Smart Playback Plug-in

How to get there

  1. Select a region with the Selection tool icon.
  2. Choose Plug-ins > TGTools > Smart Playback.

What it does

The Smart Playback plug-in adds a playback effect to selected musical elements, such as glissandi, hairpins and trills. The plug-in must be run after the items have been added to the score. When any of these items change, you must run the plug-in again. Also, when notes are changed, all playback effects, except hairpins, need to be renewed by running the plug-in again.

The Smart Playback plug-in creates playback for the following items:

Musical Element Method of Creating Playback Effect
Smart Shape Glissandi Continuous Data Pitch Bend (maximum of one octave)
Smart Shape Hairpins Continuous Data Volume changes
Smart Shape Trill Hidden notes added to layer 4
Articulation Trill Hidden notes added to layer 4

Note that the Smart Playback plug-in will not create playback effects for tremolos created by adjusting beam extensions, such as the Easy Tremolos plug-in.

Noteman says: Human Playback interprets and performs Smart Shapes and other markings during playback automatically. See Human Playback. To hear changes to the MIDI playback definition (such as those applies with this plug-in), you must first set Human Playback to None in the Playback Controls or check the Override Human Playback option at the top of the Smart Playback plug-in.


  • Make glissandi play back. Check this box to define Smart Shape glissandi markings for playback. The plug-in adds pitch bends as continuous data. See Pitch wheel under the MIDI tool. For the glissandi to playback correctly, the bender range is set to 12. The maximum range of each glissando is one octave.
  • Number of steps per quarter note. A glissando defined for playback consists of many pitches ascending or descending rapidly via continuous data. Enter a value in this box for the number of ascending or descending pitches for each quarter note of time.


Trills etc.

  • Trills/tremolos/diddles. Check this box to define trills, tremolos or diddles for playback. Trills require Smart Shape trill symbols above the notes () or a articulation. Trills are written out in layer 4 then hidden. See also Document Options - Layers.
  • Three slashes = unmeasured tremolo. Check this box to treat the three slash subdivision articulation as an unmeasured tremolo. The Tremolo speed value entered below determines the playback of this trill.
  • Trill/unmeasured tremolo speed (per quarter note). Enter the number of repetitions of the pitch per quarter note for unmeasured tremolos or trills.
  • Start trill after what percentage of duration. Enter a percentage of the note value to delay before starting the trill for unmeasured tremolos or trills. Set this value to zero to start the trill immediately.
  • Trill interval: Diatonic • Semi-tone • Whole Tone. Select Diatonic to trill between the entered pitch and the pitch up a diatonic second. Select Semi-tone to trill between the entered pitch and a semitone higher. Select Whole Tone to trill between the entered pitch and a whole tone higher.
  • Play. Click Play to hear the selection.
  • Remove these effects from selection. Click Remove to clear the playback effects from the selection.


  • Override Human Playback. Check this option to apply the settings in this dialog box even if Human Playback is turned on in the Playback Controls.
  • OK• Cancel • Defaults • More • Play. Click OK to apply the current commands and leave the dialog box available for the next commands. Click Cancel to dismiss the dialog box without making any changes. Click Defaults to restore this dialog box to its original settings. Click More for more information on the complete TGTools plug-in collection. Click Play to accept changes, close the Smart Playback dialog box and play the score.