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Mastering Sibelius® 5

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Are you ready to get the most out of Sibelius? Sibelius is the premier music scoring and notation program for any composer, songwriter, arranger, publisher, or musician who wants to create scores for any instrument on the computer and share them with others. Mastering Sibelius 5 covers all aspects of Sibelius, including setting up simple scores, using MIDI input, working with advanced formatting, and using virtual instruments. The applications are discussed in a clear, concise way, offering simple steps and easy-to-follow tutorials to bring the power of Sibelius to users of all experience levels. The book includes chapters on note input methods, editing and symbols, text and chords, playback and video, and much more. Plus, the companion CD includes example files so you can learn by doing right away!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Foreword
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. About the Author
  5. Introduction
    1. Who Uses Sibelius?
    2. The Approach
    3. The CD
    4. Common Ground
    5. Essential Tips
    6. Installing Sibelius
      1. Installing Sibelius 5 for the First Time
      2. Upgrading to Sibelius 5 from an Earlier Version
    7. What’s New in Sibelius 5
  6. 1. Setting Up Sibelius 5 for the First Time
    1. Starting Sibelius
      1. Activating MIDI Input Devices
      2. Activating Sibelius Sounds Essentials
      3. Fine-Tuning Your Audio Settings
    2. Quick Start to a New Score
      1. Manuscript Paper
      2. Adding Additional Instruments to Any Manuscript Paper
      3. House Style
      4. Time Signature and Tempo
      5. Key Signature
      6. Score Info
    3. Interface Tutorial
      1. Drop-Down Menus
      2. The Toolbar
      3. Onscreen Helpers (Tool Windows)
        1. The Navigator
        2. The Keypad
        3. Playback Controls
  7. 2. Note Entry
    1. The Four Input Methods
      1. Mouse Input
        1. First Steps
        2. Arrow Keys
        3. In the Red
        4. Accidental Order
        5. Entering Rests
        6. Starting Mid-Measure
        7. Renotating Rests
        8. Augmentation Dots and Ties
        9. Tuplet Entry
        10. Intervals
        11. The Mighty R
        12. Voices
        13. Understanding the State of the Mouse
      2. Computer (Alphabetic) Keyboard Input
        1. Starting Keyboard Input
      3. Step-Time MIDI (Keyboard) Input
        1. Guitar Input
        2. Chord Accuracy
      4. Flexi-Time Input
        1. Flexi-Time Options
        2. The Flexi-Time Window
        3. The Notation Window
        4. Using Flexi-Time
    2. Last Thoughts and Tricks
      1. Playback
        1. Playback during Entry
      2. Stem Flips
      3. Accidental Spelling
  8. 3. Creating Basic Score Elements
    1. Creating Basic Elements
      1. Start with Create
      2. Adding Measures
        1. Selections
        2. Cursor Colors
      3. Removing Measures
        1. Multiple Selection Clicks
      4. Adding/Changing Key Signatures
        1. Key Changes with Measure Selection(s)
        2. Key Changes with Note Selection
      5. Removing/Hiding Key Signatures
      6. Adding/Changing the Time Signature
      7. Removing Time Signatures
      8. Adding/Changing Clefs
        1. Clef Options
        2. Cautionary Clefs
        3. Removing Clefs
      9. Changing Barlines
        1. Removing Barlines
        2. Special Barlines
        3. Repositioning Barlines (and Other Objects)
    2. Changing Instruments/Staves
      1. Adding Instruments
      2. Removing Instruments
        1. Dealing with Divisi Instruments
      3. Changing Instruments
  9. 4. Creating More Score Elements
    1. Creating Expression Markings
      1. Expression Placement
        1. Creating New Expression Styles
      2. Expression Shortcuts
      3. Copying Dynamic Markings
      4. Repositioning and Alignment
        1. Vertical Alignment
    2. Creating Technique Markings
      1. Technique Playback
    3. Creating Slurs
      1. Other Ways to Select Notes
    4. Creating Hairpins
      1. Position and Playback
    5. Creating Lines
      1. Staff Lines
      2. System Lines
