Tone clusters are a shorthand notation for several adjacent notes played at once. In this comprehensive post, we’ll discuss many different ways to represent tone clusters in a notated score, and how to achieve those results in Sibelius.
Neil Radisch collects tips from across many aspects of Sibelius into a tutorial on creating aleatoric music notation. Some are less commonly used Sibelius features, while others are hacks to stretch Sibelius beyond its originally intended use. You’ll want to bookmark this post and keep it handy!
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.
The new Style Sheet plug-in is an advanced way to display which text styles, line styles, symbols, and notehead styles are being used in a score. Its creator Bob Zawalich gives us an in-depth tutorial on how to take full advantage of its power.
Let the good times roll with these tips on how to more easily place laissez vibrer symbols in Sibelius and Finale.
Bob Zawalich takes us inside the process of creating a way to color individual noteheads within a chord, eventually resulting in the development of the Colored Notehead Styles plug-in suite.
In this post geared towards Sibelius power users, Bob Zawalich describes the rather generous limitations of the numbers of notehead styles and plug-ins Sibelius can support at a given time, and how to get around those limitations, if needed.
A new plug-in easily resizes noteheads in Sibelius — making quick work of what was previously a time-consuming task.
Reducing or enlarging noteheads to custom sizes in Finale is a cinch, but with some patience and determination, you can do it in Sibelius too.
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.