Yamaha Tyros2 User manual

Yamaha Tyros 2
Sibelius Sound Set User Manual
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User manual by Joel Avery and Jonathan Loving
Copyright ©2012 The Sound Set Project. All Rights Reserved.
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Contents
1. Introduction
4
2. Overview
5
2.1 Requirements................................................................. 5
2.2 Package Structure........................................................... 6
2.3 Files................................................................................ 8
3. Installation
9
3.1 General........................................................................... 9
3.2 Mac OS X.................................................................... 10
3.3 Windows...................................................................... 11
4. Using the Sound Set
12
4.1 Selecting the Sound Set................................................ 12
4.2 Preferred Sounds.......................................................... 13
5. Working with Sounds
15
5.1 Articulations/Techniques.............................................. 15
5.2 Dynamics..................................................................... 18
5.3 The Mixer..................................................................... 20
5.4 ‘Implied’ Techniques..................................................... 22
6. Common Terms
23
7. Contact and Support
25
8. Credits
26
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1. Introduction
Thank you for choosing The Sound Set Project. The Sibelius sound set you are using is
a product of countless hours of trial, error, research, and development working towards
an integration that not only provides deep functionality, but does so in an intuitive,
easy-to-use, and flexible way that meets the diverse needs and workflows of our users.
With each integration we aim to provide you a powerful and efficient way of using
today’s sampled sounds within a notation-based composing environment, with as little
extraneous markup as possible, allowing you to focus and spend more time on your
music and less on the technical challenges this medium presents.
We are committed to continually evaluating and improving our integrations, and it’s
through the support of users like you that we are not only able to create new integrations, but refine and expand our existing integrations to better serve your needs. As
these products evolve we will release updates, often for free, that feature new functionality and address users concerns, requests, or other issues. We encourage you to
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If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions, please contact us using
the information found at the end of this user manual. Your feedback helps shape the
integrations you use by providing invaluable insight into working methods, preferences, computer environments, and more. The more you share with us, the more we
can do for you.
We sincerely hope that you enjoy working with this Sibelius sound set and wish you
the best in all of your musical endeavours.
—The Sound Set Project
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2. Overview
2.1 Requirements
Minimum system requirements for the Yamaha Tyros 2 Sibelius sound set are set out
below, separated by the version of Sibelius with which the sound set is to be used.
Sibelius 5
Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
Sibelius 6
Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
Sibelius 7
Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
The size of your score, number of voices to be used, complexity, and a number of other
factors will determine how much computing power is required for your work. As a
general rule, we suggest that your system should meet the recommended, rather than
the minimum, system requirements for both the version of Sibelius you are using and
the sample library you intend to use.
For large libraries, we recommend streaming samples from a dedicated hard drive or
solid state drive (SSD) for the best performance. When working with large libraries,
laptop users in particular are encouraged to work with an external hard drive connected via FireWire 800, eSATA, or other high-performance data transfer protocol (this
excludes USB 1.0 and 2.0) as the system drive in many laptop computers is too slow
and not suited to sample streaming.
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2.2 Package Structure
Each sound set package contains a variety of files that serve different purposes in the
integration of that sample library or hardware MIDI device. To better distinguish these
files and make installation quicker, we have separated them by function and structured
each sound set package in a consistent manner.
After extracting the sound set .zip archive, the folders in the sound set package include:
01 Documentation
02 Sound Sets
03 House Styles
04 Playback Configurations
05 Manuscript Templates
06 Patches
07 Additional Resources
08 Previous Versions
The package you download may not contain all of these folders, or some of the folders
may be empty, depending on the requirements for that specific integration. Folders
may contain additional subfolders that further separate files by Sibelius version, functionality, operating system (Mac/Windows), or other important differences.
A brief description of these folders is given below. For specific information about the
files included in your sound set download, refer to Section 2.3 - Files in this user
manual.
