Q: I have been unable to solve the problem whereby Sibelius 7 appears to add numerous measures to the end of my score as I am recording (in Flexi-time) when I input notes via MIDI controller. I am not sure what I am doing to cause the score to expand in that way. This is not a major problem, but having to delete needless measures every so often is a bit of irritation. I would be delighted if you could suggest a solution.
A: By default, the Flexi-time feature of Sibelius 6 and 7 is designed for you to be able to begin recording with no previous sense of the form of the piece – e.g. the idea is that you are simply going to begin recording your recorded ideas into Sibelius, and much the same as you would if you were recording with a tape recorder or DAW, within reason, you will want to be able to record until you make a mistake (or run out of ideas).
To facilitate this, when you first begin recording in Flexitime, Sibelius adds blank bars to form a “container” for the transcription it will create. By default, this is set at 100 bars. The good news is that if you are using Sibelius for a scratchpad to record your ideas, Sibelius will generally capture everything.
But, if your score is past the stage of plunking in thematic ideas on the MIDI keyboard, it’s likely you’ve already determined the “form” of your piece – perhaps you are trying to record the trumpet lines in an existing orchestral score, or a sax line at rehearsal letter B in your big band chart. The last thing you need in an existing score is an extra 100 bars added every time you turn on Flexi-time to record 8 bars in the middle of the piece!
Fortunately, it’s very simple to keep Sibelius from adding these additional bars.
In Sibelius 7, choose Flexi-time Options from the Flexi-time Group of the Note Input tab:
In Sibelius 6, choose Flexi-time Options from the Notes menu.
When the Flexi-time Options dialog opens, set the “Record up to” field to zero:
With this setting, Flexi-time recording will only record within the score’s existing measures without adding new ones. (e.g. the form of your existing score will not be changed, and Flexi-time recording will stop at the Final Bar Line).
That’s all there is to it.
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