Graphical MIDI Tools 2024.2 for Sibelius adds tempo editing

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Graphical MIDI Tools (GMT), the ingenious plug-in for Sibelius by Santiago Barx that allows the user to manipulate MIDI information in the score in a graphical manner, has received a significant update to version 2024.2. This update adds a graphical tempo module directly to the GMT interface, making it easier to interact with GMT directly in the Sibelius environment.

The Graphical Tempo Module

The tempo track is unveiled by clicking on the Tempo tab in the top left of the GMT interface.

Draw the tempo curve graphically

Similar to a DAW, you can draw in ritardandos, accelerandos, or other tempo inflections into a Sibelius score, for a more realistic/human-like playback of your score.

As usual, GMT writes invisible instructions into the Sibelius file that correspond to the curve that is drawn in the GMT window.

Editing options

Several editing options are available to the left of the tempo track. The first two will be familiar to anyone who has used a DAW.

You can set up a snap grid for node alignment…

…and choose the node type (jump or ramp).

There is also another option here: “chomp” mode. Yum!

Chomp mode

In standard (traditional) mode, adding a node makes the curve keep its value until the end of the score. But the chomp mode allows you to draw the curve and constrain those edits to the mouse dragging range.

It’s like if you were “biting” a piece of the curve.

This is useful, for example, to incorporate small ritardandos at the end of a measure or phrase.

Zoom in and out using the Pendulum Control

It’s possible to easily zoom the tempo lane vertically by setting the visible BPM range through GMT’s pendulum control.

The pendulum, inspired by old metronome sticks, has two weights. Drag the upper or lower one to set the BPM viewing limits.

Enlarge the tempo lane with the Size Lever Control

You can resize the tempo lane for working in more detail with the size lever, which has three positions for small, medium or full window size.

Override written indications

If there is a written tempo indication in the score, GMT displays it in a text box. You can override its behavior by drawing over it.

To revert to the original effect, click on the text box. GMT will restore its original behavior.

How GMT works

For a full review of how to install and use GMT 2, along with a more detailed description of its features, please see this post.

Please also read the news about the GMT 2.1 update.

In addition:

The user’s manual has also been updated to include the Graphical Tempo Module chapter. It is also available from the Graphical MIDI Tools download page.

To learn more about these new features, consult the virtual brochure showcasing the new tempo module, and the official walkthrough video.

Availability

Graphical MIDI Tools is $59.99 and available at our Notation Central marketplace. (A free 15-day trial is available, which stops working after one hour, requiring a Sibelius restart.) It’s also available directly from the Graphical MIDI Tools web site. Full documentation, installation guide, and corresponding videos are included.

If you already own a current license for GMT 2, you can update to GMT 2024.2 for free. Simply download the latest installation package from the Graphical MIDI Tools download page and run the installer to update.

For users who purchased GMT within the last year, your period of free updates and support is still active. You simply need to download the installer from the Graphical MIDI Tools download page.

If you acquired GMT previously, you can renew your license for $9.99 and receive a full year of additional free updates and support by visiting the Graphical MIDI Tools renewal page.

Renewal can also be done by following the steps requested in the latest GMT version. Just install it and follow the instructions provided from within GMT.

Renewals are handled directly by Graphical MIDI Tools and not through Notation Central.

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