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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:54 am 
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Each staff to have its own space-above and space-below user-settable values.

This would cover the need for larger spacing where there are lyrics, and also for instruments where there are many notes with a lot of ledger lines below or above (or both - e.g. bassoon parts).

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John,
Everybody may be shying away from touching this one. I think we already have adequate controls over staff spacing. In particular, there is an Avoid collisions checkbox in Score->Respace Staves. This has saved me a number of times, but sometimes it is a little too generous with extra spacing.

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I am not making light of your suggestion, but I might not yet understand the advantage the new setting would give me. You are obviously thinking outside of the box here, so would you care to give us more detail for the advantage you are trying to describe? Maybe a score fragment or two?
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Here's an example in words: I'm creating a score for wind quintet and choir. That's 5 staves without lyrics, and 4 or more with lyrics. Also, the flute and oboe never go below middle C (say), while the clarinet can go down 5 ledger lines (in concert pitch) and up quite a few. The bassoon has quite a range too. Not to mention the Altos in the choir going lower on a treble-clef staff than any other voice part.

So when the score is finished there may well be systematic differences between the spacing of the choral staves and the instrument staves, and, for that matter between individual staves. Of course, if there's plenty of space on the page, it's possible to space all the staves evenly.

I can only say that, when I created my complete Monteverdi Vespers score (which is on http://www.johnkilpatrick.co.uk/music/1610/index.htm) I would have found the proposed feature very useful during both the creatioin and the final layout stages. Though, ultimately, of course, I took the trouble to spend some time on each of the individual near-200 full-score pages, as I imagine anyone would.

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