Music Software & Bad Interface Design: Avid’s Sibelius

Music Software & Bad Interface Design: Avid’s Sibelius

Sibelius is truly revolutionary, …in the sense that, no matter how
carefully you try to work with it, …it always seems to be trying to rise up against you. It’s hard to learn, poorly maintained, …and sports a navigation system that seems to take pride in putting things where you’d least expect them. And that’s going to be our design focus for this video: The subtleties of designing a
navigation for a complex program. And, disclaimer: Although this will initially start like a pretty
down-to-earth, reasonable design analysis, …like my last video about Propellerhead’s Reason, …Sibelius has a particularly unique ability
to drive me actually insane. So I’ll keep it together as long as I can, …but don’t be surprised if I go
slightly off the rails at some point. You have been warned. So, in case you’re new to this channel, …I’m a composer and also a software designer, …which is why I find Sibelius particularly frustrating, …since it’s got some genius functionality in there
that I make use of on a daily basis, …but which is obstructed from flourishing
by its bafflingly haphazard design. So what’s wrong with it? *shudders* And how did it get this way? So, Sibelius was created by twin brothers
Ben and Jonathan Finn. That’s them there outside King’s College at
Cambridge, where they grew up. At the age of 17, they began working on a
software engraving tool as a side project, …which, after a few years of refining, …with encouragement from the
composer Peter Maxwell Davies, …they decided to publish under the
company name Sibelius Software. The homage to the famous
Finnish composer Jean Sibelius …was chosen as a sort of oblique play on words. Hmm…I mean, why not? When released, it began to spread through
word of mouth to composers throughout Britain, …many of whom were trying out
this type of software for the first time. It was originally created to work on the Acorn Computer which had become popular in the educational space, …something that would become a
competitive advantage for Sibelius later on. Its rivals at the time included SCORE, …where you had to type rows of pitches and time values into a DOS-like interface in order to see a visual result, …which is massively time-consuming, …and another program, Finale,
which is still being used today, …but which isn’t very good. And so Sibelius, due to being comparatively
easy to use and filled with superior features, …became the dominant notation software. Quite an accomplishment for a pair of
obscure first-time developers. However, over time, the application
became more complicated. And as features began to multiply,
the existing navigation expanded, …and the sheer number of buttons
and menus became overwhelming. As the long-time Sibelius employee
Daniel Spreadbury observed: So to try and solve this problem, …Sibelius looked to another creation app which
had faced a similar build-up of functionality: Microsoft Word. Here’s a clip of the designer Jensen Harris
who worked on Word for years, …describing the problems
they faced while designing it. “And one word we found started
being talked about with Office” “…every time the press wrote a story about Office.” “And that word was ‘bloat’.” He then goes on to describe how they began
trying to reduce complexity on the screen. “And so, the first of the features that we did
to reduce the perception of bloat…” …was something called ‘IntelliMenus’.” “Instead of actually reducing
the complexity of the product…” “…well, we could hide some of it from you.” “So what we do is, we’ll take
a random set of menu items, ” “…and we would hide them.” Which turned out to be a bit of
a self-fulfilling prophecy, …since people don’t tend to click on options
they can’t see right in front of them. So, we’ll come back to this in a minute. Let’s get back to Sibelius Software, …who, to complicate matters during
the development of Sibelius 6, …sold it to the American multimedia company, AVID. AVID are a very mixed bag. On the one hand, you have their
flagship app, Media Composer, …which is an unpleasant power-hungry
beast of an editing application …that only runs on high-end machines, …that is, if you can figure out how its controls work. And on the other hand, you have Pro Tools, …a solid, easy-to-use audio workstation
that AVID bought in 1993. And so, under this new ownership, …Sibelius 6 gave way to Sibelius 7, where… *sigh* Okay, before I go any further discussing
the design of Sibelius 7, …it’s tempting to lay the blame for the
bad parts solidly at AVID’s door. But we think need to be careful not to
buy into that narrative too much, …since the Sibelius design team were
largely in place when 7 came out, …and some of its oldest designers
were pretty vocal in defending it. So what did they do? Well, let’s again return to Jensen Harris to hear how
