Setting up Polyphonic Voices

You can set up your score for polyphonic voicing.


The staff is active.


  1. Select Scores > Settings.
  2. Select the Staff tab, and open the Polyphonic tab.
  3. Open the Staff Mode pop-up menu and select Polyphonic.
  4. Activate the voices by activating On in the Properties column.

    There are four voices on each staff.


    Always use voices 1 and 2 on the upper staff and 5 and 6 on the lower staff first. These voices handle collisions such as notes with small intervals or accidentals that otherwise would come too close. For other voices, use the Layout tool to manually move the notes.

    • For a split piano staff, activate one upper voice and one lower voice.

    • For vocals, activate one voice for each singing voice.

    • If notes overlap, activate as many voices as the largest number of overlapping notes.

  5. Adjust the settings in the Properties, Rests, and Stems columns according to your needs.
  6. Click Apply.


The staff is changed to polyphonic voicing, and Cubase distributes the existing notes into voices according to their MIDI channel values.

After Completing This Task

Use the Explode function to automatically move notes into the proper voices.


If your staff contains notes with MIDI channel settings which do not match any of the active voices, a warning may be shown. Click Correct to move these notes to active voices or Ignore to leave them as they are and hide some notes. These notes can be shown in all other editors. If you change the channel settings for the notes or voices, activate more voices, etc., they can be shown again in the Score Editor.