Understanding Tracks and Staves



MIDI files may contain single instrument or multiple instrument parts. Tracks and staves are basically two alternative ways of referring to a part.




Staves


The staff is displayed in the Score View as a standard music staff with five horizontal lines and intermediate spaces on which music can be written (Grand Staff combines 2 individual staves with a bracket. Each instrument part will have its own designated and labeled staff, matching the order of tracks in the Mixer.


Tracks


The track provides controls for the part much like that found on a studio mixing board. Each individual track is displayed in the Mixer with it's own volume control and effects knobs. When a track is selected in the Mixer, the Properties Palette displays property pages for adjusting the part's instrument, MIDI channel and device.