Questions tagged [sibelius]

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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How to insert cautionary key signature before repeat mark using Sibelius 7

I'm arranging wind parts for the following song (excerpt below). This is the end of a repeated section that starts in D major and changes to F major halfway through. So, the repeat mark at the end of ...
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What is the idea of “transposing by perfect unison”?

As far as I understand, a "perfect unison" refer to two notes sounding the same pitch. Why both MuseScore and Sibelius 7 (I work with these two programs) offer a feature to transpose the up or down by ...
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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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Lilypond to MusicXML to Sibelius

Is there any reliable program to convert a fully-fledge piece in Lilypond format to MusicXML, such that Sibelius can read the original Lilypond notation? Basically, I need to edit a score which is ...
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Sibelius midi export makes things complex

I have a simple song that when I export to midi becomes very complex. Could someone tell me what is causing Sibelius to do this? Oriignal: Midi Export:
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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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Notating tenor vocal parts with 8va G-clef in Sibelius 6

I might be slightly off-topic here, but this is the closest StackExchange site I could find to my topic, so here goes... I recieved a sibelius file with a choir arrangement from a friend. Now, I want ...
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Best way to score melodic piano lines across both hands

Having some trouble understanding the best way to score piano when a melodic pattern is played across both hands... Here is the first bar of the section in question, arranged on separate staves, and ...
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Half step mordent in Sibelius

Is there a way I can do the mordent that is shown in the pictures below in Sibelius? When I try to just put a sharp sign below the mordent, it doesn't play it correctly.
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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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How to change bass guitar tuning in Sibelius 8?

How can I change my bass guitar tuning? In this case I want to have a whole step down standard tuning (DGCFAD) (for 4 string bass it should be DGCF). How can I do it?
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How many bars can a clarinet sustain?

Apologies if the question is too silly (my profile might explain why I don't know the answer). I am writing a piece and at some point I want a clarinet to hold a note until the performer runs out of ...
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How to enter overlapping notes in Sibelius 7

I can't manage to find a way to enter overlapping notes in Sibelius 7. Any help? By overlapping notes I mean notes from other voices that have a longer duration than others which are placed at the ...
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Adding 8va line (both high or low) in Sibelius 7 doesn't play back

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 ...
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Is a tie needed into a second-time bar?

When I have a tie into a 1st-time-bar, and want to similarly tie into a 2nd-time-bar, I usually show the "end" of the tie onto the note at the beginning of the 2nd-time-bar. Is this necessary? The ...
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Easiest way to turn permutations into Sibelius notation

Total dummy (non-programmer) question here. There are permutations like these, for example: (n=9, r=2) {1,2} {1,3} {1,4} {1,5} {1,6} {1,7} {1,8} {1,9} {2,1} {2,3} {2,4} {2,5} {2,6} {2,7} {2,8} {2,9}...
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How to write guitar tremolo with Sibelius software?

I'm trying to create the music sheet of "Recuerdos de La Alhambra" with Sibelius music notation software. How to create tremolos in Sibelius?
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Creating a symbol to repeat the previous n bars in Sibelius

Specifically, I'm trying to create a symbol that, similar to the 'repeat the previous 4 bars' symbol, will repeat the previous n bars (6 in this example). I've tried duplicating the symbol and editing ...
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What are DDS music notation files? [closed]

I've received what are supposed to be music notation files with the extension dds. I'm familiar with mus, xml, sib etc., but have never seen these. The person who wrote them is not with us anymore, ...
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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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Short way to indicate pedaling every bar

I am writing a piano score in Sibelius, and I need to hold and lift the pedal every bar. But writing it explicitly makes the score heavy so I need a quick notation that means the same thing. Here I ...
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How do I make Sibelius stop, not pause (i.e. always start from the same place at playback)? [closed]

As per the title, pressing spacebar when playing pauses, it doesn't stop like it would in a DAW.
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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 select custom bars using Sibelius?

How could every bar be selected, excluding every 5th bar? I only know how to select from bar __ to bar __ (Select > Select bars) but not how to make a custom selection. Is it possible for this type of ...
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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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Photoscore rhythm problems

Photoscore is having trouble importing Enough by Chris Tomlin into Sibelius for me. It is giving rhythm errors that look like this: "This score contains bars that do not add up to the time signature ...
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What is *cuivre* for a trumpet

Cuivre in French means copper, I think. In music it seems to be the name of the family of Brass instruments. Correct me in this if it is wrong. In Sibelius, the trumpet has a property (regulated by ...
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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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Bar width in Sibelius

I'm using Sibelius 7.5 and I want to have some lines with 4 measures and others with 3 measures. When I try to do this, I end up with both lines having the same width. I would like to the 3 measure ...
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Sibelius voices/ offset noteheads

How is it possible to offset a note in a second or third voice that shares a stem direction and is more than the interval of a second apart, but that must display each stem separately?
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Selecting bars vertically in Sibelius

I have made a layout of auto system breaks in Sibelius by every 7 bars (layout-> breaks-> auto breaks). Now I want to select bars vertically, but if I press shift key and select bars by column, it ...
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Sibelius 7 overlapping notes hiding each other

Using Sibelius 7 how do I resolve overlapping notes so both parts can be read. For example in a two stave score for SATB, sopranos have a dotted minim and one crotchet in a bar, altos have four ...
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Second line of first verse in Sibelius

Is there any quick way to select the second line of the first verse in Sibelius 7? I'm having to go through the output of photoscore by hand and select and move that line to the second verse place for ...
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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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Sibelius playback glitches

I have several files in sibelius where playback either pauses on notes (in particular an upbeat into a second section) or plays with a lurching sort of effect with the strong/weak accents of normal ...
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Making bars longer and replacing rests in Sibelius

1) I am using Sibelius version 7.5. My first aim is to transform every 4/4's bar into a 4/2's bar with a whole note rest at the end of every measure in the score. 2) My second aim is to replace every ...
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Can Sibelius house styles be edited selectively?

I can export house styles from Sibelius 6, but I end up with a binary .lib file of around 100 KB, of which the only recognisable characters are SIBELIUS a couple of times at the start. Is there any ...
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PhotoScore and AudioScore is grayed out.

I've installed trial version of Sibelius software for OS X in order to transcribe some audio tracks. However when I'm on Import tab (in Quick Start), PhotoScore and AudioScore are disabled, so I can'...
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Reverberation in a recording to play with big speakers in a hall

I am writing a piece in Sibelius and export the audio and play it in some room for people. I suppose the geometry of the room produces some reverberation of the sound coming from the speakers, ...
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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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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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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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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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Editting Certain note in Sibelius

I have an issue in Sibelius, where I want to edit a certain note in the whole score (the same note in many octaves), for example the D note, which is highlighted in red to a B note (4 semitones down). ...
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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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Find all and replace function in Sibelius

How can I do this operation? I have an issue here: I exported MusicXML file from Guitar Pro 6, opened it in Sibelius and I saw a tab word on the end of every bar It will take too long to remove them ...
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Keyboard shortcut for selecting a whole chord in Sibelius

I have a Sibelius score with chords all in voice 1. If I mouse click a single note in a chord, that single note is selected. If I double-click a note in a chord, the entire chord is selected. What ...
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Second set of Sibelius 7 lyrics with repeat bar to midi?

In music sometimes a line is repeated with the repeat bar ||: :||. I'm using Sibelius and it doesn't seem to understand the repeat bar when it creates midi's with lyrics. It jumbles the text of the ...
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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 ...