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April 20, 2017

NotePerformer version 2.0.2 is now available

  • Multiple bug fixes for choirs, including the strange vibrato (shake) occuring when using the general "Choir" staff as well as issues in general with rough timbre and transitions. There's now also a general "Choir" sound dedicated for the staff type.
  • Drum set sounds are now selected automatically also for other staff types than the "jazz" kit (excluding the "Rock" kit staff).
  • CPU spike occuring when doing a roll on a staff with "let ring" has been fixed.
  • Piano dynamic range has been tweaked, making ppp slightly softer than before, for higher notes.
  • Organ dynamic range was increased somewhat.
  • Various small improvements that don't affect playback.
  • New feature: Vibrato Speed MIDI CC #106. It's now possible to override the target vibrato speed for an instrument (please see documentation on MIDI controllers before using).
  • New feature: Pop attacks flag MIDI CC #107. This experimental flag is intended to improve playback of non-classical music (please see documentation on MIDI controllers before using).
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March 6, 2017

NotePerformer version 2.0.0 is now available

  • Great sound quality and timbre improvements for ALL instruments. The existing sound library has essentially been rebuilt from scratch in order to achieve higher clarity and distinction, and a more open sound.
  • Solo strings have been completely reworked. Improved tuning!
  • More realistic and more distinct legato transitions.
  • New and improved reverb and early reflections algorithms.
  • Greater dynamic range for brass instruments, and many of the woodwinds. Accents and marcato can now reach beyond FFF, for notes where it's applicable.
  • Note timing and pitch algoritms have been improved, allowing psychoacoustic note separation without spoiling the musical context and beat.
  • Note-to-note volume and tone differences for woodwinds and brass has been greatly improved upon (make sure Espressivo is turned off).
  • Electric organ sounds were added. Use the "Electric organ", "Rock organ" and "Percussive organ" staves in Sibelius.
  • Rainstick percussion sound was added.
  • Strings no longer play vibrato on the lowest open string (the lowest note on the instrument) as this isn't physically possible.
  • Beltree percussion sound was added. It requires manual mapping to a note head on a percussion staff, because this instrument doesn't have its own staff in Sibelius.
  • Recorder sounds were replaced with samples instead of synthesis.
  • Harmonica sound was added.
  • Significant performance optimizations.
  • Fixed issue with the NotePerfomer splash screen on OS X, where it did not always display correctly.
  • Improved dynamic level consistency.
  • "poco vibrato" technique is now possible, if one manually adds a dicionary entry for this mapping to the +vibrato.light sound ID. But there is now also full vibrato control over MIDI CC (see further down) which makes this somewhat redundant.
  • Hi-hat, triangle and guiro sounds are now mutually exclusive as recommended by the General MIDI standard (e.g. a ringing hi-hat sound is automatically choked by a closed hi-hat note).
  • Pipe organ now responds to dynamic changes.
  • Doits, shakes and falls bugs have been fixed. They should now trigger for the correct note also in Sibelus 7.5 and more recent versions of Sibelius.
  • Overriding base tuning, e.g. 440 Hz, is now possible using MIDI CC #102 (advanced feature, please see documentation on how to use).
  • Custom pipe organ registration is now possible using MIDI CC #103 (highly advanced feature, please see documentation on how to use).
  • One can now create custom sections, e.g. a2, a3, up to a8, using MIDI CC #104, as a workaround for not being able to support this as a technique in Sibelius (advanced feature, please see documentation on how to use).
  • Vibrato amount can now be controlled by the user using MIDI CC #105 (advanced feature, please see documentation on how to use).
  • NotePerformer's timing now more closely matches that of General MIDI, when mixing sounds from both sets.
  • Polyphonic harmonics are now supported, when using artificial harmonics notation (e.g. four written notes producing two pitches, six written notes producing three pitches, etc.).
  • Lots and lots (and lots) of minor playback bugs or discrepancies have been corrected and improved upon, and general musical interpretation has been extended with new additions and tweaks.
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May 21, 2015

NotePerformer version 1.5.0 is now available

  • A new real-time version of the room sound technology from version 1.3.3 has been incorporated. This allows NotePerformer 1.5.0 to produce a sound with the distance and depth of 1.3.3, while preserving the sonic detail of version 1.4.2.

