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 part 1 of this series we looked at Sibelius‘s built in keyboard shortcuts, in part 2 we explored organizing, memorizing and creating your own keyboard shortcuts.  I’ve got just a few more thoughts on this subject so here we go with part 3! Key of the day There are so many features in Sibelius, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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Signal modifiers In my last blog post “Signal Flow & Music Notation part 1” I gave you the examples of signal flow of water in my backyard: spigot>hose>Laurie’s face. And signal flow in an audio environment: synthesizer>cable>mixer channel 1>main output of mixer>cable>amp>cable>speaker. I promised this is going to apply to music notation software but first […]


Laurie discovers signal flow

One Really Important Concept If you could learn one concept that will shorten your learning curve and get you out of the weeds 9 times out of 10 when you are trouble shooting music notation software issues, it’s understanding the concept of signal flow. You probably first learned the basic concept of signal flow at […]