Sibelius MIDI Entry
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Connecting a MIDI keyboard to Sibelius
- Go to menu item File→Preferences→Input Devices to select the MIDI input.
- Check the MIDI Thru option box if you want the MIDI keyboard to make sounds on the Computers MIDI synthesizer rather than any that might be built into the keyboard.
- There is a "Test" meter on the input device window. Play notes on the MIDI keyboard, and the monitor should show some activity with a green level indicator.
- Analog to Speedy Note Entry in Finale (and also Simple Note Entry with a MIDI keyboard).
- Click in a measure or rest where you want to start entering notes.
- Choose a rhythm on the keypad.
- Play a note or chord on the MIDI keyboard to enter notes in that rhythm.
- Use backspace to erase errors.
- To change the enharmonic spelling of a note (such as change C♯ into D♭, press after adding the note(s) or by clicking on the note(s) later and pressing . There are also accidental spelling plugins under the menu item Plugins→Accidentals.
- Add cautionary accidentas from the numeric keypad above the note rhythms (♮, for ♯, and for ♭). for
- Beaming can be adjusted later by pressing to set the beaming options on the keypad.
- Analog to Hyperscribe in Finale.
- Click a measure or rest at the point where you want to start recording.
- If you are recording on two staves at once, shift-click on the other staff.
- To start recording, press red record button, or choose menu option Notes→Flexi-time, or press + + (or + + on Macs).
- You will hear one measure of clicks before you should start playing.
- Adjust the click-track tempo by dragging the slider on the playback controls.
- Menu option Notes->Flexi-time Options... or + + will open the options for Flexi-time. Try different quantization settings. Probably turn off automatic staccato notation. Turn off tuplets if your music does not have them.