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