Inputting tuplets

You can input all types of tuplets using the tuplets popover. Tuplets are input like normal notes, and so can only be input during note input.

You can also input triplets by clicking Tuplets in the Notes toolbox. However, you can only input one triplet at a time this way.


  1. In Write mode, start note input.
  2. Press the number on your computer keyboard that corresponds to the note value on which you want to base your tuplet.

    For example, press 5 for eighth notes (quavers), 6 for quarter notes (crotchets), 7 for half notes (minims), and so on.

  3. Press ; to open the tuplets popover.
  4. Enter the tuplet you want into the popover as a ratio. For example, enter 3:2 to input triplets.
  5. Press Return to close the popover.

    The tuplet is entered.

  6. Optional: Change the selected note duration.

    For example, you can input a tuplet based on eighth notes but input a quarter note within that tuplet.

  7. Enter or play in the pitches you want.
  8. Optional: press Space to advance the caret to continue inputting tuplets of the same ratio at later rhythmic positions.
  9. Stop tuplet input in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-; or move the caret with the arrow keys to return to inputting normal notes.

    • Press Esc to stop note input completely.


The pitches you enter or play in are input as tuplets, starting from the caret position.

If you want to input a different type of tuplet immediately after inputting tuplets, you must stop the first type of tuplet before inputting the second type. If you do not stop the first type, the second type is input as a nested tuplet.