Music Mondays: Sibelius Brings Music Notation to OS X

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Date: Monday, March 11th, 2002, 14:11
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The Sibelius Group announced this morning that Sibelius 2 has been released for OS X. Click read more for the full details. PowerPage is planning an exclusive in-depth look at Sibelius 2: let us know if you’re interested by clicking the feedback link.


The Sibelius Group announced this morning that Sibelius 2 music notation software(which we covered on the PowerPage in November) and PhotoScore optical music scanning have been released for OS X. PowerPage is planning an exclusive in-depth look at Sibelius 2: let us know if you’re interested by clicking the feedback link. Shipping dates are forthcoming.

Sibelius 2 for Mac OS X integrates more than 200 new features and robust feature enhancements, including Arrange, a function that enables the use of artificial intelligence to arrange and orchestrate music automatically. Sibelius 2 for Mac OS X is the first commercial program to introduce this feature. Arrange was partly designed by Sibelius user Michael Price, whose orchestration credits include the recent Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks HBO special, “Band of Brothers.”

Sibelius 2’s Arrange feature dramatically reduces the time it takes to produce arrangements and orchestrations for any ensemble. For example, Arrange enables users to rapidly orchestrate a complete piano piece for concert band. This feature saves hours of time for composers, arrangers and educators, and is ideal for students learning instrumental writing.

Note input has been reengineered and is now significantly faster. Users can now use almost every feature of Sibelius – including copying and pasting, and moving lines and staves – without ever touching the mouse. Playback is even more natural and realistic with enhanced Rubato? and Rhythmic Feel?, which adds human-sounding playback to music.

Sibelius now supports importing color graphics into the music. Users can create professional looking covers or add color graphics to worksheets. It is easy to color notes according to their pitch, which is great for teaching note names to beginners or color according to voice to make music easier to read. Users can also highlight areas of a score, e.g. for marking up sketches, marking coursework, and highlighting tricky passages to practice.

PhotoScore Professional 2 Now Available

The Sibelius Group also announced today the availability of PhotoScore Professional 2 for Mac OS X; an improved version of the optical music recognition software developed by Neuratron

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