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Chapter 17. The Score Editor Window

17. The Score Editor Window

In 2006, Digidesign acquired Sibelius Software, Inc., a manufacturer of one of the dominant music-notation software programs on the market, so it’s not a big surprise that Digi would eventually modify Pro Tools to include a notation function. And while it should be stressed that the actual Sibelius notation software is not bundled into Pro Tools 8, the Score Editor window that debuts with this version is an extremely useful new feature that not only can generate scores for printing but also offers a musically sensible way of editing MIDI and Instrument tracks. And the Score Editor window enables those who also have the full Sibelius software to export files that can then be opened and modified in Sibelius!

As shown in Figure 17.1, which contains a simple example of “London Bridge” in C major, the Score Editor window has many familiar features. Not only does the staff configuration reflect traditional score appearance, but almost all of the Pro Tools–specific controls are what you will find in both the Edit window and the MIDI Editor window. If your MIDI sequence begins right at the beginning of your session’s timeline, the Score Editor window will reflect that by having the notation start right at the head of the staves. If, however, your project starts the MIDI sequence a number of bars after the start of the timeline (perhaps you used the Move Song Start function from Event > Time Operations to move the song start 10 measures ahead), then a corresponding number of empty bars will appear in the Score Editor window. Also, the number of empty bars after the last MIDI region of your sequence is affected by the Double Bar option selector, the one new features in the Score Editor window’s Edit tools. With this option selected, the traditional double-bar notation will appear at the end of the last measure of your score. If you do not select the Double Bar option, a number of empty measures will appear after the last measure containing any note information. The number of empty measures is entered in the MIDI tab of the Preferences dialog box, accessible from the Setup menu. Just look for the “MIDI/Score Editor Display” section.


  

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