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pitch-dependent default noteheads for drum notation

It would be a great time saver, if one could define default noteheads per pitch on drum staves, so i.e. all HiHat notes will automatically have crossed noteheads by default! Sure, you could use filters to do this, but it would be much easier and faster, if it's already done in background while entering notes.

Of course one should be able to customize these settings!

Submitted by (@pianojochen)

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Alternative midi keyboard input method

When connected to a midi keyboard or digital piano (73-88 keys) and pedal/foot control, hold down the pedal/foot control to display note lengths/values mapped out across the keys and select what you need and then release your foot to return to note input. This could be a easy and quick way of entering notes with just your midi device and it's foot pedal.

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Program Concept Makeover

I know this sounds like something drastic, and it is, but that doesn't mean I'm suggesting scrapping the whole Sibelius program and rebuilding it from scratch... that would be stupid... However, I do propose some serious changes. Andrew Noah Cap mentioned on my "New and Improved Instruments" thread that Sibelius is currently not meeting the needs of its customers, as both the engraving and the playback need serious ...more »

Submitted by (@dawson)

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Alternative mouse input methods

Click & drag mouse/touchpad notation: (touch and drag for windows 8 as well) Click and hold on the desired position on the stave and a horizontal pop-up list of note values appears to the right. Whilst holding the mouse button down, move the mouse pointer along the horizontal pop-up, hover mouse over the desired value such as a crotchet and let go to input that note and value. Other values such as naturals, sharps, ...more »

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Better support for font customisation

Formerly placed with the title 'Improve notation features (2)' part of an earlier thread suggesting systemic changes. There should be a way to export system settings. Local (document) settings can be preserved in a house style but this does not include things like modifications to fonts made at the system level in music fonts. Edits made to music fonts - for example slightly larger copies of existing fonts - don't ...more »

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Allow for individual beam over rest notation

There are times where one needs to have two notes separated by a rest have their bar line connected, but not the rest of the score. Currently this is an either-or situation - selecting Notations>Beams>Over Rests applies the option to the whole score as an Engraving Rule and selecting individual notes to be different doesn't work. Need a way to select individual notes and apply the beam-over-rest separately.

Submitted by (@bchapin1)

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Drum pad input method

I think we need a completely different way of inputting drum parts than placing note heads on a staff. We'd need an instrument-specific drum trigger pad for percussions so that all the different articulations for each drum or other percussive instrument would have their own buttons or triggers on the pad. That way you'd skip the hassle of checking if you chose the right notehead for the right placement on the staff and ...more »

Submitted by (@basisti)

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Percussion needs to be written properly

I have had the fortunate circumstance that both my middle and now high school band directors are percussionists. i have arrange/written many pieces during these years that always, when i have them look over it, they constantly have to explain to me why the sibelius way of writing percussion is wrong. then, they have to rewrite it the correct way so i can go back and fix it. this is also a problem because then if i write ...more »

Submitted by (@wuubb7)

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Incorrect Notation - Minim (Half Note Rests) in 3/4

Gardner Read's "Music Notation - A Manual of Modern Practice" is categorical on the use of minim (half note) rests in 3/4. They're incorrect and should be replaced by two crochet (quarter note) rests (page 99). Elaine Gould's Guide to Music Notation "Behind Bars" is in complete agreement with this rule (page 161). However, Sibelius 6 through to 7.5 does not appear to recognise this notational precept. Not only is it possible ...more »

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