Inputting notes and notations onto multiple staves

You can input notes and notations onto multiple staves simultaneously, including automatically exploding the notes in chords that you play on a MIDI keyboard onto the appropriate staves. For example, if you want to input notes onto both piano staves or input the same dynamics for multiple instruments.

Inputting notes and notations onto multiple staves is most useful for multiple adjacent pitched instruments whose music is only a single voice.


If you want to explode individual notes in chords onto multiple staves during note input, you have connected a MIDI keyboard. You can only input the different notes in chords onto separate staves when using a MIDI keyboard.


  1. In Write mode, select an item at the rhythmic position where you want to input notes/notations onto multiple staves.
  2. Press Shift-N to start note input.
  3. Extend the caret to another staff in any of the following ways:
    • To extend to the staff above, press Shift-Up Arrow.

    • To extend to the staff below, press Shift-Down Arrow.

  4. Optional: Repeat step 3 for as many staves as you require.
  5. Input the notes and notations you want.

    You must input notes using a computer keyboard or MIDI keyboard. If you use the mouse, notes are only input on the staff you click. Similarly, you must use the corresponding popover to input notations on multiple staves. When inputting notations using the corresponding panel, they are only input on the top staff.

  6. Press Esc or Return to stop note input.


The notes and notations you input are input at the caret position on all staves across which the caret extends. If the caret extends across both staves of a piano, notes are input on either the top or bottom staff according to their pitch and your set split point on the Play page in Preferences.

When inputting notes using a MIDI keyboard, the individual notes in any chords you input are automatically exploded across the staves.


You can change whether notes in chords are exploded onto multiple staves or all notes are input onto all staves on the MIDI Input page in Write > Note Input Options