Classic Piano Collection Sound Set User Manual

Classic Piano Collection
Sibelius Sound Set User Manual
Classic Piano Collection, Berlin Concert Grand, New York Concert Grand, Upright Piano, and Vienna Concert Grand © by Native Instruments GmbH. Sibelius is a registered trademark of Avid Technology, Inc. in the
United States and/or other countries.
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User manual by Joel Avery and Jonathan Loving
Copyright ©2012 The Sound Set Project. All Rights Reserved.
The Sound Set Project, a wholly owned division of Sound Notes LLC, has no
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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
10
3.1 General......................................................................... 10
3.2 Mac OS X.................................................................... 11
3.3 Windows...................................................................... 12
4. Preparing the Score
14
4.1 New Scores................................................................... 14
4.2 New Scores (Manuscript)............................................. 15
4.3 Existing Scores.............................................................. 16
5. Playback Configuration
18
5.1 Selecting the Sound Set................................................ 18
5.2 Manual Sound Sets....................................................... 19
5.3 Assigning Sounds.......................................................... 20
5.4 Using Multiple Sound Sets........................................... 22
5.5 Preferred Sounds.......................................................... 24
6. House Styles
26
6.1 Instrument Staves......................................................... 26
6.2 Playback Dictionary..................................................... 28
6.3 Fonts............................................................................ 29
7. Working with Sounds
30
7.1 Articulations/Techniques.............................................. 30
7.2 Dynamics..................................................................... 33
7.3 The Mixer..................................................................... 35
7.4 ‘Implied’ Techniques..................................................... 37
8. Common Terms
38
9. Contact and Support
40
10. Credits
41
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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
periodically check our website or subscribe to our newsletter so you can be certain you
have the best and most recent integration available.
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 Classic Piano Collection 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)
2GB RAM
Sibelius 6
Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
2GB RAM
Sibelius 7
Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
2GB RAM
Automatic Loading Compatibility
Kontakt/Player 4+ in Sibelius 6.2 - 7.x+, Kontakt/Player 5 in Sibelius 7.1+
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 Classic Piano Collection Sibelius sound set.
Berlin Concert Grand
01 Documentation
Classic Piano Collection Sound Set User Manual.pdf - Sound set user manual
02 Sound Sets
NI Berlin Concert Grand.xml - Sound set (automatic loading)
NI Berlin Concert Grand (Fixed).xml - Sound set (manual loading)
03 House Styles
NI Berlin Concert Grand (5).lib - House Style (Sibelius 5)
NI Berlin Concert Grand (6).lib - House Style (Sibelius 6)
NI Berlin Concert Grand (7).lib - House Style (Sibelius 7)
05 Manuscript Templates
[SSP] Berlin Concert Grand (5).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 5)
[SSP] Berlin Concert Grand (6).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 6)
[SSP] Berlin Concert Grand (7).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 7)
New York Concert Grand
01 Documentation
Classic Piano Collection Sound Set User Manual.pdf - Sound set user manual
02 Sound Sets
NI New York Concert Grand.xml - Sound set (automatic loading)
NI New York Concert Grand (Fixed).xml - Sound set (manual loading)
03 House Styles
NI New York Concert Grand (5).lib - House Style (Sibelius 5)
NI New York Concert Grand (6).lib - House Style (Sibelius 6)
NI New York Concert Grand (7).lib - House Style (Sibelius 7)
05 Manuscript Templates
[SSP] New York Concert Grand (5).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 5)
[SSP] New York Concert Grand (6).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 6)
[SSP] New York Concert Grand (7).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 7)
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Upright Piano
01 Documentation
Classic Piano Collection Sound Set User Manual.pdf - Sound set user manual
02 Sound Sets
NI Upright Piano.xml - Sound set (automatic loading)
NI Upright Piano (Fixed).xml - Sound set (manual loading)
03 House Styles
NI Upright Piano (5).lib - House Style (Sibelius 5)
NI Upright Piano (6).lib - House Style (Sibelius 6)
NI Upright Piano (7).lib - House Style (Sibelius 7)
05 Manuscript Templates
[SSP] Upright Piano (5).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 5)
[SSP] Upright Piano (6).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 6)
[SSP] Upright Piano (7).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 7)
Vienna Concert Grand
01 Documentation
Classic Piano Collection Sound Set User Manual.pdf - Sound set user manual
02 Sound Sets
NI Vienna Concert Grand.xml - Sound set (automatic loading)
NI Vienna Concert Grand (Fixed).xml - Sound set (manual loading)
03 House Styles
NI Vienna Concert Grand (5).lib - House Style (Sibelius 5)
NI Vienna Concert Grand (6).lib - House Style (Sibelius 6)
NI Vienna Concert Grand (7).lib - House Style (Sibelius 7)
05 Manuscript Templates
[SSP] Vienna Concert Grand (5).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 5)
[SSP] Vienna Concert Grand (6).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 6)
[SSP] Vienna Concert Grand (7).sib - Manuscript Template (Sibelius 7)
Note: This document uses file names and images from the Berlin Concert Grand
sound set.
