Music Jotter offers the most flexible virtual keyboard than any of its competition, and it isn't just a note entry tool. Each track gets its own virtual keyboard, and the keyboard can display up to 9 levels of velocity layers. You can even connect your PC to a midi keyboard, select a virtual keyboard from the mixer, and play the selected instrument from that track into your PC speakers.
Clef, Time Signature And Key Signature
Easily add or update a clef or key & time signature. When you update a clef, you can choose to transpose notes (in order to retain the pitch) if you desire. Left click to remove a clef, or right click and move the clef left or right to update its position. Changing the key & time signature can both be achieved by clicking on a measure, and then clicking on the "Key & Time Signature" button from the "Edit" tab.
Copy and paste can be done by measure, multiple measures, or by selection. If you copy and paste by a selection of measures, you can paste a pattern of copied elements to any number of measure/staff combinations as demonstrated in this video.
Many music notation programs offer a template and a wizard system to create a new score. Music Jotter shies away from this, and gives the user a very basic and standard form to create a new score. Adding and removing attributes is so trivial, we felt there was no need for a complex wizard system, since the score can be changed any time throughout the composition process.
Music Jotter supports Da Capo which is a bit more complex, however an information panel automatically guides the user step by step on how to add the different modes of Da Capo.
Music Jotter supports Dal Segno which is a bit more complex, however an information panel automatically guides the user step by step on how to add the different modes of Dal Segno.
Aligning symbols is effortless and demonstrates how easy it is to change between aligning symbols by staves, brace or bracket, or piano. You can of course also choose a lone symbol as well.
Music Jotter offers various views to format your score for the ultimate flexibility. If you zoom out and click on "Booklet View", you will see how the layout of your score updates in real time as you change the paper size and adjust the number of measures and systems per page. You can also globally update stave and system spacing.
Adding lyrics can be accomplished by clicking on the "Text/Lyrics" button from the "Layout" tab. Then click on a note and start typing.
Add a measure by left double clicking, remove a measure by right double clicking. Or click the "+/- Measures" button from the "Layout" tab to Insert or Remove measures in mass.
The mixer is so simplistic but highly intuitive. It is an integral part of Music Jotter in that it controls pan, mute, solo on tracks as well as volume adjustment, track names and instruments. Furthermore, each track's virtual keyboard is also controlled by the mixer.
Music Jotter offers the highest flexible playback than all competition. Playback can reflect colored notes by velocity, green notes to make the score easy to follow, or by a playbar which can assist in determining tempo fluctuations.
Repeats are as easy as clicking on a measure, and clicking the "Repeat" button from the "Repeats & Barlines" tab. Music Jotter will even recognize when a multiple ending is required.
Midi scrubbing is intuitive and better than all competition. This function is not even found on some of the better music notation programs on the market.
Transposition in Music Jotter is flexible. Highlight notes and press up/down or select the "Transpose Notes" icon from the "Operations" tab to transpose by half steps, whole steps or octaves.
Tuple placement is easier than all the competition. Once a tuple ratio is declared, there is no need for constant reapplication. Music Jotter will automatically group and number the tuples correctly for you, saving you a great deal of time.