I'd like some hints reading piano roll notation in Cubase LE. At the moment when I see the vertical piano keyboard on the left-hand side of the window I'm sort of turning my head, imagining it horizontal.

Seems that everything that's on a stave can be represented in piano roll, e.g. note pitch, duration, bends, articulation and so on. I'm comfortable with using visual cues in stave notation, so for instance if a three note chord has notes on three adjacent lines (or three adjacent spaces) I know it's probably a root position triad. Or I can see if two notes are a third or a fifth or an octave apart. And so on.

What should I be concentrating on when I'm reading (or writing) piano roll? Are there corresponding visual cues that I can use to speed up my reading. It's really slow at the moment.

  • Yes, it is definitely slow. Personally I find the horizontal staff line of notation a closer visual metaphor than the vertical piano keys. The only problem is that accidentals all get their own line, making it hard to eyeball intervals... – Luke Sawczak Oct 5 '20 at 12:22
  • Wait, the Cubase piano roll notation displays dynamics? (I find this to be a traditional display weakness in piano roll and MIDI notation such as Synthesia.) – Dekkadeci Oct 5 '20 at 12:26
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    @Dekkadeci You can see note velocities via a vertical bar graph below the piano roll. – Brian THOMAS Oct 5 '20 at 12:36
  • @Dekkadeci Logic displays velocity in piano roll with color coding of the notes. Cool colors are low velocity, warmer colors are higher. Kelly green is approx 64. – Todd Wilcox Oct 5 '20 at 13:11
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    @Todd Wilcox She's 73 [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Green_(musician)], but a gentleman wouldn't mention it. – Old Brixtonian Oct 5 '20 at 18:39

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