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.

Step-Time input

  • 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 Enter after adding the note(s) or by clicking on the note(s) later and pressing Enter. There are also accidental spelling plugins under the menu item Plugins→Accidentals.
  • Add cautionary accidentas from the numeric keypad above the note rhythms (7 for , 8 for , and 9 for ).
  • Beaming can be adjusted later by pressing F10 to set the beaming options on the keypad.

Flex-Time input

  • 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 Ctrl+Shft+F (or Command+Shft+F 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 Ctrl+Shft+O 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.