Working with grand staff tracks
Piano music generally uses a grand staff, which is two staves together. To create a grand staff track in Soundslice, use the “Piano (grand staff)” preset when creating your track.
Note that Soundslice treats this as two separate tracks but has some special magic to associate them together. If two tracks are marked as grand staff with one another, then:
- Their notation will have the traditional brace connecting them.
- Barlines will be drawn connecting the two staves.
- The “Hide empty staves” feature will only hide the staves if both of them are empty in a given system.
- The visual keyboard feature will treat them as a single track, allowing for switching between left and right hands.
- The tracks will support cross-staff beaming.
You can toggle whether two tracks are treated as a single grand staff. (You might want to do this, for example, if you’ve imported a notation file that didn’t properly encode the tracks as a grand staff.) To do this:
- Select a note or rest in the first of the two tracks.
- In the editor search, search for the command “Toggle grand staff on selected track” and run that command.
A final note on grand tracks: You have the freedom to delete one of the two tracks at any time. For example, you might want to do this if your music only uses one of the staves.