Fix Tied Notes Live Playback

Version 01.02.01
Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 3.x, Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1, Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

This plug-in processes notes and corrects problems with the Live Playback Original Duration in tied notes. If the Live Playback duration in a tied note has been set such that it ends either before or after the notational duration (i.e., if the note is a quarter note/crotchet, and Live Playback only plays for an eighth note/quaver), the note can playback incorrectly (the following note it is tied to will play with a separate attack). To prevent that, the Live Playback duration is set to the notational duration less the Live Start Position in those cases, so the tied note playback stops exactly at the end. A log file of changes will be written.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Dream Sequence

Added 25 Jan 2007 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

This plug-in will open a folder of scores and play them back in turn, either sequentially (with an option to loop) or randomly (with an option to control the number of intermediate scores to be played until a particular score may be played again.)

Updated 5 September 2009 by Bob Zawalich for compatibility with Sibelius 6. Note that this plugin will run in Sibelius 4 and 6, but not Sibelius 5.

Plug-in written by Andrew Moschou.

Set Play On Pass

Version 01.10.00
Added 06 Oct 2007 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

Toggles (default), disables, or enables all 8 passes of Play on Pass for any selected objects. To change the option from Toggle, run the plugin with no selection. It will change *all* selected objects, so it will often be useful to filter just the items you want to change.

Updated January 15, 2008 to add a \"Show dialog\" flag to the dialog so it can be run with the dialog always visible. The flag is on by default so it will always appear the first time the plugin is run.

Updated 31 January 2012 to give options for individual passes.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Loop Selection

Version 01.15.00
Added 24 Mar 2008 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1, Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

This plugin will let you loop playback by adding marker and jump text to the start and end of the selection. If you play the score within the markers, playback will loop. The default target name is the first selected bar number.

By default, marker/jump text only jumps to the start or end of a bar; to loop partial bars, select the text and turn off \\\'Jump at bar end\\\' in the Property Window Playback pane.

In Sibelius 5, the plugin can delete any marker or jump text in the selection or in the score.

To make it more obvious which notes will loop, you may want to add a highlight or color to the selected notes.

Updated November 24, 2008 to fix problems deleting hidden markers and all markers in score.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Play It Again!

Version 01.09.00
Added 19 Jun 2009 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

Repeats playback of a selection either continuously or a specified number of times without requiring changes to the score.

There are some quirks, described in Help. Mainly, the final note will be cut off, there is a gap at the start of the selection, and if the final note is not on a beat, the following note may be played. But it is very convenient to use, and may be useful.

Instead, you may try the Loop Selection plugin, which avoids most of the playback quirks, but it adds text to the score, which may not be desirable.

Updated 20 June 2009 to fix bugs

Updated 1 October 2009 to use Sib 6.1 features to allow repeat of a single note, and to reduce previous quirks.

Updated 15 August 2011. Added ability to process selection or all staves, and no-selection option settings. Added helper plugins Play Again Selection and Play Again All Staves, which run with no dialog and are stopped by using the SpaceBar.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Mute Unmute

Version 03.60.00
Added 30 Jun 2009 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

Mutes, unmutes, or toggles the mute state of selected staves. This has only been practical since Sibelius 6; the changed mute status will be reflected in the mixer.

Updated 23 August 2009 to allow setting mute state to half muted

Updated 13 March 2011 to add Emphasize selected (half-solo) mode.

Updated 12 March 2012 to fix tracing bug.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Export Selection As Audio

Version 01.21.00
Added 12 Aug 2009 (last updated 06 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

Exports the selected music in the score to an audio file (unlike File - Export Audio, which always exports to the end of the score). It will only export staves that play back through virtual instruments, so it is best if your current playback configuration uses only virtual instruments, and does not use MIDI devices.

The plugin will export only selected notes, regardless of the initial position of the playback line.

The plugin creates a temporary score named TemporaryScoreForExportAudio.sib, in the default Scores folder, which it will reuse if run again. You may freely delete this score after the plugin finishes.

