Features

Multiple instruments per staff

At present, Sibelius allows only one instrument per staff at one time. Although the staff can accommodate up to four "voices" of parallel notation, at present all voices play the same instrument. This proposal is that each "voice" should be independently assignable to different instruments, if required. One application is the classic Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass sharing of staves in compact choral notation. Similar needs ...more »

Submitted by (@robinwalker)

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Features

Instrument Family Names in Score

Absolute important for publisher...! Please add group-names. The solution might be the following: Add 2 text-fields on the instrument-panel labelled "name in group" and "short name in group". A doubleclick onto a sub-bracket opens a dialogbox where one can enter the full name and a short name of the group, the alignment and whether the inst.name (entered on the instrument-panel) will be left or right of the sub-bracket. ...more »

Submitted by (@andrewnoahcap)

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Instrument Changes

I would love instrument changes to be implemented properly. The process still needs refining so that key signatures for the new instrument is spaced properly with the preceding item, be it a barline, clef etc. At the moment the key signature is usually crushed in or overlapping other things requiring manual editing.

 

As I work on wind scores requiring doublers to change instrument I have to do this quite often.

Submitted by (@philwayman)

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Improve instrument balance and general playback quility

I know this is a big one, but a very careful and thorough adjustment of the dynamics that each instrument sounds at, at every given dynamic level, would be fantastic. In short balance all the instruments better, which would even mean re-recording some instruments (but not all). Some instruments are well balanced when playing slowly, but when speed increases their volume drops (clarinet for example). Some articulations ...more »

Submitted by (@nathanshirley)

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Adjust the order of the instruments with the mouse

It's not very user-friendly to have to use the Up- and Down-Buttons in order to put a new instrument to the right place.

 

I really love that Sibelius put's new orchestral instruments automatically to the right place concerning the usual order of orchestral instruments. But if you don't write for orchestra you have to click on the Up- and Down-Button a thousand time!

Submitted by (@aljoscha)

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Additional instruments

In addition to the vast sound library that Sibelius offers, I would like to propose that the software should include additional sounds such as: an accordion/bandoneon set, additional woodwind instruments (such as bass saxophone, Japanese wind instruments, Latin-American instruments and oboe d'amore), additional brass instruments (such as a cimbasso and contrabass trombone), additional string instruments (such as a Koto, ...more »

Submitted by (@gjjones)

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New and Improved Instruments

While the selection in Sibelius 7.5 is pretty good, and most of the sounds in the Professional Sound Library are fantastic, I have a few more new ideas for instruments. Some have told me to use a third party VST to supply these additional instruments, but check the comments on this idea for reasons why this is not an acceptable solution in my case. Here are my suggestions for new instruments, as well as videos to demonstrate ...more »

Submitted by (@dawson)

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