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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 folders named House Styles, Manuscript paper, and
Sounds. If any folders are missing, create the missing
folder(s) and name them 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.
Copy the .lib file for your version of Sibelius from the
03 House Styles folder in the sound set package to
the House Styles folder in the Sibelius user settings
directory.
Copy the .sib file for your version of Sibelius from the
05 Manuscript Templates folder to the Manuscript paper folder in the Sibelius user
settings directory.
Note: In Sibelius 7, manuscript templates can be organized by placing the .sib file in a
subfolder of the Manuscript paper folder. The name of the subfolder (e.g., “Sound Set
Project Templates”) becomes a category in Sibelius’s score setup dialog and will group
all sound set manuscript templates together.
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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 folders named House Styles, Manuscript paper, and
Sounds. If any folders are missing, create the missing
folder(s) and name them 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.
Copy the .lib file for your version of Sibelius from the
03 House Styles folder in the sound set package to
the House Styles folder in the Sibelius user settings
directory.
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Copy the .sib file for your version of Sibelius from the 05 Manuscript Templates
folder to the Manuscript paper folder in the Sibelius user settings directory.
Note: In Sibelius 7, manuscript templates can be organized by placing the .sib file in a
subfolder of the Manuscript paper folder. The name of the subfolder (e.g., “Sound Set
Project Templates”) becomes a category in Sibelius’s score setup dialog and will group
all sound set manuscript templates together.
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4. Preparing the Score
4.1 New Scores
Launch the Sibelius program and create a new score from the Quick Start dialog or
File > New in Sibelius’s menu. Select the Blank template (no staves) from the list of
manuscript papers. It’s okay to select a different template, however, the instrument
staves will need to be replaced so the Blank template may save some time. Before adding instruments to your score, the House Style file must be selected.
Sibelius 5/Sibelius 6
Click Next and then No if Sibelius asks “Do you wish to
create instruments now?” Select the Classic Piano Collection House Style from the list of House Styles and click
Back to return to the manuscript selection screen. Finally,
select Change Instruments to display the Instruments
dialog.
Sibelius 7
Select the Classic Piano Collection House Style from the
House Style drop-down menu, then click the Change
Instruments button to display the Add or Remove Instruments dialog.
H.S. Select, Sibelius 5 / 6
H.S. Select, Sibelius 7
Note: Selecting the House Style during score creation is not required. Alternatively,
the House Style can be imported after the score is created, and custom instrument
staves added at that point. See Section 4.3 - Existing Scores for details.
From the Instruments/Add or Remove Instruments dialog, select the Classic Piano
Collection ensemble (in Sibelius 7, use the Choose From drop-down menu).
If you selected a manuscript other than the Blank template, remove any existing staves
for instruments you wish to play through the Classic Piano Collection library by selecting them in the Staves in score list at the right and clicking Delete from Score. Then,
add all instruments you require to the score using the staves found in the Classic Piano
Collection ensemble.
With the instruments added to your score, continue through the score setup options as
usual and click Finish (Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6) or Create (Sibelius 7) when done.
