Sibelius 2022.10: Make into part command and better text dynamics

News

Avid has released Sibelius 2022.10 for desktop and mobile. This update adds a command for making a part from a selection of instruments in the score, or one instrument that’s part of a group, in tandem with the new feature released in Sibelius 2022.9.

This update also automatically stylizes dynamic text such as ff or mp when entered in the Expression text style, without the need to hold down a modifier or select the dynamic from a contextual menu.

Make into part

Sibelius 2022.9 introduced an additional way of labeling staff names that effectively allows groups of instruments and individual staves to be named separately, a feature that users have long requested.

However, creating a part from such an instrument was tedious, and I methodically listed the steps for doing so in a companion post on Scoring Notes.

The need for those instructions is happily short-lived, as it is now much easier to make a part from a single instrument, or indeed any combination of instruments.

Simply select the staff for which you’d like to make a new part, and invoke the new command Make Into Part from Command Search:

 

And just like that, the part is created. Selecting just the top stave of a pair of instruments combines the instrument name (“Horns” in this instance) with the staff name (“1”):

The only thing that’s needed in this example is to go into File > Info and change the “Horns 1” to “Horn 1”.

This doesn’t just work for single instruments; you can select several instruments and create a single part in this way. Sibelius will add all of the instruments to the new part and make a reasonable attempt at assembling the instrument name(s) plus the staff name(s). This is effectively the same as going to the Parts tab and clicking New Part, and clicking the name of each staff you’d like to add, and clicking Add to Part >>, except it’s a whole lot quicker.

This is one example of something that was created in part (hehe) to help mobile users do something that previously required a lot of clicking around, but obviously is useful to desktop users, too. It would be nice if desktop users could get a button on the Ribbon called “Make Into Part” so that running Command Search weren’t needed.

Another example of an improvement that’s inspired by the mobile version is …

Automatic stylizing of dynamic text

Inputting dynamic text in Sibelius has always required a little something “extra”. A user might know about Command/Ctrl-E to input Expression text, the text style used for dynamics. But they might not know that you need to hold down Command (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) to get the stylized version of the dynamic — you know, the big, bold fancy version we’re all accustomed to seeing in music.

That extra step is no longer needed for most dynamics. Simply type the dynamic in regular text and Sibelius will automatically stylize it. It works on stand-alone dynamics as well as combinations of dynamic text and expressive text, such as this:

This works for the most common dynamics; the list of supported dynamics is identical to the first dozen in the word menu:

If you want, say, n, sffz, or pppp, you’ll need to rely on the old method, as unfortunately there’s no way to customize what is and isn’t recognized by Sibelius.

However, you can disable or enable this new feature entirely, if you like, in Preferences > Music Fonts, where you’ll see a new Automatic Music Font Substitution area, with an option (checked by default) to Automatically stylize dynamics when using Expression text style:

Keep in mind that this option only works for newly-created text; to convert text that’s already been entered, you’ll need the Change Dynamics plug-in, which ships with Sibelius, and select Change music text font only, as described near the end of this video.

Bug fixes, etc.

Rounding out the 2022.10 update:

  • Paste as Cue now includes the instrument name once more (this broke in 2022.9)
  • All example scores are now on all platforms
  • The Sibelius installer includes the latest version of Avid Link (v2022.9)

Availability

The Sibelius 2022.10 desktop update is free for all Sibelius users with active subscriptions and upgrade plans. The updated installers for desktop are available through users’ Avid accounts and through Avid Link.

The Sibelius 2022.10 iOS/iPadOS update is available in the usual way, and will be delivered automatically, or, if you’ve disabled automatic updates, you can manually update the app on your device.

A reminder that if you’re an existing Sibelius customer with an active support plan or subscription, you get the mobile version at the same tier at no extra charge. If you have a subscription to Sibelius Artist (mid-tier) on your Mac or PC, that will carry over to Sibelius Artist for Mobile, and the same for Sibelius Ultimate — a Mac or PC subscription allows you full access to Sibelius Ultimate on iPhone and iPad.

Learn more

For the latest information about compatibility for Finale, Sibelius, Dorico, and MuseScore, as well as links to the latest news and reviews about product releases, please see the Scoring Notes Product Guide.

Avid also has a “What’s New in Sibelius” page highlighting the features in recent Sibelius updates.

Comments

  1. David MacDonald

    Automatic dynamics styling is going to save so many beginning composers (and some less-beginning composers who should really know better!) from themselves. I’m very excited to see the results when I have a new group of composers who will have always had this feature!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Same!

  2. Richard Hubbard

    I’m amazed that it’s taken Avid so many years to fix the dynamic styling issue, and very pleased to see it nowin place. Of all the notational errors that my students make, even at final year level, this is the persistent one. Looking forward to not having to put red rings round Times New Roman dynamics!

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