    Additionally, you can scale this effect using the lower settings of the reverb sliders in the mixer. With the reverb sliders left at their default value of 39%, the Small room setting in Sibelius->Performance provides a full room sound but no reverb. Reducing the reverb slider additionally gradually lowers the room effect, until the sound is completely dry.
  • Solo strings now come in two flavors: soloists and section members.

    The soloists play with a dynamic range and volume more appropriate for solo passages or string quartet playing. The section members, on the other hand, have the same dynamic range and volume as the individual players in NotePerformer's string section sounds. The default sound is the soloist.
  • Trills are now played legato automatically, when using a technique in Sibelius which specifies the +trill sound ID.
  • Fluttertongue is now automatic when notating a buzz roll or a tremolo with at least 4 slashes (woodwinds and brass only).
  • And as always, an abundance of small tweaks and fixes. Affecting individual sounds, tuning, balance and musical interpretation.
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March 4, 2015

NotePerformer version 1.4.2c is now available

  • A bug that could cause instabilities in certain musical situations (affecting only some systems and Sibelius versions) was corrected.
  • Improvements in the timing algorithms, which could previously cause some unwanted unevenness to fast notes or tremolos.
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February 26, 2015

NotePerformer version 1.4.2 is now available

  • A critical pitch bend bug which wasn't fully resolved by 1.4.1 was fixed.
  • A note length bug was resolved.
  • The documentation was updated with a section on how to use NotePerformer's sounds, including bowed percussion and the new strings. A recommended read!

    If you cannot find the Users's Guide on your hard drive, you can download it by clicking here.
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February 25, 2015

NotePerformer version 1.4.1 is now available

A stray bug in version 1.4.0 caused NotePerformer to crash when using glissandos for brass or woodwinds. This has been fixed for version 1.4.1.

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February 24, 2015

NotePerformer version 1.4.0 is now available

New/fixed in 1.4.0:

  • Added bowed pitched percussion (glockenspiel, vibraphone, crotales, chimes, xylophone, marimba).
  • Piano was replaced with new sounds.
  • Drum kit was replaced with new sounds, optionally played with brushes.
  • Strings was replaced with new section-building technology:

    All string sections are now, under the hood, constructed from individual solo players who will automatically play divisi. There's also a new option to assign 1/2 sized sections, from the mixer, which allows splitting the section in half over two staves, or for creating smaller sections.

    From now on, when using the solo strings, you tap straight into the players of the section, one by one. This means the volume for solo strings will appear lower because they have not been adjusted for a close-up perspective, but they remain in an orchestral perspective.
  • Improved tuning, and better random pitch algorithms.
  • Dryer/more close-up sound, across the board, with updates in both reverb and synthesis/DSP algorithms.
  • The built-in panning law now uses a more traditional approach, with a stronger leff/right separation.
  • Brass intonation problems have been fixed.
  • Piano now allows using different dynamics for different voices in the score.
  • Long notes are now played will less separation.
  • Various Sound Set (NotePerformer.xml) fixes.
  • Glitches and clicking loops was fixed.
  • Improved string glissando sound.
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June 5, 2014

NotePerformer version 1.3.3 is now available

New/fixed in 1.3.3:

  • Improvements in balance, dynamics and sound for section strings.
  • Improved memory management with considerably lower virtual memory use, solving problems with NotePerformer not working on some 32-bit PC machines.
  • Fixed issue with accents and marcato having become almost inaudible on some instruments.
  • Guitar pizzicato now works again.
  • Legato+harmonics for strings should now work.
  • On Windows, 32-bit and 64-bit versions now share the same sound and data files, reducing the PC download size by almost 50%.
  • Sample artifacts in section string samples have been corrected.
  • Improved harp harmonics sound, for the lower strings in particular.
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April 24, 2014

NotePerformer version 1.3.1 is now available

New/fixed in 1.3.1:

