Tip: Add intervals above or below selected notes


  1. With one or more notes selected, type Shift+I to open the Notes popover.
  2. Type a number and press Enter to add that interval above the selected notes.
  3. Separate numbers with commas to build chords.
  4. Specify the interval quality.
  5. Add intervals below with negative numbers.
  6. Build complex chords quickly and easily.
  7. Even add notes to the top or bottom of existing chords.
  8. Type t before the number to transpose the selected notes by that interval.

Tip: Set key commands to increase/decrease dynamic intensity


  1. It is possible to modify selected immediate dynamics by choosing different items in the Dynamics panel.
  2. However, it can be convenient — especially for keyboard-centric users — to be able to do this using the keyboard.
  3. Open Preferences, and choose the Key Commands page.
  4. Search dynamic, and expand Note Editing.
  5. Choose a key command for Increase Dynamic Intensity and another for Decrease Dynamic Intensity.
  6. Now you can quickly modify dynamics in the score.
  7. It even works on multiple selections.
  8. We have not set a default shortcut as this command is not necessarily useful for every user, and would occupy space on the keyboard that could not then be reserved for other features.

Tip: Extend note durations to end of selection


  1. Don’t waste time calculating how long notes need to be.
  2. Make a selection of a note or notes you want to extend, and extend that selection to the rhythmic position at which you want the notes to end.
  3. Select Write > Edit Duration > Extend to End of Selection.
  4. This command makes it easy to set a selection of notes to be the same duration.

Tip: Use the numeric keypad to control playback


  1. If you use a full-size computer keyboard, you can use the numeric keypad to control playback.
  2. The Enter key starts and stop playback (0zero — also stops playback).
  3. The + and keys fast-forward and rewind.
  4. The . (dot) key returns the playhead to the beginning of the flow.
  5. These key commands match those of Steinberg’s DAW Cubase.

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