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Adding Text

In a score, you usually want to add comments and indications, as well as lyrics and song information. In Cubase, there are five types of text that you can add in a score:

  • Normal text. This type of text can be used to enter comments or indications to the musician on how to play a particular passage. If you move a bar or staff, normal text moves with it as it is tied to these elements.

  • Lyrics. This type of text is used to enter lyrics to a song. This type is specifically designed to add text under or over a staff, adjusting its position as you adjust the spacing of notes, bars, and staves. Lyrics are tied to the note position under or over which it is positioned. If you move the notes, the lyrics follow.

  • Layout text. Think of this type of text as normal text you want to see for a group of instruments, rather than a single instance of this text somewhere. For example, if you are editing a brass quintet piece, you might add a comment in the conductor’s part that appears at the top of the page when you print out this particular layout. When you open the trumpet part on its own, this comment does not appear because it is part of a different layout. The same applies for the four other individual parts that you create for this quintet.

  • Global text. This type of text appears, unlike the layout text, on each individual layout or music sheet you create. Let’s take the previous example of the brass quintet—adding a comment using the global text, you would find the text appearing on the conductor’s score and on each individual part of the brass quintet. Global text is not tied to any notes, bars, or staves. This implies that if you move any of these elements around, the global text stays in place.

  • Staff Name text. Staff text is linked to the staff setting and the layout setting. Usually, this represents the name of the track or of the instrument playing on that track in long and short format. For example, if you’re laying out a violin staff in an orchestral score, the first staff could be named “Violin” and the following staves could be named “Vln.” Staff name text usually appears at the beginning of each staff, depending on your staff and layout settings.


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