01 Documentation
The Documentation folder is present in all sound set packages. It contains the user
manual, drum and percussion maps, MIDI input maps, changelogs, addenda, and
other written documents that provide important information regarding the sound set
and its use.
02 Sound Sets
The foundation of every integration, the Sound Sets folder holds the Sibelius sound set
XML files. Depending on the integration there could be anywhere from one to four
or more sound sets included in this folder, each addressing a different compatibility or
workflow requirement. This folder is present in all sound set packages.
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03 House Styles
A majority of our sample library integrations include House Style files in the .lib format. These files contain additional settings such as playback dictionary entries, custom
instrument staves, and percussion mappings. House Styles are version-specific, meaning they are designed for a specific version of Sibelius. When included, there will be a
minimum of three .lib files in this folder.
04 Playback Configurations
The Playback Configurations folder contains preset playback configurations that define
sounds and assign channels. They are generally included as a way of reducing setup
time for large sample libraries that are not able loaded automatically, and when custom
programming or simulated autoload is used in an integration. Playback configurations,
like sound sets, are XML files and will often be separated by operating system (Mac/
Windows) and plugin format (VST/AU).
05 Manuscript Templates
Included as an alternative to manually configuring new scores, the manuscript paper
templates can be selected during score creation to save some time. These files are included for all packages that contain House Styles, and are likewise version-specific.
06 Patches
Sometimes it’s necessary to re-program all or part of a sample library to achieve the best
integration. We may also include preset instrument and multi files, often in packages
that contain playback configurations, to reduce setup time and provide a comprehensive starting template. Any such instrument programming, multi, or preset is included
in the Patches folder.
07 Additional Resources
Files that don’t fit into folders 01-06 are included in the Additional Resources folder.
There is no specific file type or purpose for files this folder, so if present in your sound
set package it’s best to refer to Section 2.3 - Files for information about what the files
in this folder are and how they are meant to be used.
08 Previous Versions
In cases where an update would not be backwards compatible (e.g., due to changes in
the library patches or programming), we may include the previous version files in the
sound set package. The files in the Previous Versions folder are separated first into subfolders by version number and within that folder structured in the same 01-07 format
as the primary (current) sound set files.
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2.3 Files
The following files are included and required to use the Yamaha Tyros 2 Sibelius sound
set.
01 Documentation
Yamaha Tyros 2 Sound Set User Manual.pdf - Sound set user manual
02 Sound Sets
Yamaha Tyros 2.xml - Sound set
Yamaha Tyros 2 (GM+XG).xml - Sound set (General MIDI and XG Banks)
Yamaha Tyros 2 (GM2).xml - Sound set (General MIDI 2 Bank)
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3. Installation
3.1 General
Sound set installation is a series of copy/paste actions. Before you begin, close Sibelius
and all other running programs. We suggest placing the sound set package on your
desktop for convenient access during the installation process. The most frequent problems encountered during installation are a result of file and folder name mistakes, so
read each step carefully and you’ll be able to avoid those issues.
The locations given are the only locations in which the files should be installed, and
where they will all work correctly. If you have trouble finding a folder, take note of any
special instructions regarding hidden folders, and then contact our support team for assistance rather than attempting to install in similarly named folders located elsewhere.
When installing, do not copy entire folders from the sound set package to the designated location, instead, copy the files contained in the named folders unless the
instructions explicitly state “copy the folder.”
Installation will require approximately one to five minutes.
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3.2 Mac OS X
Installation under Mac OS X requires copying files to the Sibelius user settings directory which can be found in the following locations:
Sibelius 5
Users/username/Library/Application Support/Sibelius Software/Sibelius 5
Sibelius 6
Users/username/Library/Application Support/Sibelius Software/Sibelius 6
Sibelius 7
Users/username/Library/Application Support/Avid/Sibelius 7
Note: If using Mac OS X 10.7, the user Library folder is hidden by default. Follow the
instructions in our knowledge base article Library Folder Not Visible OS X 10.7 before
continuing with the installation.