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4.2 New Scores (Manuscript)
The manuscript paper template is an alternative method of creating a new score that
does not involve selecting a House Style, removing instrument staves, or moving
back and forth through the score creation dialogs. While functionally the same as the
process described in Section 4.1 - New Scores, using the manuscript paper template is
perhaps a bit faster and, optionally, allows for inclusion of a second House Style during
score creation.
All manuscript paper templates are based on the standard Sibelius House Style and
use the Opus/Times (Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6) or Opus/Plantin (Sibelius 7) fonts.
For more information about working with fonts, see Section 6.3 - Fonts. By default,
manuscript paper templates do not contain any instrument staves.
To use the manuscript paper template, launch Sibelius and
select the Classic Piano Collection manuscript from the list
of manuscript papers.
Manuscript, Sibelius 5 / 6
Select Change Instruments to display the Instruments/
Add or Remove Instruments dialog and add the required instruments to your score
using the Classic Piano Collection ensemble (in Sibelius 7, the ensemble is listed in the
Choose From drop-down menu).
With the instruments added to your score, continue through the score setup options as
usual and click Finish (Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6) or Create (Sibelius 7) when done.
Note: When using the manuscript paper template, do not select the House Style for
the library during score setup. Those settings are included in the manuscript paper file.
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4.3 Existing Scores
In order to use the Classic Piano Collection sound set with an existing score, the
custom staves, playback dictionary, and other settings must first be brought into the
score. This is accomplished by importing the Classic Piano Collection House Style and
changing certain elements of the file, a process referred to as “converting” the score.
Open the score requiring conversion and select House Style > Import House Style in
Sibelius’s menu (Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6) or Import from Appearance > House Style
in the ribbon (Sibelius 7) to display the House Style import dialog. Select the Classic
Piano Collection House Style from the list and the import options as shown in the
images below. Because importing a House Style can alter the appearance of your score,
it’s important to select only the options indicated to prevent undesirable changes. Click
OK to import the House Style.
H.S. Import, Sibelius 5
H.S. Import, Sibelius 6 / 7
Once the House Style is imported, the existing instrument staves must be changed to
the custom instrument staves for the library. This ensures that the sounds will allocate
and play correctly. The easiest, and most efficient, way to do this is by creating instrument changes.
Select an entire staff (triple-click) and open the Instrument Change dialog from Create
> Other > Instrument Change (Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6) or by selecting Change
from Home > Instruments in the ribbon (Sibelius 7).
In the Instrument Change dialog select the Classic Piano Collection ensemble and a
custom staff equivalent to the staff selected in the score (e.g., if the staff selected in the
score is a flute, select a custom flute staff). The options Add clef (if necessary) and
Announce at last note of previous instrument can be deselected. Click OK to apply
the change.
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Continue through the rest of the score, repeating these steps for every staff you want to
playback through the Classic Piano Collection library.
Finally, any device or patch assignments manually made in the mixer need to be reset.
With the mixer open, shift-click the device readout (number “1” in the images below)
and select (auto). This sets all devices to their automatic assignment. To complete the
mixer reset, shift-click the patch readout (number “2” in the images below) and select
(auto) to set all instrument assignments to their defaults.
Mixer, Sibelius 5 / 6
Mixer, Sibelius 7
The importance of the mixer reset can not be overstated. Any lingering manual assignments that reflect devices no longer available or sound IDs specific to a different sound
library/device will result in incorrect allocation and/or playback of your score with the
Classic Piano Collection library. For this reason, among others, using the mixer to assign sounds is strongly discouraged (see Section 7.3 - The Mixer).
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5. Playback Configuration
5.1 Selecting the Sound Set
Now that the score is ready, 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.
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. If you are working with large scores or require many instruments/articulations
you may wish to activate several plugin instances to accommodate all of the sounds.
In the Active Devices pane, use the dropdown menu in the Sound Set column
to select the Classic Piano Collection
sound set. If you activated multiple plugin
instances, assign the sound set to those as
well. Click the Save button at the top of
the Playback Devices dialog to save your changes.
Playback Devices
If using a sound set that enables Sibelius to load sounds automatically, your configuration is complete and you can now close the Playback Devices dialog. If Sibelius is not
able to load sounds automatically, or you have chosen to use a manual loading sound
set, continue with the instructions in Section 5.3 - Assigning Sounds.
