TAMS REHEARSAL AID — Custom Cuts

Selection Palette

Tams Rehearsal Aid is a powerful piece of software designed to help you rehearse your show. It is easy to use, and most customers don’t need to use any of its advanced features.

But what if you want to create a cut in the music? Maybe a dance is too long, or some scene change music needs to be tighter. Well, here’s what to do:

  • From the Entry Palette (the rightmost area of the toolbar, pictured above), select the “Manual Cut Start” tool (bottom left).
  • Click at the point in the score where you want to begin cutting. The symbol [cut… is entered in the score and the cursor changes to the “Manual Cut End” symbol.
  • Navigate to the spot where you want the cut to end and click there. The …cut] symbol is entered in the score.
  • Press Escape to return to Play mode and test if you cut the right amount of music.
    When you have made the cut, select Save As… from the File menu, and save your edited score with a new name.
  • You can hide the music you cut by checking the Hide Cuts item on the Tools menu at the top of the screen.

Sometimes it can be a little tricky to click at the right spot, and you’ll end up hearing a note that’s supposed to be cut. If that happens, select the Selection arrow (upper left on the Entry Palette), then click on the misplaced Cut symbol (it turns yellow), and press Delete/Backspace to remove the Cut symbol. You can then try cutting again. A little experimentation will come in handy—please don’t expect to get it right the first time.

Note that after you have saved the score with a new name, you need to open this file instead of the original master score, which doesn’t have your cuts.

If you change your mind about how much, or how little, to cut, you can always change the cutting points by deleting them and re-entering them in other spots, using the Selection arrow, as described above.