A view is the primary work area that you use to create and edit music. There are several different views available. The Music Score, for example, is used when one is interested in creating music notation; the Audio Sequencer, on the other hand, is used only when setting up digital audio tracks to play along with the MIDI data. Different people have different preferences, so try out each view to see which one works best for you.

If you want to display a different view, select the desired view from the Tools menu. You can change your user preferences so that the program automatically loads a particular view - such as the Piano Roll - when a document is first opened. By default, the Music Score is the main view that is first displayed when you open a document.

Select one of the following topics for more information about each view:

Music Score

This view displays music as standard music notation. The notes are organized into measures and systems along staff lines that represent the pitch of the notes.

Audio Sequencer

This view displays the digital audio files which are to be played along with the MIDI information. The view displays wave files as bars along a timeline and provides basic controls for adjusting wave performance parameters.

Piano Roll

This view represents music much as the scrolls on a player piano -- the notes are represented as bars along a grid that represents the underlying measures. The width of each bar represents the duration of the note.

MIDI Events

This view is a simple table of events such as notes, dynamic markings and tempos. Different underlying properties such as note pitch, duration, etc. can be edited directly in the table.