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2016 holiday shopping guide

by Philip Rothman on November 22, 2016 · 1 comment

in Opinion

Have you been bad or good? We know you’ve been good, and that’s why we’ve assembled this unique holiday shopping guide for 2016 of books, apps, gear and more that you won’t find anywhere else — tailor-made especially for readers of our blog about music notation and technology.

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With three new Sibelius plug-ins and an updated fourth, developer Kenneth Gaw has once again found solutions to save you time, keystrokes and mouse-clicks so that you can produce better results more quickly.


Today MakeMusic released Finale 2014, the latest version of its flagship music notation program. Sporting the tagline “Own the Future,” MakeMusic is taking clear aim at Avid’s handling of Sibelius with their statement: “While others take music notation software development for granted, Finale is doubling down to provide you and your music a clear path […]


Creating single parts from multiple staves

by Daniel Spreadbury on April 26, 2011 · 10 comments

in Tips

I get asked surprisingly often how to create an instrumental part containing multiple staves. It’s not surprising that I get asked this — after all, it’s a common enough requirement, particularly so for percussionists — but rather that people haven’t figured it out for themselves, or been able to find the information in Sibelius’s documentation. […]


Building a custom input device for drumline percussion

by Daniel Spreadbury on September 27, 2010 · 0 comments

in People, Tutorials

If you’re looking for the highest-quality marching percussion sounds available, then look no further than Tapspace Virtual Drumline, the most comprehensive set of sampled sounds for marching band and drum corps percussion. Percussion notation is famously complex, and even more so when you’re writing for a whole ensemble of instruments with dozens, if not hundreds, […]


Producing effective drum parts in Sibelius

by Daniel Spreadbury on September 24, 2010 · 0 comments

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Practical advice from an expert arranger is worth its weight in gold, and my pal John Hinchey, both a talented trombonist and a successful arranger based in Nashville, is sharing his wisdom on his blog, Notes on Notes, which I commend to you. He’s currently posting an invaluable multi-part tutorial about producing effective drum charts in […]


Unpitched percussion in Sibelius, redux

by Daniel Spreadbury on March 30, 2010 · 3 comments

in Tips, Tutorials

My good friend Katie Wardrobe (@katiesw1 on Twitter – follow her!) has added another great tutorial on her blog, MusicTechTips, on the subject of creating drum parts from scratch. Once you’re ready for more fun with unpitched percussion, check out this earlier post.


How to create drum notation in one minute

by Daniel Spreadbury on October 8, 2009 · 1 comment

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I’ve already linked to Katie Wardrobe’s excellent new blog, Music Tech Tips, but I couldn’t resist linking to Katie’s latest video, which is tantalisingly called The 1 minute drum part. Writing drum parts in notation software is normally pretty involved, and Katie shows you how to create a simple drum part in a matter of […]

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A few days ago I posted about this year’s WOMAD Summer School, which is taking place this week in Bath. Jazz drummer Billy Cobham is hosting a series of Drum Academy masterclasses, and using Sibelius to assist him. Our man on the ground, Nick Thomas, sent us some photos from one of Billy’s sessions, and […]

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Video tutorial: Unpitched percussion in Sibelius 5

by Daniel Spreadbury on February 15, 2009 · 1 comment

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Unpitched percussion is one of the more complex parts of music notation, and although we have tried hard to hide as much of this complexity as possible in Sibelius 5, if you find writing for percussion instruments and getting appropriate playback difficult, you’re not the only one. I’ve put together a short tutorial video (just […]

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