I’m thrilled to announce the re-launch of this blog today as Scoring Notes.
As described on our About page:
We love music notation software and related products and technology, so that’s what we cover here. You’ll find timely news, in-depth coverage about the field, and honest reviews about products you use every day. Our advice, ranging from quick tips to heady tutorials, will give you a leg up in your important work. You’ll learn about the interesting people in our field and find out our opinions on ever-changing developments in the industry.
Of course, none of this is new. Since I started running the blog more than four years ago from its origins as the unofficial Sibelius Blog, it’s naturally evolved into a site that features articles about a variety of products and perspectives about our field.
This is not to say that the blog’s origins aren’t a source of pride. Daniel Spreadbury started the blog and contributed hundreds of posts to it. Daniel started working at Sibelius in May 1999 and eventually became senior product manager until his departure from Avid in October 2012. As you probably know, Daniel is now product marketing manager at Steinberg, where he’s worked on its scoring program Dorico since November 2012.
It was a great honor to have been asked by Daniel to continue the blog then, but daunting to follow in his footsteps. I took comfort in the fact that his first post was one of humble beginnings, and yet he managed to do quite well. I hope the same can be said for what I’ve been able to contribute here.
All this sounds like a coda, which — to extend the musical analogy — I suppose it is, but only to a movement, not the whole symphony. We’ll certainly continue to feature regular tips and tutorials about Sibelius and many other products. We’ve got a few new things to show, too.
In addition to the new name and design makeover, you’ll notice a whole new Reviews category, so you can more easily find what you’re looking for when a product gets released or updated.
You may have noticed that we’ve been featuring more contributors the blog lately, from the incomparable Bob Zawalich and his bottomless fount of plug-in knowledge to Alexander Plötz‘s dissertation on Dorico, not to mention terrific recent contributions from Jeremy Borum, David MacDonald, and Tristan Noon. We’ve got more planned, and if you’ve got a tip or an anecdote that you’ve been eager to share with the world about music notation, software, tech, or anything related, please get in touch.
We’ve moved a couple of Sibelius-specific resources to a new home: The big list of Sibelius plug-ins and the RSS broadcast of new and updated plug-ins are now on the Resources page of our newly-redesigned company site at NYC Music Services — be sure to check that out as well.
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Twitter followers will notice that the @sibeliusblog handle has been replaced with @scoringnotes.
On Facebook, we’ll continue to keep our 10,000+ followers at NYC Music Services updated about what’s happening on the blog, but please take a moment to follow the blog on the brand-new Scoring Notes page @scoringnotes to make sure you don’t miss anything.
A shout-out to the team of Gabrielle Green and Alex Panagiotopoulos at Kingston Creative who had the creative and technical wizardry needed to make this all happen, and particularly to Joey Heflich for his tireless work on this site, and for whom no detail was too small or unimportant.
With all that said, the real business of this site now continues apace — bringing you informative content to enlighten your work. Thank you, as always, for reading!