Product Updates

We just released a brand new power feature: the ability to change the global playback speed of any score!

It may be specifically useful if you want to playback other users scores at a reduced speed.

Playback speed is easily reachable in the quick playback options :

You can read more about this feature on our dedicated help page.

We can't wait to hear what you think about this new feature!

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Hi everyone!

I am proud to announce that we have added a new music font to Flat!

In 2015, we moved to SMuFL, which stands for Standard Music Font Layout. Last year, Steinberg came up with a new Jazz SMuFL font, called Petaluma. We thus decided to update the previous font we used, Bravura, and then added the new Petaluma font to Flat.

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Dead notes are now available for everyone!

These notes are written with a cross head "x" instead of the usual elliptic one. You can find the dead note tool in the "Note" menu:

Dead notes are especially used by guitarists and bassists, to bring a percussive sound in a guitar line.
Although dead notes don't have any pitched values, the sound may be slightly different depending on which string is being muted.
That's why we added multiple dead note sound samples, generating a different sound for each strings.

We hope you will enjoy this new addition!

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We updated our automatic Multi-measures rests feature available when printing or exporting your scores. This one now takes measures with attributes when grouping measures (attributes includes the clef, key signature, time signature, repeat endings, tempo marks, etc.).

Here is an example below of the update with two endings:

Multi-measures rests

To learn more about this multi-measures rests option, check out our help page about printing and exporting scores here.

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We have added a new mode to display notes names in their notes heads. Once enabled, this mode will automatically be applied to all the notes of your sheet music. You can also combine it with our existing Boomwhackers mode.

To learn more about these automatic modes, check out our dedicated help page

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Two months ago we added two features that allow you to customize how the notes are beamed on Flat: the Beaming Policy and Manual Beaming.

The Beaming Policy feature has been renamed as Custom automatic beaming and is now only available for Flat Power and Flat for Education accounts. Manual beaming will remain a free feature.

To learn more about the different beaming features work, check out our dedicated help page.

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We just added two new keyboard shortcuts to easily change the string of an existing note: select the note on the tab and press Ctrl + Up or Ctrl + Down (Cmd on Mac OS).

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(Notation, ...)

The Palm Mute and Let Ring notations are now available on Flat for all plucked-string string instruments (in the Articulation toolbar).

For more information about these notations and how to use them on Flat, check out our Dedicated Help Guide.

Palm Mute example
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We started the new year with new updates. Here is a summary of the main updates from last month, to catch up on all thing: New version for EDU users, New History, Updated Swing, New shortcuts, Updated Google Docs & Slides add-ons, ...

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As some of you may have noticed, we recently updated the volume of all the instruments available on Flat.

This update comes after multiple user complaints regarding the uneven volume levels between instruments.
For those interested in technical terms, we decided to set the volume of each instrument at -12 LUFS.

For many score, the difference may not be very noticeable.
However, if you already changed the global mix of an existing score, you may have to change it in order to adapt to the new default volumes.

We hope these new base volumes will make every new score you create easier to mix.

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