Sibelius plug-in: Create Tuplets Different Units


Remember a time way, way back, like earlier this week, when we needed to create two quarter notes in the space of three eighth notes? And how it was rather straightforward in Finale and Dorico? But in Sibelius, it required a multi-step process of creating an eighth note tuplet, creating two nested tuplets within that tuplet, hiding the nested tuplets, and changing the notes to quarter notes?

Well, that’s all ancient history. Within a couple of days of our publishing that post, expert Sibelius user and plug-in developer Bob Zawalich had a neat and tidy solution ready. The plug-in Create Tuplets Different Units automates the entire process, making it as simple as it could be.

Let’s take the same example as before. Just create the first quarter note:

Run the plug-in with the default settings:

Get this result:

And change the second note:


If you have a lot of tuplets with the same ratio to create, you could check Do not show dialog (this Sibelius session), assign a keyboard shortcut to it, and get very fast with this process very quickly. (Run the plug-in without anything selected to restore the dialog.)

The possibilities are endless:

A tool like this can be used for good or evil, so consider the well-being of anyone trying to read those figures before committing them to your score!

Even though the plug-in’s name is “Create Tuplets Different Units”, you can use it to create ordinary tuplets where the “numerator” and the “denominator” are the same unit. In that case, no hidden nested tuplets will be created and the result will be the same as if you had created a tuplet the usual way in Sibelius, or if you had used the Create N by M Tuplet plug-in. So this plug-in could easily become your one-stop shop for creating all tuplets.

Thank you, Bob!

Create Tuplets Different Units may be downloaded directly through Sibelius 7 and higher at File > Plug-ins > Install Plug-ins > Tuplets.


  1. George Hatzimichelakis

    Thanks a lot, Mr Bob Zawalich!

  2. Derek Williams

    Finally, an elegant and powerful solution to this glaring shortcoming of Sibelius – thank you Bob!

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