In the Sibelius user settings directory locate the folder
named Sounds. If the folder is missing, create it and
name it appropriately.
User Settings Directory, Mac
Copy the XML files from the 02 Sound Sets folder
in the sound set package to the Sounds folder in the
Sibelius user settings directory.
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3.3 Windows
Installation under Windows operating systems requires copying files to the Sibelius
user settings directory which can be found in the following locations:
Sibelius 5 (Windows XP)
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Sibelius Software\Sibelius 5
Sibelius 5 (Windows Vista/Windows 7)
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Sibelius Software\Sibelius 5
Sibelius 6 (Windows XP)
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Sibelius Software\Sibelius 6
Sibelius 6 (Windows Vista/Windows 7)
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Sibelius Software\Sibelius 6
Sibelius 7 (Windows Vista/Windows 7)
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Avid\Sibelius 7
Note: The Application Data and AppData folders are hidden by default. If not visible,
follow the instructions in our knowledge base article AppData Folder Not Visible
Windows or Application Data Folder Not Visible Windows before continuing with the
installation.
In the Sibelius user settings directory locate the folder
named Sounds. If the folder is missing, create it and
name it appropriately.
User Settings Directory, Windows
Copy the XML files from the 02 Sound Sets folder
in the sound set package to the Sounds folder in the
Sibelius user settings directory.
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4. Using the Sound Set
4.1 Selecting the Sound Set
To use the sound set, a new playback configuration needs to be created so Sibelius
knows which plugin(s)/device(s) and sound set(s) to use for playback. To create a new
playback configuration, open the Playback Devices dialog from Play > Playback Devices in Sibelius’s menu (Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6) or by clicking the dialog launcher
button in the Play > Setup group in the ribbon (Sibelius 7).
At the top of this dialog Sibelius displays the name of the currently active playback
configuration, with buttons for several different actions including Save, New…,
Rename…, and Delete. Click New…, enter a name for the playback configuration,
and then click OK to create it.
When you create a configuration, Sibelius uses the settings of the current configuration to create the default state of the new one. Select each plugin or device listed in the
Active Devices pane that is not required and click the << Deactivate button to remove
it from the configuration.
Playback Devices
Once the unneeded plugins have been
removed, select the appropriate device
from the Available Devices pane and click
the Activate >> button to add it to the
configuration. In the Active Devices pane, use the drop-down menu in the Sound Set
column to select the Yamaha Tyros 2 sound set. Click the Save button at the top of the
Playback Devices dialog to save your changes, and close the Playback Devices dialog.
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4.2 Preferred Sounds
When multiple sound sets are used in the same playback configuration there is a good
chance that some instruments will be available in more than one device. For example,
“Library A” and “Library B” may both have a solo violin sound. Even though the
patch names in the sound sets are probably different, to Sibelius these two solo violin
sounds are equivalent because the underlying sound ID is the same. This poses a problem because Sibelius will arbitrarily select one of these sounds which may or may not
be the desired sound.
To instruct Sibelius from which device a sound should play, Preferred Sounds rules can
be added in the playback configuration. Using Preferred Sounds, sounds can be assigned very specifically or very broadly to a particular device based on their sound IDs.
Note: Preferred Sounds, despite their use in directing sounds to a device, are not a
replacement for a manual sound set when one must be used. They should be used in
addition to any channel assignments made in a manual sound set.
Preferred Sounds Tab
From the Playback Devices dialog select the Preferred Sounds tab to view currently
applied Preferred Sounds rules (if any) and add new rules.
Select a sound ID using the expanding list at
the left of this dialog. The more specific your
selection, the more targeted the preferred
sound rule will be. For example, if you select
Strings, all instruments whose sound IDs
begin with “strings” will be allocated to the
designated device. However, if you select
Strings > Violin, only instruments whose
sound IDs begin with “strings.violin” will be
allocated to the designated device.
