From MusiCAD

The starting tempo is specified in [Options|Playback]. Any tempo changes are relative to the set starting tempo

During playback, you can use <+> or <-> to change the tempo, as well as in the mixer.

MusiCAD expects all tempi in quarter notes per minute.

Tempo definition in quarter notes per minute is unambiguous for a computer, but not always useful for musicians. E.g. in a 6/8 time, a tempo of 120 quarter notes per minute would be 80 dotted quarter notes per minute (and that's what you 'experience' as a musician as tempo in a 6/8)

How (and whether) tempo indications appear on paper can be set in a number of places.

  • In header and footer, use the macro $@ to specify that the base tempo should appear in the header.
  • Font and positioning of tempi in the music can be set under [Options|Music|Tempo marks].

How and whether tempo changes are audible depends on the one hand on the starting tempo and on the other hand on the choice under [Options|Playback|Initial tempo].

Tempo changes can be inserted using the tempo menu and will be shown at a selected position (or hidden altogether by unchecking the tempo text style).

A single tempo change may be hidden using <x>.

A tempo mark might be shown within the header by using the macro $@

To get rid of tempo indication just uncheck the corresponding line in header & footer.

Standard translation between "tempo-as-name" and "tempo-in-quarternotes-per-minute" is as follows:

largo 40
lento 45
grave 50
adagio 60
andante 70
largetto 80
andantino 90
moderato 100
allegretto 120
allegro 130
vivace 150
presto 180
prestissimo 200
vivacissimo 230
volante 250

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