Jenny Amaya provides an overview of the Sibelius Quick Start window, including a breakdown of the five main tabs and their components. There is a brief explanation about PhotoScore, AudioScore, MIDI, and XML files. She explains the options at the bottom of the Quick Start window, for opening files, as well as for controlling the behavior of the Quick Start window on Mac and Windows systems. She also introduces you to the Sibelius Blog, which is not a part of the Quick Start window.
- [Instructor] When first you launch Sibelius, the Quick Start window will appear. This gives quick access to a variety of options to get you started using Sibelius. On the top of the Quick Start window, there are five main tabs. Learn, New Score, Recent, Import and Latest News. If you click on the Learn tab, you'll be provided with links to tutorial materials form training videos to Sibelius's interactive PDF reference guide. As well as a link to online support resources. The New Score tab provides you with a variety of manuscript paper templates that you can choose from in order to begin creating a score.
The Recent tab contains score icons for all of the previous Sibelius scores you have opened on your computer system, categorized by date. This provides you with quick access to the scores you have most recently been working on. To ensure that you're viewing all of your recent scores, you'll want to expand the section bars within the Recent tabs window. Depending on how long you've been using Sibelius on your computer system, you will see section bars for older scores, for today, this week, and this month.
If the sections are not expanded, you will not see their contents. Next, The Import tab provides you with four options for bringing music notation data into Sibelius. On the left hand side you can launch PhotoScore, a music scanning program, or AudioScore, and audio transcription application. A lite version of both of these applications is included with Sibelius. Although they require separate installations. PhotoScore Lite will read scanned images and PDF files of music.
AudioScore Lite will recognize up to two simultaneous notes or pitches within an audio file. As well as monophonic musical lines that you can sing or play into the application. Within both PhotoScore Lite and AudioScore Lite, you can edit any mistakes that occur as the music is converted into computerized notation and then you can send the resulting notation into Sibelius, where it becomes a Sibelius file. You can learn more about PhotoScore and AudioScore and browse through upgrade possibilities for both applications by visiting the Neuratron website.
On the right hand side of the Import tab you can choose to open a MIDI file. This option opens a browser window on your computer that is set to search for files that use the .MID extension. From the Import tab you can also import and open music xml files. Music xml files can have a .xml or .mxl extension. These files offer the best file conversion possibilities for you when working between different music notations applications. Finally, in the Latest News tab, you will have real time access to the most recent posts in the Avid Sibelius Blog.
Prior to Sibelius 7.5, the Latest News tab contained posts from the original Sibelius blog. A very popular blog run by Phillip Rothman. The blog still exists and is a wonderful resource for up to date information on all notation applications, features and tips. There are a few options at the bottom of the Quick Start window that are always in view and available to you as well. Open Other, opens a browser window on your computer that is set to search for files that use traditional music related file extensions, such as, .sib for Sibelius, .MID for MIDI, and more.
If the Show quick start when Sibelius starts option is checked, you will always see the Sibelius quick start window when you launch Sibelius. If you uncheck this option, the next time you start Sibelius it will open with a blank document instead of the quick start. You'll be able to get the Quick Start window back again later by re-selecting this option in Sibelius's preferences. The Show quick start again after closing last score option functions differently on Windows and Mac systems. On either system, if the box is checked, when you close all of your open scores, Sibelius will great you with a quick start window.
If you uncheck this box on a Mac, Sibelius will continue to run in the background after you close your last score, until you quit the application. To re-open the quick start window on Mac while Sibelius is running, you can visit the File menu Quick Start at the top of the screen. If you uncheck this box on a Windows computer, closing your last open score will cause the application to quit. Unfortunately, the option to open the Quick Start window from a top level menu is not available on Windows systems. The zoom slider at the bottom of the quick start window, increases and decreases the size of the icons in the New Score and Recent tabs.
The Quit Sibelius button which says Exit Sibelius on Windows systems, if pressed on either system, will close or quit the application entirely. And finally the Close button functions differently on Mac and Windows systems as well. On Mac the close button only closes the quick start window. The Sibelius application will continue running in the background until you quit. On Windows, the close button effectively quits the Sibelius application entirely. And that completes our full overview of everything within the Sibelius Quick Start window.
- Installing and launching Sibelius
- Opening and closing a score
- Navigating through the score
- Using important single-key shortcuts
- Marking and coloring a score
- Playing and replaying a score
- Editing selections and deleting staves
- Creating a new score and inputting score objects
- Editing during and after note input
- Editing pitches and rhythms
- Working with text styles
- Finishing and printing a score