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For questions related to the music notation software developed by Avid Technology. Questions may also necessitate the [notation] and/or [engraving] tags. Note that this tag is not intended for questions about the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) - use the tag [composers] instead.

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Is there a way to put a "niente" into Sibelius?

“Niente” (“Nothing”, usually written as an n or ø) is pretty much silence. In the piece I’m writing, I would like for the player to fade in and out of silence, using Niente. However, I can’t type the ...
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How can I get Sibelius to add brass tremolo fingerings?

Sibelius has a plugin that can add brass fingerings. But it only writes in one possible fingering (the most common one). I'd like it to write in two fingerings so that the performer can alternate ...
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Problem in hiding empty staves

Could anyone know a possible solution for sorting out this hiding empty stave problem? (P.S) I'm using join multiple measure option, so does that make any problem for hiding?
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Chord symbols in staff in Sibelius

When I write guitar parts in Sibelius I currently use a slash notation (4 slashes with no stems in each measure and chord symbols above staff), but I want to make it even simpler for my guitarist and ...
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How does one create a style sheet for Sibelius?

I am new here, and pretty new to Sibelius. I am interested in creating my own individual style sheet for Sibelius, specifically to have the Composer and Lyricist BOTH right justified, header/title/...
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How to convert Sibelius score to MusiXTeX?

I want to create images of bars of notated music for use in video. Is there a way to write the score on Sibelius and then export this to some Python library in order to better create the images for ...
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How to overlap notes from different voices to share note heads?

Voice 1 accentuates the melody that's woven through the 8th-note pattern. I want the notes on the top staff the 'blend' together. I remember this being possible in older Sibelius versions, but I ...
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difference between solid crescendo hairpin, dotted and dashed crec hairpins?

I noticed music software sibelius has 3 different types of hairpins when it comes to crescendos. Solid line, dotted and dashed. What is the difference between the 3?
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Double time swing notation

I am arranging a piece for big band, and I want a section that is being played "straight" (no swing) to immediately be followed by a section with double time swing. Is it necessary to ...
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Sibelius Notation for Slightly Changed Repeat Passage

I want to recreate a repeated section of music in Sibelius which I found in an online score. Here is a screenshot of the relevant bar from the repeated passage: The passage is repeated three times, ...
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When to abide by Sibelius and not

In the climax of a piece I'm arranging, I want a Bb trumpet to go up to the C two 8ves above Middle C (concert pitch). This is the highest note in the piece. When I write this in Sibelius, I get a ...
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Changing from divisi to multiple parts (Sibelius)

I am currently arranging a piece which has a few divisi parts. I will use the clarinets as the example for this question. There are two of them, and at the beginning (when they are not playing) I want ...
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What this is, and how can it be put into Sibelius?

If you look at the bass staff, there is one more 16th note than there should be on a 4/4 time signature. Can someone explain this to me? And what is the number of top of the barline?
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How to fix the drum part's staff in the correct form in Sibelius?

I wrote the drum part in DAW, exported the midi and imported it to Sibelius. It recognized this track in this form: How can I quickly transform it into the correct form and remove these polyphony? ...
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How do you change a group of notes into a tuplet in Sibelius?

I'm trying to write this (bar is 3/8): I have entered those following notes, but I want to change their values so I can add the remaining notes: If I select the first group, and ask for quintlet (...
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Weird Glitch in Sibelius: violin pizz makes my clarinet and oboe parts sound like flute

Pretty much what it says on the tin. I have been orchestrating a piece for symphony orchestra and, whenever I put "pizz." in the violin I part, all of the sudden, my clarinet part is using ...
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In Sibelius ManuScript language example, why will the Run method not run?

I am learning to write Sibelius plug-ins by working my way through the ManuScript Language Reference (see File > Plug-ins > ManuScript Language Reference). Unlike other scripting languages I use ...
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Converting expression markings to "music character style" in Sibelius

I have a fairly long piece with a fair few dynamic markings, but I've only just realised that you can get the traditional dynamic font ("music character style") by holding down Cmd (I'm on ...
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Vertical alignment of multiple voices in Sibelius

I am creating a drum chart in Sibelius. In a particular bar, I want the kick to play two semiquavers at the same time as the first hi-hat dotted quaver. I am using Voice 1 for kick/snare notation and ...
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Drum chart standards

I'm currently notating a drum chart in Sibelius. The song is "Best to You" by Blood Orange. It's an R&B/Electropop/Afrobeat song. I am not a drummer, and I have only just figured out ...
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Playback duration of string harmonics in Sibelius

I am currently notating some string harmonics in Sibelius (2020.9), and am using the "Harmonics playback" plugin to hear the natural harmonics at their actual pitch. One example is of a ...
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How to beam multiple voices correctly

I don't want to change the clef at the top, so I wrote the first group of notes in the bottom, but I also want the first notes (chord) of the bar to be in the second voice. But in this case, it ...
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Anyone know how to get Sibelius to playback pizzicato at a softer dynamic level without writing the dynamic ridiculously soft?

Sibelius playback of pizzicato is much louder than arco for strings. I end up making two copies of a score. One with the dynamics as they should be written for pizzicato for printing and another copy ...
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Sibelius 7 score key sig changes

I'm changing from F Minor to Major in a Sib 7 score. The machine just gives one flat for the new section, and I want three naturals and one sharp. How do I get it to do it? Any ideas?
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MIDI file displays with treble staff only

I have a MIDI file, installed Sibelius intending to have Sibelius read the MIDI file and display it as sheet music. It does. But treble staff only; the lower notes are all on ledger lines. It's a ...
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How can I share Sibelius templates across devices?

