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Editing basics

Entering notes

The easiest way to enter notes in Reflow is to use the numeric keys of your keyboard.


Notes are inserted at the exact location of your cursor, which is the blue square you can see on your staff.

This cursor can be moved using the arrow keys of your keyboard, or simply by clicking on the staff at the desired location.


Tablature Input

If your cursor is located on a tablature staff, you can use the 0-9 keys to enter frets. This will add or modify notes in tablature.

Standard Input

You can enter a note on a standard staff by pressing the 0 key.

You can delete a note located under your cursor by pressing the Delete key.


Drum Input

Drum input is a little different, the cursor location has no effect on input. Numeric keys from 0 to 9 are mapped to Drum elements. Pressing a numeric key will enter a drum note and move the cursor to the correct location.

  • 0 : Bass Drum (BD)
  • 1 : Hi Hat Closed (HHx)
  • 2 : Snare (Sn)
  • 3 : Ride cymbal (Rd)
  • 4 : Hi Hat Opened (HHo)
  • 5 : Side stick (SS)
  • 6 : Low Tom (LT)
  • 7 : Crash Cymbal (Cr1)
  • 8 : High Tom (HT)
  • 9 : Mid Tom (MT)

Pressing the same drum element again will remove a note.


If you press the Alt key, you have access to additional drum elements :


MIDI Input

If you have a MIDI device (keyboard, drumkit ...) connected or paired to your iPhone/iPad, you can enter notes directly by playing them on your instrument.

Notes and chords you play on your MIDI device are added automatically to the beat where your cursor is located.

After a successful note entry, the cursor moves to the next beat, allowing you to continue entering notes.

There is no real time MIDI entry in Reflow at the moment, entry is a step by step process.

Make sure that your MIDI device is correctly connecting when you start Reflow, otherwise it could possibly not be recognized.

Manipulate beats

In Reflow, a beat could represent a note, a chord or a rest.

Beats are time divisions of your measure, and can contain zero, one or more notes. A beat with no note is effectively printed as a rest.

You can change beat duration using the +/- keys on the keyboard.


Add and insert beats


These two buttons allow you to create a new empty beat (a rest actually) right after the cursor, or right before the cursor.

Delete a beat


Using this button, you can remove a complete beat from your measure.

Split beat


With the Split Beat tool, you can divide a beat in two exact beats with a shorter note duration.

Using this tool on a quarter note will give you two identical eighth notes.

Try it on your drum beats, and see how much time this simple tool will save you.


You can select multiple contiguous beats in the same measure by tapping your screen and dragging a rectangle with your finger.

You can also select without your mouse. Hold down the Shift key and move your cursor with the arrow keys. Selection will be extended in the corresponding direction.