Split Bar Rests

Version 01.30.00
Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 26 Jul 2020)

For use with Sibelius 3.x, Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1, Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x, Sibelius 18.x, Sibelius 19.x, Sibelius 20.x and Sibelius 21.x

This plug-in converts any bar rests in the selection to rests of shorter durations. The duration of the smaller rests will be one per beat, with the beat length determined by the time signature. This can be handy if you want to see the contents of irregular bars, or for other obscure reasons.

New in v1.04:

  • The plug-in can now split bar rests into other than beat-sized units. One can now spcify the size of the rest to use as well as how to dispose of any excess.

Updated November 15, 2007:

Now properly splits all bars rests if rests are present in more than one voice

Updated June 7, 2008. Version 1.10. New option to split rests only in irregular bars.

Updated June 24, 2008. Version 1.15. If a bar is too small for a single rest of the requested size, the largest possible rest is now written, rather than skipping the bar.

Updated 2 April 2009 for internal code cleanup

Updated 28 February 2010 to optionally select entire score if there is no passage selection.

Updated 25 July 2020. Version 01.30.00. Added option to replace a bar rest with a normal rest of the same duration where possible. It will try undotted through triple dotted durations to try to match the bar size. If there is not a single-note match, the plugin will use the closest-sized single note it could find, and fill the remainder of the bar with whatever rests Sibelius finds appropriate.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.