they tackled this problem with Microsoft Word, …which was to create a new
design pattern called ‘The Ribbon’, …which I’m sure you’re all familiar with. The idea of the ribbon is not just
to make stuff easier to find, …but also to give a good indication of what the feature in question will actually do before you click on it. “We also have something throughout
the UI which is called ‘Live Preview’, ” “…which says at any time you hover over a formatting choice, we’ll show you exactly what it looks like.” “So what I’m going to do is use the
position gallery, which, again, ” “…just shows you the most common places that
people want to put pictures in their documents.” “I’ll split the text into columns,
I’ll just choose columns two…” And to go a little bit beyond this presentation, …let’s have a look at the improvements
that led us to where the ribbon is today. This is Word Online, where the visuals
have been further de-cluttered, …and where options still give a clear visual indication of what’s going to happen when you click on them. Not to mention, they now have a search function, …which can be a nice way of asking the program
to initiate a command like spell-checking, …without needing to find the button in question. Notice also that the labels are pretty clear. Insert: That’s where you insert things. Layout: That’s where you see options
for margins and spacing and stuff. This is what the ribbon is meant to be:
clear and easy to use. Now, when Sibelius licensed the
ribbon pattern from Microsoft, …they got a lot of criticism from it, …with the general attitude being that
it was the wrong system to use. My own feeling is that the ribbon
was a perfectly fine choice, …but that Sibelius made really terrible use of it. And by not designing the ribbon well, …it’s had a knock-on effect on
other parts of the app too. The best way to illustrate all of this
is to see it in context. So, let’s imagine ourselves to be a first-time user
trying to achieve something really basic. I’m using version 8 by the way, but the
navigation is nearly identical to 7. Okay, are you ready for the pain? So after you’ve loaded up the app,
you’re presented with a bunch of presets, …and right off the bat there’s a
slightly absurd visual contradiction: A category titled ‘No category’. This contains the only option
anyone actually cares about: Blank page. Or, if not, you can scroll through the
other 66 presets to find what you want. By the way, I know that solo piano is the very last option. Really? Solo piano gets bottom billing? Below ‘Mariachi band’ and ‘Lute tablature’? Well, okay. And then, in the spot where most apps
have a ‘Create’ or ‘Confirm’ button, They’ve opted comically for ‘Quit Sibelius’. I just love this. It’s as if they’re saying, “You’ve already seen the ‘No category’ thing.
Trust us, it only goes downhill from here.” So anyway, you click on ‘Blank’ page, ignore the presets, (Oh, I mean, that’s what everyone does, right?) (I mean, if there’s anyone out there who actually
bothers with the screen, could you let me know?) …and, so then you go down… Oh oops! Almost got me! Okay, let’s just do a little design pass on this. Uh…yep, whoop! There you go. These exist already, let’s get rid of those. Uh…yeah, that’ll do fine. Okay, now we’re brought to the Home tab. So, with the ribbon design, Home is meant to be where
you find the core actions people use all the time, …you know, to avoid having to click around too much. In Word, that’ll be things like font, size, styling, etc. In Sibelius, I think there are only about four
functionalities here I’d consider primary, …along with the smattering of random stuff
that will be better suited elsewhere. You’ll see what I mean in a second. So, if we want to make music,
we need some instruments, right? Well, thankfully that, at least, is here
in the Home tab where it should be, …although I always have to double-check
to make sure it’s the right button, …because the trumpet keeps throwing me, …and the incomplete title ‘Add or Remove’
requires a pause to understand. Add or remove what? Oh, I guess it says ‘Instruments’ down there to the right, but that’s not really how eyes work. Okay, considering that this might be
the most important button in the app, …let’s call it ‘Add or Remove Instruments’. I think it deserves the space, …you know, you’ve got a button over here
called ‘Revoice Chord Diagram’. And, because it looks a little bit like
an ‘Add or Remove Trumpet’ button, …let’s make it generic by changing the icon to a plus,
like everyone else does. Okay, so let’s choose to add an instrument. And now, we’re faced with this eyesore. This is the real heart of Sibelius:
endless horrible dialog boxes. And even though this is one of the better ones, …the sloppy attention to detail is everywhere. So the idea is: you choose instruments from here (left)
and put them here (right) to add them to your score. And because the list is so big, …they gave us a search bar to
