Understanding Player Controller
The first 3 buttons are Play/Pause, Stop, and Volume. Like normal players, they do what they’re meant to do:
- Play/Pause button: (switched on press) Plays or pauses the player.
- Stop button: Stops the player and moves back to the beginning.
- Volume button: Changes current volume to make it louder or more quiet.
To the right side of the above buttons, it’s Time indicators: showing elapsed time and total time of the current sheet.
Mobile users: The next buttons explained below are located inside Cog button to the right side of Player Controller~
The next one will get your attention for sure, pressing Backward or Forward buttons will decrease or increase play speed of Sheet Player. This feature will come in handy when you can’t keep up with the falling notes, simply slow them down and voìla, slow notes! The slowest is x0.25 and fastest is x3, depending on your needs~
The one after is Repeat button. It simply replays the sheet when it’s over, this sounds unnecessary of such a feature when you come here to practice (sorry I just assume it), not enjoy the sheet. But it can do more when combining with Toggle Limiters button.
Toggle Limiters button allows you to specify a part of the sheet to play. Combined with Repeat button, you’ll be able to play that part repeatedly until you are familiar with it. Sounds so cool to try out right away, right? But wait, here’s how to use it:
- Press Toggle Limiters button (it lights up).
- Drag on the Progress Bar to select a portion of it. Numbers inside it are measure numbers, making it easier to select measures you want to practice.
- To repeat inside the selection zone, simply hit that Repeat button.
- Practice, practice, and practice!
- To toggle this off, while Toggle Limiters button is on, press once inside Progress Bar to remove the Limiters.
- Turn off Limiters mode by pressing the button (light off) so you can use Progress Bar to seek again.
Want to make the sound more precise? You can do it by turning Sustain button off. The notes falling down will end its sound immediately when its duration is up. Though I would recommend it be turned on as kalimba’s tine vibration are sustained, making it sound so crispy and angelic~
Parts Toggler is also supported. If you like the sheet so much but its difficulty is off your current ability to handle, toggle the second part (we named it Bass, for now) off and play only its melody. Gradually you will be able to take on such a difficult sheet in no time!
The last thing in Player Controller is Tempo indicator. It shows how many notes of which type are played in one minute. For example: “♩=80” means 80 quarter notes played in one minute. You can hover (desktop) or tap (mobile) on the indicator to see what it wants to say!
A Player Controller isn’t fully one without a Progress Bar. This special bar has 2 separate functions, interchanged by pressing Toggle Limiters button (explained above):
- Seeking: [Toggle Limiters: OFF] tap/click on any place inside the Progress Bar, it’ll take you to where they player is supposed to be.
- Limiting: [Toggle Limiters: ON] tap/click and drag to select a portion of the sheet to play. This becomes more powerful when combined with Repeat button.
This Progress Bar is armed with measure number indicators, allowing you to select correct measures to practice!
Now that we’ve reached the end of this post, I hope you understand how all those buttons work, for a better experience in practicing~