Symbol spacing modes
Harmony Assistant enables two different modes
for note spacing: arithmetical and engraver modes.
This spacing mode is independent from the document
display mode (scroll or page display mode).
In arithmetical spacing mode, notes and rests
are separated by
a distance that is proportional to their duration. For example, there
twice as much distance after a half note as after a quarter.
In engraver mode, the distance between symbols
can be freely adjusted.
|For example, here is how a half note and a series
of shorter notes are displayed
in arithmetical mode. As you can see, there is a wide empty space after
the half, and the sixteenths
are highly compressed.
||Here is the same bar in engraver mode. Spacing is
to note duration. Display is nicer and well spaced out.
Whatever the spacing mode you chose, notes at
the same time position will be aligned from one staff to another.
Bar display scales are calculated according to
the shortest note to be displayed in this bar, for all displayed
There can be a difference between the computed
display scale in scroll mode and page mode: in scroll mode, all staves
so all staves are used in the bar scale calculation. Gregorian and drum
grid staves don't follow the engraver mode.
In page mode, only the staves marked to be
printed are taken into account.
It therefore may be necessary to adjust the paging in
Selecting the spacing mode
The choice between arithmetical and engraver spacing
mode can be made in the "score" menu. In the same menu, you can set up
parameters for engraver mode.
You will select the display size for the different
The unit describes the relative size of a displayed note length,
compared to the others. It approximately matches the distance in pixels
between notes, for a document display scale of 100%.
When engraver mode is on, a <E> is displayed
in the title bar of the document.
Setting up the engraver spacing
You can select each note size, in relative unit:
When inserting a note, the software can evaluate
the best bar size to display notes and apply it automatically. You can
specify the smallest possible bar scale and the biggest one.
Distance after a whole note or longer
Distance after an half note
Distance after a 16th or shorter.
When notes of short duration are not beamed together,
an additional distance can be added to separate them.
Before each note, a fixed distance is added, independent
from the note duration
When an accidental is displayed, an additional distance
is also added.
Grace notes (appoggiatura) also add
an additional distance.
You can also select the bar size for empty bars.
If these three values are identical, all bars
will be set the same size.
On the left of this dialog window, predefined
parameter sets can be selected. You can add your own sets.
Loading and creating documents
When importing a file (MIDI, TAB, KAR, ABC,...),
creating a new document from a template or loading a file created by a
previous version of the software, the spacing mode will be forced to
you defined in global setup, "Load" thumb index.