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Does Liquid Notes work with Sibelius?

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2015 10:42PM CET
This article talks about compatibility of Liquid Notes and Sibelius, and provides information on routing settings in Sibelius 7 to connect it to Liquid Notes.

Quick Answer: Liquid Notes connects to any DAW or notation software such as Sibelius. It does so via a virtual MIDI cable that is used for establishing the connection between both applications.

Connecting Liquid Notes to Sibelius

The standalone version of Liquid Notes is able to connect to any sequencer or notation software on the system level. A virtual MIDI cable is used to establish the connection between the applications, with routing for most major sequencers being established automatically when opening a project and selecting the sound output source.

At present this wizard does not contain any auto-routing for Sibelius, thus when opening a project in Liquid Notes select Other as your sound output source.

Find instructions below on how to complete the routing setup.

Routing instructions for Sibelius in Mac OS X

Please follow these steps to complete the routing setup for Liquid Notes in Sibelius 7:
  1. Set up an IAC-Bus.

    On your Mac, go to: ApplicationsUtilitiesAudio MIDI Setup. This opens the Mac utility Audio MIDI Setup.

    From the menu Window select Show MIDI Window.

    Double-click on IAC driver. For the routing to Sibelius at least one bus should be created. If your project in Liquid Notes exceeds 16 channels, set up additional IAC busses.

    Activate Device is online.
  2. In Sibelius 7 set up as many staves/instruments as required.
  3. Choose your preferred playback configuration (If necessary define a new configuration in Setup: Select the Play tab at the top of the ribbon - leftmost the icons for accessing Configuration and Setup shall be visible).
  4. Select the Note Input tab at the top of the ribbon. Click on Input Devices and make sure that the IAC driver is activated.
  5. ​Verify in the Instruments and Routing window of Liquid Notes that all Out Ports and Out Channels correspond with the routing in Sibelius 7.

That's it. You should now be able to play through the virtual instruments of Sibelius when clicking on 'Play' in Liquid Notes, or making adjustments to chords therein.

Related articles:
Information on troubleshooting Sibelius (English)
Informationen zur Problembehebung in Sibelius (Deutsch)

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