Creating custom condensing groups

You can create custom condensing groups for both single and section players in each layout independently; for example, if you want Horns 1 and 3 and Horns 2 and 4 to condense together, rather than Horns 1-2 and 3-4. Condensing groups can contain up to 16 players.


You can only create condensing groups that contain either all single players or all section players.


  1. Press Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L to open Layout Options.
  2. In the Layouts list, select the layouts in which you want to create custom condensing groups.

    By default, the layout currently open in the music area is selected when you open the dialog. You can select other layouts by using the selection options in the action bar, clicking and dragging across multiple layouts, Shift-clicking adjacent layouts, and Ctrl/Cmd-clicking individual layouts.

  3. In the category list, click Players.
  4. In the Condensing section, click New Group to open the Edit Custom Condensing Group dialog.
  5. Select the players you want to include in the custom condensing group.

    You can Shift-click adjacent players and Ctrl/Cmd-click individual players.

  6. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog.
  7. Optional: Repeat steps 4 to 6 to create other custom condensing groups.
  8. Click Apply, then Close.


The condensing groups are added to the selected layouts. This affects which players can be condensed together in those layouts.

Any players now in custom condensing groups that were previously in default condensing groups are removed from the default condensing groups.


Other condensing calculations and considerations and your notation options still affect whether or not players condense at specific rhythmic positions.

After Completing This Task

If necessary, you can change options for those condensing groups from selected rhythmic positions onwards to change the condensing result.