QuickScore Elite How To

How to space music

Getting Started   Tutorials  Manual  MIDI and Audio

There are three basic ways to space music, which can be used in combination with each other.

The first is to use engraver spacing. Select Engraver Spacing from the Display Score dialog. When engraver spacing is used, notes are spaced by their appearance, not by their durations. With engraver spacing, a whole note will take up much less space than four groups of thirty-second notes. Engraver spacing does not affect the placement of bar lines or the number of bars in a line.

The next is to adjust the placement of bar lines and the number of bars in each line.

The simplest way to adjust the placement of bar lines and the number of bars in each line is to let QuickScore Elite do the job. Choose the Space Music dialog from the Display menu, set the density you want (the number of 16th notes that would appear on a line at the density you have selected will be shown) and click on OK. The placement of bar lines and the number of bars in each line will be adjusted based on the density of music in each bar and each line. You can choose to only space bar lines or bars per line, and you can select a range of bars instead of your whole piece, but it is worth having QuickScore Elite do everything, at least the first time.

The adjustment of bar lines can be done by hand using the spacing tool (on the far right in the tool bar). The number of bars in a line can be changed line by line by putting the cursor in the first bar of the line and selecting the Display Bar dialog and setting the Bars per Line value. You can also set the number of bars per line globally by setting it in the Display Score dialog.

Finally, you can move individual notes around without affecting their timing using the spacing tool. Use this technique to adjust the few notes that still aren't in the right place. (The second method of drawing quarter note triplets described earlier is an example of using the spacing tool to adjust note spacing.)

How To

Play, record and synchronize
Open, save and print files and create tracks
Enter music
Edit Music
Format Music


Set MIDI input and output
Set the metronome
Change the sound for a track
Set the names for your instrument's patches (or programs)
Change the play/mute/solo status of a track
Set MIDI thru for your system

Open, save and print files and create tracks

Open a file
Save a file
Print a score
Print parts
Export a score
Enter a new track
Delete a track

Enter music

Enter notes with the mouse
Enter notes in step time
Enter triplets
Enter text
Enter lyrics
Enter a slur
Enter a crescendo
Enter a key signature
Enter a time signature
Enter a clef
Enter grace notes
Enter cue notes
Enter rests
Enter a chord symbol
Enter a tablature chord symbol
Enter a tied note
Enter a wave event
Enter a rehearsal mark
Enter titles
Enter track names
Enter different types of barlines
Enter drum tracks
Enter guitar tablature

Edit music

Change a note's pitch by semitones
Change the duration of a note
Change the enharmonic spelling of a note
Edit notes
Edit text
Edit lyrics
Edit a slur
Edit a crescendo
Insert empty space
Delete empty space
Copy sections of music
Quantize notes
Transpose notes
Change tempo
Change volume
Change note velocity

Format music

Space music
Space lyrics vertically
Space staves
Create a pickup measure
Display quarter note triplets
Make sure notes display with their entered durations
Split a track onto a treble and bass clef
Put notes in a split track on either the treble or the bass staff
Create cross-staff beaming
Change the vertical position of tablature chords
Change how barlines are connected in a score
Set braces and brackets
Change fonts for titles, lyrics, text or symbols
Change the display of bar numbering
Change the display of page numbering
Set bars of rest
Change the beat
Change the quantization with which music is displayed
Transpose the display of notes in a track
Change the way notes are grouped together
Change the number of bars per line
Change the number of staves per page
Change the way rests are displayed
Change the way ties are displayed
Change the direction of stems and beams
Display independent voices in a bar on the same staff
Change the display of drum notes

Play, record and synchronize

Record from another sequencer
Record with the MIDI mixer
Do punch recording
Record in step time
Record while tapping the beat
Synchronize with another sequencer as slave
Synchronize with another sequencer as master
Synchronize with a tape device


Record audio
Create a Wave file
Create an MP3 file

Create an audio CD
Add your score to a video or file soundtrack
Publish your score on the web
Use VST instruments
Use VST effects
Use ReWire
Use audio automation
Export an audio file using the Audio Mixer


Create a lead sheet
Create and print score paper
Select a sound bank on a GS Standard instrument
Check whether notes are within an instrument's range
See what events are in your tracks
Add composer notes to your composition
Create a score template
Load a score template
Create a new patch list