Major updates to the Pori and Norfolk fonts for Sibelius are here. The full Pori suite — the Sibelius-compatible derivative of Steinberg’s Petaluma handwritten font — is now available. There are more angled slash chord symbol fonts for Pori and Norfolk, and lots of other goodies, too.
Jeremy Levy first fell in love with Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” as a high school student; now he’s premiering and recording his arrangements of the work for jazz band. Learn about his process and pick up some Finale tips along the way from this top orchestrator and arranger.
The Chord Symbols As Polychords plug-in for Sibelius takes pairs of selected chord symbols and creates polychords, which are two full chords stacked on top of each other, represented by a horizontal line between the two chords.
There are plenty of holiday shopping guides — but none, I assure you, with this unique list of recommendations. I’ve assembled a list of some of my favorite products that I think you will enjoy as well, and relate to the task of creating music notation (more or less!).
At NYC Music Services, we’ve released seven new free chord symbol fonts for Sibelius. Four of the fonts are part of the Norfolk family. The other three fonts are the inaugural members of a new font family called Pori. Pori is a derivative of Petaluma, the handwritten font that first appeared in Dorico 2.0. One of the Pori fonts is something very special.
Steinberg has released Dorico 2.2, another enormous update to the program. New features have been added or rebuilt in the areas of trills, group bracketing, repeat markers, jazz articulations, tempo track import/export, real-time MIDI recording, flow headings, tacets, and a new music symbols editor. Many more improvements have been made in other areas, and there are a good 100 or so bug fixes, besides.
Dorico 2.1 is out, with two official new features — a notehead set editor and swing playback — and boasting a slew of other improvements in engraving, layout, notation, and playback that build on the 2.0 release.
In this installment of DJA’s Notes by Darcy James Argue, we learn the dos and donts of one- and two-bar repeats, numbering repeated bars, and how to lay out the music correctly so that the intent is clearly conveyed.
In this installment of DJA’s Notes by Darcy James Argue, learn how to left-align chord symbols in all three major commercial music notation software programs, in order to avoid confusion on the stand.
DJA’s Notes is a new series inspired by Darcy James Argue’s Facebook posts, which offer some quick, basic steps to improve the appearance of notated music, especially from a jazz/big band perspective. In this post, learn how to group instruments correctly and change what the notation software may do by default.