  • Instruments having too much noise, in particular the tuba, has now been corrected.
  • The "Dry" reverb setting had a tiny bit of early reflection sound in 1.3.0, but now it's completely dry as expected.
  • Some minor fidelity improvements.
  • Slightly better optimization, requiring less CPU use.
  • A behavior causing Sibelius to freeze/hang on some systems when switching playback configuration has been fixed.
  • A bug that could crash NotePerformer at startup (under unusual circumstances only) has been fixed.
  • Some note timing issues introduced with 1.3.0 has been corrected.
  • NotePerformer now produces its own .log files, simplifying trouble shooting on systems that have problems running NotePerformer.
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April 8, 2014

NotePerformer version 1.3.0 is now available

New instruments in 1.3.0:

  • Choir (SATB, ah and ohs, soloists and section).
  • Wind chimes (metal bar chimes).
  • Accordion (left/right hand, high/low or mixed register).
  • Bandoneon (left/right hand).
  • Theremin (modern & tube).
Other news in 1.3.0:
  • Completely revamped reverb algorithm (again).
  • Experimental support for falls, scoops, doits, plops and shakes.
  • A huge number of improvements in sound quality and musical interpretation, all across the library.
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December 16, 2013

NotePerformer version 1.2.1 is now available

What's new in NotePerformer version 1.2.1:

  • New solo strings.
  • Multiple variations on solo strings (handled automatically). You can now have multiple solo strings playing at the same time, sounding like a small string section without phasing.
  • Church organ added (great, swell and pedal). Choose from all stops or individual stops assignable from the mixer.
  • Improved sound quality for all brass, woodwind and string instruments.
  • A brand new reverb algorithm.
  • Dramatically reduced CPU use, often as much as 50% lower.
  • Improved expression for saxophones.
  • New sound set/sound ID structure. For example, non vib. no longer breaks pizz./arco.
  • Improved timing between different types of instruments.
  • Flutter-tongue (flz) no longer sounds bad from adding slashes to the notes.
  • More realistic-sounding vibrato shapes.
  • Guitar pizzicato technique added.
  • Volume and sound tweaks to unpitched percussion sounds
  • A little less background noise by default.
  • General improvements in sound and performance.
  • Support for the upcoming Sibelius 7.5.
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September 25, 2013

NotePerformer version 1.1.3 is now available

What's fixed in NotePerformer version 1.1.3:

  • Overall sound improvements.
  • Improved strings sound, and behavior.
  • Reverb & room sound improvements.
  • Crotales now play in the right octave.
  • Miscellaneous fixes and tweaks to individual instruments and notes.
  • Windows splash screen bug fixes.
  • Windows installer bug fixes.
  • Windows XP-specific bug fixes.
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September 16, 2013

NotePerformer version 1.1.0 is now available

What's fixed in NotePerformer version 1.1.0:

  • New mixing algorithm with a warmer sound (expect somewhat increased CPU usage per voice).
  • Updated recorders.
  • Chimes/tubular bells no longer play an octave too high.
  • Lower audio latency when editing notes.
  • More transparent reverb.
  • On PC, the Users's Guide .PDF is now automatically unpacked to the installer's folder, after installation.
  • On PC, the welcome window should no longer crash Sibelius in the rare occasion that it cannot be created.
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September 2, 2013

NotePerformer is released

Wallander Instruments™ today released NotePerformer™ for Sibelius, an orchestral sound library that turns written score into an expressive musical performance, without user intervention. NotePerformer replaces the built-in sounds in the world's best selling music notation software, Avid's Sibelius, with its own playback engine and sounds.

NotePerformer introduces a dramatic improvement on existing MIDI playback technologies, by reading ahead in the score during playback, analyzing the music, and rendering the music as an expressive musical performance instead of processing it note-by-note. This allows an accurate reproduction of the written music, with realistic musical phrasing for every single member of your virtual orchestra.

Composers, orchestrators, musicians and students of music can now enjoy the benefits of highly realistic orchestral playback in their notation program. NotePerformer playback is even accurate enough for producing a high-quality orchestral mock-up of a score, directly from notation program playback.

NotePerformer is now available for $129 from the NotePerformer website, at www.noteperformer.com.