About Tuplet Values

One of the difficulties of notating a tuplet is determining what note values toUse. Even in published music, there are many examples of incorrectly notated tuplets, such as 7 32nds against 4 16ths (it should be 7 16ths against 4 16ths).

The notation engine automatically calculates the correct tuplet note values for you - when you set up a tuplet all that is needed is a representation of the beat that the tuplet is set against.

  To Setup Tuplet Values

  1. Note the duration that the tuplet will occupy in normal beats. For example, you might say something like, "I want five notes equally spaced in two beats". So the duration would be two beats.

  1. Find a note value that can represent that duration. In the above example, two quarters would work, or 4 8ths, or 8 16ths. However, if your duration was a dotted quarter, then a quarter note value would not work, but 3 8ths or 6 16ths would.

  1. Take the note value that can represent the duration, and the number of values needed to represent the duration. Set the note value in the Tuplet drop list, and set the number in the Against field. The above example wouldUse Quarter Note for the value and 2 for the Against.

  1. Now set the tuplet number in the Number of notes field. A note value will update to the right of the field. That is the value to select in the palette if you want the notes at equally spaced intervals. The above example wouldUse 5, and 8th notes would be the value to choose to get 5 equally spaced notes in the span of 2 quarter notes.

Below are some tuplet examples with their corresponding palette settings.