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5.2 Manual Sound Sets
There are several ways in which Sibelius allocates and assigns sounds depending on
the type of sound set being used. Perhaps most familiar is the automatic (loading)
method, such as is used by the Sibelius Player, whereby Sibelius loads, assigns, routes,
and manages all sounds automatically without requiring direct user input. Automatic
loading, however, is not available for all plugins and isn’t always preferable even when it
is available. For libraries that cannot be loaded automatically, or if you prefer manually
managing channels and assignments, a manual sound set must be defined.
The term manual sound set is often a source of confusion, so it’s important to understand what it is before continuing. A manual sound set tells Sibelius what sounds are
available and the device and MIDI channel where those sounds can be found. Without
this information, Sibelius will allocate sounds based on SoundWorld priorities and it’s
unlikely they will correspond to the actual location of the sounds (and further, these
allocations are subject to change).
There are two (broad) scenarios in which manual sound sets are used. The differences
are subtle, but important, as the term manual sound set may, on the surface, seem to
contradict the second.
Scenario 1 - Without a sound set XML file
When a sound set XML file is not used, sound IDs are defined directly in the manual
sound set and assigned to a channel. The manual sound set in this sense is a true “manually created sound set,” that is, an XML file does not exist with instrument definitions
so these definitions are manually created.
Scenario 2 - With a sound set XML file, but without automatic loading
In this scenario, Sibelius still must be told where the sounds are located. However,
while MIDI channels assignments are part of the Manual Sound Set dialog, the
sounds are not being defined manually as they are in the first scenario. Instead, the
definitions are taken from the sound set XML file and applied to channels.
Essentially, the second scenario can be viewed as channel routing rather than creating
a manual sound set, despite the fact that the same term is used. When discussed in the
next section, the use of manual sound set refers exclusively to this second scenario.
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5.3 Assigning Sounds
In order for Sibelius to allocate sounds correctly, a manual sound set is required when
automatic loading is either not available or not being used. If you haven’t already,
please take a moment and read Section 5.2 - Manual Sound Sets before proceeding
with these instructions.
Manual Sound Set Tab
Continuing from Section 5.1 - Selecting the Sound Set, in the Playback Devices
dialog select the Manual Sound Sets tab to display channel assignment and routing
options. Using the Device drop-down menu,
Manual Sound Set, Device Setup
select the device(s) for which a manual sound
set will be defined and check the box next to
Use manual sound set. Then, use the No.
channels option to set the number of MIDI
channels the selected device supports. Most
devices support 16 MIDI channels.
Manual Sound Set, Patch Assignment
Select the device you want to configure from
the Device drop-down menu. Under Sound
Settings enter an unassigned MIDI channel
number (1-16) in the Channel field and then
use the Program name drop-down menu
to select the desired instrument patch from
the sound set. Click the Apply button at the
bottom of the dialog to apply your channel
assignment.
Continue assigning sounds in this manner until all sounds you require have been assigned to a device and MIDI channel. Click the Save button at the top of the Playback
Devices dialog to save your assignments.
Once channels are assigned, the sounds need to be loaded. Select a device using the
Devices drop-down menu and click the Show… button to display the plugin interface. If using sounds outside of Sibelius, in either a standalone program, VST Host,
or on another computer, the Show… button will be inoperable. Instead, open the
corresponding device interface where it is being used.
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For each channel assignment in your manual sound set, find and load the instrument
patch of the same name, assigning it to the same channel as you did in Sibelius. Repeat
this for each device in the configuration that uses a manual sound set. When finished,
click the Save button at the top of the Playback Devices dialog to save your completed
configuration and close the Playback Devices dialog.
Note: Because playback configurations are separate from scores, changes made to
playback configurations are not saved when the score is saved. In order to preserve your
changes and manually loaded sounds for your next session, the playback configuration
must be saved from the Playback Devices dialog anytime changes are made.
