Music Notation App for iOS and macOS

The Rescore Interface

In this Section, we will describe all the interface elements you get on the main Rescore screen.

When you start Rescore, you get a screen similar to the picture below.

The main screen is divided in 6 sections:

  1. The Top Panel
  2. The Toolbar
  3. The Instrument Panel
  4. The Item Panel
  5. The Score
  6. The Accessory Panel

The Top Panel

The Visibility Toggles (1) allow you to show or hide the three side panels of the main screen. The left, bottom and right panels correspond to the Instrument panel, the Accessory Panel and Item Panel respectively.

The Score List (2) allows you to quickly navigate between your scores. You can access the Score Properties dialog by clicking the (...) button on the right side of this list.

The Playback Controls (3) are composed of three buttons that will control the audio output.

  • Start / Stop
  • Go back to the beginning
  • Enable Cycle Playback

Timing Information (4) keep track of the current Bar/Beat/Div the cursor is located on while the song is not playing. As soon as the playback starts, it shows the current Bar/Beat/Div of the play head.

Just next to the timing information is the Tempo. Here you can see the current Tempo or change the Playback Rate by clicking the x1.0 button just below.

Then the current Time Signature is displayed. This is just for presentation purpose, you can not modify Time Signature with this control. It refers to the time signature you are currently playing in.

The Practice Controls are three toggles that activate/deactive three useful options when you're practising with Rescore. The First one, and probably the most important, is the Playback Tracking toggle, that will force the viewport to follow the current Play Head. It is automatically deactivated if you move or drag the score.

The two other toggles control the Metronome and Metronome Preclick. If you need a better control on how the metronome sounds, we recommend using a fake Drum Track that will be used as a Tempo Track.

The Other Options Buttons have the following purpose :

  • Show Help - Just a link to this User Manual.
  • Toggle Page Display
  • Toggle Horizontal Display
  • Edit Song Information

The Toolbar

The Toolbar is a very important component of the Rescore workflow. It is mostly composed of three parts : Voice Control, Editing Options, and Contextual Toolbar.

The Voice Control is composed of four buttons that allow you to change the current voice you are editing. Rescore can handle up to four individual voices per instrument, which is mainly used for drummers or pianists. For more details about Multi Voice, please refer to the corresponding section.

The Editing Options are three useful toggles that activate : Input Mode, Arppegiate Mode, and Flex Mode.

  • The Input Mode - is used to enter notes directly by clicking on the staff. More info on the Notes section.
  • The Arpeggiate Mode - when activated, the cursor will automatically move to the next beat when you enter a note.
  • The Flex Mode - when activated, rhythm modifications you make on beats in the selected Flex Range will not overlap, but instead will stretch beats. This is usefull to insert or remove beats in a middle of a passage.

The Contextual Toolbar contains all the actions you can make on the active selected objects. Please refer to the corresponding sections for more details.

The Instrument Panel

The Instrument Panel (sometimes called the Mixer), is where you can see all the tracks of your song. Here is a quick description of all the elements that compose each row.

You can double click on a track to open the Tracks Dialog on that specific row.

The Track Name (1) is just a label with the name of the track. The Program Name however is a button that you can click to change the default MIDI Program of the track, hence change the sounding.

The Mixer Settings (2) are basic mixing parameters of this track: Solo/Mute, Gain, and Panoramic.

The Track Icon (3) is a visual representation of the instrument. You can click on this icon to change the active track of your score. This is used to quickly isolate the instrument you want to work with. You can Shift+Left Click to select several instruments at once.

If you don't want to change the instruments your score contains, we recommend using Scores instead of switching instruments with the Icon.

The Master (4) section contains the Master Gain applied to the whole mix.

The Item Panel

The Item Panel is composed of three Subpanels that you can toggle using the buttons on top. You use these panels to add elements to your score : Music Symbols, Instruments and Chords.

The first panel contains all the music symbols and elements that you can create on your score. When you've found the symbol you're interested in, you can simply drag and drop it on your score.

Here is the full list of items you can create with links to the corresponding Help sections :

  • Clefs
  • Key Signatures
  • Time Signatures
  • Barlines
  • Repeats - Simile, Directions and Rehearsal Markers.
  • Tempo Markers - Tempo and Swing Feel Markers
  • Lines - Legato, Lyrics, Text Segments, Crescendo, Ottavia, Volta Brackets.
  • Dynamics
  • Repeat Jumps
  • Articulations and Ornaments
  • Free Text
  • Chords - Chord Names and Diagrams
  • Breaks and Spacers

The second panel contains Instruments you can add to your composition. They are grouped by Instrument Type. Please refer to the Tracks section for more details.

The third panel contains most common Chord Names you can use for your score. Please note that you can change the Root Note after having dropped the chord symbol.

The Score

This is obviously the most important area of the screen, the Score.

The Cursor - You can see an interline sized rectangle on the score, it is called the Cursor, and is a very important element of the Rescore composition workflow. This is where notes are entered if you type on the keyboard. On the Mac, you can move this cursor using the arrow keys. As a reminder, the cursor has the color of the active voice.

The Beat the cursor is located on is highlighted in light gray.

With a single Left Click (or a single finger tap on mobile) on an empty space, you will make the Cursor move to the clicked location.

If you click on a symbol or a note, it will be selected and the Toolbar will change its contents to reflect selection.

A Double Click (or double tap on iOS) on a symbol will open the Properties Popup of this symbol. Nearly every symbol is modifiable this way : Tempo markers, Notes, Time Signatures, Text, Rehearsal, ... Just try to double click on anything if you want to change its properties.

Rectangle Selection - You can left click and hold to draw a selection rectangle on Mac. On Mobile, just tap and hold your finger for a short moment, and you will start drawing this same selection rectangle. With this you can select many elements and modify them at once. Note however that every operation is not always allowed on muliple selection.

Drag Elements - Same as the rectangle selection, but if you click or tap on a symbol instead of an empty space, you will move the selected element. It works for many symbols, and you can even change the pitch of notes this way.

The Accessory Panel

The Accessory Panel is composed of three subpanels: Keyboard, Fretboard and Arranger. You can switch between these panels using the buttons located on the left side.

The Keyboard is used mostly for note entry on any staff. If you click (or tap) on a key, a note will be created on the score at the cursor location. If you click on an existing note, it will be simply removed.

The keys are colored with their voice color. The lighter keys represent the notes that are on the current Measure, but not on the current Beat.

The Fretboard is used for note entry on tablature tracks. Your cursor has to be located on a Tablature in order to use this fretboard. It works the same as the keyboard, simply click on a fret/string to add a note.

The Arranger is a flat representation of your whole song. It is useful for quick navigation between tracks.

You can move your cursor by double clicking any measure of the sequencer, but only on the tracks that are present in your score. To change the active track, refer to Score Settings or the Instrument Panel.