Remove Duplicate Pitches

Version 01.10.00
Added 05 May 2013 (last updated 29 May 2018)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x and Sibelius 18.x

Removes duplicated notes in a selection. It is similar to the shipping plugin Remove Unison Notes, except that it will also process notes in tuplets. Its main intention is for cleaning up piano reductions in large scores.

The plugin processes a selection in two passes. The first looks only at chords in a single voice in a single bar, and it removes duplicate notes from those chords. Duplicate notes must have the same pitch and note spelling. The plugin treats notes with special noteheads, tied notes, and quartertones separately, so it will remove a quartertone, for example, only if there are multiple quartertones with the same pitch.

On the second pass, it looks at chords at the same position in a bar across all staves and voices. Again, the pitch and note spelling must be the same, and quartertones and special noteheads are dealt with separately. Notes are only considered duplicates in this pass if the starting position and duration are the same. It will not delete overlapping notes that start or end at a different time.

In the second pass, tied notes will be deleted if there are other tied notes with the same properties at the same location and duration.

This plugin is somewhat more cautious about removing notes than Remove Unison Notes. If there are still too many, you might try running that plugin as well.

Updated 28 May 2018. Bug fixes and speed up in dictionary code.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.