Rhythmic Subdivisions Plug-in
How to get there
Choose Plug-ins > Note, Beam,
and Rest Editing > Rhythmic Subdivisions.
What it does
The Rhythmic Subdivisions plug-in provides
a method of easily entering measures of repeated notes. The Rhythmic Subdivisions
plug-in will go through all the note entries in the selected region, subdividing
those entries into a smaller rhythmic value. The result will be a number
of repeating note entries replacing the original entry. If you wish, you
may specify that only entries with a certain range of rhythmic durations
should be effected by the Rhythmic Subdivisions command.
Selected Entries · Entries Within Range of Durations · From · Through
· EDUs. In the top half of the dialog you can specify whether the
command should be applied to all note entries within the selected region,
or if you would prefer only entries within a range of rhythmic values
to be effected by the command. You can specify the rhythmic values by
clicking on the durations in the palettes, or you can specify any arbitrary
number of EDUs by typing a value into the text fields.
Values · Rhythmic Duration. In the bottom half of the dialog you
can specify how you wish to subdivide the note entries in the current
selection. If you select the Equal Values Radio Button, each note entry
effected by the command will be divided into entries of shorter value.
If you select the Rhythmic Duration Radio Button, each note entry effected
by the command will be divided into entries of the duration you specify.
Note that in the second case, if any entries in the current selection
are already of the duration you specify (or shorter), they will not be
· Cancel. Click OK to subdivide the selection with the specified
settings. Click Cancel to dismiss the dialog box with making any changes.
The two following examples show how the Rhythmic
Subdivisions plug-in works. Starting with a selection as follows:
The Equal Durations option, set as follows:
The Rhythmic Duration option, with the settings
in the following example:
would result in:
Rhythmic Subdivisions plug-in beams the entries it creates according to
the time signature in each measure effected by the command.
are never subdivided. Accidentals are not repeated. Articulation markings
and other note details are not copied.
using the Equal Values option the smallest subdivision you may enter is
2; the largest is 32. You may enter any whole number in this range. The
plug-in will generate tuplets if necessary. The plug-in will also generate
nested tuplets properly if the selection contained tuplets before the
plug-in was executed and the subdivision value is not 2, 4, 8, 16, or
using the Rhythmic Duration option, you can generate tuplets by entering
the appropriate number of EDUs into the text field (for instance, 341
EDUs will generate eighth-note triplets). Care must be taken in using
this option if the selection contains tuplets before execution, since
tuplet markings already present in the document will not be removed. Instead,
the Rhythmic Subdivisions plug-in will generate a nested tuplet with an
effective duration close to the value you specified.
markings generated by the Rhythmic Subdivisions plug-in are always rhythmically
correct. However, in cases where multiple interpretations are possible
(for instance, subdividing a whole note into twelve equal values), you
may need to adjust the tuplet markings manually according to your needs.
using the Rhythmic Duration option, it is possible that some entries in
the selection are shorter than the subdivision duration you specified.
Simply ignore any other entries shorter than the chosen subdivision duration.