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Standalone Marks

Musink supports creation of many standalone marks, including:

  • Clefs
  • Key Signatures
  • Volta brackets
  • Pedal Directions
  • Caesuras ('Railroad tracks')
  • Fermatas
  • Coda and Segno marks
  • Crescendos and Decrescendos
  • Line breaks and Bar links

For marks associated with notes, such as accents, see non-standalone marks. Time Signatures have their own dedicated page, here. For placing text, see this page.

Placing Marks

The general procedure for placing a mark is as follows:

  1. Select Marks from the Menu Bar
  2. Select the mark you want from the menu, or from a sub menu
  3. Place your mouse where you would like the mark.
  4. Click the mouse and the mark will be placed
  5. If you are given the option to keep adding marks, you can press escape to cancel.


Musink supports the following clefs:

  1. Treble (G)
  2. Bass (F)
  3. Alto / Tenor / Soprano (C)
  4. Neutral (x2; for percussion; interpreted as G if used with tuned stave)
  5. Octave-shifted G and F clefs
  6. Double-octave-shifted G and F clefs

Clefs can be dragged up and down a stave, within certain limits, just as notes can be.

Adding a clef will not change the pitch of any note following; the positions of notes are automatically adjusted to retain the original pitch.

Grand Staff

It is common in piano and multi-stave music to brace or bracket staves together. Musink allows staves to be both bracketed and braced at the same time. A stave cannot have more than one brace or more than one bracket.

Hint If you are using Musink Pro, grand staves are usually set up automatically when you first create your project. You can also these up (manually) when you first create your project, by selecting them from the clef drop down in the New Project Window.

To bracket or brace staves:

  1. Ensure your section has at least two staves
  2. Holding shift, double-click a bar in the top stave you wish to brace
  3. Holding shift, double-click a bar in the bottom stave you wish to brace
  4. Press the bracket or brace button in the Button Bar
Two Braced Staves

Example score with square-bracketed staves

Example score with Curly-braced staves

To remove a bracket or brace from a stave:

  1. Holding shift, double-click a bar in the stave you wish to remove the brace or bracket from
  2. Press the brace button to remove a brace, or the bracket button to remove a bracket

Common Problems

Adding Clef On One Stave Adds/Changes Clef On Other Staves

You have probably have misunderstood the difference between voices and staves; you have multiple voices. Try adding a second stave instead, then try again.

Cannot Select Bar

When selecting a bar to create a grand stave, ensure that:

  1. You are holding shift
  2. Guides are hidden once you hold shift down. If this does not occur, turn off guides using the button bar
  3. You double click the left button of the mouse
  4. When you double click, you do so over the stave lines of that bar
  5. When you double click, you do not click on any marks, text, notes, or rests


After placing a coda, you may be asked if you wish to add a coda section. If you choose Add Section, you will be automatically switched to that section.

Key Signatures

Adding a key signature will not change the pitch of any note following; the positions of notes are automatically adjusted to retain the original pitch. If two key signatures of the same type are in a row, the second will automatically be deleted.

Simile Marks (Repeat Previous Bar/s)

Simile Marks (repeat previous bar and repeat previous 2-barss) are not currently in Musink. These will be the next release of Musink Pro (versions and later), which will be a free update to all Musink Pro customers. A final date for this update has not been set. There are currently no plans to release this feature in Musink Lite.

Simile marks will be in the next release of Musink Pro.

As a work around, repeat marks can be added to scores after they have been published. To do so:

1. Delete all items in the bar(s) you wish to put the repeat sign in

2. Select all rests and click the publish visibility button to hide them from publishing. Once you deselect the rests, they will appear blue

The rests to hide will appear blue once they are set to be hidden

3. Publish your score in the usual manner and save as PNG or PDF

4a. If you are a Musink Pro customer, contact support and request a high-quality image of a repeat mark

4b. If you have Musink Lite, find an image of a repeat mark online

4c. If you would rather, you can print your score and draw the mark in by hand

5. Open your published work in an image editor or PDF editor

6. Copy and Paste your repeat-mark image into the PNG or PDF and save the result

Adding a simile mark in MS Paint, a free program that ships with all versions of Windows

Volta Brackets

When adding volta brackets, add from left to right to ensure that numbering is correct. You can also manually change numbers by double-clicking the number itself. For more information, see Text Marks.