Below is a summary of some of capella’s main features. If you have a specific requirement that you cannot see please contact us or download and try out the free trial version.
- The Score Wizard With five simple question and answer steps you can create a good looking score. Click here to see the wizard screens
1. Select the type of score from a wide range of combinations of instruments in any of the major European languages
2. Create headings such as score title and composer.
3. Specify the margins and page numbering layout
4. Select the key
5. Select the time signature
- The Template Selector is the quickest option to create new scores. Pick a representative model/template from a comprehensive list of score types and an empty score containing the appropriate vocal and instrumental staves is created. You then need only add or remove the odd part.
Scripts Scripts give users the ability to improve capella in the areas that matter to them. They provide great flexibility to capella without adding lots of options that would make menus overly complex. Only those that you want need to be added to the script menu area. Click on script library guide for a detailed guided to over a hundred existing scripts. See the lute music example on the right.
- The Gallery system allows you to design and save your own notes, graphics or transposing symbols. Gallery graphics are pasted into a score in the same relative position to notes as the original graphic from which they were created. This means that the Gallery can usefully be used to provide a shortcut method of pasting regularly used symbols into non standard positions.
- Predefined music fonts Five music fonts are provided with capella and you can create your own with any software that is able to create Windows Truetype fonts. One font in particular will be of use to early music publishers, the Renaissance font. This automatically replaces modern notation with mensural notation. Plainsong scores using neumes can be produced by pasting individual neumes in place of modern notes. The process is very simple and quick, as positioning and any future repositioning is done for you by capella. Medieval music scholars will be overjoyed to see the Mittelalter font.
- Drag and drop ‘graphics’ (for example dynamics such as pp) to any position on the score, and capella will maintain this relationship between the anchor note and the position of the graphic. Predefined anchor points ensure that graphics move correctly when the note moves. This might be relevant when stem direction changes, for example.
- 6 voices per stave are available and we can have up to 15 notes per chord.
- Colour – any aspect of the score can be highlighted for teaching or playing.
- Graphics – design group together, layer and place in front of or behind notes, and anchor to notes
- Staves – large and small on the page (for accompanist work). 1 to 11 stave lines available, all can be dotted or dashed (useful for teaching purposes). Cross stave beaming at the press of a key.
- Stems: automatic direction, force up or down, shorten or lengthen.
- Beams: automatic grouping to a range of models, including the ability to sub group.
- Beams: the calculated slope of beams can be set to a wide range of standards (inc. flat) and you can very easily set your own by dragging node points on a graph.
- Real Time MIDI keyboard entry.
- View the score as side by side pages, percentage zoom, multiple windows on the same score and split screen with areas scrolling and others frozen.
- Two sided printing via odd and even page options.
- Wrap around After you have entered the notes you can specify a different number of bars across the page or you can let capella select an appropriate number based on the number of notes per bar.
- Transposition – diatonic or chromatic, and defined by selecting an interval or specifying a target key. You can repeat a transposition by a simple keystroke rather than going back through the menus. Individual notes can be changed in pitch by using the PC keyboard up and down arrows.
- Fine tuning of layout includes horizontally moving notes and accidentals, for example to avoid clashes in chords, and vertical movement of rests. Stave spacing can be changed by dragging staves with the mouse as well as by entering settings through a dialogue box.
- Lyrics appear on the score, under the notes, as you type. You can choose whether the notes will be moved to accommodate the length of lyric syllables or whether the lyrics will be allowed to overrun their correct space.
- Text can be changed anywhere in the line to a new font and font size. Raising or lowering letters is easily done by clicking on buttons to get superscripts etc. of any height.
- Create your own score templates containing instruments and spacing that suit your needs
- Search for a tune. If you don’t know the file name of a score, capella can now search through your saved scores for a fragment of a tune.
Playback recognizes: repeats (repeat barlines, section repeats -da capo etc, repeat boxes), trills and ornaments, staccato, swung quavers.