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5.4 Using Multiple Sound Sets
Creating a playback configuration that combines multiple sound sets is, for the most
part, the same as creating a configuration for a single sound set. There are, however,
some addtional things to consider depending on what type of sound sets are being
combined. Multiple sound sets may also result in duplication of instruments (i.e.,
instruments available in more than one active sound set) requiring use of Preferred
Sounds for proper allocation (see Section 5.5 - Preferred Sounds). There are three
distinct cases worth noting.
Two or more sound sets, with autoload
Mixing multiple autoloading sound sets is the most straightforward combined usage
scenario. The playback configuration can be created normally, and should include at
least two active devices (one for each sound set). With each device assigned to a different sound set, save the configuration and close the Playback Devices dialog. Sibelius
will then allocate and load sounds for the staves in the score using the instrument
definitions found in the active sound sets.
Two or more sound sets, without autoload
Not unlike multiple autoloading sound sets, using multiple sound sets that require
manual sound set definitions is a matter of activating an appropriate number of devices
and assigning them to the different sound sets. When assigning channels, each device
will display the patches from the sound set is has been assigned. If there is anything to
be mindful of, it’s to be certain patches are loaded in the correct device when working
with multiple libraries powered by the same plugin.
Two or more sound sets, mixed autoload
Fundamentally, this scenario is the same as the others. A device needs to be added to
the configuration for each sound set that will be used, and for the sound set requiring a
manual sound set, setup requires the same steps as if it was used on its own.
The issue that presents itself here is the possibility of saving automatically loaded
sounds with the configuration. Since automatically loaded sounds are always loaded
directly from the library, the sounds saved in the configuration will not be “seen” by
Sibelius resulting in double-loading.
Double-loading may not be a serious issue for you depending on how powerful your
computer is (specifically, how much RAM is available) and the size of the score. At
best it will increase the time needed to load the configuration as sounds are loaded,
unloaded, and loaded again; at worst, it can result in Sibelius crashing.
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The best way to avoid this is to create your mixed automatic and manual loading playback configuration before opening a score. This will allow you to create the configuration and save your manually loaded sounds before Sibelius attempts to load anything
automatically. Once saved, open a score and Sibelius will then load those sounds it can
automatically, preserving your manually loaded sounds and preventing the doubleloading problem.
For more information on double-loading and how to resolve it once it has happened,
see our Knowledge Base articles: Sounds Load Twice and Sounds Load When Sibelius
Starts.
Note: In a default Sibelius 7 installation, the Playback Devices dialog is not accessible
until a score has been opened. In order to create a mixed configuration as described
here, Sibelius 7 users can either create a new Blank score, or assign a keyboard shortcut
to the Playback Devices window so it can be opened prior to opening a score.
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5.5 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
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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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6. House Styles
6.1 Instrument Staves
Within the Classic Piano Collection House Style are custom instruments staves for
each root patch in the library. A root patch is any patch defined as the default sound
for an instrument (e.g., a basic sustain sound). Staves are not defined for individual
articulations (e.g., pizzicato) as these sounds can be triggered by an appropriate articulation or technique instruction in the score.
Depending on the library and its programming, these staves perform a variety of different functions that aid in the integration of the sample library. Their primary purpose is
to ensure sounds allocate properly and articulations switch correctly for every patch in
a library. This is accomplished by assigning each staff to a specific, unique, sound and/
or defining drum and percussion maps. Secondary purposes include altering transpositions, normalizing SoundStage positioning, panning, providing alternate microphone
positions, string tunings, and other similar functions.
Instrument Staves, Sibelius 5 / 6
Instrument Staves, Sibelius 7
The custom staves can be found in an ensemble, named for the library to which they
correspond, in the Add/Create Instruments dialog and the Instrument Change dialog.
Staves are further sorted within the ensemble by instrument type (brass, wind, etc.) or
the folder structure of the library. Each individual staff contains a prefix identifier in
brackets indicating what library the staff is designed for. Prefixes used are as follows:
Berlin Concert Grand
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Vienna Concert Grand
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The staff name displayed in these dialogs consists of the library prefix, the patch name,
and any additional identifying information (e.g., transposition). This name is for your
reference only and will not print in the score. The names written in the score generally reflect standard naming conventions for the instrument. In-score names can be
changed to whatever you like without compromising functionality.