        1. Placing System Lines
        2. Repeat Marking Playback
    6. Creating Symbols
    7. Creating Rehearsal Markings
      1. Smart Markings and Moving
      2. Appearance
  10. 5. Creating Everything Else
    1. Creating Lyrics
      1. Simple Lyric Entry
        1. Additional Verses
        2. Lyric Editing
        3. Non-Breaking Spaces
        4. Helpful Plug-Ins
        5. Copying Lyrics
      2. Lyrics Layout
        1. Creating Space Globally
        2. Moving a Single Staff
        3. Don’t Drag Barlines!
        4. Nudging Measures/Notes
      3. Importing Lyrics from a Text File
    2. Creating Text
      1. Staff Text
        1. Don’t Forget the Word Menus!
      2. System Text
        1. Special Text
    3. Creating Chord Diagrams
      1. Editing/Creating Your Own Frames
    4. Creating Bar Number Changes
    5. Inserting Graphics
    6. Creating Highlights
      1. View and Printing Options
  11. 6. Instrument-Specific Notation
    1. String Notation
      1. Bowing
      2. Harmonics
        1. Artificial Harmonics
      3. Different Pizzicatos
      4. Tremolos
      5. Guitar Arpeggio Indications
      6. Guitar Barré Chord/Position Indications
      7. Guitar Tablature
        1. Changing How Sibelius Spells Tab
        2. Writing Only Tablature−Writing Tablature First
      8. Tab Styles
      9. Guitar: Bending Strings
        1. Standard Bend
        2. Bend and Release
        3. Pre-Bend
        4. Unison Bend
    2. Percussion Notation
      1. Rolls
        1. Buzz Rolls
      2. Timpani Notes
      3. Percussion Staves and MIDI
      4. Hiding Playback Parts
    3. Piano/Organ Notation
      1. Piano Pedal Indications
      2. Organ Pedals
      3. Cross-Staff Beams
    4. Harp Notation
      1. Non-Arpeggio Bracket
      2. Pedal Indications
    5. Changing Noteheads
      1. Notehead Shortcuts
  12. 7. Properties, Editing, and Filtering
    1. Transposing
      1. Transposing Diatonically
      2. Transposing by Interval or Key
    2. Rest of the Keypads
      1. F10: Stems
      2. F11: Articulations and Fermati
      3. F12: Other Accidentals
    3. The Properties Window
      1. General
      2. Text
      3. Playback
      4. Lines
      5. Bars
      6. Notes
    4. The Edit Menu
      1. Paste as Cue
      2. Hide or Show
      3. Select More
      4. Simple (Quick) Filters
      5. Advanced Filter
        1. Drum Set Filters
        2. Accent New Notes
        3. Particular Rhythm
        4. Deselect Filters
      6. Other Uses: Advanced Filter
      7. Find
  13. 8. House Styles and Engraving Rules
    1. Where Do House Styles Live?
      1. Mantra and Scope
    2. The Included House Styles
    3. Engraving Rules
      1. Bar Numbers
      2. Bar Rests
      3. Barlines
      4. Instruments
      5. Staves
      6. Time Signatures
    4. Edit All Fonts
    5. Edit Text Styles
      1. Making a New Text Style
    6. System Object Positions
    7. Text Styles Vertical Positions
    8. Default Positions
    9. Importing and Exporting House Styles
    10. Plug-In to the Rescue
  14. 9. Document Layout and Formatting
    1. Document Setup
    2. The Layout Menu
      1. Breaks
      2. Formatting the Page
      3. Glossary of Layout Markings
      4. Aligning Objects
      5. Hiding Empty Staves
      6. Reset Position
      7. Reset to Score Position
      8. Reset Design
      9. Align Staves
      10. Locking the Format
      11. Rulers to the Rescue
      12. Auto Layout
    3. Super-Secret Layout Tips
    4. When Bad Layouts Happen to Good Music
      1. Issue: Rehearsal Marks Are Crashing into Other Symbols
      2. Issue: Rehearsal Markings Are Not Needed above the Piano Part
      3. Issue: Chord Symbols Are Not Aligned
      4. Issue: Not Enough Room between Staves
      5. Issue: Note Spacing Isn’t Right
      6. Issue: Too Many Measures on Each System
      7. Issue: Bar Numbers Are Present with Rehearsal Markings
      8. Last Details
      9. One Last Thing
  15. 10. Dynamic Parts
    1. Accessing Parts
      1. What a Part Is and What It Isn’t
      2. Differences in Parts
      3. The Parts Window
      4. Creating Parts
      5. Changing Parts
    2. Part Appearance
      1. Multiple Part Appearance
      2. Document Setup
      3. Layout
      4. House Style
