QuickScore Elite How To

How to synchronize with a tape device

Getting Started  Tutorials  Manual  MIDI and Audio

To sync QuickScore Elite with a tape device, first make sure you have the right hardware. You will need a tape device that can be striped with SMPTE time code and a SMPTE to MIDI Time Code converter or a SMPTE to MIDI Clock converter. A SMPTE to Midi Time Code converter is much the preferred method. Before you record the tracks on your tape device make sure you record reliable SMPTE time code on one track of your tape. You should be able to do this using your SMPTE to MIDI converter. It is a good idea to start recording your tape tracks a little after the start of the SMPTE track, so that the converter can pick up the analog signal and send good quality digital MIDI Time Code by the time the tape tracks start.

If you are using MIDI Time Code, make sure both QuickScore Elite and the converter hardware are using the same SMPTE format. To set QuickScore Elite's SMPTE format, select the SMPTE dialog from the Options menu. You can also set the SMPTE time that QuickScore Elite will use as its starting point in the SMPTE dialog.

You will set up QuickScore Elite as the slave. Set the External Clock option in the Options menu. (Make sure it is checked.) Now start QuickScore Elite playing by pressing the space bar or clicking on the play button. It is not necessary to set the time to the start time of the tape device. QuickScore Elite will start when it receives either MIDI Time Code messages or MIDI Clock messages.

If the tape device is sending MIDI Time Code messages, QuickScore Elite will automatically go to the right time and play as soon as it receives MIDI Time code messages.

If the master device is sending MIDI Clock messages, QuickScore Elite will start playing from its current position, unless it is first sent a Song Position Pointer message. Upon receipt of a Song Position Pointer message, QuickScore Elite will cue to the point of the Song Position Pointer message. It is a good idea if sending MIDI Clock to first send a Song Position Pointer message, and wait a small interval (a few milliseconds at least) before sending the first MIDI Clock message, so that QuickScore Elite has a chance to cue properly.


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