New plug-in: Add Interval

by Philip Rothman on February 22, 2013 · 1 comment

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Plug-in guru Bob Zawalich has added a new plug-in, Add Interval, that fills a void in Sibelius’s abilities to manipulate notes by interval.

Currently, one can add notes above existing notes, but only by diatonic intervals. It’s also possible to transpose by chromatic interval, but then one loses the original notes (in other words, there is no “Preserve Original Notes” in Sibelius’s Transpose dialog, the way there is in Finale).

Add Interval adds this functionality, by allowing intervals to be added using a fixed number of semitones, or by adding named intervals (like augmented 4th, minor 6th, etc.) to the selection. As Bob says, “this is similar to the Sibelius Interval Above/Below, except that Sibelius allows only diatonic intervals to be added.”


There are also companion plug-ins, Add Diatonic 10th Up and Add Diatonic 10th Down, which can be used to add the interval above the top selected note, or below the lowest selected note in each selected note or chord, respectively. These plugins require Add Interval to be installed, and can be edited to be used as templates for plug-ins for other intervals.

Download Add Interval here and Add Diatonic 10th here, or directly in Sibelius at File > Plug-ins > Install Plug-ins > Notes and rests.

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