Each staff can support up to 8 different voices for notating several melodic lines together on the same staff. Quite often in keyboard, instrumental, and vocal music, two distinct lines of music occupy the same staff. If the two lines differ rhythmically, they should be notated using separate voices so that their independent rhythms are preserved. If the two lines share the same rhythmic pattern, they may be notated using a single voice. The example below illustrates how multivoicing looks in the Music Score:



  The notation engine automatically handles many of the nuances of multivoicing music. For example, there are different rules for stem direction and length, and for how slurs, ties and accents are displayed. Note that the notation engine automatically fills each voice with it’s own set of rests. In keyboard music, one may want to hide rests for improved readability.

Let’s look at an example using a familiar tune.

Change voice with the Properties Palette

Select the notes you wish to change.

Display the Appearance page in the Properties Palette.

Select the desired voice from the Voice dropdown list.

Click the Apply button to apply the changes. See Final Result at the end of this document.

Change voice using an Action

Select the notes you wish to change by either drag selecting or holding down the CTRL key and selecting each one. [See #1 above – Changing voice with Properties Palette]

Select Actions / Voice from the menu.

Select Change all voices to voice [2]

Click the Apply button.

Insert notes using a different voice

Display the Music Score in Page View. At the top of the Music Score window, select Voice 2 from the Voice drop-down list. ("Home" Tab)

On the Notes tab, select the half note.

On the Music Score, position the Note Entry cursor on the Staff where you wish to place the note. To help with note placement, a dotted vertical line will extend from the ruler guide through the Staff. Click on the pitch location you desire on the Staff and the note will appear as that pitch. [Note the greyed out Voice 1 notes. They will return to normal when Voice All is once again selected.]

Final result

After placing or changing your notes [in this example, Voice 2] this is the end product. Using multivoicing you allow the possibility of multiple moving/rhythmic lines on the same Staff.