Pause RRS feed

  • Question

  • In Songsmith is there any way to have a 2 second pause between measures on the song?
    Friday, June 19, 2015 6:19 PM


  • You can't add a pause for a specific time between measures (this would be very complicated to express musically), but you can take any measure and turn it into silence, which might be closer to what you want... to do that, click on any chord to enter "editing mode" for that chord.  Anything you type now will be added to the end of the chord.  

    You and can add ‘.’, ‘..’, or ‘...’ to any chord to create silence, a hard stop, or a hanging stop respectively, and you can use the notation ‘d.’ (or ‘d..’ or ‘d...’), for example, to say “everything but drums should stop here”, with ‘b’ for bass, ‘k’ for keyboard, ‘g’ for guitar, and ‘s’ for strings. So, for example, the chord “Cminbd...” would be a C minor chord with a hanging stop on everything except the drums and bass. Note that if you move the ‘happy’ or ‘jazzy’ sliders around to change the chords, these special annotations will be lost, so you might want to use the ‘lock’ feature (right-click on a chord and select ‘lock’) to lock in any special annotations you add to a chord.

    You can see this special notation in action in one of our demo songs – “Another Boring Love Song” (Songsmith file) (audio file) – which uses a ‘..’ in the last measure to create a hard stop at the end of the song.

    Hope that helps!

    -Dan from the Songsmith team

    Friday, October 23, 2015 8:02 PM