Updated 24 August 2009. The plugin now deletes the temporary score, so it will no longer be left around.

Updated 9 September 2009. The duration of the selection now appears in the dialog prior to export.

Updated 14 December 2012. Fixes bug where unselected staves were exported, and fixes crashing bug if plugin is run from a part. Also adds option to omit muted staves (previous versions always omitted them, and omit is the default, but this provides an option so you can match the way Export Audio works).

Updated 5 March 2014. Fixes problems with filenames containing embedded periods.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Export Audio Score and Parts

Version 01.54.00
Added 11 Sep 2009 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

Exports audio, creating .wav or .aiff files from a score, a score and each of its parts, or just the parts of a score. Will process the current score, all the currently open scores, or all the scores in a specified folder.

Updated 16 September 2009 so the options are visible even if you start with no scores open.

12 November 2009 there is a potential crashing problem with running this plugin on a folder of scores, and that use is not recommended until a fix becomes available.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Rehearsal Recordings

Version 02.55.00
Added 07 Oct 2009 (last updated 12 Sep 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6

Creates audio recordings for each dynamic part of a score, reducing the volume of the staves that are not in the current part, so that the part is louder.

This can be used for creating section rehearsal recordings for a choir or other ensembles. By default the plugin will export all parts, but you can choose which parts to export.

You may optionally pan the parts and the accompaniment staves to opposite sides.

Use half mute rather than volume scaling if your score contains MIDI messages that affect volume.

This plugin requires Sibelius 6.1.

Updated 26 October 2009. New option to generate altered scores so other plugins can generate MIDI or Scorch files

Updated 26 May 2010. New options to output each instrument in score instead of each part.

For Sibelius 7 and later, use the shipping version of this plugin.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Grace Note Durations

Added 07 Apr 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

To make acciaccaturas and appoggiaturas sound different from the default (rather short) sound, you can change the live start position and the live duration. If you want to do that, this plug-in could be helpful.

This plug-in will change the live duration and live start positions of the acciaccaturas and appoggiaturas within the selection. Also, the previous note's live duration and the following note's live duration and live start position will be processed.

The plug-in gives the choice to have the (group of) grace notes to play on or before the beat (the following note).

From a pull-down list one can pick the factor with which the written duration of the acciaccaturas and appoggiaturas will be changed (to live duration).

Of course, Play > Live playback should be switched on in order to hear the result: the plug-in does this automatically for you.

The plug-in gives the user the opportunity to reset the acciaccaturas and appoggiaturas and their surrounding notes to the default values regarding live duration and live start position.

Settings will survive Sibelius sessions.

Plug-in written by Jan Kok.

Distribute Live Start Positions

Added 05 Aug 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

Sibelius allows users to define Live Start Positions to gain greater control over the rhythmic expression during playback. Composers and producers using this to output more compelling playback might find it necessary to make sure multiple instruments are groovin' the same way. This plug-in simply takes the Live Start Positions from a selected staff and distributes it to all other staves or a selected staff.

Plug-in written by Roman Molino Dunn.

Play Loop for Sibelius 6 and Sibelius 7

Added 18 Aug 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

This plug-in allows you to choose a section of the score and have it played back as a loop. This is ideal for using Sibelius as an accompanist to practice tricky passages.

Plug-in written by Brian Bargent.

Reset Mixer

Version 01.63.00
Added 08 Sep 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

This plugin will set the mixer volume, panning, or mute/solo settings for all the staves in each processed score.

It is best if you adjust all your group and virtual instruments before using this plugin.

You can process the current score, all currently open scores, or a folder of scores. Currently open scores will neither be saved nor closed, so save if needed. Dialog settings are remembered across Sibelius sessions.

