Print and make PDFs using Sibelius’s view options

by Philip Rothman on September 2, 2015 · 0 comments

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Sibelius offers you a number of ways to mark up your score, whether you’re making a note of something for your own use or collaborating with others. These options are found in the Review tab and include the ability to highlight passages of your music, make comments, and, in Sibelius 8, draw freehand annotations.

Some users may never use these features, while for others they are a vital part of the workflow. (See Ed Hirschman’s post from last year, which explains his Turbo Comment plug-in, for an impressive use of the commenting feature.)

The features make it easy to show others your work — assuming, that is, that your collaborators are using Sibelius. However, what if you’ve meticulously marked up your score and want to share a printed copy or PDF with someone who doesn’t use Sibelius? Read the full article →

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Laissez (les bon temps) vibrer

by Philip Rothman on August 26, 2015 · 8 comments

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There are times when you want your notes to ring out, and for those instances we regularly see the marking “l.v.”, the abbreviation for “let vibrate,” or “laissez vibrer” if you like.

Another way to express this is by adding something that resembles a tie to the end of the note that connects to nothing. Sometimes it feels easy to just add actual ties to the affected notes:

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Apart from being rather unsightly depending on the length of the note, you might have playback problems if the tie prevents your program from sending a MIDI note-off message.

Fortunately, there are better ways — read on. Read the full article →

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Create a centered group name in Sibelius

by Philip Rothman on August 20, 2015 · 6 comments

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groups-rightIn Sibelius it’s technically impossible to center a group name between two staves and also individually name each staff. You can read all about it in the Reference, as well as see various workarounds there that partially address the problem.

But what I’ll show you today is one method not mentioned in the Reference. The idea came to me from composer Dimitris Marinakis. It also comes with its limitations, but depending on your score, you may find it useful.

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We’ll assume we want to transform the Flute staves shown here into a group, with two flutes on the top staff and the third flute on the second staff.

First go to the Home > Instruments > Edit Instruments dialog. We’ll be creating a new instrument specifically for grouped instruments. Do this by selecting No instrument (barline shown). Rename it something logical, like No instrument (for instrument groups).

Then click Edit Staff Type… Switch on the Used for Ossias checkbox. This will prevent the time signature from displaying in our special staff. Switch off Initial clef to prevent the clef from showing.

Close out of the dialog boxes and return to your score. Add the new instrument to your score by typing I and then select the newly created instrument. Position it in between the two flutes, in this case.

Adjust the brackets, sub-brackets and barlines by dragging them. You may need to create a new sub-bracket by selecting the staves and choosing Notations > Bracket or Brace > Sub-bracket. Modify the new “instrument” name by double-clicking in the blank space, and then modify the single-staff names. I didn’t show this here, but you’ll want to do this for both the first system and the second system of your score, so that Full and Short names are properly changed.

Finally, drag your staves into place. The major limitations of this method are that you’ll potentially have lots of extra staves in your score, and you’ll have to do a fair amount of dragging. But if the distance between your staves varies a lot from system to system, and you want fine control over where the group name is positioned, this might be the solution for you.

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Hide bar numbers for a region in Sibelius using the tilde

by Philip Rothman on August 17, 2015 · 1 comment

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Sibelius offers quite a few options for numbering bars, which are found at Appearance > House Style > Engraving Rules > Bar Numbers. If you don’t want bar numbers to appear anywhere in your score, you can select the No bar numbers option.

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This, however, affects your entire score; in fact, if you select this option, you’ll notice that most of the other options in this dialog become greyed out and unable to be selected. (After all, if you don’t need bar numbers, you don’t need options to control them.)

But what if you wish to have bar numbers for certain regions of your score but not for others? You might correctly think to go to the Bar Numbering Change at Text > Numbering. Although Sibelius makes it easy to add a new region of bar numbers by choosing New bar number, and it does provide an option to have no bar number for one bar at a time, by selecting No bar number (and don’t count bar), it doesn’t offer a method to hide an entire region of bar numbers.

The solution, then, was deftly provided by expert user Laurence Payne in a recent post on the chat forum. It involved a clever use of the humble tilde or “twiddle” (~) character, which is ordinarily used to hide MIDI controller messages. Read the full article →

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