Can Synfire Do This? (Negative Melody, aka Chromatic Inversion)

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Can Synfire Do This? (Negative Melody, aka Chromatic Inversion)

As shown here:

 

What I'm looking for is:

1. Place a figure on the timeline

2. Press a button

3. Voila...instant negative harmony, without the need to determine the intervals step-by-step and reverse them.

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I think you can - I experimented with it some time ago. Make sure all your symbols are grouped together, and that the first symbol is the Anchor. Then, select the whole segment and choose "Flip at Anchor".

You may wish to use Asbolute Pitch (brown) symbols at first so that you can check that it's working as you are expecting.

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I'll check that out and report back. Thanks!

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Yes, it does work.

Per your suggestion I used the brown symbols and grouped them, with the anchor at the front. After flipping the melody it changed in the manner shown in the video. 

Pretty cool, and a nice shortcut. Thanks again.

 

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Resurrecting this thread to request a feature.

I'd like Synfire to have a Negative Harmony button for chord progressions, so that with one click the button would transform a progression into its negative, per the video linked to in this thread.

A further welcomed feature would be a Negative Harmony button for melodies. It would change the selected symbols to static pitches, group them, put the anchor at the front, and change to negative harmony. I guess you could call this a macro.

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I think you can flip harmony like you can with figures. IIRC it's CTRL-CursorUp (or CursorDown maybe). Try that flip key combo on a piece of harmony.

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Yes, that appears to work...CTRL combined with either cursor up or cursor down. Thanks.

I'm wondering if there's a way to select an entire progression, rather than having to go chord by chord. 

And I'd still like to see something like that macro for melodies. It would be the least tedious way to audition a batch of MIDI files.

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