make it easier to find stuff. That’s useful. So let’s find a cello. Uh…really? You can’t locate cello? Oh, I guess I need to remember the
full name ‘violoncello’ that no one uses. Okay. Well, let’s add a guitar. Ugh, that’s helpful. We have all this space available to us,
but the drop-down is teeny, …so we can’t see what the options are. You’re on version 8 and you haven’t fixed this yet!? But even if it had been big enough you still
wouldn’t been able to find a useful result, …because putting in ‘guitar’ isn’t enough
to get the two most common types. You need to actually type ‘acoustic’ or ‘electric’ first,
because this is search from the early ’90s. Can I have that ‘Quit Sibelius’ button back please? Oh, thank you. So let’s add a piano to the score. Now, understanding what each of the element
does is a little bit of a trial-and-error affair. For example, the ‘Add’ button relates to this (left), …but the ‘Delete’ button relates to this (right). And look at the tick box all the way down here: ‘Small staff’. Okay, you select it and get zero feedback. And after clicking around a bit,
you realise that it’s contexual: Either on or off for the instrument you’ve selected. Okay, a little design fix for free: Um, when you click on the instrument,
just put the tick box here. So, let’s add a stave to the piano. Oh look, I can’t delete it now. It’s busted. Anyway, now we have our instruments. So a typical next step might be to set a tempo marking. Tempo is pretty important so
it should be in Home right? Nope. No, you need to navigate to a tab called ‘Text’. That’s intuitive. Then you need to look in drop-down titled ‘Styles’. Uh… And when you do that, you see there’s
a whole range of things in here: Different types of markings, techniques, expressions. Oh, I get it! All these things are written as text. That’s why they’re being categorized that way, …even though some of them don’t contain text. Oh, and I love how there’s a category called ‘Common’. Yet, before you open it, they only
show the first two options. Uh…hey guys, I’m fairly certain tempo is more
common than the direction to pluck your strings. But, as if that wasn’t painful enough, …what’s coming up next is just pure madness, …and any first-time user would be forgiven
for completely losing the plot here. So you click on tempo, and your arrow turns
a nearly indistinguishable shade of blue, …which, when you finally notice it,
indicates that something’s going to happen. Okay, so let’s click with our special blue arrow. Uh…right. Okay, it wants us to enter text. Oh, I get it. Now we type ‘Tempo=120’ or something. Oh, um…it’s not working, and
our note duration is missing. So here’s what you should have done: You need to click the drop-down, pick the tempo, …click with the special blue arrow,
see the insertion point, …and then right-click to trigger a massive
drop-down containing a bazillion options, …and there we go. The word ‘Tempo’. Right. So we click on that and finally… Oh man, the note values still isn’t there. No. You need to now right-click again, …open up the ludicrously large drop-down again, …select the note value, and then finally type your tempo. Oh, and by the way, it’s really easy to
accidentally deselect this whole thing, …so you may have to do this multiple times. Worthy of Finlandia! Okay, let’s do a quick fix. How about: You go to Home, where
a vital function like tempo should be, …and when you select it, you
get a ghost beside your cursor, …which you can place and edit immediately. You’re welcome, Sibelius. I’ve just massively improved your app. But this type of fix doesn’t repair
the larger structural issues, …which is the extreme messiness and inconsistency. For example, there’s a category called ‘Note Input’, …which, apart from one or two
specific input-type functions, …contains options that could just as easily
belong in the next category called ‘Notations’. This takes a long time to learn, especially since
each one is maxed out with unnecessary detail. So for those who say the ribbon was a bad choice, I’m not really in agreement, because
this isn’t how a ribbon is meant to work. It’s just a higgledly-piggledly launchpad
for ever more horrendous pop-ups. I mean, look at this one. What on earth does this do? Oh, my head is beginning to hurt. I mean, look at this category called ‘Layout’. It’s definitely the most appropriately named, …but which is undermined by the
next one called ‘Appearance’. Layout and Appearance. Hmm…you want to edit the staff spacing? Because it says ‘Staff Spacing’ there. Then you have to have to click on this eensy little button to get a monster terminal called ‘Engraving Rules’. Y-Yeah…w-what!? And then there’s hundreds of disparate settings, …with no visual cues to help you know
what effect anything is going to have. It’s just a parameter dump, …perpetrated by some dev who probably assumed that
