Sibelius user Jonathan Loving has been working for several months now on producing sound sets for the EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra sound libraries, and today he has announced that the fruits of his labours are now available for everybody to use. EWQLSO is one of the leading sound libraries and is famous for its […]
Now this is pretty ingenious. My colleague Gabe Cobas tells me that BALMUDA Design’s NumberKey application for iPhone and iPod Touch (available from the iTunes App Store for £1.19 here in the UK) works beautifully with Sibelius on Mac OS X 10.5. Recent Apple laptops have done away with the embedded numeric keypad that was […]
When you add a bar at the start of a score, there are a number of things to be aware of. For example, if you want to create a pick-up (upbeat or anacrusis) bar at the start of the score, you may end up with an extra time signature at the start of the old […]
I received a note from Sibelius user Dave Hanson about his new album, Just a Little Taste. He says: I’ve just completed a CD of orchestral backgrounds for the jazz trumpet player Al Hood (my colleague at the University of Denver), including arrangements and original compositions of mine. Much of it is in the the […]
Sibelius’s Flexi-time real-time input feature is capable of great results, but you need to know how to use it to best effect. After the jump are some tips for making Flexi-time work harder for you.
Sibelius is capable of some very advanced layouts, like this: To produce this kind of layout in Sibelius: Change the widths for empty bars, whole notes, and the Gap at start of bar values in House Style > Note Spacing Rule. Change the default distance between staves in House Style > Engraving Rules > Staves. […]
I’ve already written about how to make Sibelius feel as snappy as possible while you’re using it, but today I’m going to explain how to make Sibelius start up as quickly as possible on your computer. On my MacBook Pro, unmodified Sibelius 5 starts up in around 35 seconds, assuming the computer’s not busily doing […]
The man with only one name, Erik, writes on his blog: …if you like a more classical approach, there are programs that are working with the sheet music look and feel. There are two big brands here, Sibelius and Finale. Finale has products that range from free to expensive, Sibelius comes in one flavor only. […]
One of the most misunderstood feature areas in Sibelius is layout and formatting, which includes things like page and staff size, the distances between staves, and things like system and page breaks. After the jump, I’ll clear up those misunderstandings.
When a user talks about how slow a particular piece of software is, there are lots of things he could mean. Firstly, he could mean that it takes a long time to start up. Or he could mean that there is a lag between telling the software to do something, and it doing it. Or […]