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The score’s data are stored in a special MagicScore file. You can work with several files simultaneously. You can import scores from MIDI files; the MIDI format is converted into the internal format and can be saved as a MagicScore file or exported back into MIDI format

The score can have multiple sections each using a different instrument set.

Part properties include name, MIDI instrument (for playback choose from the instrument list), channel number, and mute switch. You can create a part using the command «Add part». Time signatures extend to all parts.


You can write a part on one or more staves and give each staff several voices. You can assign each voice a MIDI instrument, channel number and mute switch. If the MIDI instrument is not set, playback of the voice will use the properties of the part as a whole. A voice can be set in two adjacent staves. It can be set up while making a score («File» | «New») or in voice properties («Composition» | «Voice» | «Voice properties»). In this case notes and pauses are set consequently in this voice independently of a staff. There is also a possibility of linking notes from different staves by one beam.

A composition may have an unlimited number of pages. (Pages are added automatically when data entered exceeds the current number.) The clef is set for all staves and time signatures are set for all parts. You can change them in any measure.

Positions of the notes in the measure are set automatically according composition properties. Notes less then 1/4 duration are automatically beamed across half or whole measures depending on setup. See «Composition properties».

Empty portions of measures fill automatically with rests when notes are added or deleted. Notes may follow a specifically added rest. When you delete such notes, the rests following it are recalculated.

The «Slur»(«Liga») symbol creates ties and slurs within a staff or across staves. You may change the beginning and ending positions of ties and slurs as well as the shape of their curves.

The «Tremolo», «Flat»(«Bemol»), «Double-Flat», «Sharp»(«Diesis»), «Double-Sharp», «Natural-Flat»(«Beccare-Bemol»), «Natural-Sharp»(«Beccare-Diesis»), «Natural»(«Beccare»), «Lift», «Glissando», «Fall» symbols attach to notes. They are copied and deleted together with these notes and displayed near the notes in the score. You can change their position relative to these notes.

The «Staccato», «Portamento», «Tempo», «Forte»..«Piano», «Accent»(«Accentus»), «Arpeggio», «Trill»(«Trillare»), «Gruppendo», «Mordent», «Fermata», «Press pedal» and «Release pedal» symbols attach to particular measure positions. They are displayed in the score according to their measure positions. You may adjust them within the measure or move them to another measure entirely. You can also change the beginning and ending position of other symbols: «Ottava up»(«Ottava alta»), «Ottava down»(«Ottava bassa»), «Crescendo», «Diminuendo», «Bracket».

The «End of part», «End of composition», «Begin repeat», «End repeat», «Fonar», «Da capo», «Dal segno», and «Section» symbols are attached to particular measures. You can move these vertically within the measure or to another measure entirely.

The «Volta» symbol defines sections of the composition and has a duration measured in measures. You may change this parameter. Playback takes these numbers into account when playing from the command bar.

The «Rehearsal mark» symbol places rehearsal marks in the parts beginning with “A” and continuing alphabetically.

The «Grace notes»(«Vorschlag») symbol attaches grace notes to a position in the measure. They appear in the score near the note, either ahead of or behind it. See «Grace Note properties»

See «Editing notes and symbols» and «Hot keys».

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