Preferred Sounds, Sound ID Selection
Once you’ve made your selection, use the drop-down menu at the right to select the
device you want to use for this sound, and click Add to apply the rule. Be sure to save
the playback configuration after adding or editing rules so that the changes are stored.
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An important aspect of preferred sound assignments is the use of wildcard characters in
the sound IDs that are selected. Using the solo violin example, the complete rule is:
For the sound ID: strings.violin.*
prefer this device: My Plugin
While it’s the use of wildcards that makes Preferred Sounds so flexible, each rule should
be evaluated to see what effect it may have on other sounds. In this case, not only has
the solo violin sound been assigned, because of the wildcard character, violin section
sounds have also been assigned to this device. If the violin section sound should play
from a different device than the solo violin sound, a second rule is required:
For the sound ID: strings.violin.ensemble.*
prefer this device: My Other Plugin
This second, and more specific, rule overrides the broader rule created previously allowing violin section sounds to play from a different device. Keep this in mind while
assigning Preferred Sounds rules and you’ll be able to target sounds correctly.
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5. Working with Sounds
5.1 Articulations/Techniques
There are three primary ways of changing articulations and playing techniques in your
score, articulation markings, text instructions, and lines. Symbols may also be used,
but are not as common. Through the sound set these instructions are interpreted and
the appropriate MIDI data is generated, whether that be a keyswitch, continuous controller change, or other similar message, invisibly, and automatically.
Each of these methods creates sound changes in slightly different ways, and while standard notation practice will generally dictate which method is used in a given context,
understanding how each one works together and separately is important.
Articulation Markings
Includes such markings as staccato, staccatissimo, marcato, tremolo, etc. Articulation
markings are in effect for the duration of the note to which they are attached, after
which the sound is reset or changes to the next indicated sound. Using articulation
markings is perhaps the most obvious way of changing sounds in a score, but may not
be the most efficient in all contexts.
Articulation marks generally change sounds by way of a sound ID change, with a fallback behavior that will simulate the technique in the event a matching sound ID is not
found. For example, if a staccato mark is written but a staccato sample is not available,
Sibelius will shorten the note duration to mimic the staccato effect.
The fallback behavior, while useful, is not entirely reliable with different issues appearing in different versions of Sibelius. The two most common issues, which extend
to staff lines as well, include fallback behavior overriding a sound ID change and the
fallback behavior being executed in addition to the sound ID change (unmeasured
tremolo and slurs, respectively, are examples). In practice this will have little effect on
your work since the sound set and House Styles are built to accommodate these inconsistencies, but it’s something to be aware of.
Because articulation markings are automatically reset/changed at the end of the note,
repeated notes using the same articulation (e.g., staccato) can suffer from a pulsing
and ill-defined effect, especially at faster tempi, as superfluous MIDI data is generated
(a reset and retrigger for each individual note as opposed to once per passage). Our
Knowledge Base article Fast Staccato Passages Muddy sheds some light on this issue.
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Text Instructions
Given that there are a limited number of articulation markings but seemingly infinite
technique variations, text instructions are responsible for a substantial number of
sound changes. Typically entered using Expression and/or Technique Text, nearly all
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For example, a passage to be played pizzicato might be indicated with the text instruction pizz.
and ended with the instruction arco. While some text instructions come in natural
pairs (such as pizzicato and arco, above; mute and open, etc.), others do not and will
need to be reset with an appropriate instruction such as normal or ord.
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The most important thing to remember is that unlike a live musician, who will
interpret instructions in the context of the piece, Sibelius reacts to markings literally.
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should naturally be discontin& b b 8 may indicate that a marcato text instruction
ued, and any live player would recognize this, but Sibelius must receive an explicit
instruction or the marcato sound will persist.
