Plug-in tip: Dotted Minim Rests

If you ever work in 12/8 time, you may have discovered that there is no default way to tell Sibelius to group the “macro” beats 1 & 2, or 3 & 4, into a single dotted half (dotted minim) rest. Enter Michael Eastwood’s plug-in, which does one thing, and does it well: Dotted Minim Rests […]

Understanding margins in Sibelius

In order to produce a good, consistent and attractive layout, there are many factors you have to consider. First you have to determine page size and staff size, and then from there you need to work out how to ensure there is sufficient white space around the edges of the page, and sufficient distances between […]

Mix and match music fonts

Sibelius includes four complete families of music fonts as standard, each of which has a slightly different look. Opus, the default music font family, has a modern look with elliptical noteheads and strong lines. Helsinki is more traditional in appearance, with rounder noteheads and finer lines. Inkpen2 and Reprise are handwritten in appearance, the former […]

Tip: Use Notes > Re-input Pitches to save time

I’ve linked to Dr. Tom Rudolph’s blog before, but Tom’s most recent post is definitely worth a fresh link. He talks about the benefits of using the re-pitching features in your notation software to save time when creating parts: If you use notation software to notate scores, consider using the re-input pitch option available in […]