The control panel contains options and settings applying to a score. At the top of the Play screen, tap the cogwheel or pull down the horizontal bar just below the song title.
Title – you can type a title for your song here. If it is a PDF, the name of the PDF will appear here by default
Composer – if you add a name here you will be able to search by composer in the Documents screen
Status – this tells you the processing status of your score. If it indicates that there is a problem, try tapping the rescan button
Rescan – to the right of the Status is a circular ‘recycle’ icon. This rotates to show when scanning is in progress. You can rescan the music at any time by tapping this icon
Dynamic range – this tells PlayScore 2 how much to vary the volume according to markings like f, p, crescendos, diminuendos, accents etc. If you slide it to the right you will hear the full dynamic range in the music. All the way to the left causes the music to be played without dynamics
Play repeats – this tells PlayScore 2 to observe repeat markings in the music. NB when you capture a page of music with the camera, PlayScore 2 plays the page through once so you can check the photo. This initial play-through plays without repeats. If the photo wasn’t perfect you can swipe right to recapture.
Note that this does not affect MusicXML export which always reflects any repeats
Auto transposition – turn this on to set transpositions appropriately for transposing instruments in mixed-instrument scores. For example, if your piece is for clarinet and piano, and the clarinet is in Bb say, auto-transposition will make the clarinet part play at the pitch a clarinet would have done. See Transposing instruments and transposition for more information
Split Staves – turn this on if you want to separate parts printed two to a staff. It allows you to set the volume for upstem and downstem parts separately
Swing – turn this on if you would like to hear the music in swing style.
When swing is enabled , even quavers (8th notes) are (approximately) tripletised as heard in swing music. The first quaver becomes the length of two triplet quavers and the second one.
This video shows the use of the Swing feature with French baroque music in inégales style.
Lyrics and text – this option causes PlayScore 2 to recognise lyrics, directions and text generally, and build them into exported MusicXML files. Where possible guitar chords are also recognised.
Troubleshooting (Advanced options)
Error correction – this is an auto-correction feature that can spot mistakes in a score or or recognition errors. In most music it works well, but in some music where there are false relations (notes played together on the same degree of the scale but with a different accidentals) Error correction may try to ‘correct’ these. If this happens, turn the setting off.
Sampling (PDF scores only) this allows you to alter how the music is processed. Essentially this setting determines how densely the image is sampled. Some scores translate better at a lower or a higher setting and it is worth trying different settings for best results. For poor quality scores it is sometimes possible to find a ‘sweet spot’ where the music sounds best. For dense scores containing many staves results may be better at the + end of the scale.
Image – this control can be used to compensate when an image or parts of it are very faint, or very black. The dark end of the scale(left) makes the image darker, the right lighter.
PlayScore 2 automatically adjusts to compensate for a wide range of image exposure, even when there are shadows. But in extreme cases this control can be helpful.
faint scores – scores produced by certain early music editors can have staff lines that are very faint compared to other objects. Other types of score have stems and lines so thin that render faint in the PDF. For faint scores generally try moving the slider left towards the dark end.
dark scores – where a score has an over-exposed look with thick lines and symbols merging into one another, try moving the slider to the right.