the VAMP button once you
have selected a specific set of measures, creates a VAMP. If there
are VAMPS already indicated in the score, these will already be
programmed into your RehearScore®PLUS files. “VAMPS” are
measures that will be repeated (over and over) until you hit the
“EXIT VAMP” button. A VAMP is indicated in RehearScore®PLUS
by a grey highlighted area that contains “repeat markings” at
each end (||: and :||).
NOTE: Vamps differ from “Repeats” in that they will continue to play over and over until
you exit. Standard Repeats as they appear in the score are preprogrammed, and sometimes
appear as a measure number with an appendix - i.e., if measures 2 - 4 are repeated once,
they may appear in the RehearScore®PLUS as measures number 2 - 3 - 4 - 2.1 - 3.1 - 4.1
(the “.1” designating the repeat).
* Setting An ATTACCA - an ATTACCA is used when
you don’t want a break between two songs. If an ATTACCA is
indicated in the Piano/Conductor score, it should already be
programmed into your RehearScore®PLUS files. However, if you
want to add an ATTACCA, simply highlight the final measure (or
beat) of the song you want to jump from and hit the “ATTACCA”
button. When you play the song, it will jump to the next song file
and begin playing it immediately.
TO DELETE ANY CUTS, VAMPS or ATTACCAS
(whether preprogrammed or not), simply click to highlight the edit, and hit the “delete” button on your keyboard!
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Measures, Tempo, Transpositions
MEASURE:BEAT
Reference
Clicks off beats and measures as the song
file plays—an easy reference as to where
you are in the score!
TEMPO CONTROL
You can slow down or speed up the
tempo (without changing the pitch) in
three ways:
* Drag the slider bar left (to slow down)
or right (to speed up)
* Click on the “-” or “+” box at each
end of the slider
* Highlight the “New Tempo” number
and type in a new value
TRANSPOSITION
CONTROL
RehearScore®PLUS can transpose up
and down an octave in each direction in
half-step increments. To Transpose, simply
click on the up or down arrow in the
Transposition Control Box. Each click will
take you one half-step up or down.
MAKE A MISTAKE? WANT TO GET BACK TO THE ORIGINAL PRE-PROGRAMMED TEMPO OR KEY?
Simply hit the “RESET” button in the Control Boxes.
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Parts and Accompaniment Control
The Parts and Accompaniment Control Panel is located in the center of the RehearScore®PLUS Player. This panel allows you to
separate individual parts in several different ways:
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Control the volume of any individual part or accompaniment track
Change the “instrument sound” (patch) of any individual part or accompaniment track
Mute any individual part or accompaniment track
The ON/OFF Toggle
Click on the “Speaker Icon” to toggle parts on or off. Leave vocal parts on as your performers learn their songs, then turn the
vocal parts off so they get used to performing with just the accompaniment.
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Parts and Accompaniment Control
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The PATCH Dropdown Menu
Click and hold to scroll through the PATCH dropdown menu. This allows you to play individual parts with different sounds. This
can be helpful if actors are having problems separating their part from the other parts that are playing. The default for all parts
is an Acoustic Piano sound.
Once a new sound is selected, it appears in the patch window.
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Parts and Accompaniment Control
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The VOLUME Slider
Another way to make a part stand out from the others is to make that part louder than the rest. To change the volume of any
individual part, simply click and drag the Volume slider. Dragging it to the right will make the part louder; dragging it to the left
will make the part softer.
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Markers
The MARKER Control Panel
Markers are a quick way to jump to a specific place in the score, especially for those times when you don’t have a score
near you and/or don’t know the measure number you want to jump to or begin at. Markers generally have “cues” noted:
either specific lyrics, or specific dialogue or action cues. Clicking once on the marker while the song is playing will cause the
RehearScore®PLUS to jump to that specific measure and beat. Clicking once on the marker while the RehearScore®PLUS is
dormant, will cause the RehearScore®PLUS to begin playing at that measure when you hit the play button.
Editing MARKERS
You can edit markers by double-clicking on them—you can change the measure/beat/tick where they will jump and also
change the actual cue line within the Marker.