I'm using Sibelius Ultimate on Mac. In the latest version it is really easy to set up default templates by Exporting files as Manuscript Paper. It then stores these template files in a Manuscript ...
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Cross-staff conflict

How can I achieve to have tied notes from the previous measure and cross-staff situation, when the notes which are in the Bass clef, technically in the Treble clef? No program (I tried Sibelius and ...
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Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

Two questions: Why in Debussy's Arabesque No. 1, are the first two measures written without the rests? What's the rule? If I write notes in different clefs and beam them together, what clef will ...
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What is the term in theory/notation when you have notes played over a held note in the same hand?

eg. Liebestraum no. 3, right hand, bars 1 and 2. also Schubert Impromptu op. 90 no. 3 Lastly, any idea how this is achieved in Sibelius/Musescore? Thanks
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How to change the slot (channel) in a mixer?

How to change the slot (channel) of an instrument in a mixer in Sibelius? Now this field is inactive, it cannot be changed. Also, it changes automatically for all tracks when you select an instrument. ...
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Learning the sounding of classical orchestra instruments with Noteperformer, Sibelius Sounds 7

This question is a follow-up of: How to distinguish between different instruments in a classical orchestra? If I transcript some of my compositions (which are now written for piano) and make ...
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Exporting video from Sibelius using ManuScript

Context: I have a role as an assistant librarian in a TTBB choir. We export each as a video as I do this by opening each file, triple clicking on the part, going to the file export video menu, change ...
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Sibelius playback of triplets

I am trying to notate a basic 3 over 4 rhythm, but the playback feature is making me think I don't know what I am doing. Notation problems aside, is the following two measures, rhythmically enharmonic?...
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Migrating from commercial music notation software to free alternative

A friend of mine dislikes composing music on the commercial software he owns (Si..us). The main reason is that he is into modern, avant-garde music and the notation on his current system is just not ...
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Sibelius Time Signature notes before line

I attach a picture where I have a time signature of 2/4. As you see in the first notes there are the equivalent of 1/4 group of notes then a bar line and then the normal bars with 2/4 begin. Why are ...
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Sibelius is playing the acciaccatura differently

I'm writing a piece in swing feel. When I use the grace note, Sibelius plays it differently than how I think it should sound but when I notate the same thing using a dotted 32nd, it plays the same ...
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Timpani & Conga: Doit, Fall or is it something else and how is it performed?

I've been following and studying a particular orchestra score. I've never written for or played the Timpani or Conga before. In the image below I see a Doit (on the Timpani) and a Fall (on the Conga)....
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In Sibelius 8 or later how do you add a staff to an instrument?

My instrument (strings) has one staff, I'd like it to be a grand staff, and later three staves. How do I do this please? In Musescore it's just Instruments - Add staff, but I can't see anything ...
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Ride Cymbal in notation Sibelius

Hello I have this notation: Notation But someone told me that is wrong notated the ride cymbal and is incorrect. And that must be notated of the G space above the staff. Can someone tell me ...
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Instrument cue names on separate page

In Sibelius, I have a grand choir staff (Soprano & Alto above, Tenor below) where singers pop in and out, and the first time they start singing I want them all announced with their names as cues. ...
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Sibelius and Guitar VST problem

I have the latest Sibelius and I have one VST plugin for guitar. Now I have a song that use drums, piano, guitar. Now to activate the VST guitar plugin I need to go to play setup and here say Sibelius ...
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Localization in scores

Is there some way to make localization (translate to other languages) an easier task when digitally making scores? Currently, I have two options: write a page before the score with all the ...
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Using Kontakt in Sibelius 8 - problem setup

I've set up a configuration in Sibelius 8.5.1 with Sibelius player, Aria, Play, UVI and Kontakt. They all work except Kontakt5, which doesn't seem to be receiving any midi input information yet ...
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Where do I put this expression marking?

So in this passage (for piano) I have a pianissimo part in the right hand that follows the left hand. I want the pianist to treat the notes in the right hand 'like distant resonance' (or something ...
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Notating for the pianist to lift the pedal slowly?

So in various sections of a piece I want the pianist to lift the pedal slower than usual, achieving an interesting effects as the harmonics fade. In some areas the pedal lift might be slower or faster,...
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Repeated legato notes too quiet in Sibelius using EastWest Hollywood Orchestra libraries

I’m trying out EastWest/Quantum Leap’s Hollywood Orchestra series for the first time, specifically the Strings, Brass and Woodwinds libraries (all Gold). I use them in Sibelius using these sound set ...
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How to notate piano cross-staff glissando with pedal line?

Consider the following screenshot: As you can see, the piece ends with an arpeggio that starts on the bass staff and ends on the treble staff. As I understand it, the best and clearest way to notate ...
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Sibelius seven - adjusting the length of one bar/measure

I want to shorten the length of the final bar in the line, without any of the other bars moving. Is this possible?
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How to export mp3 file in sibelius

In Sibelius , I can't export my score as a mp3 file. Because when I'm in export page, I choose my playback configuration that is connected to my digital piano. But it says "you can't use this playback ...
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Make a variation in Sibelius

I'm writing a sonata for piano. And I'm writing it in the Sibelius app. I've finished the first movement. I want to write the next movement after the first movement in that project. But I don't know ...
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