Howard Goodall: “My two best friends are Sibelius 6 and Pro Tools 8”

Russ Hughes of the AIR Users Blog, an excellent blog dedicated to supporting users of the virtual instruments and effects produced by AIR, Avid’s dedicated team of plug-in developers, has posted an interview with composer Howard Goodall. In the interview, Howard discusses his journey to becoming a well-known composer, his compositional approach, and the kit […]

Sixth grade Sibelius students partner with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

It’s always a thrill to hear about Sibelius being used by young musicians starting out in composition, so it was a delight to receive an email from Walt Boyer, specialist music teacher at Atwater Elementary School in Shorewood, Wisconsin, about his school’s involvement in Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra‘s Arts in Community Education programme, which this year […]

Tidy Appended Scores plug-in

Being able to append one score to another is very handy when constructing, for example, a song book, or a symphony or an opera in which each movement or act has been prepared in a separate file. Appending one score to another in Sibelius is very simple: first, make sure that the score you’re appending […]

LCO New showcases student composers this week in London

LCO New: Explore ‘Inspired by Architecture’ is a composition scheme run by London Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with the East Festival (@eastfestival on Twitter) and Queen Mary University of London. Following a Study Day for music students in November 2009, which featured talks from prominent architects and composers – a video from which is embedded above, […]

Share and share alike

In the spirit of a “shoot-out”, please allow me a brief rejoinder to Tom Johnson’s most recent post on the Finale blog. He points out that only Finale can export SmartMusic accompaniments (quite right!) but implies also that only Finale can export MIDI files, audio files, MusicXML files, and files that can be opened in […]

Boxing clever: how important is packaging?

Here’s a little question for you, dear reader, to close the week. We’re always evaluating our product packaging, both in terms of its effectiveness in helping prospective customers make a purchasing decision, and also in its impact on the environment. At the moment, a new copy of Sibelius is packaged in a sturdy cardboard box, […]

View your score pages any which way in Sibelius 6

One of the small and perhaps under-celebrated improvements in Sibelius 6 is the ability to control how pages are laid out on screen. This is a purely ergonomic improvement that makes no difference how the score is eventually printed out onto paper, but can make a big difference to your workflow for editing. Shown above […]

Consolidate Ossia Staves plug-in

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted about any of the amazing plug-ins that developer extraordinaire Bob Zawalich continues to write and then make available to the Sibelius user community free of charge. One of Bob’s recent contributions is called Consolidate Ossia Staves, and it solves a very specific but tricky problem. Ossia staves […]

An afternoon at Abbey Road Studios

The world-famous zebra crossing outside the equally world-famous Abbey Road Studios in St John’s Wood, north London, was thronging with tourists as usual, local motorists waiting with an air of polite resignation as people strode across the road, stopping halfway to pose for their friend standing on the pavement holding a camera. The gateposts outside […]