Right now (V8.6.1) the playback dictionary only allows Sound ID changes. That's fine for people who are using Sibelius Sounds or have spent the hours and hours to create custom sound id's (if even possible). However, most sample libraries rely on program changes, CC messages and/or keyswitches. Please add those three options to the articulations tab in the playback dictionary. Please!! The staff text tab already ...more »
In addition to adjusting durations of legato patches, also include notation start times relative to the notated time as a lot of sample libraries are based on starting the following note slightly AHEAD of the beat so that the slur/slide happens first and then the note lands on the notated pitch on the beat. By only adjusting the duration, notes sound like they are a little late and playback sounds off. Also have the ...more »
Although Sibelius emphasize "Human Playback style". Sibelius does not even have common "Piano roll Editor". So, I suggest "Sequencer Overlay". As you know, Standard Notation can not express the actual Velocity, Duration, Start Point, End Point Etc. Sequencer Overlay will strengthen Humanize further. And It is more intuitive and convenient to users. I hope Sibelius will have the MIDI Sequencing ability in the future. If ...more »
Automation Control would be a revolutionary and long needed update for Sibelius. When using any VST such as East West (in cooperation with SSP) dynamics only update volume change per note and not consistently unless you use the dynamic velocity controller, which is highly ineffective and outdated. If you were to implement a way to draw the dynamics instead adding thousands of MIDI volume marks, Sibelius would have the ...more »
Designating playback devices for particular sounds is great and all, but how about specifying a default device for undesignated sounds? Or perhaps designating a group of similar devices, or treating a multi-port device as one - I use a Yamaha MU2000 which uses 4 MIDI ports for 64 channels.
I will admit that I am lousy at following a metronome. I also like to improvise and would love to turn improvisations into usable scores, even if just for my own reference. So here's my simple method (simple for the user, not necessarily simple to implement): Use flexi-time to record the notes, as usual, but then provide a way to manually mark the beats. In one possible implementation, there would a special "correction" ...more »
I often play my MIDI keyboard to test out variations of a composition. Once I have something I like, I enter the passage with the keyboard. In MuseScore, the MIDI keyboard takes on the sound of whatever instrument is selected (or was last selected), but note entry occurs only by explicitly turning on note entry. In Sibelius, I have to remember to hit ESC each time I test out a part. If I forget, notes get entered into ...more »
Sometimes I forget to turn on my midi keyboard when I´m launching sibelius, and if I miss the beginning, then I have to restart the application to be able to recognize this device. I think there can be a better way, like the apps logic or garage band where you are running the application and when plug a new device, it´s automatically recognized.
There are a lot of great ideas already posted for "scrub" playback options, but at the very least why not simply be able to audition or "scrub" notes by manually moving the green playback line back and forth? It seems like such a simple feature. It's a glaring omission that Sibelius can't do this. Having to put Sibelius in play mode just to hear a chord I entered is really kind of ridiculous. This would be especially ...more »
It would be great to be able to remap pitches arbitrarily, both on a staff basis and on a note-by-note basis. Basically, Sibelius could let you inspect a note and change its sounding pitch to something else entirely, and it should also be possible to write a plug-in that will change the pitch programmatically. The use case would be for retuning notes beyond the limit of the MIDI pitch bend, and it should be an easy ...more »
(What follows is a letter I sent to Sibelius contact and, Josh with the support team, recommended that I post the letter on this page.) March 14, 2014 RE: Improvements To Sibelius - New Version Development: Get With The Times. Be The First. Hi Guys, I believe the time has come for Sibelius to really become the most useful, the most powerful, the most modern musical notation software on the market. Now, you may ...more »
When using the term "reggae" as Tempo Text, playback results in notes either being cut off prematurely or not sounded at all, probably due to MIDI overlap. This only happens when two notes are the same pitch, as in bar 6 of the attached file. Removal of the Tempo Text results in normal playback.