Finale v.25.2 maintenance update is released

by Philip Rothman on December 8, 2016 · 0 comments

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Today MakeMusic released the second update to version 25 of Finale (25.2). This is a free update for all registered users of Finale v.25. Users can update directly through the software or through their MakeMusic account.

Here’s what’s new.

Instruments that transpose at the octave can retain their transposition in concert pitch scores

Oh, the workarounds we will miss — er, no, we won’t — to avoid crazy leger lines in a piccolo or contrabass part when switching between a concert pitch score and a transposing score.

Now, if your instrument is set up properly to transpose at the octave (in Window > Score Manager > Instrument List > Transposition), you have the option for the music to display the same regardless of whether you’re working in a concert pitch score or a transposing score. Switch on the new option Document > Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch to enable this.

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It works for instruments that are set up to transpose either by key signature or chromatically, and it also works for instruments like glockenspiel that transpose by two octaves.

This is important not only for playback, but for copying and pasting as well. Now, any selections that are copied to or from an octave-transposing staff will correctly respect the octave of the source or destination material.

And Sibelius users, before you gloat and say that Sibelius has done this properly since version 1, it was only last week that Sibelius gained the ability to change staff sizes on a per-system basis — something that Finale has done since… version 1. So, there! Read the full article →

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Bug fixes (and new bugs) in Sibelius 8.5

by Philip Rothman on December 6, 2016 · 10 comments

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Last week’s Sibelius 8.5 update introduced the ability to have different staff sizes for any instrument on a per-system basis, and a re-designed Inspector.

Less noticed were a number of important bug fixes, and while I listed them near the end of last week’s post, it’s worth covering a few of them more explicitly — as well as a couple of new ones that cropped up.

At the end of the post, there’s a new plug-in that addresses a bug and improves the process of applying rehearsal marks and double barlines together.

Instrument changes from unpitched to pitched instruments now create key signatures automatically

Have you ever worked on a chart where one player plays multiple percussion instruments, like in a concert band or orchestra score? Often the same player will switch among unpitched instruments that don’t use key signatures, like snare drum, and pitched instruments that use key signatures, like Glockenspiel.

In all previous versions of Sibelius, creating an instrument change (Home > Instruments > Change) to facilitate this mid-system could cause a performance problem, and there wasn’t really any good solution other than some clever fakery. That’s because Sibelius didn’t display the key signature of the piece along with the instrument change until the next system:

 Changing from an unpitched instrument to a pitched instrument in Sibelius prior to 8.5

Changing from an unpitched instrument to a pitched instrument in Sibelius prior to 8.5

Playing it back on the computer sounded correct, but those cross-relations in live performance would not be very pleasant!

Sibelius 8.5 has straightened out this problem, so that the key signature is properly displayed along with the instrument change, like it would be on a pitched instrument staff:

 Changing from an unpitched instrument to a pitched instrument in Sibelius 8.5

Changing from an unpitched instrument to a pitched instrument in Sibelius 8.5

Now, that’s more like it!

The odd situation involving a key signature, instrument change and a mulitrest still remains, but at least there’s a workaround for that one. Read the full article →

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Sibelius 8.5 introduces staff sizes on a per-system basis

by Philip Rothman on December 1, 2016 · 11 comments

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update-downloadToday Avid released Sibelius 8.5, a free update for all 8.x users with an active subscription or support plan. Sibelius 8.5’s new engraving feature is one that many users have requested for years: the ability to have different staff sizes for any instrument on a per-system basis.

This new feature is controlled in the Inspector, and so the Inspector has received a bit of a makeover as well — it is the other updated item in 8.5, along with some other minor improvements and bug fixes.

Happily, and quite remarkably, the file format has not changed; Sibelius 8.5 uses the same file format in use since 8.1. Read the full article →

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Dorico 30-day trial now available

by Philip Rothman on November 30, 2016 · 13 comments

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As promised last week, today Steinberg has made available a 30-day trial version of Dorico.

The trial is fully functional with no restrictions. An e-mail address is required.

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To learn more, read our coverage:

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