Creating ancient music time signature into the palette

• May 15, 2022 - 12:06

I found it impossible to create ancient music time signature into the palette:

I want, for example, to build an "Alla breve" TS with a duration of 2/1.
I can create this, but it's shown as 2/1, not at C/.
I've found no way of doing that.

Additionaly, if I select this time signature, I'm able to modify it's appearance into the staff, but it seems impossible to have this modification automaticaly shown on every staff: I have to do this manually on every staff.

This is very frustrating!


Have you seen the "Early Music features" in the Handbook? - You can right-click on your 2/1 time signature and then select "Time signature properties". In the "Appearance" section select "Other", then choose the second-last symbol in the drop-down list. Once you have applied it to your staff, you can add it to a palette (assuming you are in a Custom Workspace) using control+shift while dragging it to the palette. Now, if you double-click it in the palette, it will show on every staff. Note, though, that is is just cosmetic, and that you need to start with the correct, normal time signature. To change the appearance experiment with the different fonts in the Format > Style > Page settings.

If you don't like the "backwards" cut C, there is a "normal" one in the "Medieval and Renaissance prolations" in the Symbols section of the Master Palette (to get there, highlight a note or a bar and press "Z"). However, it seems that you have to add it to each staff separately, and play with visibility and the Z axis to get it to show properly.

I hope I have understood you correctly and that this is of some help.

In reply to by Brer Fox

Hi Brer Fox,
Thank you so much for the procedure!
I still find it very complicated, but it works... and helps me a lot.
I wonder why you cannot directly select an appearance when defining a new time sig into shift-F9... I'll fill an improvement request into the bug tracker.
Thanks again!

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