Getting Started with QuickScore Elite

Recording MIDI instruments

Tutorials  How To  Manual  MIDI and Audio

QuickScore allows you a lot of flexibility in recording. You can record in step time, while tapping your own beat, or in real time. Recording in step time or while tapping a beat are good for entering music a bit at a time, but it is possible to capture a complete performance, and in fact record up to sixteen instruments at once.

When more than one instrument is connected to the computer's MIDI In (by connecting the MIDI Out of each instrument to the MIDI Thru of the next instrument, and having the last instrument connected directly to the computer) they can be recorded at once. This way each instruments part will automatically be routed to a separate track, providing they are each playing on a different channel.

If you want, you can cut out part of what was already in a track and record something new in its place. You do this by punch recording. Click on the Punch button in the main control area (the button with the red line and two little black arrows underneath it) and click on the time display to the right of the Punch button.

Set the From time to the start of the passage you want to cut out and set the To time to the end of the passage you want to cut out. Now when you record, all events in the passage will be replaced by events recorded from the keyboard. If you don't like what you did, you can reject the take, or you can undo it after listening to it a few times.

Often you will have built a composition on another machine - the built-in sequencer in your synthesizer, for example - and want to transfer it to QuickScore Elite. The simplest solution is to save the composition as a MIDI file on a disk that can be read by an IBM-compatible PC, and then load it into QuickScore Elite, but this is not always possible.

You can transfer the composition by recording it. Do this as follows:

  • Make sure the external sequencer is sending MIDI clock or MIDI Time Code.
  • Make sure QuickScore Elite is set to receive an external clock. To do this, select External Clock from QuickScore Elite's Options menu.
  • Press QuickScore Elite's Record button.
  • Start the external sequencer playing.
  • Stop the external sequencer.
  • Normally, QuickScore Elite will stop recording automatically. If not, click on QuickScore Elite's Stop button.

If the recording contains more than one channel, you can automatically put data recorded on different channels on separate tracks.