Updated 10 Novemeber 2011 to make tracing of score names optional.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Solo or Mute By Voice

Version 01.52.00
Added 11 Dec 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

This plugin lets you set the Play on Pass properties for all 8 passes to on or off for each of the 4 possible voices in a staff. It will function as a way to either solo or mute individual voices.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Export Audio With Count-In

Version 01.40.00
Added 02 Mar 2012 (last updated 26 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

Creates a copy of the current score, adding a specified number of "count-in" bars to the start of the score (allowing for pickup bars). This score can be used for producing audio files with a count-in.

You can have the plugin create the copy, export the result as audio, and delete the score copy, or you can create the score copy, and then export it as a separate step.

The plugin can add count-in notes to one staff only, or add them to all staves. The latter is useful if you want to take the resulting score and run Rehearsal Recordings or Export Each Staff As Audio and have count-ins for each part.

Updated 5 March 2012 to clarify some of the dialog text. Thanks, ME!

Updated 8 March 2012 for more tidying.

Updated 13 march 2012 changed to export all staves regardless of the original selection.

Updated 19 January 2014 to fix bug in handling file names with embedded periods.

Updated 21 January 2014 to add small bug fixes.

Updated 26 March 2014 to fix problems with shared dynamics in grand staff keyboard instruments.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Remove MIDI Pitch Bends

Version 0.1
Added 02 Aug 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

Remove MIDI Pitch Bends removes all MIDI pitch bend messages in your selection and optionally adds a pitch reset message at the start of each staff in your selection. MIDI pitch bend messages look like ~B47,66 and instruct the MIDI instrument to tune itself depending on the message; ~B0,64 in particular changes the pitch to default tuning. If you've used a plugin to add large quantities of pitch bend messages to your score (like Offtonic 19-TET or the quarter-tone playback plugin that ships with Sibelius), this is a quick and handy way to take them back out.

New in version 0.1.0:

  • Initial release
  • Removes pitch bend messages. You know, like it's supposed to!
  • Has the capability to add a pitch reset message (~B0,64) at the start of the selection in each staff in case previous music contains pitch bends

Plug-in written by Mauro Braunstein.

Offtonic 19-TET

Version 0.1
Added 02 Aug 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1 and Sibelius 7.5

Allows playback of music in 19-tone equal temperament (19-TET). Very cool, huh? The 19-tone scale is not very different from our usual 12-tone scale. The diatonic scale can be reproduced very faithfully in 19-TET by interpreting a whole step as three 19-TET steps, and a half step as two. As a result, we can label the pitches as follows:

C C# Db D D# Eb E E#/Fb F F# Gb G G# Ab A A# Bb B B#/Cb

It's rather amazing that tonal music in 19-TET sounds so similar to tonal music in our usual 12-TET -- the only element that really breaks is enharmonic spellings, meaning that an augmented 6th is no longer equivalent to a minor 7th, for instance. We can take advantage of this fact by using our common 12-TET notation for 19-TET. No new symbols are necessary. Offtonic 19-TET adds a pitch bend message to each note in your selection, retuning your music to fit the 19-tone scale. Arbitrarily, C in 19-TET is tuned to the common C in 12-TET.

Interestingly, the 19-TET system allows some interesting sonorities. Thirds, both major and minor, are closer to their pure forms. The fifth is a tiny bit flat compared to the already narrow 12-TET fifth, but this is hardly noticeable. The augmented sixth sounds very much like a septimal minor seventh, the seventh overtone, which is a nice sonority. Leading tones are actually hampered by this system, as the diatonic half step of two 19-TET steps is wider than its 12-TET counterpart.

A major limitation of Offtonic 19-TET is that, by the nature of MIDI commands, it cannot retune chords, only single notes in each staff. Only one pitch bend command may be active at a time in a single staff, so if you need to retune multiple notes all sounding at once, they each need their own staff. This applies to chords, multiple voices, and even, more subtly, slurs, if they are set to increase a note's duration past 100%.

New in version 0.1.0:

  • Initial release
  • Removes all existing pitch bend messages from the selection and retunes the written notes to 19-tone equal temperament
  • Allows the user to specify the maximum pitch bend of the instrument
  • Includes a help dialog

Plug-in written by Mauro Braunstein.

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