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Harmony Assistant 9.8

Melody Assistant 7.8

November/December 2017

This version embeds the Myriad HQ module, providing high-quality sound and instruments

Minor versions

Harmony Assistant 9.8.0d / Melody Assistant 7.8.0d - January 12, 2018

  1. New options for sending e-mail to the tech support: send frontmost document, send a screen capture, send several files chosen by the user...
  2. New crash management: with the user agreement, all necessary information will be sent to tech support, including all the open document at the time of the crash, and a screen capture
  3. Myriad HQ: new guitars, new ukuleles
  1. Improvement of sharp symbol appearance in the default music font (SToccata / Myriad Music Font): vertical lines have been shortened to avoid overlapping in chords
  2. Improvement of digital export settings: sample rate, bit depth, number of channels in WAV, AIFF and BRT export
  3. Dots for square-head notes (Fasola notation) were shifted right. They are now aligned with those for other notehead shapes
  4. Key changes in the middle of a line were too close to the barline
  5. Improvement of the "graphics" ornalement editing: in the note edit box, the "Edit effect" button enables to select another graphic file
  6. MusicXML Import: automatic management of cautionary clefs, keys and time signature at end of line
  7. Jukebox: space bar can be used to start/stop playback again
  8. Myriad HQ: Management (exclusion) of crashing external modules during initialization phase. A button has been added to process again such modules excluded because of their instability.
  9. Myriad HQ: In optimized echo mode, MyrSynth and VSTi instrument echo is now instantaneous
  10. Myriad HQ: Tuning for MyrSynth instruments didn't offer neither all the strings setups for Harmony/Melody, nor the user-defined settings
  11. Myriad HQ: when replacing automatically a a "sound base" instrument by a MyrSynth instrument, tuning is selected so that all notes currently present on the score for this instrument can be played
  12. Myriad HQ: entering license number instantly unlock all the module capabilities.
  13. Harmony Assistant / MyrScript: the "Guitar & color" script can now color notes composing a chord according to they relative position from the root note
  14. Windows, Linux: graphical improvement for zoomed icons
  15. Windows: Installer improvement: on some versions, the installer got folder access right issues
  1. Problem when playing back slurs used as ties
  2. Using pedal symbols on overlapping staff brace groups could lead to freezes in score playback
  3. Fixed crash when loading a too wide PNG file (>9700 pixels wide)
  4. Saving a score "broke" graphics related to notes (e.g. wind instruments tablature), as well as slur types
  5. Virtual Keyboard: keys remained highlighted (pressed) when playing note echo
  6. MP3 Export: wrong management of input sample rate
  7. MyrScript: modifying digital track data by indexing on NormalizedDigitalData element didn't work
  8. Graphical export, "Page mode" option didn't manage forced page size
  9. Fixed default value for user instrument digital data compression quality (empty field and export error)
  10. Fixed crash in "Fix all" option in staff object global edit window
  11. Fix in list management of global setup
  12. MusicXML import: fixed time signature error, leading in unexpected tempo change when playing the score back
  13. Myriad HQ: deactivating HD output deactivated VSTi external modules
  14. Windows, Linux: crash when displaying an alert box over the staff chord setup box
  15. Mac OS: error in function providing file size
  16. Mac OS: Fixed palette masking issue in Sierra mode
  17. Linux: fixed crash when building the audio devices list, on some input & output 
  18. Linux: fixed freezes when playing note echo on some audio cards