Differences between markup for live players and computer playback are quite evident
here, but it is possible to prepare scores that play correctly without excess visible and
unnecessary markup. Any text instruction that you do not want to print can be hidden
in the score by entering a tilde ~ in front of the part to be hidden.
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Lines
Staff lines are similar to articulation marks with two notable differences: they may act
on multiple sequential notes, and the length of the line determines the point at which
the technique or effect ends. Staff lines require less discussion than articulations or text
instructions, but the behavior of three common lines deserves a mention.
Playback of slurs is dependent on a minimum of two notes, the first note to which the
slur is attached and the last note (and any notes in between). While the slur marking
will create a sound ID change at the beginning of the first note, the legato transition
will not be heard until a subsequent note has been triggered. The transition will then
sound for each note under the slur line.
Glissando and portamento lines react the same way as slurs but are worth mentioning on their own because the effect of “waiting for the second note” is much more
pronounced. When written, glissando and portamento lines often indicate a transition should be applied in the space between the notes to which the line is attached.
Live players accomplish this by looking ahead, finding the desired ending pitch, and
applying the transition accordingly. By contrast, Sibelius is not able to look ahead to
determine the ending pitch and instead must wait for that note to be triggered before
applying the transition effect. The result is a transition that triggers in the space of the
second note rather than the space between notes.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way of overcoming this (short of entering hidden
pitches between the notes in an effort to “fake it”), but with the growing number of
libraries offering true glissando and portamento transitions, many include the ability
to control the speed of the transition. Though not a perfect solution in every situation,
when this control is available, altering the speed of the transition may help to disguise
this effect in some small way.
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5.2 Dynamics
Fundamentally, dynamics in Sibelius consist of two parts, the Attack strength and
the Dynamic level. The Attack and Dynamic values are set in the playback dictionary, with a number in the range 0-127. Attack and Dynamic are assigned to MIDI
functions in the sound set for each patch, and optionally, for specific articulations/
techniques, allowing the values set in the playback dictionary to be sent using whatever
MIDI function(s) a device responds to.
Different libraries and devices use different methods of controlling dynamic and attack
levels, some of which respond better than others in Sibelius, but generally fall into two
categories, crossfaded velocity layers and separate velocity layers.
Crossfaded Velocity Layers
Crossfaded patches (often abbreviated XF or DXF) allow for even, continuous changes
in level from the quietest to loudest sample. Crossfading frequently uses MIDI CC1,
commonly mapped to the ModWheel, to control dynamics and may or may not utilize
note velocity at all (or may assign it to another related function, such as attack speed).
These patches are generally preferable in Sibelius as they allow for smooth crescendo
and diminuendos over sustained notes. Depending on patch programming, the Attack
value sent by Sibelius may have no effect.
Separate Velocity Layers
Patches programmed with separate velocity layers allow attack and dynamic to be controlled separately, but usually prevent the continuous change in dynamics resulting in
staggered and “jumping” dynamics. Because the MIDI controller assigned to dynamics
(typically MIDI CC7 or CC11) operates within the active velocity layer rather than
the instrument as a whole, the output of low velocities at a fff dynamic is not the same
as high velocities at that same dynamic.
While there are exceptions to this, the majority of devices that use velocity layers for
sustaining instruments will pose a problem when it comes to continuous dynamic
changes in a Sibelius score.
Perhaps the best workaround is to utilize hidden dynamics and a plugin to create a
smooth dynamic change that ends at the desired level. Enter the dynamic mark that
should appear (print) in the score followed by a hidden marking that is the same as the
ending dynamic, such as p~fff. Then, use the Cresc./Dim. Playback plugin to create
the crescendo from p to fff using either MIDI CC7 or CC11.
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This works because the second, hidden, dynamic mark is the mark interpreted during
playback and triggers the same velocity layer as the note following the crescendo. By
using the Cresc./Dim. Playback plugin, the entire range of 0-127 is available for this
upper velocity layer allowing for a distinct and noticeable dynamic change across the
duration of the note.