      5. Copy Part Layout
      6. Hide/Show in Parts
    3. Extracting Parts
    4. Printing Parts
  16. 11. Ideas
    1. What Are Ideas?
    2. Capturing Ideas
    3. Editing Ideas
      1. Editing Idea Info
      2. Tags
    4. Color-Coding Ideas
    5. Searching Ideas
      1. The Detailed View
    6. Auditioning Ideas
    7. Getting Ideas into Your Score
    8. Sharing Ideas
    9. Sharing a Single File
    10. Ideas Preferences
  17. 12. Playback and Virtual Instruments
    1. The Three Levels of Playback
    2. Level One
      1. Sibelius Sounds Essentials
      2. Simple Playback
      3. Playback Performance
        1. Latency and Buffer
      4. Using Built-In Sounds (My Computer Isn’t Fast Enough)
        1. Using DLS on a Mac
        2. Using Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth
      5. What Will Sibelius Play Back?
      6. The Mixer
        1. Mixer Groups
      7. Live Playback
        1. Live Playback Velocity
      8. Play Performance
    3. Level Two
      1. Understanding Virtual Instruments
        1. Plug-In Formats
        2. KONTAKT PLAYER 2
      2. Playback Configurations
        1. The Sound Set Column
      3. Adding Optional Plug-Ins
      4. Preferred Devices
      5. The Mixer
        1. Changing Sounds from the Mixer
        2. Virtual Instruments
        3. Slots/MIDI Channel
        4. The CPU Meter
    4. Level Three
      1. Using Any Plug-In
      2. Manual Sound Sets
      3. Understanding Effects Buses
      4. Audio Effects
        1. Master Effects
        2. Bus Effects
        3. Using the Mixer Sends
        4. Showing Effects Interfaces
        5. Saving/Loading Presets
        6. Master Insert Controls
        7. Final Cheat Sheet
      5. The Playback Dictionary
      6. MIDI Messages
      7. Killer Plug-Ins
    5. Is That All?
  18. 13. Composing to Video in Sibelius
    1. Adding Videos
    2. Adding Hit Points
    3. Editing Hit Points
    4. Fit Selection to Time
    5. Creating a Hit Point Stave
    6. Exporting and Merging
    7. Video Settings
    8. Adding Audio Instead of Video
    9. Syncing an Audio File to a Score
  19. 14. Scanning and the Arrange Feature
    1. Using PhotoScore Lite
      1. Lite versus Ultimate
      2. Getting into PhotoScore
      3. Talking about Scanners
      4. Your First Scan/File
      5. Source and Destination
      6. Error Checking
      7. Scanning into PhotoScore
      8. Sending to Sibelius
      9. When Your Scanned File Looks Bad
      10. PhotoScore Ultimate
    2. Getting Started with Arrange
      1. Copy and Paste
      2. Editing an Arrange Style
      3. Some Points about Arrange
  20. 15. Worksheets and the Worksheet Creator
    1. What Is the Worksheet Creator?
    2. How Is the Material Organized?
    3. How Are Templates Different?
    4. Can I Add My Own Worksheets?
    5. How Do I Edit Worksheets?
    6. Where Can I Go to Find More?
    7. Sharing Worksheets
  21. 16. Using Plug-Ins
    1. What Is a Plug-In?
    2. When Should I Use a Plug-In?
    3. Some Included Plug-Ins
      1. Composing Tools: Add Simple Harmony
      2. Composing Tools: Explode/Reduce
      3. Composing Tools: Fit Selection to Time
      4. Notes and Rests: Add Slash Noteheads for Parts
      5. Other: Add Note Names to Noteheads
      6. Other: Set Metronome Mark
      7. Proof-reading: Check for Parallel 5ths/8ves
      8. Simplify Notation: Change Split Point
      9. Simplify Notation: Renotate Performance
      10. Text: Add Note Names
    4. Online Plug-Ins
    5. Installing Plug-Ins
    6. Where to Request a Plug-In
    7. Learn to Write a Plug-In
  22. 17. Customizing Sibelius
    1. Saving Custom Manuscript Paper
    2. Setting Up Preferences
      1. Display
      2. Files
      3. Mouse
      4. Note Input
      5. Playback
      6. Textures
      7. Other
    3. Views
      1. Focus on Staves
      2. Panorama
      3. Rulers
    4. Keyboard Shortcuts
    5. Editing Word Menus
  23. 18. Importing and Exporting
    1. MIDI Import
    2. MusicXML Import
      1. What Is MusicXML?
      2. Opening MusicXML
      3. Exporting XML
    3. Exporting as Graphics
    4. PDF Export
    5. Copy and Paste to Word (or Other Programs)
    6. Export as Audio
    7. Export to Scorch
    8. Publishing Online