Notation overview

You can view MIDI regions in software instrument (and external MIDI instrument) tracks as music notation in the Score Editor. Notes and other musical events are displayed as standard notation, along with common symbols such as time and key signature, bar lines, and clef signs. You can add and edit notes, add sustain pedal markings and other symbols, and print the score.

Figure. The Score Editor.

The Score Editor provides visual quantization so that you can control the display of note values without altering the timing of your recordings, and change the displayed musical key without altering the playback of your MIDI recordings.

When Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, you can control many additional aspects of music notation. You can:

  • View and edit multiple tracks in a score, displayed in a linear scrolling view, “wrapped” view, or multi-page view

  • Add notes and symbols from the Part box, including dynamics, phrase markings, and other symbols

  • Add lyrics and other text such as section markers and performance indications

  • Use additional tools (the Pointer, Pencil, Eraser, Text, Layout, Zoom, Voice Separation, and Solo tools) in the Score Editor

  • Edit region parameters in the Region inspector to control how regions appear in the score

  • Use staff styles to control the display of rests, stems, ties, and beams, and adjust the size of and space between staffs. You can choose different staff styles or customize and create your own staff styles to use in your scores.

  • Define different instrument groups using score sets to create full scores, parts, and lead sheets

  • Edit the overall score layout, including numbers, names, and spacing

  • Share the score by printing it or exporting it to a PDF file

When Additional Score Options is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, you can access the following options for more specialized notation projects. You can: