Avid-everywhereAmong several announcements made at NAMM today was a press release from Avid describing a new cloud publishing technology for Sibelius.

According to the release, the technology is called Sibelius | Cloud Publishing. Avid says that the new technology is based on Avid Everywhere and built upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform.

The service is targeted at music publishers. One of the main differences between Sibelius | Cloud Publishing and current technology based on the Scorch browser plug-in appear to be that, in fact, installation of a browser plug-in is not required in order for visitors to experience and purchase the music.

Other reported improvements are cross-platform capability, including on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, or Linux; all updates to the Cloud Publishing server playback engine and samples are presumably pushed by Avid instantly available to all publishers and customers; and the technology handles PDF files in addition to Sibelius files.

Transactions occur on the publisher’s web site. There is no word yet if the service will be limited to a handful of major publishers, as was the case with Sibelius Internet Edition, or if any user with a storefront would be eligible to take advantage of the service. No information regarding initial or recurring costs was provided in the release.

Cloud-based music notation products have been gaining traction, especially with Hal Leonard’s acquisition of Noteflight, a leading product in the space, almost a year ago.

In April of last year, Avid’s segment marketing manager Andrew Wild told this blog that Avid would be “taking the overall Avid Everywhere vision and applying it to future development of Sibelius, the Scorch browser plug-in and the Sibelius | Reader.”

It was known that the development of Scorch and related technologies was a priority for the Sibelius development team after the release of Sibelius 7.5.1.

Other Avid announcements today included Pro Tools 12 with flexible licensing options and cloud collaboration, and a free version of Pro Tools called Pro Tools | First.

Sibelius Blog has reached out to Avid representatives for more information, and this post will be updated to reflect their replies as warranted.


Reduce file size by pruning unneeded versions and parts

by Philip Rothman on January 20, 2015 · 6 comments

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In our ever-expanding internet, bandwidth and storage can appear to be limitless. But if you have a slow connection or are paying for data by the megabyte, size matters.

Fortunately, Sibelius files are fairly compact: on the small end, a nine-page piano-vocal score that I recently worked on, of about four minutes in duration, was a mere 75 KB. Even large files, like a 62-minute first act of an opera full score, 252 pages in length, including a full set of 28 dynamic parts was only 2.2 MB.

So when I recently received a 35-page score for 5 players that weighed in at 5.7 MB, I knew that was an anomaly.

If your files are similarly bloated, the culprit is almost certainly having many versions of the score embedded in the file.

Versions, if you aren’t aware, are part of the Review tab in Sibelius 7 and 7.5. Versions are a convenient way of saving drafts of your work as you make progress in a score, in case you decide later to restore something you had changed earlier in your process. However, because each version is essentially a copy of the entire score stored within the same file as your existing score, your file can grow quickly if you have many such copies.

Versions are created whenever you click Review > Versions > New Version. I would wager that most users don’t make a regular habit of doing this; rather, their versions are created by default whenever a file is closed. Read the full article →


Caught up in the holiday hubbub last month was the news that Avid began trading again on the NASDAQ stock market as of December 8, 2014.

The company had been working to gain re-acceptance to the NASDAQ exchange ever since February of last year, when its stock was delisted following compliance problems with its financial statements dating back to 2009. Its stock began trading on the OTC Markets – OTC Pink Tier at that time.

Avid completed its restatements in September 2014 and subsequently applied for approval to be re-listed on NASDAQ. That approval was announced on December 4, 2014 and trading began several days later.

Avid's chief Louis Hernandez, Jr., and team at the NASDAQ opening bell on January 16, 2015

Avid’s chief Louis Hernandez, Jr., and team at the NASDAQ opening bell on January 16, 2015

To celebrate, Avid Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Louis Hernandez, Jr. will be ringing the opening trading bell at NASDAQ headquarters in New York tomorrow morning, Friday, January 16.

In a press release today, Hernandez, Jr. said, “While there is still so much more to do, we have made tremendous progress over the past two years. We thank NASDAQ for the honor of opening the trading day, and remain grateful to our customers, partners, employees, and shareholders for their ongoing support.”

Investors willing to take a bet on the company during the risky times of last year have been rewarded. Yesterday Avid’s stock closed at $14.98 — more than three times its closing price of $4.93 immediately before it was delisted on February 25, 2014.

Updated January 16 with a photo from the opening bell.


Working with instrument names in Sibelius

by Philip Rothman on January 9, 2015 · 7 comments

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When you first set up a score in Sibelius, the names of the instruments are automatically assigned when the score is created. If you’re writing, say, for classical orchestra, you’ll get the full name of each instrument at the left of the first system, and abbreviated names thereafter. Even if you think you’ll never need to change these from their defaults, chances are you’ll want to make an adjustment sooner or later. Luckily, there are a number of tools and tricks available for you to do so.

Double-click to change an instrument name…

Any instrument name can be easily changed by simply double-clicking on its name and typing in something else. For instance, you can double-click on “Violoncello” and replace it with “Cello”, or change “Soprano” to “Brünnhilde”.

There are two places you may need to make the change: the full name at the start of the first system, and the short, abbreviated name that appears on every subsequent system. For example, changing, say, “S.” to “Brü.” at the start of the second system, or indeed any system after the first system, will affect all systems—you don’t need to make multiple changes.

If you don’t want the abbreviated name to show at all on subsequent staves (like for a string quartet where the instrumentation is obvious), go to Appearance > Engraving Rules > Instruments. Under Instrument Names, switch Subsequently to None. Read the full article →


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2014: The plug-in year in review

December 30, 2014

Bob Zawalich authors the final post of 2014, and it’s a good one: nothing less than a comprehensive round-up of all the new plug-ins created in the past year.

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2014: A year in review

December 22, 2014

In case you missed any blog posts this year, or want to refresh your memory as you sip egg nog, here are some of the most interesting posts from 2014.

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James Ivey to lead two Sibelius workshops in Oslo in January 2015

December 18, 2014

Product specialist James Ivey will be leading two Sibelius 7.5 workshops in Oslo in January, for composers, musicians, engineers and teachers.

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Prevent the Timeline from automatically appearing in Sibelius 7.5

December 15, 2014

The Timeline is persistent, but you can prevent it from always taking up space on your screen if that’s your preference.

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Change your shortcuts to open a dialog instead of a gallery

December 11, 2014

Sibelius is flexible enough that you can re-program common shortcuts to open dialogs instead of galleries, just like in earlier versions.

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Norfolk font updated

December 8, 2014

Some improvements to the free Bravura-derived Norfolk font for Sibelius.

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