Background: Polyphonic voicing

Polyphonic voicing allows you to resolve a number of situations impossible to score properly otherwise:

  • Notes starting at the same position, but with different lengths. Without polyphonic voicing you get unnecessary amounts of ties.

    Figure: Without and with polyphonic voicing

  • Vocal scoring and similar. Without polyphonic voicing, all notes starting at the same position are considered parts of a chord. With polyphonic voicing you can give each voice a stem direction, you can have individual rest handling for each voice, etc.

    Figure: Without and with polyphonic voicing

  • Complicated piano systems. Without polyphonic voicing, you have to resort to a fixed split note setting to decide which notes go on which clef. With polyphonic voicing, the split point can be “floating”. The program can even automatically put a bass line on the lower clef for you.

    Figure: With a split system and with polyphonic voicing