Q: How can I get Sibelius to create 16th septuplets in a bar of 6/8 without the duration dots?
A: It’s a great question. By default, if you select a 16th note or rest on the downbeat in 6/8 time and create a default septuplet (CNTRL-7 Windows or CMND-7 Mac), you end up with an extra 8th rest:
This is because Sibelius is interpreting the default septuplet request as 7 sixteenths in the space of 4 sixteenths (2 eighths). However, for the above case, it should actually be 7 sixteenths in the space of 6 sixteenths.
Fortunately, a simple solution can be found in Sibelius’ Tuplet dialog. Here, you are given the flexibility to enter the tuplet value as a specific ratio.
To open the tuplet dialog in Sibelius 7.x, select Other from the Tuplets group popup in the Note Input Tab:
In Sibelius 6, select Tuplet… from the Create Menu.
Enter the tuplet ratio, in this case, 7:6. The Format section of the dialog allows you to display the tuplet value as a number, a ratio, or hidden:
The end result is a tuplet that correctly spans the full beat duration without requiring duration dots:
That’s all there is to it.
for my friend and colleague Lior Rosner.