Opinion

Steven Reading’s prepared remarks for the opening plenary of the 2014 conference of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA): The Art of Reprinting and Re-Engraving — A Dialogue.

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An independent guide that compares certain features of the two leading commercial music notation applications, as prepared for the 2014 conference of the world’s orchestra librarians.

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The old Mac Pro sucked power at a rate far greater than its more efficient successor, and for a pro user constantly using the machine, the different in the electric bill is significant.

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One year on

by Philip Rothman on October 31, 2013 · 11 comments

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Reflections on the one year anniversary of the departure of Sibelius’s Finsbury Park development team, with some thoughts and news about the future.

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Finale, Sibelius, and knockouts

by Philip Rothman on May 27, 2013 · 2 comments

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Can’t we all just get along? Focusing less on knocking out the competition and more on creating top-quality products should be the goal of the makers of music notation software

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Thank you, Daniel — and what’s next for the blog

by Philip Rothman on November 2, 2012 · 13 comments

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It’s impossible to overstate how much Daniel Spreadbury has meant to anyone who uses Sibelius. From the occasional newbie to the most experienced pro seeking advice, Daniel has tirelessly offered his help, expertise, and good humor. So many times we have seen a Sibelius user, stressed out and under a deadline, post a frantic message […]

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Reflecting on the ribbon

by Daniel Spreadbury on March 16, 2012 · 15 comments

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…or how I learned to stop worrying, and love the ribbon. Over the years we’ve made some pretty controversial changes to Sibelius. Who remembers when the Enter key on the numeric keypad stopped editing the selected note and instead added a tie? Or when the Space bar was changed to start and stop playback, instead […]

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Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud on Sibelius and Pro Tools

by Daniel Spreadbury on February 28, 2012 · 0 comments

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This past weekend, the New York Times ran a profile of cellist and composer Joan Jeanrenaud, who performed with the Kronos Quartet for more than 20 years but retired in 1999 following her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis to pursue a solo career as both performer and composer. Jeanrenaud lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she […]

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Poll: What operating system do you use for Sibelius?

by Daniel Spreadbury on May 10, 2011 · 10 comments

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A week ago, web analytics firm Net Marketshare released their latest monthly report on browser and operating system market share. Looking across the whole of the web, Windows users make up 89% of all web users, while Mac OS X users represent nearly 6%, iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad) represent 2%, and then […]

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Free Sibelius workshop in Mainz, Germany on 29 January

by Daniel Spreadbury on January 7, 2011 · 0 comments

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Sibelius user Tobias Escher got in touch to tell me that he is running a workshop on Sibelius 6 at the Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium in Mainz, Germany on Saturday 29 January from 4pm. It’s free to attend, and Tobias plans to cover topics from an introduction to Sibelius to more advanced use of the software. Tobias says: […]

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