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Paste Rhythm

Author juergen

This content is for an older version of Synfire. The current version is more streamlined and advanced, but most of the functionality shown here still exist.

With the command 'Paste Rhythm' the rhythm of a parameter (i. e. the time pattern of the objects of the parameter) can be applied to another parameter.

This video shows some applications:

1. Copy the figure of instrument A and execute Paste Rhythm at the figure of instrument B: The figure of the instrument B gets the rhythm of instrument A

2. Copy the Harmony parameter and execute Paste Rhythm at the Figure parameter of an instrument: The figure of the instrument gets the rhythm of the chord blocks.

3. Copy the Figure parameter of an instrument and execute Paste Rhythm at the Harmony parameter: The chord blocks get the rhythm of the figure.

Note: In the video you will see that I open the phrase editor before executing the "Paste Rhythm" command. Usually this is not necessary. You should be able to execute the "Paste Rhythm" command directly at the arrange view. But sometimes it can happen that the command is greyed out there. Then it helps to open the phrase editor. The command "Paste Rhythm" will work then.

Enclosed you will find the arrangement used in the video. 


Sun, 2012-12-09 - 17:12 Permalink

Hi Juergen

A lot of thanks to your lesson;i will study it,it seems very useful

Great teacher!!!!  :)


Sun, 2012-12-09 - 17:27 Permalink

Hi Juergen!

Nice work for one of the basic tools for composing in SFP/E.
I was thinking on this for already for a while now, how  to get  in WIKI a set of basic tools for composing..well this is one of them.

Tue, 2012-12-18 - 23:20 Permalink

This is great, and I used it to good effect today.  I'm still only using the demo and getting to grips with the software.  I've ordered my iLok so just waiting for that to arrive before placing an order for the software.

It's a shame about the iLok, I have an eLicencer for Cubase and i wish it could be on there too, as well as the iLok - another USB port to use up!!!

I have a composition, a rock/pop song I think you would call it.  I was struggling with the melody a bit, so I recorded a basic melody on the keyboard into Synfire, i.e how I think I would want it to sound.

Then I used some phrases from the samples included withn the demo and put them in.  Then I copied the rhythm from my recorded melody to the new phrases.  Of course, it followed my original melody idea and has now given me some great ideas for a new melody, much more diverse and rich than my original!  I will have to stop now until I can get the actual software to save it all!


Thu, 2013-01-03 - 19:51 Permalink

i was messing with this feature lately 
its incredible useful
now in my eyes everythings evolved  to the useful library...
even non quantized algoritmic midi files.!!

i wish we had ability to apply this magic  to the whole Phrase Pool    at once  !!
would be real time saver say you are working on a song and you need a melody line
record  a dummy rhythm copy and apply to the whole pool then start testing phrases  with the song!
i am excited i think   just for the records for agenda  :)   ill create a request for this.
Thank you again juergen!

edit:  i just realized my post was some kind of extension for  petearch's   post ...
its great... and thank you for sharing your ideas petearch.
btw i also tried this with polyphonic data (sustained chords  converted from songs with Sonic Visualiser/Chordino 
also i prefer to use Horizontal symbols ) result : Great.

here is the monophonic Library that just created

Sun, 2016-07-10 - 21:52 Permalink

Very helpful video! Thank you.

A question though: The manual says that it is possible to paste the rhythm from one segment to another. I, however, always get the error "No matching data on clipboard" when I do this. Any idea why?

Thu, 2016-07-14 - 08:36 Permalink

A segment could be anchored at any odd position on the timeline, so transfering rhythm directly from one segment to another would lead to odd results (or in technical terms: it is unclear how to do that in the first place - from left to right? from anchor left and right?).

That's why copying a span on the timeline and pasting its rhythm to another span works better. This ensures rhythm is related to the beat and not to isolated figure symbols.

I agree the documentation is misleading here.

Thu, 2016-07-14 - 17:30 Permalink

Great explanation. I didn't realize you could do it with the span tool. That makes sense. Thank you!