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Ties into 2. Ending bar

It would be nice if one of your developers could spend some minutes to fix this:

 

You always need a work-around when ties are going into the 1. and 2. ending. (including playback)

Submitted by (@andrewnoahcap)
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Playback: Separate Sib Sound Engine as separate process

Sib 7 introduced a very large music library. Terrific idea--poor design. Every single score has to--essentially--reload the engine. Have 20 channels assigned to score A? 24 channels assigned to score B? If you have A in the foreground, and click on B (even by mistake) you have to sit and wait while sounds are loaded. Very large sound libraries (e.g. Hauptwerk, VSL) load in a separate process. You launch that application ...more »

Submitted by (@johnmurdoch)
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Microtonal playback

At present, Sibelius does not playback microtones automatically, but requires assistance from a plug-in which generates extra MIDI instructions. This proposal is that Sibelius should automatically handle whatever is needed to achieve microtonal playback directly from the notation. As an added extra, it should also allow the user to specify the tuning of the micro-tones.

Submitted by (@robinwalker)
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Mordents and turns should playback

Mordents, turns, and other ornaments should play back natively without the need of a plug-in.

Submitted by (@robinwalker)
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Allow Sibelius to sing

For vocal staves, Sibelius playback should synthesize the sung lyrics in parallel with other instruments playing normally. This would be of immense benefit to choral directors/composers, and in the production of choir rehearsal tracks.

 

I would hope that Sibelius could achieve a better quality than the "Virtual Singer" component of "Harmony Assistant".

Submitted by (@robinwalker)
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Playback - Always show Transport

It would be very useful to be able to have a Preference pane to select always showing the Transport when Sibelius is launched. At present, Transport has to be selected for each score opened. This would be especially useful for young Sibelius users.

Submitted by (@bobhaydengilbert)
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Multi-channel playback

Sibelius presently only permits two-channel audio playback (that is, stereo). This significantly limits high-end Sibelius users--composers, arrangers, producers, and performers targeting surround-sound (e.g. 5.1 or 7.1) audio systems, or larger speaker arrays. This is particularly significant with very large VST libraries where different portions of a library (e.g. strings, winds--or different ranks or divisions of ...more »

Submitted by (@johnmurdoch)
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Give option to let arpeggios play before the beat OR on the beat

Currently arpeggios playback starting on the beat, but it would be nice to have the option of making them always play before the beat.

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Trill variations

Although trills are adjustable via the inspector, it would be great to have a variety of trill lines (sharp, flat, natural, 1/2, etc.) that play back appropriately. It would also be great if pieces without key signature ("atonal") would default to semitone trills, rather than diatonic ones.

Submitted by (@andrewpatterson)
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Let music scroll while playing in panorama & light up note heads

If music smoothly scrolled while playing in panorama view, this would allow people to play along with the score and also make for a much more natural aesthetic. Also, if there were an option to replace the playback line with simply lighting up the note heads as they played, this would also greatly improve the aesthetics of playback (not only in panorama view).

Submitted by (@nathanshirley)
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Trill speed control

The ability to add accelerando and decelerando on trills [irrespective of the main beat tempo] would give a more lively playback.

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Smart playback AI

A magnificent instrument is not much good being played by a very bad musician and in the same way it's no good having great sound libraries if they are played mechanically! Sibelius needs a smart playback AI engine to interpret the music organically and produce a more realistic performance. Finale had made a small step in the right direction with it's 'human playback' feature but it still has a way to go yet and Avid ...more »

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