Sibelius 6 is Here!

Just found out on the Sibelius Blog: http://www.sibeliusblog.com/news/sibelius-6-is-here/

Looks like a lot of great new features and updates. It appears they've dropped the Kontakt  Player and the new playback engine is called Air? Anyone have some more information about this? I'm excited to check it out.

Some of the highlights of the new version:

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[li]Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout for you, automatically. As you write, it gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions – producing beautiful results. This one feature cuts the time taken to prepare a score by up to half.[/li]
[li]Versions keeps track of revisions to your score, lets you look back at earlier versions of it, and see what changes were made since. Add sticky note-style comments to your score as reminders for yourself, or for others. Compare two versions of the same score, or even two separate scores, and see the differences color-coded in the score.[/li]
[li]Live Tempo lets you conduct the playback of your score by tapping a key on your computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard or foot pedal. Sibelius follows your beat just like a real orchestra does: you can subdivide your beat to slow down, beat once per bar in fast tempos, and hold as long as you like at pauses, all without marking up the score in advance.[/li]
[li]Sibelius Sounds Essentials, the included sample library, is better than ever and now requires no set-up thanks to the integrated technology from AIR. The new Sibelius Player allows Sibelius to play back up to 128 channels simultaneously (depending on computer power) with real-time effects including convolution reverb. Sibelius even loads the samples required for playback in the background, so you can edit your score while the sounds load.[/li]
[li]ReWire support allows you to sync Sibelius playback with Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, GarageBand, and more.[/li]
[li]Classroom Control enables teachers to instantly send scores to every classroom computer, temporarily lock student computers to attract their attention, and gather in all student files at the end of a class.[/li]
[li]Totally revamped chord symbols, with faster input than ever via your MIDI keyboard. Typing chord symbols is faster too: you can simply type the plain text equivalent, and Sibelius will auto-format the chord symbol for you. Text chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams have been combined into a single kind of object, with a library of more than 600 different chord types, and many new features.[/li]
[li]Keyboard and Fretboard windows allow you to input notes by clicking on keys or frets, or play your computer’s QWERTY keyboard like a piano. These beautiful, resizable windows are also ideal for students learning notation.[/li]
[li]Professional engraving improvements include the most flexible and controllable slurs of any notation program, automatic stemlets, feathered beams, note-attached arpeggio lines, automatic cautionary accidentals, and intelligently positioned jazz articulations.[/li]
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http://www.sibelius.com/6
[quote author=erath link=topic=3092.msg16353#msg16353 date=1242768507]
Hey Sibelius gurus: will Sibelius 6 support using third party libraries like East-West or Vienna? I saw that they offer VDL and the Garritan libraries through the website, but figured that was promotional because of an already existing partnership...
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Yes, Sibelius still supports VST/AU instruments.
Hey Sibelius gurus: will Sibelius 6 support using third party libraries like East-West or Vienna? I saw that they offer VDL and the Garritan libraries through the website, but figured that was promotional because of an already existing partnership...
Plus 2-bar and 4-bar repeats. Hooray! :)
[quote author=Josh Champagne link=topic=3092.msg16347#msg16347 date=1242751082]
Just found out on the Sibelius Blog: http://www.sibeliusblog.com/news/sibelius-6-is-here/

Looks like a lot of great new features and updates. It appears they've dropped the Kontakt  Player and the new playback engine is called Air? Anyone have some more information about this? I'm excited to check it out.

Some of the highlights of the new version:

[list]
[li]Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout for you, automatically. As you write, it gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions ��� producing beautiful results. This one feature cuts the time taken to prepare a score by up to half.[/li]
[li]Versions keeps track of revisions to your score, lets you look back at earlier versions of it, and see what changes were made since. Add sticky note-style comments to your score as reminders for yourself, or for others. Compare two versions of the same score, or even two separate scores, and see the differences color-coded in the score.[/li]
[li]Live Tempo lets you conduct the playback of your score by tapping a key on your computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard or foot pedal. Sibelius follows your beat just like a real orchestra does: you can subdivide your beat to slow down, beat once per bar in fast tempos, and hold as long as you like at pauses, all without marking up the score in advance.[/li]
[li]Sibelius Sounds Essentials, the included sample library, is better than ever and now requires no set-up thanks to the integrated technology from AIR. The new Sibelius Player allows Sibelius to play back up to 128 channels simultaneously (depending on computer power) with real-time effects including convolution reverb. Sibelius even loads the samples required for playback in the background, so you can edit your score while the sounds load.[/li]
[li]ReWire support allows you to sync Sibelius playback with Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, GarageBand, and more.[/li]
[li]Classroom Control enables teachers to instantly send scores to every classroom computer, temporarily lock student computers to attract their attention, and gather in all student files at the end of a class.[/li]
[li]Totally revamped chord symbols, with faster input than ever via your MIDI keyboard. Typing chord symbols is faster too: you can simply type the plain text equivalent, and Sibelius will auto-format the chord symbol for you. Text chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams have been combined into a single kind of object, with a library of more than 600 different chord types, and many new features.[/li]
[li]Keyboard and Fretboard windows allow you to input notes by clicking on keys or frets, or play your computer�۪s QWERTY keyboard like a piano. These beautiful, resizable windows are also ideal for students learning notation.[/li]
[li]Professional engraving improvements include the most flexible and controllable slurs of any notation program, automatic stemlets, feathered beams, note-attached arpeggio lines, automatic cautionary accidentals, and intelligently positioned jazz articulations.[/li]
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http://www.sibelius.com/6

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A couple new features for percussion arrangers/composers:

You can now filter grace notes for mass editing.
The ";repeat bar"; symbol now plays back without any further tweaking
The keyboard window will allow you to enter notes into the VDL template without a midi controller or the need to edit noteheads.

Gabe


Indeed the new built-in Sibelius Player will no longer utilize Kontakt Player, and is more tightly integrated into the Sibelius environment.

VDL users - don't worry! :) Kontakt Player 2 is still fully supported within Sibelius 6. It will work exactly as it does in Sibelius 5, by hosting it as a VST or AU plugin and interfacing with it via Sibelius sound sets. So if you've grown familiar with using VDL and Sibelius 5, things should feel very much the same to you. More news specific to VDL and Sibelius 6 will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, I just posted the heads-up about template info [url=https://www.tapspace.com/forums/index.php?topic=3093.0]here[/url].
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