Muting and Soloing Staves
There are a variety of occasions in which you might want to listen only to certain staves of a song while other staves are muted (silenced). For example, if a song has a melody staff played by some instrument, but you want to sing the melody yourself, then you can mute the melody staff. Or, you might want to study the composition and arrangement of a song and focus on how a particular instrument part is written by "soloing" that instrument part, thus muting all of the other staves.
Composer enables you to play any combination of staves while muting other staves. You can even do this while the song is playing back. There are two places where you can see whether a staff is muted or not. If the staff controls are visible, you can tell that a staff is muted if the top-left button is not pressed down and has a dull light instead of the normal bright green light:
staff playback is active
staff is muted
If the staff controls are not visible, then you can set the Mute check mark for the staff in the Staff Setup window, as described later in this topic.
If you save the song as a MIDI file, any muted staff will be restored as an audible staff when you reopen the MIDI file. If you wish the staff to remain muted, you should save the file as a Notation (.not) file. If you save a muted staff in a Notation file, you have the option to later open the Notation file and unmute the staff.
To toggle the play/mute status of a staff using the staff control:
To toggle the play/mute status of a staff using the Staff Setup window:
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Click the Mute column header to change the status of play/mute for all staves at once.
Another option allows you to mute all staves except one staff that you wish to "solo". The play/mute status of the other staves are only temporarily changed. Once you turn off the solo option for the staff, any staff that was previously playing will continue to play, and any staff that was previously muted will continue to be muted.
To toggle the solo status of a staff:
You can temporarily solo any number of staves together by setting their respective solo buttons to the down position.