QuickScore Elite How To

How to space music

Getting Started   Tutorials  Manual  MIDI and Audio

There are three basic ways to space music, which can be used in combination with each other.

The first is to use engraver spacing. Select Engraver Spacing from the Display Score dialog. When engraver spacing is used, notes are spaced by their appearance, not by their durations. With engraver spacing, a whole note will take up much less space than four groups of thirty-second notes. Engraver spacing does not affect the placement of bar lines or the number of bars in a line.

The next is to adjust the placement of bar lines and the number of bars in each line.

The simplest way to adjust the placement of bar lines and the number of bars in each line is to let QuickScore Elite do the job. Choose the Space Music dialog from the Display menu, set the density you want (the number of 16th notes that would appear on a line at the density you have selected will be shown) and click on OK. The placement of bar lines and the number of bars in each line will be adjusted based on the density of music in each bar and each line. You can choose to only space bar lines or bars per line, and you can select a range of bars instead of your whole piece, but it is worth having QuickScore Elite do everything, at least the first time.

The adjustment of bar lines can be done by hand using the spacing tool (on the far right in the tool bar). The number of bars in a line can be changed line by line by putting the cursor in the first bar of the line and selecting the Display Bar dialog and setting the Bars per Line value. You can also set the number of bars per line globally by setting it in the Display Score dialog.

Finally, you can move individual notes around without affecting their timing using the spacing tool. Use this technique to adjust the few notes that still aren't in the right place. (The second method of drawing quarter note triplets described earlier is an example of using the spacing tool to adjust note spacing.)

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