Harmony Assistant 9.8.0c / Melody Assistant 7.8.0c - December 14, 2017

  1. A long right-click on the Play icon (non-Dock palettes) enables to adjust the score general volume
  2. A long right-click on the metronome icon (non-Dock palettes) enables to adjust the metronome volume
  3. Option to reset the ornaments settings to their factory values (all, or only the currently edited type)
  1. MusicXML import: tempo change objects could be invisible. They are now visible by default
  2. Macintosh: The "Times" font, provided from the beginning of MacOS isn't included anymore in MacOS 10.13. We adjusted our font substitution strategy to manage this
  3. Stability improvement for VSTi plugins support
  4. Improvement of general settings default values:
    - Old-style palettes
    - Only third-party file format have their instruments converted to MyrSynth
  1. Miscellaneous crashes when editing score that include views
  2. In MP3 export settings box, ghost pop-up menus could appear when clicking on an empty area
  3. Fixed crash when playing echo for a MyrSynth instrument on an empty staff
  4. Fixed crash when a multi-rest measure was located at the very end of the score
  5. Impossible to select the Myriad HQ palette in "Dock" interface mode
  6. Fixed information display for tempo objects in the global edit box.
  7. Fixed problem on the German version of Melody Assistant
  8. Crashes related to a discontinued feature (management of old desktop accessories of MacOS 9) could occur randomly on Windows and Linux
  9. Numbered ending management has been restored to the old version, the new algorithm could generate infinite score repeat
  10. User-defined ornament default settings were not applied when adding the ornement through the note edit window
  11. Crash when playing some trills with Virtual Singer
  12. Some fixes on guitar tablature display
  13. Fixed merged tablature display in scroll mode
  14. Fixed crash when a part sung by Virtual Singer contained more than 32000 syllables. Maximum score duration Virtual Singer can sing is still limited to 3h1/4 though
  15. Fixed chord diagram preview in score display setup
  16. Fixed mistakes when adjusting instruments to existing sound devices on file loading or import
  17. Fixed MyrSynth and VSTi instrument use on rule-driven multi-instrument staves (could crash with VSTi)
  18. VSTi plugins: problem when several staves were sharing the same instrument
  19. Myrweb export: crash when the document included a digital track
  20. Myrweb export, SVG and PDF graphical export: fixed export of Chinese Unicode characters

Major version

Harmony Assistant v9.8.0 - Melody Assistant v7.8.0

November 27, 2017


  1. Myriad HQ module that improves sound output for the application:
    • High-definition digital output and PCM export (up to 96 kHz, 32 bits)
    • High-definition digital post-processing, with a multi-band equalizer
    • Multi-channel digital output (up to 8 loudspeakers -7.1-)
    • MyrSynth-Guitar Physical Modeling Synthesizer, for realistic guitars, basses, etc
    • VSTi external module support, for using third-party sound modules
  2. New splash screen that shows the additional module status (Virtual Singer, Myriad HQ, GOLD Base)
  3. New management of chord diagrams (fretted string instruments)
  4. Possible to define the preferred chord diagrams for each document
  5. In chord diagrams, added a 5th finger to use thumb for some chords
  6. When chord diagrams are related to a playable chord line, the diagrams are actually played, as if the chord was really strummed
  7. New option to add chord diagram library at the end of the score
  8. Piano chord diagrams
  9. Ambitus notation has been included in the program. It is set up globally for the score, but can be disabled on a per-staff basis. Its appearance can be set up for each score, and it's automatically updated when changes are made to the score
  10. Dialog box to view all the additional objects related to a staff: dymamics, ottavi, tempi, text objects, etc. From there, object settings can be seen or objects deleted
  11. Added keyboard shortcuts for increasing/decreasing volume, activate AGC, bass boost, reverb, etc
  12. Harmony Assistant: New script to play grace notes earlier so that the main note plays at its written position (time for grace notes is then borrowed from the previous note)


  1. Improvement of TAB files import
  2. Management of complex clipping regions (used to hide measures) in SVG, PDF and EPS export
  3. Measures are automatically added when the user enters lyrics after the last measure
  4. Improvement of tablature calculation when grace notes or a glissendo define the string to be played
  5. When editing graphical objects related to a staff, problems are detected, and errors displayed, with an option for automatic correction
  6. Better splitting of ghosts rests, and rests when created from ghost rests
  7. Partial implementation of loop point storage in WAV files when exporting instrument samples
  8. Possible to directly edit tablature display settings from staff display settings edit box
  9. MusicXML: general tempo is Imported/Exported
  10. Improvement of MUSL upload. In the 1st (automatic) conversion, very long tunes are truncated to 15mn, in order to avoid a too fast storage space overload. They can be exported in a longer form afterward.
  11. From the jukebox, when exporting in Myrweb format files that are protected with the same password, this password is asked only once.
  12. Multi-page PDF files can be created from the print previex.
  13. In "distance values display" mode, digits after the decimal dot can be edited directly on the document.
  14. New option in the staff contextual menu to activate/deactivate quickly chord playbackl
  15. Changes in security management for protected documents.
  16. MacOS versions are now digitally signed.
  17. Macintosh: text display through CoreText
  18. Macintosh: digital audio input through CoreAudio
  19. Better display of grace notes on accordion tablatures.
  20. New notation for the "Note names" script: dTAB.
  21. Now possible to display a cautionary accidental on grace notes
  22. Noteworthy import improvement: marcato problem
  23. Improvement of documentation to explain more clearly the relations between Harmony Assistant and Melody Player
  24. Note management in accordion tabletures has been improved:
    - Now the miscellaneous chord notes can be accessed directly from the tablature
    - When changing push/pull state for a note or a chord, the other notes are computed accordingly.
    - Row display has been improved to manage complex chords
  25. When asking for playing the accordion left hand through a chord line and a chord isn't present in the playable chords list, nothing is heard. Now, an alert is displayed to warn the user. 
  26. When notes isn't found for right hand in the push/pull state defined by left hand, a "?" is displayed on the line that matches push/pull
  27. Management of tempo changes in ABC export.
  28. New option in staff display settings, to print empty staves, even if the "Do not print empty staves" option is on in print setup
  29. When changing settings of an ornament related to a note, these latest values will be used as default when :
    - adding a new ornament from the note edit window
    - injecting a new ornament directly on score
    - adding ornament to several notes from the "Apply to selection" box
    These default value will apply to all documents, and are kept when launching the program again
  30. Slash chords (inversions) are managed in chord names
  31. Management of maj7 chords (alternate spelling for M7)
  32. File overwriting confirmation box now also applied to multi-pages graphical exports.
  33. Improvement of ornament positioning in TAB text files
  34. Commands have been adder to the contextual menu in page mode: group two by two, separate page, etc
  35. Option to deactivate addition of scripts to other application menus
  36. Improvement of conditional parts (endings) in nested repeats
  37. Improvement of triplet automatic beaming over barlines
  38. When editing ornaments related to symbols, only useful ornaments are displayed, in particular when editing rests.
    This mode can be disabled in global settings in order to add any ornament to rests, when editing symbols or using the injector tool
  39. Possible to activate/deactivate lyrics on staff directly from the staff display mode window
  40. Improved automatic correction of GOLD base, "Bouzouki" instrument, when loading old files


  1. Problem of notes that didn't disappear from the virtual keyboard after having played slides or grace notes
  2. Possible incorrect windows size after import of documents created by PDFtoMusic
  3. Fixed Dock automatic activation after program update
  4. Fixed appearance of staff-related digital effects edit box
  5. Fixed problem when creating chord diagrams for Ukulele.
  6. In dynamics edit box: second value was edited for simple dynamics
  7. Fixed click problem in tree list scroll bar, that opened the first folder.
  8. Fixed horizontal offset for grace notes drawn after the note on harmonica tablatures
  9. Fixed lyrics line masking problems
  10. Fixed multi-rest bar calculation when end-of-line positions are forced
  11. Fixed lyrics export problem in MIDI Karaoke (.kar) files when chords are displayed on the sung staff
  12. Virtual Singer crash when playing notes with a 0% pressure time
  13. MusicXML import: some misplaced objects could lead to measures with extra length
  14. MusicXML import: fixed wrong measure duration when followed by a time signature change
  15. Quite important graphical positionning problems fixed in clef, key and time signature display.
  16. Problems when importing/exporting barlines at the end of a measure (e.g. repeat end barline) when the measure is split by a clef or key signature change
  17. Clicking "No" when the program asked for truncating a too long score coule leat to a crash
  18. Fixed crash when exporting chord diagrams in PDF format
  19. Fixed lyrics printing on organ cards
  20. Fixes on chord diagrams printing
  21. Fixed extra/unnecessary staff name display in page mode with control handles on
  22. Fixed crash when closing the About box when virtual keyboard palette is open.
  23. Fixed Tablature palette graphical update when switching to another document.
  24. Fixed display problem on guitar tablatures
  25. Fixed Myrweb export problem in tryout mode.
  26. On MacOS, fixed default path management when opening folders
  27. Fixed tempo change positionning in ABC import
  28. Fixed problems in TAB import
  29. Fixed problem in Unicode characters transcoding (e.g. bullet) into HTML
  30. Fixed option mismatch in Dutch version, for the staff display mode edit box
  31. Fixed compatibility problem between Dock and rhythm editing
  32. Fixed user palette refresh when all palettes are deactivated
  33. Fixed "Full width" mode in automatic document resizing  when loaded
  34. Fixed horizontal scroll bar when editing text without line break
  35. Music playback module has been redesigned, to fix some mistakes. For instance, grace notes after the main notes weren't played when trying with the hammer or from the note edit box
  36. Linux: Fixed copy/paste to Harmony/Melody from another application


