Multi-voice staves enable you
to merge several staves graphically.
Staves (voices) included in a single multi-voice
staff do not display one below the other
anymore, but one on
of the other.
Inserting or deleting a note in one voice does
not affect notes in other voices.
This kind of display is especially useful when
writing, for example, both a bass line and a
melody on a single staff.
Here is an example of
a multi-voice staff display. To be more
comprehensible, notes from the
first voice have their stems drawn upwards and are
colored blue, and
those from the second voice have their stems drawn
downwards and are
This example shows a
multi-voice staff made of two voices, but you can
define as many voices
as you want.
To merge several staves on which
voices are written, select these staves and use
The reverse operation can be performed with
staff>Unmerge" and splits a multi-voice staff
into several staves.
In the multi-voice staff margin, you can see a
It permits selection of the active voice
in a multi-voice staff and the quick addition of a
new voice. This icon only appears on multi-voice
When inserting a note or applying an operation
on the selection range, you must define which
voice you are working on.
The selected voice becomes the active voice.
Its notes are displayed as usual, while notes from
other voices are
In a multi-voice staff, either one voice
can be active or all voices.
When all voices are active,
operations on the selection range apply to all
voices, but notes are
into the first voice only.
In a multi-voice staff, staff
background is defined
by the first staff.
The name of a multi-voice staff is
the name of
the staff corresponding to its
If you intend to merge staves with tablatures, you
must define a
for each of the merged staves.
Generally, voices in a
multi-voice staff are
identified by their stem
direction. When inserting notes,
direction matching the required
voice in the "Note display" tool
order to locate more easily which voice notes
belong to, the
"Edit>Multi-voice staves>Display voices in
color" menu makes each
voice be displayed in a different color.
A wide freedom is left when merging staves. Some
merge operations on
staves of different kind can provide strange
results when displayed.