By clicking on the ADD button, you can create your own markers.
Clicking the DELETE button will delete any marker that is highlighted in your marker menu.
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Saving Your Arrangement
The SAVE Prompt
If you have made any changes to the song file(s) while in the RehearScore®PLUS Program, you will be prompted before you
close the program to either “Save” or “Discard” your changes. Clicking “Save” will save ALL of the changes you have made to
ANY songfiles while you had the RehearScore®PLUS open. Clicking “Discard” will erase ALL changes you have made to ANY
songfiles while you had the RehearScore®PLUS open.
The SAVE ARRANGEMENT Button
You may also save your changes as you make them, by clicking on the “SAVE ARRANGEMENT” button located in the lower
right corner of the RehearScore®PLUS window. Clicking on this button will save ALL of the changes you have made to ANY
songfile while you had the RehearScore®PLUS open since the last time you clicked on this button.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Question:
Answer:
Will the new RehearScore®PLUS run on Macs running OSX? Will it run on Leopard too?
Yes, the new RehearScore®PLUS runs on all versions of OSX, including Leopard.
Question:
Answer:
Will the new RehearScore®PLUS run on Windows XP? Will it run on Vista?
Yes, the new RehearScore®PLUS runs on both XP and Vista.
Question:
Answer:
Will the new RehearScore®PLUS run on older operating systems like Windows 2000?
No, the new RehearScore®PLUS Plus will not run on older operating systems. If you only have access to an
older operating system, contact MTI.
Question:
Answer:
How do I create practice CDs or audio cassettes for my actors?
Rather than trying to create an audio CD or cassette for your actors, we strongly recommend that you share
the RehearScore®PLUS software with all of your actors. In this way, they can take the software home and
place it on their home computers. There is no limit to the number of computers you can place the new
RehearScore®PLUS software on.
Question:
Answer:
How do I amplify the sound from my computer for rehearsals?
You can purchase an inexpensive mini-stereo to RCA cable from your local audio parts store. You need to
connect the mini-stereo plug to your computer’s headphone jack, and the RCA plug to your stereo sound
system.
Question:
Answer:
My RehearScore®PLUS expired. Can I get an extension?
Yes, you can get additional 6-month extensions. Simply call your MTI representative, and they will provide you
with all the information that you would need to extend the time period on your RehearScore®PLUS software.
Question:
Answer:
How do I mute a group of instruments in the RehearScore®PLUS?
The new RehearScore®PLUS follows the Piano/Conductor Score. If you need to mute a voice part, or if you
need to mute the piano accompaniment, simply click the speaker image in the ON/OFF column in the Vocal
Parts & Accompaniment section.
Question:
Answer:
I can’t hear anything on my PC. What’s wrong?
Most likely, the volume to your computer’s internal synthesizer has been turned down. To adjust the volume, go
to: Start<Control Panel<Sounds and Audio Devices. Once there, click on the Audio Tab. On the bottom of this
pane, you will see a Volume Button in the MIDI Music Playback section. If you click on this button, a volumecontrol window will open up. You can adjust the volume to your computer’s internal MIDI Synthesizer within
this new window.
Question:
Answer:
Where are the MIDI files located?
Like the RehearScore®PLUS application, the songfiles associated with RehearScore®PLUS are proprietary
information and are not accessible except from within the RehearScore®PLUS program.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
MTI’s RehearScore®PLUS has been designed to be easy-to-use and edit. If you have any questions, problems or
suggestions, please contact us:
EMAIL: RehearScore@MTIShows.com
PHONE: (212) 541- 4684
FAX: (212) 397-4684
We hope you enjoy using MTI’s RehearScore®PLUS!
WARNING!
REMEMBER: MTI’S REHEARSCORE®PLUS IS NOT TO BE USED IN PERFORMANCE. IT IS INTENDED FOR REHEARSAL PURPOSES ONLY.
IF THE PROGRAM IS USED IN A PERFORMANCE SITUATION, THE RIGHTS FOR YOUR SHOW MAY BE REVOKED.
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