Modify/ Tuplets Menu

The Modify/Tuplets menu lists commands for forming and modifying tuplet groupings

The Show / Hide Tuplets menu hide tuplets if they are visible, and shows them if they have previously been hidden. This menu item is used to hide redundant tuplet indications (as in the example below.)

- Hiding a tuplet does not change the duration or the beat position of the images -- only the appearance of the tuplet is altered.

The Show / Hide Bracket menu item is used to show or hide the bracket that indicates the beginning and end of the tuplet group. Normally, the bracket is not needed if there is a beam that indicates the tuplet group. However, brackets can be hidden or shown if desired. In the example below, the Show / Hide Bracket menu was applied to all notes.

The Show / Hide Ratio menu item is used to show the tuplet ratio if it is not visible and to hide it if it is. The tuplet ratio is used to show the number of notes that the tuplet group should be played in. Normally, ratios are unnecessary except in ambiguous situations or in complex scores. In the example below the tuplet is clarified by showing the ratio (which reveals that it is 7 in the time of 6 eighth notes.)

The Straighten Tuplets menu item is used to reset the angle of the tuplet bracket so that it is parallel to the beam. This item is used in situations where the tuplet bracket has been adjusted manually away from its normal position.

it is not visible and to hide it if it is. The tuplet ratio is used to show the number of notes that the tuplet group should be played in. Normally, ratios are unnecessary except in ambiguous situations or in complex scores. In the example below the tuplet is clarified by showing the ratio (which reveals that it is 7 in the time of 6 eighth notes.)

The Flip Tuplet Direction menu item shifts the position of the tuplet so that it is above the note group if it was below, or below the note group if it was above. This menu item does not change any other attributes of the tuplet.

- There are Control Points at the corners of the tuplet brackets (or at the location that the corners would be if the tuplet had brackets.) These Control Points can be adjusted to alter the position of the tuplet number or to change the angle of the tuplet bracket.

The Form Tuplet menu item is used to create a tuplet group out of selected notes and rests. All notes and rests in the selection must have been entered with the same tuplet setting in the Control panel (i.e. they must all be triplets, or quintuplets, or 7:4, etc.). This menu item is most often used to merge several beats of tuplets into a single tuplet group. The example below should help to clarify this.

  1. The default beaming and tuplet groupings of data that was pasted into NoteAbility:

  2. After the Form Tuplet command was applied to each two-beat group.

  3. After the third note in each group is selected and the Swallow Tie menu item is applied.

  4. After each two-beat group is selected and the Beam Notes command is applied.

    Alternatively, the entire measure could have been formed into a single tuplet group giving us:

- NoteAbility automatically calculates the correct tuplet numbers. Even though quintuplets (5:4) were entered in the example above, when ten notes and rests are grouped together the number 10 will appear rather than 5.

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