Recording Dynamics
As evidenced by the workaround presented above, dynamics in Sibelius are linear in
nature. In the right, or wrong, context this can result in very unnatural dynamic movement, lacking the subtleties that make the music come alive.
If you are working with a MIDI keyboard or controller that is capable of inputting
continuous data (via a fader, knob, wheel, foot pedal, etc.) you can overcome this by
recording dynamic changes in real time, shaping the performance while preserving the
appearance of the score.
Open the Flexi-time Options dialog from Notes > Flexi-time Options… in Sibelius’s
menu (Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6) or by clicking the dialog launcher button in the
Note Input > Flexi-time group in the ribbon (Sibelius 7).
On the Flexi-time tab, select Overdub in the Existing
Music section at the lower left of the dialog. Under
Voices at the upper right, deselect Record into multiple voices, and then select an unused voice (1-4) for
the MIDI data to be recorded in.
Flexi-time, Overdub
Flexi-time, Voices
Switch to the Notation tab briefly and verify that Keep
controller messages is selected in the MIDI Messages
section and then click OK to apply your settings.
Align the playback cursor where you would like to record dynamics, and when ready, start recording by pressing the record button in Sibelius’s transport. When finished, stop recording and your MIDI messages will be entered
in the score as hidden text instructions in the voice designated in Flexi-time Options.
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5.3 The Mixer
The Sibelius mixer provides control over a variety of parameters associated with playback, including MIDI volume level, panning, plugin audio levels, effects, and sound
assignments. With the exception of sound assignments, all of these behave as you
would expect and allow for finer control of the sounds used in the score.
Audio and MIDI Levels and Control
An important distinction needs to be made between audio and MIDI levels as controlled by the meters in the Mixer. For staff channel strips, the meters show MIDI
activity/level and are not indicative of the audio signal. The volume faders for these
channel strips are linked to MIDI CC7 and the pan controls to MIDI CC10. As
these are MIDI-level controls, their values can be altered by data in the score, such as
dynamic changes.
For devices that offer a secondary volume control (via CC11), the staff volume faders
can be used to set overall MIDI volume levels and the value will not change. If, however, the device uses CC7 alone, the value set in the mixer is subject to change when
different dynamics are entered in the score. Note that the display in the mixer will not
track these changes.
Although generally of little consequence, understanding how these faders operate can
prevent frustration when the displayed levels seem to be changing or ignored altogether.
Unlike staff channel strips, the virtual instrument and master channel strips display audio signal and control each plugin’s audio output level, and the summed audio output
level of all plugins, respectively. The virtual instrument faders in particular are useful
when mixing libraries together that have widely varied output. By balancing the output
levels at the plugin stage, the staff channel strips can be left to mix each instrument at
the MIDI-level allowing greater flexibility and range.
Sound Assignments
Two types of sound assignment are possible using the mixer, device assignments and
patch assignments. However, with the exception of hardware MIDI synths, assigning
sounds and devices in the mixer is bad practice and is best avoided in all but a few specific cases (and even then, only as a last resort). Doing so can result in incorrect sound
allocation, cause articulations and techniques to switch incorrectly, or prevent them
from switching at all.
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The explanation lies in the way Sibelius allocates sounds. Sibelius determines how to
allocate a staff based on the sound IDs available in the sound set, the Best Sound defined in the instrument staff’s settings, and any manual sound set or Preferred Sounds
directives present in the playback configuration. This is repeated for each staff in the
score until all staves are allocated to an appropriate device and sound.
Manually selecting a sound or device in the mixer tells Sibelius “Use this sound regardless of any other setting.” This overrides the entire allocation system, and while Sibelius
will still work within the system, it’s forced to ignore certain things in order to comply
with the manual assignment made in the mixer.
