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Get smarter with smart quotes

by Philip Rothman on November 21, 2014 · 3 comments

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Curly quotes, or smart quotes, aren’t automatically generated in Sibelius, but knowing these tips will quickly boost your score’s IQ.

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It’s not entirely obvious at first glance, but Sibelius offers an easy way to powerfully customize shortcuts in word menus to quickly apply common text expressions in your score.

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Horizontal note spacing in Sibelius

by Philip Rothman on November 5, 2014 · 6 comments

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A collection of tips and plug-ins to help space your music not too wide, not too narrow, but just right.

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Transitioning from Sibelius 6 to Sibelius 7.5

by Philip Rothman on October 29, 2014 · 10 comments

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If you are thinking about finally upgrading to Sibelius 7.5 from Sibelius 6, whether it’s from desire or necessity, you’ll want to know these useful pointers to ease the move.

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Understanding octave-transposing clefs in Sibelius

by Philip Rothman on October 22, 2014 · 5 comments

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A guide to how and why octave-up and octave-down clefs relate to the position of the music on the staff, and how Sibelius is different than other music notation programs in this way.

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3 helpful plug-ins for working with lyrics

by Philip Rothman on October 2, 2014 · 8 comments

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Make quick work of unbeaming lyrics, slurring melismas, and swapping verses with these three time-saving plug-ins.

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New and updated plug-ins from Kenneth Gaw

by Philip Rothman on September 23, 2014 · 3 comments

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A new plug-in that exports and imports mixer settings, and updates to existing plug-ins, make for a substantial fall harvest from plug-in developer Kenneth Gaw.

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Re-input pitches in homophonic music

by Philip Rothman on September 16, 2014 · 3 comments

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Save time by using the Re-input Pitches feature in Sibelius, or the Repitch tool in Finale, when you’re writing for several instruments that have the same rhythm but different pitches.

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Reset text font to defaults while typing

by Philip Rothman on August 27, 2014 · 6 comments

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If you’ve ever been frustrated by getting strange-looking characters while typing expressive text, here’s how to fix the problem.

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New plug-in: Format Tempo and Metronome Mark Text

by Philip Rothman on August 21, 2014 · 5 comments

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This plug-in allows you to specify the music font for the Beats Per Minute (BPM) characters in ‘Tempo’ text and ‘Metronome mark’ text, with options to format associated equal signs, dashes and parentheses.

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