Translation of the new features in the program interface:
Dutch: Roeland Bekker
German: Lutz Stalhofen
Italian: Pietro Cecchi
Japanese: Norio Kusumoto
Portuguese: Carlos Pinto de Oliveira
Spanish: Jose Alfredo Oliveira &  José Luís Blasco

Myriad HQ logo: Gaël Martin

Previous versions

=> Harmony 9.6 - Melody 7.6 - (March 2011 - October 2016) Kooplet
=> Harmony 9.5 - Melody 7.5 - (April 2010-February 2011) MUSL user space
=> Harmony 9.4 - Melody 7.4 - (April 2008-March 2010) Introducing Views (Harmony Assistant)
=> Harmony 9.3 - Melody 7.3 - (April-May 2007) Import/Export in MusicXML 1.1 format (export only available in Harmony Assistant)
=> Harmony 9.2 - Melody 7.2 - (May-June 2006) New document wizard, Unicode text, text style and rotation...
=> Harmony 9.1 - Melody 7.1 - (April-October 2005) independent staff positioning, better sound output quality, new graphical objects, GOLD 2 sound base
=> Harmony 9.0 - Melody 7.0 - (July-December 2004) -Special beams, advanced ties, conditional dynamics
=> Harmony 8.4 - Melody 6.4 - (December 2003) - Icon sets, Real Singer II.
=> Harmony 8.3 - Melody 6.3 - (April-May 2003) - MyrScript, OGG support.
=> Harmony 8.2 - Melody 6.2 - (January 2003) - Mixer, real-time keyboard input.
=> Harmony 8.1, Melody 6.1 -(September 2002)  High quality GOLD base. More than 20 new features.
=> Harmony 8.0, Melody 6.0 -(April 2002) New interface, new jukebox. More than 50 new features.
=> Harmony 7.9, Melody 5.9 -(December 2001) Graphical Quality, Editing,Drums and Real Singer
=> Harmony 7.8 - Melody 5.8 (September 2001)- Engraver Mode, Free Objects
=> Harmony 7.7 - Melody 5.7 - (July 2001) Notation and edition
=> Harmony 7.6 - Melody 5.6 - (May 2001) New Web Feature
=> Harmony 7.5 - Melody 5.5 - (February 2001) New Tablature, New Display Mode
=> Harmony 7.4 - Melody 5.4 (October 2000); New management for break symbols
=> Harmony 7.3 - Melody 5.3 (August 2000) And now it sing !
=> Harmony 7.2 - Melody 5.2 (June  2000)
=> Harmony 7.1 - Melody 5.1 (April-May  2000); New sound databases
=> Harmony 7.0 - Melody 5.0 (February  2000); Internet, MIDI and Digital Tracks
=> Harmony 6.3 - Melody 4.3 (December 24 1999)
=> Harmony 6.1 - Melody 4.1 (November 99)
=> Harmony 6.0 - Melody 4.0 (September 99)
=> Harmony 5.4 - Melody 3.4 (19 may 1999)
=> Harmony 5.3.0 - Melody 3.3.0 (April 20 1999)
=> Harmony 5.2.0c - Melody 3.2.0c  (March 23th, 1999)
=> Harmony 5.1.0 - Melody 3.1.0 (Feb 22th 99)
=> Harmony 4.0 Melody  2.0 September 1998
=> Harmony 3.1 Melody  1.4 May 1998
=> Harmony 3.0. Melody  1.0. February 1998
=>  Harmony 2.0: Mars 1996
=>  Harmony 1.0: November 1994

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