Trouble Shooting Software

One of the the great things about writing a blog like this is, I learn new things all the time.  Master plug-in programmer Bob Zawalich left a comment on my last blog post about a plug-in of his that fits in with my “Key of the Day” scheme.  This is a plug-in I was not aware […]


In my last blog post, I talked about learning the keyboard shortcuts built into Sibelius and how this can boost your productivity.  In this post I’ll walk you through setting up your own user defined keyboard shortcuts in Sibelius.  But before you charge into setting up all those shortcuts it helps to have a plan.  Let’s look […]


Weather it’s pulling down a menu in Sibelius 6 or pointing and clicking on the ribbon in Sibelius 7, using your mouse, track ball or trackpad is not the most efficient way to select what you need. If you a Mac user, when was the last time you went to the edit menu in any […]


Well here’s a first, a blog post with a ProTools tip!  To be honest I don’t use ProTools a lot, Digital Performer is my DAW of choice.  But a lot people do use ProTools and I’m often sent Protools files by my clients.  Sometimes I am transcribing from audio or adding orchestration to existing tracks. […]


Yeah there’s a plugin for that: Move System Objects For Delete Bar plugin and Add Pickup Bar plugin Continuing with my series on plugins, let’s take a look at a common issue and a couple of plugins that can help you out.  But first here’s something you really need to know about Sibelius… ALL PAGE […]


The great majority of charts I deliver to clients are now attached to an email and sent as PDFs.  No more running to FEDEX and scrambling to get the charts there the next morning.  Charts can instantly be sent anywhere in the world.  This is especially handy for some of my clients, as the PDFs […]


This post is part 2 in my series of posts translating Sibelius 6 for Finale users. Remember I’m using Finale 2010 as Finale version of reference for these posts. Since Finale bases many of the elements of notation on the Tool menu, that seems like a good place to start.   Let’s go through some […]


Note: There is another installment of “Finale to Sibelius Translation” coming soon.  In the meantime: Can’t you boys turn that music down! When Sibelius boots up it plays a short snippet from Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 6 Op. 104 as performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Many mornings it’s like my wake up call, “Welcome […]


Many composers, arrangers, orchestrators and music prep professionals who are long time Finale users are finding that if pays to be fluent in Sibelius as well.  Both programs give you excellent professional output and both are being widely used. In my consulting work with clients and colleagues, I’ve developed a few tips and techniques that […]


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Review: basic signal flow chain is: source> chain (with or without modifiers)> output. See my previous posts: “Signal Flow & Music Notation-part 1” and “Signal Flow & Music Notation-part 2” How Signal flow and Signal modifiers apply to music notation software Your music notation software program is just a series of signal flow chains happening in […]