Split Multirests for Sibelius 4

Version 1.20
Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 19 Jun 2012)

For use with Sibelius 3.x, Sibelius 4 and Sibelius 4.1

Split Multirest uses hidden text objects to split multirests into smaller pieces, a specified number of bars into the multirest. You can split a multirest once or several times, and specify whether to split all multirests below a certain size, or to split all multirests above a certain size.

Fixed in v1.20 (2006-07-04):

  • The plug-in was not calculating the size correctly for Multirests longer than n bars, which is now fixed.
  • The plug-in disallowed splitting all multirests into single bars, which is now fixed.

Use this version on Sibelius 3 and 4. For Sibelius 5 and later, use Split Multirests.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Narrow Two Voices

Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 17 Jun 2015)

For use with Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1, Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5 and Sibelius 8.x

This plug-in controls the horizontal note offset in passages which use voice 1 and voice 2 simultaneously. There are three actions predefined (you can define and save more actions for yourself):

  • Default Rules of Sibelius: This essentially behaves identically to Sibelius, but corrects some known problems: a unison of two semibreves shows now two noteheads, and so does a unison of e.g. a dotted minim and an undotted crotchet.
  • Narrow Mode: In situations where voice 2 goes above voice 1, move the voice 2 notes to the left. This allows a more dense note typesetting and is used in particular in organ and piano music.
  • Arpeggio Mode: If you have fast arpeggios running in voice 1 while voice 2 doubles the first note of each arpeggio with a longer note, it is common that the noteheads on the first beats are typeset overlapping.

To use the plug-in, make a passage selection (i.e. a single box), then choose Narrow Two Voices from the Plug-ins menu and follow the on-screen instructions.

Changes in v2.0 (updated 29 August 2005):

  • Plug-in now requires use of the Preferences plug-in, so will only run in Sibelius 4
  • Added wizard with three pre-defined modes, to select your job with two clicks
  • Added font metrics for Helsinki font
  • improved offset mechanism for several combinations of dotted/undotted notes

Changes in v1.20 (updated 17 November 2004):

  • Now possible to force noteheads to overlap, even if their shape differs (useful for arpeggio-like passages where the first note is played with longer notes in a second voice)
  • Added fixes for the positioning of unison semibreves and dotted notes in one voice at the same pitch as undotted notes in another
  • Added a full set of user options

Plug-in written by Hans-Christoph Wirth.

Split Bar

Version 01.20.00
Added 31 Aug 2005 (last updated 24 Jun 2012)

For use with Sibelius 4 and Sibelius 4.1

This plug-in automates several of the steps needed to split a bar into smaller pieces. It can be used to split a bar at the end of a system, or to break a bar into pieces to simulate mid-bar repeat barlines, or to split a bar into 3 pieces.

To use it, select the note that you want the bar to split before, or make a passage selection to split before and after the selection.

In Sibelius 5, use the shipping version of this plugin.

You will most likely have some cleaning up to do after the plug-in runs.

The plug-in will rewrite the bar, adding several time signatures. You will probably want to delete the new time signatures - select and delete them and click No if asked to rewrite.

If you use the Final split breaks system option, the plug-in will add a system break before the final split bar, and (in Sibelius 4 only), a bar number change to the final split bar. You may want to hide that bar number change. You may also want to change the barline of the first split bar to be hidden, since the plug-in cannot do that.

New in version 1.20:

  • In Sibelius 4.1 or later, bar number changes added to split bars will be automatically hidden.

For Sibelius 5, use the shipping version of this plugin.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Time Signature For Irregular Bars

Version 01.70.00
Added 13 Apr 2008 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

For use with Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1, Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5 and Sibelius 8.x

Adds a time signature appropriate to the length to an irregular bar, so that irregular bars are made regular. It can also trace the locations of irregular bars.

It also puts an appropriate time signature into the following \"regular\" bars where this is required. Its goal is to end up with a score where every bar has a size that matches an explicit time signature.

It will not always spell the time signature correctly (it only looks at the length of a bar, not the notes it contains). The lowest denominator is 4, so it will not generate 3/2 or 2/2, but other than that, it picks the simplest fraction, so it will always choose 3/4 over 6/8 and 6/4 over 12/8.

If there is no initial time signature, it will add one.

Updated 20 March 2011 to add an option to choose 6/8 rather than 3/4 and 12/8 over 6/4.

Updated 6 February 2012 to add option to use cautionary accidentals - on by default.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.