I've a questions about preparing a brass band arrangement in Sibelius, although the answer would also apply preparing parts in a MIDI sequencer and then creating notation from them.
In a UK brass band score, the top five staves are performed by the cornet section. In the cornet section we have:
- 1 x soprano cornet
- 4 x solo cornets (playing the same line),
- 1 x repiano cornet (like another solo cornet, but there's only one player on this part)
- 2 x second cornets
- 2 x third cornets
Once I've written five staves of music and ask Sibelius to perform those five staves, all the lines play back at the same volume and it all sounds balanced. But - if I put the same notation in front of actual players the balance will be completely different because some staves have more players.
I know that two players isn't twice as loud as one player. Not really sure what the rules are.
So my question is this: how do I get the playback of the five staves to accurately represent the balance I'd get if the score were to be performed by an actual cornet section?
To clarify, the end product is a printed score which will be performed by actual musicians, not some ghastly faux brass band audio track. I'm not really bothered with the sound quality from Sibelius, I'm using it to check that my harmonies are OK. I'm actually using Sibelius with GM sounds rather than samples. My question really is: what adjustments should I make to the Sibelius playback to give me a better idea of the balance from the actual musicians when it's actually performed?