Stave and Voice Settings

Settings for individual voices and their parent staves can be set by clicking the settings button, next to that voice. In the window that appears, settings are split into those that apply to that voice only (at the top) and those that apply to the entire stave (at the bottom).

The voice and stave settings button appears as a gear on the left hand side of the screen

Sets whether stems point upward or downward by default. With the Auto setting, the stem direction for each tuplet will automatically change based on the pitches of the notes you create.

When checked, tuplets are automatically in force split mode.

Makes all stems, tails and beams between notes invisible during both editing and publishing. This function is often utilised for drum keys and for teaching, where note stems are not useful.

Sets which MIDI channel this voice plays through. It is usually best to avoid using a MIDI channel for more than one voice (with exception of percussion). MIDI channels are automatically set to the next free channel when a voice is created. Note that, in accordance with the MIDI standard, MIDI channel 10 is reserved for percussion and drums.

Sets which instrument this voice should play as. Note that not all instruments necessarily supported by all playback devices.

See setting_instruments for more details on this function.

This setting is available in Musink Pro only.

Tune Midi transposes your score as it is played back by the set number of semitones. Note that this transposition does not affect how notes appear, just how notes are played. For example, a B-flat instrument sounds one semitone lower than the notes appear.

To transpose in instrument up a number of semitones, put a positive number in this box. To transpose down, put a negative number in this box. For example, for an instrument that sounds 4 semitones lower than written, put -4 in this box.

These set the placement of marks which are associated with notes. These settings apply to scores both while they are being edited and when they are published.


Sets where on the note, or stem, the marks appear:

Option Placement
Note End Always appears near the notehead itself. If stems are upward, the mark will appear below the note, and vice versa
Stem End Always appears near end of the stem. If stems are upward, the mark will appear above the stem, and vice versa
Above Note Always appears above the note and stem, regardless of the stem direction
Below Note Always appears below the note and stem, regardless of the stem direction

Keep off stave

When checked, ensures that the mark does not ever appear among the stavelines. If the mark does need to be placed near the stave lines, it will be moved above or below. This setting often improves readability.

Sets whether fermatas (pauses) appear above or below the stave

Sets where tuplet brackets are placed. When this setting is Auto, tuplet brackets appear above stems that face upward, or below stems that face downward.

When set to Yes, tuplet brackets are extended horizontally to range over grace notes.

Tuplet brackets range over grace notes set to true (left) and false (right)

Sets whether crescendos appear above or below the stave

When unchecked, bar numbers will not appear in this stave. When checked, bar numbers will appear for this stave.

Note that Bar numbering needs to be switched on for this section in order for this setting to have an effect.

The To Default button sets all of the above settings to the default values. The To Drum Default button sets all of the above settings to default settings for percussion.