Plug-in maven Bob Zawalich has added two more plug-ins to the Sibelius repository.
The first plug-in, Hide Articulations, from the description, does just what it says: “This plugin hides articulations in selected notes or chords, while retaining the playback of the articulations. This automates what some users have been doing by hand. It creates hidden, sounding notes with articulations in another voice, then silences and removes articulations from the original note or chord.”
In the real world, you might find that a seasoned player would play certain notes accented or shorter in a given passage, without the composer needing to notate each and every articulation. This plug-in allows you to place the articulation for playback purposes only, so that Sibelius can approximate that playback style.
Another use would be when, say, an articulation pattern is displayed in only one bar of a repeating passage, with the remaining notes marked “simile”:
Note that the plug-in differs from Roman Molina Dunn’s plug-in Hide or Show Articulations, which hides articulations and replaces them with hidden text. The main purpose of Roman’s plug-in is to allow you to have two states of the score: one with articulations, and one without. This way you can add articulations for playback, and hide them when you print (or vice versa, if your playback workflow requires).
In Bob’s plug-in, you are actually hearing different playback than what is shown on the page, so the same score is usable for both playback and printing. However, as Bob notes, “Please remember that you did this later, as it could be tricky to figure out what is going on. There is no easy way to undo this after Undo is out of range, so be sure this is what you want to do.”
Bob further warns that the state of any visible accidentals will be changed to be cautionary so they can remain visible. “Be careful pasting such notes to different locations as the visible accidental may be inappropriate.”
Hide Articulations may be downloaded directly through Sibelius 7 or 7.5 at File > Plug-ins > Install Plug-ins > Notes and Rests. Users may also install it manually in Sibelius 7 or 7.5 by visiting the plug-in download page and following the usual manual installation procedure. Since the ability to check for accidental visibility was only first made available in Sibelius 7.1.3, Hide Articulations will not run in Sibelius 6.
The other new plug-in, Delete Leading Empty Bars, is aimed at Pro Tools users who export a score into Sibelius only to find themselves with many empty bars at the start of the score. Various reasonable options are available, and of course the plug-in moves any system objects, such as Title text, from the bar(s) to be deleted to the first bar that is not deleted. If a title page exists, it will be preserved.
Delete Leading Empty Bars may be downloaded directly through Sibelius 7 at File > Plug-ins > Install Plug-ins > Layout. Users may also install it manually in Sibelius 6, 7 or 7.5 by visiting the plug-in download page and following the usual manual installation procedure.