What does sp stand for?

• May 29, 2016 - 08:00

Hi everybody! I am dumb, I know, but could you please make it clear for me? I see that Musescore uses enigmatic "sp" unit for measuring line widths etc. Could you please explain, what kind of unit it is? May I use mm instead??


That's short for Spatium (plural: Spatia). That's the distance between two lines of a normal 5-line staff. In MuseScore this unit influences most size settings. https://musescore.org/en/handbook/glossary-0

That's a relative unit on the contrary to mm which is an absolute unit. There is only one place where you can enter the proportion sp/mm: in Page settings (https://musescore.org/en/handbook/page-settings).
So you can adjust the size of the whole score very easily.

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