Steinberg has released Dorico 4.1.10. This update focuses mostly on bug fixes, although there are a few new feature improvements in the areas of staff spacing, flow headings, printing and playing, and the user interface.
Orchestra librarians want you to know about instrument names
Here’s a video tutorial, with a complete transcript, from Thomas Goss of Orchestration Online on the subject of correctly labeling instrument names and numbers in your score, and its importance to the orchestra staff and librarian.
Mastering the measure tool in Finale
Measure for measure, this video tutorial series sets the bar for working with Finale’s Measure Tool. From the basics of the Measure Attributes dialog and custom barlines, to beat and note positioning, group barlines, display options, split measures, and more, it’s all here!
The point of point sizes
If you use music notation software — or any software where you need to edit text — you will very quickly encounter the concept of point size. But have you ever stopped to consider what point size actually means?
Orchestra librarians want you to know about parts paper sizes
Before you do any work on parts, you’ll want to get one basic parameter from the librarian: the paper size their orchestra prefers for their instrument parts. Here’s a video tutorial from Thomas Goss of Orchestration Online on the subject, with a complete transcript.
Dorico 4 review: Do more with your score
Dorico 4 is available. This massive update brings features first seen on the iPad, like a Key Editor in Write mode and a revamped Play mode. From smart MIDI import to a library manager with granular house style control, to better score setup and more, this update touches every corner.
Customize chord symbol suffixes in Sibelius
If you have found yourself stymied in your quest for the One True Way when customizing your chord symbol suffixes in Sibelius, we can help. Chord symbols are highly customizable — you just need to know where to look and understand how it works.
Outsmarting Smart Shapes in Finale
Smart Shapes in Finale are lines, trills, slurs, octave lines, hairpins, pedal lines and other objects that “smartly” adjust their positioning based on the layout the score and the items to which they are attached.
Better octave lines in Sibelius
If you’re an engraving stickler, the default appearance of octave lines in Sibelius will leave you feeling frustrated for several reasons. Here’s how to improve how they look and “go with Gould”.
Jessie Montgomery’s music notation tips
Composer Jessie Montgomery interweaves classical music with vernacular songs, improvisation, and language, presenting exciting challenges for a music copyist or engraver. Here are some of those challenges and how the results were achieved.