An example of advanced layout

Sibelius is capable of some very advanced layouts, like this: To produce this kind of layout in Sibelius: Change the widths for empty bars, whole notes, and the Gap at start of bar values in House Style > Note Spacing Rule. Change the default distance between staves in House Style > Engraving Rules > Staves. […]

Sibelius comes in more than one flavour

The man with only one name, Erik, writes on his blog: …if you like a more classical approach, there are programs that are working with the sheet music look and feel. There are two big brands here, Sibelius and Finale. Finale has products that range from free to expensive, Sibelius comes in one flavor only. […]

Musicians use both sides of their brains more than other people

New research suggests that musicians do (to quote a grammatically awkward advertising campaign) “think different” to normal folks. According to this article at VUCast from Vanderbilt University: …professionally trained musicians more effectively use a creative technique called divergent thinking, and also use both the left and the right sides of their frontal cortex more heavily […]

Noteflight in-browser notation software

Although the world of music notation software is dominated by the two heavyweights, Godzilla and Mothra (I’ll let you decide whether Sibelius or Finale gets to be Godzilla), there are plenty of other products out there, many of which have a more specialised focus. For example, Notion is basically a live performance and playback tool […]

Sibelius helps blind children to make music

The latest issue of Zone Magazine contains an article written by Lydia Machell of Prima Vista Braille Music about how her Sibelius plug-in to export Braille music notation from Sibelius is helping young children to make music. I’ve met Lydia a couple of times (she wrote the Export Lyrics plug-in that’s included with Sibelius) and […]

So what are Sibelius’s strengths?

I very much enjoy reading the weekly articles from Film Music Magazine (now in tasty, bite-sized bloggy pieces rather than a lumpen PDF monolith), particularly those by Ron Hess, who writes entertaining and informative articles about the practical considerations of being an arranger and copyist in the world of commercial music, writing for film and […]

A brief history of computer music

This is a fun little article from I’m particularly fond of the nice big picture of the Commodore 64. The world of computer music was first made real for me with the Commodore 64. My parents even bought a MIDI expansion box that improved on the already incredible sounds of the SID chip. Playing […]