Wallander Instruments has updated its NotePerformer sound library to version 1.4.0. NotePerformer is a third-party integrated library and playback product designed for automatic integration with Sibelius.
NotePerformer 1.4.0 is the first update to the product in eight months. While a version bump from 1.3.3 to 1.4.0 may not seem that substantial, the improvements are rather significant.
Here is a list of the new and fixed items, according to Wallander:
- Added bowed pitched percussion (glockenspiel, vibraphone, crotales, chimes, xylophone, marimba).
- Piano was replaced with new sounds.
- Drum kit was replaced with new sounds, optionally played with brushes.
- Strings were replaced with new section-building technology:
- All string sections are now, under the hood, constructed from individual solo players who will automatically play divisi. There’s also a new option to assign 1/2 sized sections, from the mixer, which allows splitting the section in half over two staves, or for creating smaller sections.
- From now on, when using the solo strings, you tap straight into the players of the section, one by one. This means the volume for solo strings will appear lower because they have not been adjusted for a close-up perspective, but they remain in an orchestral perspective.
- Improved tuning, and better random pitch algorithms.
- Dryer/more close-up sound, across the board, with updates in both reverb and synthesis/DSP algorithms.
- The built-in panning law now uses a more traditional approach, with a stronger left/right separation.
- Brass intonation problems have been fixed.
- Piano now allows using different dynamics for different voices in the score.
- Long notes are now played will less separation.
- Various Sound Set (NotePerformer.xml) fixes.
- Glitches and clicking loops was fixed.
- Improved string glissando sound.
In addition, the update notes say that “you can expect a considerable difference in sound, balance and reverb amount when updating to this version of NotePerformer.” A link is provided to download version 1.3.3 should the user prefer to re-install and roll back to that version after installing 1.4.0.
We reviewed the initial release of NotePerformer in September 2013, and since then, the already very good product has continually improved. It continues to be a smart addition for users who compose primarily orchestral music and need realistic-sounding playback within Sibelius without fussing with MIDI data and sequencers. A license costs $129 and a free 30-day evaluation period is available.