Using Sibelius Effectively: A Guide to Sibelius Ultimate condenses years of experience and expertise using Sibelius into a thoughtful, practical 80-page ebook. Written in an easy-to-follow, engaging style, its focus is on helping you produce quality music notation.
Faber Music has published Behind Bars: General Conventions, the first section of Elaine Gould’s industry-standard music notation reference book, as a separate paperback edition.
Dorico 5 is out with the inclusion of more SMuFL music fonts; speedier note input workflows; playback enhancements such as scrubbing, space and stage templates, pitch contour emphasis, MIDI trigger regions, and Groove Agent SE; an instrument editor; and a host of other worthwhile enhancements.
MakeMusic has released Finale version 27.3, adding native installation of eight of the most popular and powerful JW Tools. Longstanding issues affecting voiced linked parts and other areas have also been addressed.
Dorico 4.3 is out with more powerful controls in the Key Editor and a robust system for automatically generating notes on staves from chord symbols. There’s also improvements in the areas of engraving, note input, and editing, and the iPad version is updated, too.
Sibelius 2022.7 adds dynamic guitar staves, which dynamically link a guitar notation staff with a guitar tab staff in the score at the same time. The update also includes more instruments, more templates, and other improvements and fixes.
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.
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?
The 1.2 update of Ambitus, the font for pitch incipits, scales, and range diagrams that can be used in any word processor or music notation software, adds octave lines and parenthesized notes.
Ambitus is a font that can be used to quickly create musical hints, like vocal ranges or initial pitches of instruments like timpani (“pitch incipits”). It can be used in standard word processors as well as in music notation software.