I use Sibelius (and sometimes Finale) to compose orchestral scores. However, I find the sounds in GarageBand much better than those included with Sibelius.
When I’ve taken a score in Sibelius and transferred the MIDI to GarageBand it’s a lot of extra work to reorchestrate it to sound right in GarageBand. For example, in Sibelius I can change the cello part from arco to pizzicato and the sound changes when I play it back. In GarageBand I have to duplicate the part so that there’s an arco cello part and a pizz. cello part.
Similarly, if I draw a slur over a measure in Sibelius the slur will sound correctly (legato) when played back. In GarageBand it seems to require me to change each articulation to a different line (instrument). This makes a full orchestral part so unwieldy that I give up and stay with Sibelius.
Am I missing something? Or is there a way to take a MIDI score file from Sibelius into GarageBand and have GarageBand know what each part requires?
Thanks for any suggestions.
gjmnz, thanks for the response. I was afraid that it was simply a limitation in the interface between two MIDI systems. I don't think either Sibelius or GB is designed for more than basic MIDI import and export.
A few months ago I did buy the symphony and one other added JamPacks made by Apple and they sound pretty good. Knowing this interface issue now it makes it easier to chose the right tool for my scoring needs. (But it sure would be nice to use some of the Apple rhythm loops easily in Sibelius.)
The last time I checked the current version of Sibelius was 6.2. I didn't know that a new release was imminent. FYI, I went to the Sibelius (Avid) site and Sibelius 7 is available for pre-order now; the estimated ship date is August 25.
Thank you again for your help.