I want to do this kind of thing in my song: In one moment, before a chorus tension raises significantly, then I want to mute all the sounds for a moment just to hit the listener with the chorus in all its glory.
And there's my question. What the length of this pause should be? Does it have to be one bar? Or can I start the chorus (starting next bar) while muting everything for only half of the bar legth (if there are 4 beats in a bar it would be 2 beats of the pause). This situation looks like losing 2 beats, because I want to start chorus (thus starting a new bar) right after only 2 beats of pause and playing a new bar. And how to write this kind of operation on a sheet music?