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I'm working with Sibelius 7 and even though I'm adding 8va lines at some parts of my score, when playing it back I get the same sound I should be getting if I didn't have them.

Any ideas why this could be happening?

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Does it happen when you begin the playback before the 8va lines? – nonpop Jan 9 '13 at 20:42
I've had this happen with other software before, it treated them as purely decorative. – Matthew Read Jan 9 '13 at 22:39
@Luke Thanks, I didn't realize that I added it... :) – ppareja Jan 17 '13 at 20:53
@nonpop yeah, I tried even from the very first beat of the piece and still the same problem – ppareja Jan 17 '13 at 20:54
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I just tried it (version 7.1.3) and it played back an octave higher. I selected Notations, Lines, Octave Lines, 8va, then clicked on the note where it started. You can drag the bar out as far as you want the effect. After it's there, you can click on the 8va, then press control-shift-i to make sure it's set for playback.

If you still have trouble, there's a good Sibelius forum that could probably help:

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I will try the control-shift-i and will let you know how it goes. Thanks anyways. – ppareja Jan 17 '13 at 21:09
Sorry for the delay but I was away for a while. I just followed the steps you described and it works. Thanks! – ppareja Jan 23 '13 at 15:03

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