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Hi all,

I usually use a single staff with 2 instruments associated to voice 1 and 2 (see Figure 1). Recently I've used the same approach to simulate divisi in strings, for which I've already requested a new feature (see https://forums.presonus.com/viewtopic.php?f=168&t=6082).
Figure 1: Single stave with 2 instruments associated to voice 1 and 2.

In the orchestral full score this approach is very useful to reduce the number of staves, but working with a single instrument per staff is easier and will allow easy production of separate instruments scores (dynamic parts).

What I'm asking/suggesting is to have a command for selecting up to 4 single-instrument single-voice staff and merge them into a new multi-instrument multi-voice one, keeping the source staves but setting them hidden (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Merging 2 staves into a new one.

In this way:
  • A condensed full score will be easily created;
  • Dynamic parts will be easily created too because the single-instrument staves are still there;
  • If the new staff could be created in read-only mode (i.e. not editing allowed), no risk of loosing synchronisation with the source staves will happen.
A plus will be (maybe not in the first release):
  • Full bidirectional synchronisation (editing in a source staff or in the merged one will occur also in the other one),
  • Or the simpler synchronisation where modifications in the source staff occurring also in the merged one.

Thank you,
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by michaelmyers1 on Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:49 pm
This would be helpful. Also, a function to take a staff written for two instruments and split them into two staves.

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by wolfgangbauer2 on Wed May 06, 2015 1:47 pm
This would be extremely helpful. I always used two voices for two instruments, but it's a mess with dynamic parts.

Should be in the next update, definitely.
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by DaddyO on Wed May 06, 2015 2:54 pm
If they would ever program this, it would be a much-used feature by me.

As it is working with voices in a single staff is kludgy and sometimes unpredictable. Therefore when working with multiple instances of a single instrument playing separate notes or lines (two flutes, two trumpets, etc.), I ALWAYS put each instance on it's own staff. This makes for enormously tall scores and creates a lot of extra scrolling.

If Notion is serious about being both a composing and a scoring tool, and I assume they are, this kind of feature ought to be addressed.

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by hansnel1 on Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:19 am
If PreSonus would be so kind as to listen to engravers such as ourselves, it would definitely refrain me from exporting XML and importing into Sibelius to perform these functions. Very laborious!

+1 (absolutely)

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