The trouble caused by doing this is not often obvious, in fact, depending on the
complexity of the library or device, problems may not appear right away. Nevertheless,
since there are ways of controlling and guiding sound allocation within the system, including manual sound sets, Preferred Sounds, and instrument staves, it’s best to utilize
the methods provided rather than “brute-forcing” and overriding the system through
the mixer.
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5.4 ‘Implied’ Articulations
In Section 5.1 - Articulations/Techniques mention was made of the difference between a live player’s contextual interpretation of the score and the literal interpretation
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6. Common Terms
While working with the sound set, reading this manual, or corresponding with The
Sound Set Project, you may encounter unfamiliar terms. To alleviate confusion and
improve understanding, some common terms associated with the integrations are given
below.
ASIO
A low-latency audio driver for Windows systems that accesses sound hardware directly,
improving performance.
AU
Audio Unit, the native Mac OS X plugin format.
Audio Interface (Sound Card/Chip)
The interface used to route audio signal to and from the computer.
Automatic Loading
A feature available to certain software plugins whereby Sibelius is able to load required
instrument sounds without user input.
Device
Encompassing term for software plugins and hardware MIDI modules.
External Host
Third-party software used to load virtual instruments, possibly on a different computer.
An external host may communicate with Sibelius via virtual or physical MIDI connections or other proprietary software interface.
Host (Program)
The software application in which virtual instrument plugins are loaded and configured. Plugins loaded (activated) in Sibelius are said to be hosted in Sibelius.
House Style
A set of rules, settings, and preferences that establish a score’s layout, appearance, playback capabilities, and more.
Latency
The time between an instruction to play a note and when that note actually sounds.
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Manual Sound Set
Instrument channel and device assignments. Part of a playback configuration.
Manuscript (template)
A Sibelius file containing customized settings, such as those found in a House Style,
used as a template when creating a new score.
Playback Configuration
Parameters that determine what plugin(s) or device(s) a score will use for playback.
Playback Dictionary
Assigns sound ID changes and other MIDI functions to notation markings.
Plugin
A software virtual instrument.
Plugin Instance
An active software device in a playback configuration. A plugin that has been activated
once is said to be “one instance”, twice is “two instances”, etc.
Sound ID
A SoundWorld identifier for instrument sounds and articulations.
Sound Set
Instructions that tell Sibelius what sounds a sample library or hardware device contains
and how to use those sounds.
SoundWorld
Defines and establishes the relationship between sounds using sound IDs.
Standalone
Use of a virtual instrument as its own program rather than as a plugin within Sibelius
or another host. Not all virtual instruments provide a standalone software program.
VST(i)
Virtual Studio Technology (Instrument), a common plugin format for virtual instruments available on both Mac and Windows systems.
x86 / x64
Shorthand indications for software architecture. x86 refers to 32-bit, and x64 to 64-bit.
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7. Contact and Support
A number of resources are available if you run into trouble using the sound set, including our Knowledge Base with articles describing common issues, error messages,
behaviors, tips, and more. If you don’t find an answer to your question, or have additional concerns, you can submit a support ticket or contact support directly by email
and we’ll work with you to resolve the issue. Please note that while support can be contacted directly, submitting a ticket allows us to process your request more efficiently.
FAQ:
www.soundsetproject.com/support/faq/
Knowledge Base:
www.soundsetproject.com/support/kb/
Submit a Support Ticket: www.soundsetproject.com/support/
Email Technical Support: support@soundsetproject.com
All other (non technical support) inquiries can be submitted via our website, or you
can contact us using the information below.
On the Web:
General Inquiries:
Orders/Sales:
www.soundsetproject.com/company/contact/
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Sound Notes LLC
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8. Credits
Integration
The Sound Set Project
Project Lead
Jonathan Loving
User Manual
Joel Avery
Jonathan Loving
Musical Excerpts
W. A. Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, K.447 (p. 16)
Richard Strauss, Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major (p. 22)
Special Thanks
Sam Butler
Chelsea Myers
Daniel Spreadbury
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