Editing Options

Command Location: Tools Menu / Program Options / Editing Options Tab

Chords Auto-Correct manually entered chord names MidiIllustrator can make corrections to common spelling and format errors in chord names.  If, for example, a chord name is entered as a#Dim then MidiIllustrator can correct it to A#dim.

Furthermore, manually typed chords which MidiIllustrator recognizes will be automatically selected if the chord is right-clicked and edited in the Chord Selector.

Auto-Add frets to manually entered chords There are two features to this option:
  • When manually editing chord names in the score, if MidiIllustrator finds that some chords in the score already have guitar fret diagrams beneath them, then the corresponding fret for the modified chord name will be automatically added when chord name editing completes.
  • Similarly, if a chord name is changed manually (i.e. without using the chord selector dialog) then MidiIllustrator will try to change any corresponding guitar fret to the same chord (as long as the chord name is recognisable).
Selection Exclude dots when incrementing duration of selection When using Note/Rest editing commands to toggle through a selection of durations for the currently selected score items, check this item if you would like MidiIllustrator to exclude dotted durations in the choice of increased or decreased durations.

This setting also applies to the selection of cursor entry durations.

Insertion Include beats as Back/Forward shift positions When shifting items such as Lyrics, Bookmarks etc. using the "Shift" commands (see Lyrics Menu and/or Keyboard Shortcuts), include measure beats as possible shift positions, rather than only allowing new items to be inserted at positions which contain an item such as an existing note, rest or lyric.
  Include beats as Next/Previous insert positions When inserting new items such as Lyrics using the "Insert Next/Previous" commands (see Insert Menu and/or Keyboard Shortcuts), include measure beats as possible cursor insert positions, rather than only allowing new items to be inserted at positions which contain an item such as an existing note, rest or lyric.


Audition chord/note when note clicked with mouse When a note is selected, all the notes in that same time and staff (i.e. a chord) will be sounded together.  Selecting other notes in that same time/staff will not repeat the chord audition unless the Alt key is held down (see also below).

Auditioning Notes versus Chords

Holding the Alt key down whilst clicking the notes will play only the selected notes, rather than the entire chord.

Audition changes to existing notation Any changes to existing notation, such as shifting notes to a new staff or position, will result in playback of the changed chord notation.  In Edit mode, mouse pitch drags, note volume changes, or mouse copy operations will also elicit an audition.
Audition cursor insertion pitch MidiIllustrator Maestro Only Feature Whenever you alter the cursor entry position on the staff, the current entry pitch will be sounded.
Audition note insertions and clipboard paste MidiIllustrator Maestro Only Feature Whenever you add a new note or paste notes of a single time and track (i.e. a chord) from the clipboard to the score, the new notes will be sounded.
Audition note insertions from external MIDI devices MidiIllustrator Maestro Only Feature Usually, notes entered using an external MIDI device are auditioned by the device itself, or by using the MIDI In/Echo features of MidiIllustrator.  If this is not the case, they can be auditioned using this option.
Notation Auto-tie off-beat notes which cross beats MidiIllustrator Maestro Only Feature When MidiIllustrator imports a MIDI file,  it automatically ties all notes which do not originate on beats, and subsequently cross other beat boundaries.  This is common notating practice and is intended to improve legibility.

Uncheck this option if, when editing, you would prefer that MidiIllustrator did not continue this practice of auto tying, but instead simply notated single notes for the given duration (where possible).

Power Edit Select entire measure MidiIllustrator Maestro Only Feature In Power Edit mode, choose whether the staff selection range is rounded up to the nearest beat or the nearest measure.
Cursor Always show entry note name with cursor MidiIllustrator Maestro Only Feature As with notes in the score, the entry note name can be shown for easier recognition of the staff line name.  When this option has been selected the name will be displayed on the left of the cursor note (see below for positioning options).

This option is independent of the note name display option: Show Individual Note Names - the entry note name can be shown regardless of whether or not Individual Note Names are shown for each note.

When shown, entry note name goes inside cursor MidiIllustrator Maestro Only Feature You can also choose to have the note name placed inside the note instead of to the left.  Under different circumstances one layout may be easier to read than the other. 
Warnings Show Edit Mode confirmation message MidiIllustrator Maestro Only Feature Since the way that MidiIllustrator automatically interprets the original MIDI content of a file changes when you first enter Edit Mode, this confirmation warning is in place to explain the changes which will be applied.

In summary: in Edit Mode you will have complete control over composition of the score.  MidiIllustrator will settle on the current interpretation of the song's original MIDI content when editing begins.