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.