The Dorico 4.2 update makes it easier to edit the music on drum sets and other percussion kits directly in the Key Editor. Among other improvements, Dorico 4.2 also improves the way the Key Editor works in linked mode.
NAMM 2019: A “Notion” of music with the 6.5 update and more
At the 2019 NAMM Show, we visit with PreSonus’s Jim Boitnott and Chris Swaffer, and talk about the latest Notion developments, including Notion 6.5 — the seventh free maintenance update for Notion 6 — which was released earlier this month on January 15, 2019.
Using JW Change’s Sequence Editor in Finale to automate tasks
In the Sequence Editor of JW Change, you can build a custom sequence that changes existing elements in Finale through a general user interface, greatly speeding up workflow.
MuseScore 2.3 released with new extension facility, other improvements
Today MuseScore announced the release of MuseScore 2.3, featuring the brand new MuseScore Extension facility to allow additional packages of features to be easily delivered and installed without the need to update the program. These extensions can include new instruments and sounds as well as new palettes and other enhancements. In conjunction with MuseScore 2.3, MuseScore is releasing the first such extension, MuseScore Drumline.
Dorico 1.2 review, part 3: Percussion
We present part 3 of our Dorico 1.2 review — a look at the new percussion features that arrived in December, along with refinements made in the latest 1.2.10 update.
2015: The plug-in year in review
2015 was another active year for plug-in development, thanks to Bob Zawalich and Kenneth Gaw. Bob summarizes the year in plug-ins for us along with a list of all plug-ins newly created in the past year.
Three Sibelius plug-ins from Kenneth Gaw will make your life easier
With three new Sibelius plug-ins and an updated fourth, developer Kenneth Gaw has once again found solutions to save you time, keystrokes and mouse-clicks so that you can produce better results more quickly.
Building a custom input device for drumline percussion
If you’re looking for the highest-quality marching percussion sounds available, then look no further than Tapspace Virtual Drumline, the most comprehensive set of sampled sounds for marching band and drum corps percussion. Percussion notation is famously complex, and even more so when you’re writing for a whole ensemble of instruments with dozens, if not hundreds, […]
Producing effective drum parts in Sibelius
Practical advice from an expert arranger is worth its weight in gold, and my pal John Hinchey, both a talented trombonist and a successful arranger based in Nashville, is sharing his wisdom on his blog, Notes on Notes, which I commend to you. He’s currently posting an invaluable multi-part tutorial about producing effective drum charts in […]
Unpitched percussion in Sibelius, redux
My good friend Katie Wardrobe (@katiesw1 on Twitter – follow her!) has added another great tutorial on her blog, MusicTechTips, on the subject of creating drum parts from scratch. Once you’re ready for more fun with unpitched percussion, check out this earlier post.