StaffPad wows with long-awaited iPad release and new free StaffPad Reader

StaffPad, the music composition app that uses handwriting recognition as the means of music entry, has been released for iPad and completely rebuilt for Windows, with a bevy of new features, improvements, and add-ons compared to the previous version. In addition, there is a new free digital music stand app for performers, called StaffPad Reader, providing a synced performance experience across multiple tablets.

Three quick tips from engraving Copland

In the course of preparing a new edition of Copland’s Three Latin American Sketches, here are three improvements that should not be overlooked when preparing a new edition, aside from the improvement in readability that an engraved part will bring. Also: Remembering Vivian Perlis, 1928-2019.

Linking and unlinking staff and part names in Sibelius

An essential element of Sibelius’s dynamic parts feature is the ability to make certain changes in a part without affecting the score. This extends to the ability to have different names for instruments in parts than what they are in the score. This useful feature has its intricacies and comes with a few caveats, so we’ll explain what those are and how to make the most of the available options.

MuseScore 2.1 released

MuseScore 2.1 is now released. Technical contributor Marc Sabatella takes us in-depth into 2.1’s new features, including playback improvements, new note entry methods, a new “swap” feature, and better support for instrument changes.