QuickScore Elite How To

How to use VST instruments

Getting Started  Tutorials  Manual  MIDI and Audio

Any plugins you wish to use must first be installed on your computer and the plugin itself must be copied to the plugins directory that QuickScore Elite is using, which is either the system VST plugins directory, the QuickScore Elite VST plugins directory, or a directory you can set yourself. The QuickScore Elite VST plugins directory is named VST Plugins, and is in the Sion Software directory in the Documents directory. You choose which plugins directory QuickScore will use from the Audio Setup dialog, available from the Options menu.

QuickScore Elite comes with two built-in VST instruments, FluidGM and FluidPlayer, which are available in QuickScore's plugin directory.

For this example we will use the Native Instruments FM7 VSTi as a VSTi plugin in QuickScore Elite, but any other VSTi plugin can be used in the same manner. It is assumed you have installed the FM7 VSTi and that the plugin itself, FM7.dll has been copied to the plugins directory that QuickScore Elite is using.

Start QuickScore Elite and click the VSTi button in the Audio Mixer, or choose Synths & MIDI Effects from the Options menu. From the list of available instruments, choose FM7 by double-clicking on it or by clicking on it and then clicking on the left arrow button. The FM7 entry will appear in the active list, and in the Audio Mixer a gray strip named FM7 will appear.

Select the output and channel or channels on which you want your VST instrument to play. Now any tracks with the same output and channel set in the Track Sheet will play with the FM7 software synthesizer.

You can open the instrument plugin by clicking on the Edit button in the dialog or the Edit button in the FM7 strip in the Audio Mixer.

You can close the Synths & MIDI Effects dialog.

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