Hello, I just switched over from finale to sibelius. One thing I can't figure out is how to assign different midi chanels and voices (patches/sounds) to each layer. In finale I could basically use each of the 4 layers as a different patch for the synthesizers I write for. Each sound/layer had a seperate midi chanel. I am running sibelius 4 with kontakt on a Windows XP pc. Any help anyone could give would be great. I must say that I like the powerful tools that sibelius offers. I just need to figure out a few more things and I'll be set. Thanks so much for your time.
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over 14 years ago
As it currently stands, I don't think you can assign different midi channels to the same staff in Sibelius. Channels are staff specific rather than layer specific. Usually I load my sounds into Kontakt 2, then send a program change in sibelius (by typing technique text ";~p2"; to switch to program 2 for example), and have those various instruments loaded into an ";instrument bank"; in Kontakt. If you're not using Kontakt, you might try inserting an ";ossia staff"; to the staff in question. You can assign a unique midi channel to that ossia staff which would only appear during the points in the music that you specify.