Several different staves may be available for a single instrument that account for different ways of writing for that instrument. For example, a French horn patch may
have staves designated as “In F” and “In F (No Key).” Sounds in unpitched percussion
patches containing multiple instruments are often made available collectively on a
5-line staff and individually using 1-line staves.
In cases where multiple staves are available for a patch, they are equivalent as far as
playback and sound allocation; the difference is how the staff appears in the score.
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6.2 Playback Dictionary
The workhorse of the Sibelius playback system, the playback dictionary contains the
instructions (usually sound ID changes) that tell Sibelius which sound ID should be
used when a certain articulation, line, symbol, or text instruction is written in the
score. Using the changes defined in the dictionary, Sibelius is able to match written
techniques to the appropriate sound in a library or device, or choose the closest matching sound if an exact match is not found.
The Classic Piano Collection House Style contains a significantly modified and extended playback dictionary in order to accommodate all of the sounds available in the
Classic Piano Collection library. In order for multiple sound sets and House Styles to
be used together, it’s essential that playback dictionary entries do not conflict with each
other. As such, certain entries and definitions are present in all of our playback dictionaries even though they may not be required for that particular library.
Our edited playback dictionaries generally do not change the behavior of Sibelius’s default entries so as to maintain compatibility with libraries that use an integration produced by another party (e.g., the bundled Sibelius Sounds library). Where exceptions
are made and default entries are modified, we research those entries, their behavior,
and use throughout most every sound set available and will only make the change if it
will not have an adverse effect on other integrations.
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6.3 Fonts
A House Style file is made up of many interdependent settings that impact the way a
score is displayed. The ability to move these settings collectively is one of the factors
that makes integrations like this one possible, however, it comes with an unfortunate
side effect: playback and staff settings can not be separated from score presentation. As
a result, when a House Style is imported or a manuscript paper template is selected,
settings that may not fit your layout and presentation needs are brought in as well.
The settings transferred in the Classic Piano Collection House Style are intended solely
for playback purposes and they do not impose, alter, or require any specific layout or
formatting settings (e.g., note-spacing rules, staff positions, etc.). A majority of these
settings can be eliminated simply by importing the House Style using the options indicated in Section 4.3 - Existing Scores, which preserves your layout and preferences.
Text Styles are a notable exception. Because certain playback settings are dependant
on Text Styles, importing the House Style requires that they be imported as well.
Fortunately, if necessary, there is an easy way to restore your own Text Styles and font
settings after importing the House Style for playback purposes.
Every House Style and manuscript paper template uses Sibelius’s default Text Styles
consisting of the Opus/Times (Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6) and the Opus/Plantin (Sibelius 7) fonts. If your score uses these fonts, importing the House Style will be of no
consequence and the steps below are unnecessary.
To restore the desired Text Styles and fonts, first create your score or import the Classic
Piano Collection House Style as described in Section 4.1 - New Scores, Section 4.2
- New Scores (Manuscript), or Section 4.3 - Existing Scores. Then, open the House
Style Import dialog again from House Style > Import House Style in Sibelius’s menu
(Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6) or by selecting Import from Appearance > House Style in
the ribbon (Sibelius 7).
Select a House Style that uses the desired fonts from the list at the left, and then deselect all import options except for Text styles. Click OK to import this House Style.
Your score now contains all of the playback settings for the Classic Piano Collection
library and will use the desired fonts.
Note: Import all House Styles to be used for playback purposes prior to importing the
House Style that will reset Text Styles and fonts.
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7. Working with Sounds
7.1 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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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
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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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7.2 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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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.
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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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7.3 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 (Section 5.2 - Manual Sound Sets), Preferred Sounds
(Section 5.5 - Preferred Sounds), and instrument staves (Section 6.1 - 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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7.4 ‘Implied’ Articulations
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8. 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
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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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9. 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/
info@soundsetproject.com
orders@soundsetproject.com
Postal Mail:
The Sound Set Project
Sound Notes LLC
PO Box 811
Bowling Green, OH 43402
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10. 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. 37)
Richard Strauss, Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major (p. 31)
Special Thanks
Sam Butler
Chelsea Myers
Daniel Spreadbury
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