Definition Of Voice
The most simple way to have one voice definition is to load an existing one.
If you want to define a new voice, then you do as follows:
Change to the tab "Orchestral View" and choose (select) the group of polyphonic voices or one single voice through the click on it with left mouse button, to edit it. This is shown on the picture below:
The big dialog-box appears, subdivided in to 3 tabs. Under "Name/midi" you can enter the names and abbreviations of your instruments and the instrument ranges as well and some other parameters which Octava must know very exactly before starting anything with it. Other things to set here are : Midi-patch of your desired instrument, volume, midi-out port, pan, hall, chorus e.t.c.(See also Midi-Set Up ).
With the volume you change the volume for all voices which use this midi channel.
If you choose the midi channel 10 (drums), then a new button appears and you can call upon the dialog for the Drum map Set Up assignment for drums notation.
You can switch on or off the options like "Auto fill with rests" or "Bar-automatic" for every single voice. The midi bank numbers (midi controller "0" or "32") can be changed if your expander has more Sounds than the GM-Standard sounds. Change the bank number only then, when you are sure that your Sound module has the appropriate Sound bank. Standard controller is "0".
Important: volumes and bank number refer to the complete midi channel! If you change the setting for horn here, then it will affect also the euphonium because it has the same Sound or midi channel!
You can give a notes under "key/transposition" about the appearance in the score regarding the transposition properties. The keys are adapted automatically at transposing instruments. It is also possible to suppress the detail of the key, though. If that is the case, then choose "no key specification".
You can also make different specifications for the appearance in score, individual parts and edit view. E.g. you can exclusively show C voices in the score or the edit view and in the individual parts the transposition requested by the player.
You can indicate information about the individual properties of the instrument under "Instrument range", so Instrument range limits can be checked by the program . In addition, the instrument ranges are very clear shown at the graphic keyboard.