Lesson 5 Sibelius

 
Playback Controls (Hearing Your Music)
 
Yes, open up your favorite string quartet again.
 
Let’s enter in the following:
 
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To playback the above sequence, simply hit your spacebar on your computer keyboard. To stop playback, hit the spacebar again.
 
The Transport Window
 
We have used this before, but make sure that your transport window is showing. To do this:
 
Go to the View Tab
 
In the Panels Box make sure that Transport is selected.
 
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You should now see your Transport Window.
 
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Let’s look at each of the controls and options in the Transport Window starting from left to right.
 
image007 This moves the Playback Line to the start of your piece.
 
image008 This is the Rewind Button. Holding it down with the mouse will rewind the Playback Line. You can see it moving across your score.
 
image009 Play and Stop buttons. This should be obvious. Your spacebar key on your computer keyboard functions the same way.
 
image010 The Fast Forward button functions the same as Rewind but movies your sequence forward.
 
image011 This moves the Playback Line to the end of your piece.
 
image012 This is the Timeline Slider. This slides the Playback Line across your score. Grab it with your mouse and drag to anywhere in your score.
 
image013 Playback Tempo Slider. This allows you to quickly change the tempo of your playback by sliding it left or right.
 
image014 Record Use this when recording in Flexi-time.
 
image015 Record Live Tempo. This button is on by default allowing Sibelius to record your different velocities as you play your MIDI keyboard. It will also record rhythms exactly the way you perform them! Be careful! Sibelius will notate the EXACT rhythm that you perform, which sometimes can be a bad thing!
 
image016 Live Playback allows Sibelius to playback your sequence exactly the way that you recorded it.
 
image017 Click (on/off). This turns your metronome click on or off.
 
The Mixer Window
 
Sibelius also provides you with an onboard mixer to help you to mix your instrument sounds.
 
To turn the mixer on,
 
Go to the View Tab
 
In the Panels Box make sure that Mixer is selected.
 
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You should now see your Mixer Window. Note: You may have to expand the Mixer Window by pulling down on the lower right-hand corner so that you can view the instrument names.
 
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For the sake of this tutorial, I am just going to talk briefly about the Mixer Channel Strips and what you can do with them. If you want to delve in deeper, consult the Sibelius Reference PDF that comes with the program.
 
Let’s start with the Pan Control for each channel.
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This allows you to pan your track (staff instrument) left, right, or center in the stereo mix.
 
Just grab the knob and move it around with your mouse.
 
The Solo Button if selected will solo a track muting out all the other tracks.
 
The Mute Button mutes the selected track.
 
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The Test Sound (located in the center of the channel) allows you to hear the sound that is associated with that channel. When you click on it, Sibelius will play a short example of the instrument sound associated with that staff.
 
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The Channel Fader
 
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allows you to change the volume of a specific instrument.
 
In the case of our short example, we would probably want to lower the fader for the Violin 2 so that the melody in the Violin 1 part will come through better.
 
The Reverb and Chorus Sliders allow you to control the amount of Reverb or Chorus that you want on each channel.
 
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There are many more controls for the Mixer and Channel Strips, but that is for another tutorial!
 
Experiment with the different settings on our Violin melody Try getting a mix where the Violin mix really showcases the melody.
 
Changing Instrument Sounds
 
Keep our violin project open. We are now going to change the Instrument sounds associated with our staves. This is a very cool feature of Sibelius, especially if you are writing a score where your performer has to double. I am a saxophone player, and we are always expected to double on Clarinet, Flute, and possibly Oboe, or bassoon.
 
We are going to set up some doublings for our violinists (who a never expected to double in the “real” world)!
 
Select the Home Tab.
 
Select the first two measures of the violin 1 part:
 
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Click on Change icon located in the Instruments Box
 
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You will now see a familiar dialog box:
 
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I am going to select Oboe from the Woodwind family, and then click OK.
 
You will now see the following in your score:
 
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Play back the sequence and you will hear the instrument sounds change.
 
Now, we did set up an impossible doubling. Most violin players don’t play oboe, and we did not give the player time to pick up the new instrument. But Sibelius changes sounds on the fly!
 
Project 10
 

Using your original string quartet, create the following with instrument changes:
 

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Transposed Scores
 
Open your newly created Project 10.
 
By default Sibelius shows your score in Concert Pitch.
 
When you are working on orchestrating or arranging you may also want to view your score as a Transposing Score so that you can double check instrument ranges.
 
Our Project 10 document as shown above, is in Concert Pitch.
 
To view a score in Transposed Pitch
 
Select the Home Tab
 
Click on the Transposing Score icon
 
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Pay close attention to the clarinet part in our score:
 
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Non-transposed view
 
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Transposed view.
 
Note the key change and pitch change! We will address fixing the note format in later lessons.
 
Switch your score back to Concert Pitch by clicking on the Transposing Score icon again.
 
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Working With Lyrics
 
Create the following in the Violin 1 part:
 
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Select the Text Tab
 
Highlight the first measure by clicking on it.
 
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Click on the Lyrics icon to select it.
 
 
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You will now see a blinking cursor under the first note of the first measure.
 
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Type in your lyrics, using the spacebar to move to the next note.
 
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For a break between syllables, type – (hyphen)
 
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To type a second verse, under the first verse
 
Click on the first measure, so that it is highlighted.
 
Again, go to the Text Tab and select the Lyrics icon. This time hold your mouse on the downward arrow and select Lyrics line 2
 
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You will now see a blinking cursor below your first lyric.
 
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Type in your second verse.
 
Importing Lyrics From A Text File
 
Sibelius will also allow you import lyrics directly from a text file.
 
Triple-Click on the first measure where you want to import lyrics (triple-clicking will select the entire staff).
 
Now from the Lyrics icon select Import From Text File
 
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You will now get a standard dialog box for importing your lyric text.
You may also import lyrics from a word processing program such as Microsoft Word. You can control every aspect of formatting and appearance for your lyrics. Consult the Sibelius Reference Guide 5.7 Lyrics.
 
Project 11
 

Create an eight bar piece that contains at least two verses of lyrics and at least one measure with a lyric extension.
 


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