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 »
When you're playing a score with signs of repetition and have to stop to do some adjustment, to resume playback, Sibelius starts again as if for the first time. It would be important to be able to restart the playback also the second repetition, because then you can save time.
I wish I could choose the way Sibelius plays back the three-slash-tremolo.
In slower tempo it is okay to divide it mathematically but in faster tempo it needs to be played senza misura or better with 13-15 repetitions per second. This would give drum-rolls etc. a more realistic touch.
This feature should be added to the inspector where it used to be in earlier versions of Sibelius.
Even when the zoom levels for editing and playback are the same, stopping playback always moves the screen and usually moves the currently playing bar off the screen. The manual says this doesn't happen, but it's getting tiring on the Version 7 now.
One thing that can quite annoy me is the playback of the marcato. It's now just a really loud accent, instead of a shorter note that isn't as loud as a "normal" accent but still stronger than the other notes...
I believe it's playback is interpreted differently in classical music, but this is how it should be played in jazz and jazz-related music...
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 »
Currently, you can select a staff and by the right and left arrow on the direction pad step through the part note by note by rest - etc... It would be wonderful to select multiple staffs or full score and do the same thing, and have the pitches sustain no matter what articulation or duration. This is for verifying the "right" notes. Currently the only way to do this is to alter the playback tempo to very slowly. You ...more »
The new operable breath marks (commas) and caesuras in Sibelius 7.5.1 are a real blessing. But I have encountered one problem. Breath marks don't operate if the preceding note is tied. Can this problem be corrected? Also, it would be better if the commas appeared between the notes where the breath mark occurs. It takes time to manually nudge them all leftward, and sometimes they dislodge from the note where they ...more »
I would love to see a close integration between Sibelius and Pro Tools where you can create a score in Sibelius while simultaneously being able, through a special linking system with Pro Tools, tweak the midi notes and the audio playback in Pro Tools (including use of plugins, freedom to choose virtual instruments that play back through Pro Tools, automation, bussing etc). To give an example, you could create a written ...more »
I write classical piano music and often have many pages within the same 8va octave lines. Unfortunately, Sibelius only plays back the correct higher octave if the playback is begun from the 1st bar of the 8va. Starting from any subsequent bar under the 8va line, the notes are played incorrectly, an octve too low, i.e. they sound as if there were *no* 8va lines
Would it be a good idea to: double click on a bar number in the Timeline and all instruments in the score are playing starting at the chosen bar.
During playback a bug can occur under the following circumstances: 1 -- A fermata is used, and the length and/or delay properties are set. 2 -- Two or more notes in the same voice, immediately following the fermata, have the same pitch. 3 -- Some combination of the fermata length, delay, and the current tempo will cause the second note (in the voice[s] with two notes on the same pitch) to either not play at all, or ...more »