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 »
Could it be possible to kill the sound which Sibelius makes whilst inputting notes, while at the same time having the audio still ive on the rest of the computer?
I don't like to hear the notes as I input them, but I do like, for instance, to listen to the BBC World service in my web browser whilst I'm working on Sibelius.
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 »
when exporting a score to WMV format or sharing to Youtube, the playback line is always lag a note or two. I think this might be a bug that could be fixed.
For film/video scoring, it would very helpful to display in the status bar or a popup the elapsed time of a highlighted score selection based upon the the tempo in the selection and using default time stretching / squeezing used for playing back any formatas, rits, ralls, accels, etc. that are in the selection.
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.
In older versions of Sib it was possible to easily reassign playback sounds for each stave from the Mixer. Each stave/channel revealed the instrument assigned to it and allowed that to be changed. This has disappeared in the more recent versions. As an arranger, I miss having the ability to easily reassign different sounds without having to add a new stave to the score, copy the notes into it, audition the results, ...more »
When I want a slow measured glissando I often write one as in Ex 1. This allows me to specify where the gliss. has reached part way and depending on the intervals can regulate different speeds within the gliss. The problem is that playback does not play this back as a continuous glissando. There is a "hiccup" at the middle note. This can be softened a little by a slur (which can be hidden) or by adding legato in the ...more »
On several occasions the following has occurred. when I go to Play > Setup > Playback Devices and select New ... After entering a new name and pressing OK the window Playback Devices also disappears. After this I can no longer bring the Playback Devices Window back nor does my score Play. I have to close Sibelius to recover from the situation. After doing this however the new name is defined.
In a string part after the indication tremolo, nat does not return the playback to a non tremolo sound. nat. with a full stop (period) does as does the full word naturale. pizz, con sord and senza sord all work without a full stop and so although strictly speaking nat is wrong (being an abbreviation it should have a full stop) it is inconsistent with how other markings work. I found this while using an old file created ...more »
Perhaps this problem has been reported before. I'm using Sibelius 7.5. When repeated notes follow a fermata, the second note in the series isn't sounded during playback and export. (Sometimes it sounds, but the volume is practically inaudible.) I tried to get around it by putting the repeated note on an ossia staff, but then I got unpredictable errors in the sound library. The only workaround that reliably helped ...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.