a designer will clean it up at some point in the future. Using it is an absolute nightmare! Trust me. Even Finale, with all it’s problems
(and it’s got many), does a better job at this, …at least giving you some indication
of what’s going to happen. But even if they included this information, …you’ll still find that the thing you want
is in some other dialog box. I mean, let’s just move over to the Appearance tab
and click the eensy Design and Position button and… Oh no! Another endless list of crazy options! What about Instrument names? Oh no! We’re back to that
Engraving rules dialog box again, …the same dialog triggered from two different menus …that have titles which are basically
synonymous with each other. Have you ever heard of Maurice Pratt? Look up ‘Maurine Pratt’ and watch his ’80s
Star Wars commercial for Quinnsworth. It’s pretty good. Here’s another one: Imagine you’ve just plugged in an external sound unit into your computer, as many, many people do. And like every other audio app in the world, …you’d probably want easy access to
allow you to switch to that device, right? Well, okay. I’m going to roll up this ribbon, …and you tell me where you’d look to find that option. Press ‘Pause’ and take all the time you need. Okay? You ready? Was your answer in the Play category? No? I’m not surprised, but that’s where it is. Don’t worry, though. The test isn’t over. Where do you think we go now? Hmm? Did you say ‘Configuration’? Congratulations, that’s the right answer! But no, you’re wrong. It’s in this little eensy button down here, …but we’re not quite there, because: First, they show you a bunch of audio sampler settings, …and then you need to figure out to look
in the last place anyone ever would: Right at the bottom left where we could
finally see ‘Audio Engine Options’. There we go! “Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin'” Why can’t they do a pass at how things are
structured, starting with the tab names? I mean, if you look at another program called
‘Dorico’, you can see how easy it can be. They have one category called ‘Write’, …that contains all the things you need to
actually write the notes in your score, …and another one called ‘Engrave’, …which allows you to edit the appearance
of everything you’ve written. And look at how Engraving rules work! They appear under the actual score, …so you can see the result of the changes you’ve made. Why do dialog boxes when you can do this? Oh man, I guess I just mentioned Dorico, didn’t I? Well, I guess I’m gonna have to
talk about ‘The Event’ then. Okay, real quick: After AVID bought Sibelius, they went
through a corporate restructuring, …selling off assets and laying off
some of their employees. And as part of this, they decided, quite bafflingly, …to stop supporting Sibelius, …while firing the entire London team. Here’s a picture of the Sibelius office in Finsbury Park, …taken by an employee before
they closed the doors for good. So, because Sibelius is a widely used application, …there was a very large and
widely covered public outcry. Ben and Jonathan Finn stepped in to try
and buy it back again, but were rebuffed. And in 2014, as AVID’s share performance
was tumbling, they altered course, …announcing that they were actually
going to support Sibelius after all. Only, now they had to build a new team from scratch, ..because Steinberg, who made the excellent Cubase, …had already rehired most of the original Sibelius team, …putting them to work on a
direct competitor called ‘Dorico’. So, when I make comparisons
between Sibelius and Dorico, …to a certain extent I’m comparing what
Sibelius is to what Sibelius could have been. But it’s not like the current Sibelius team
can’t make changes. AVID may not be responsible for Sibelius 7, …but you can bet that they’re responsible
for not improving it at all ever since. I mean, they’ve made it compatible with tablet. Great, now it can annoy me on tablet. And they’ve added a timeline so we
can see the same information twice, Amazing. An extra window I need to close
before beginning a new project. Fix the bugs! Stop it crashing all the time! FIX THE BUGS! Make it easier to find things! By the way, if you look down to where
the Quit Sibelius button is on this page, …you’ll see a Like button beside it. Press that. Oh, and press that too. Oh yeah, GOD! I forgot to mention the search system. It’s called ‘Find in ribbon’. Remember earlier I said that in Word Online
if you search for something like Word Count, …it’s useful because you can just do it right there? Well, guess what Sibelius does. You enter what you’re looking for, like…
I want to create a page break. And rather than act as a shortcut, …it instead drags you over to the place on the ribbon where that button can be found, and highlights it for you. Thanks a lot! It’s like the app is annoyed at you
for not understanding it, …like a passive-aggressive child. “It’s over here, idiot.” The black beams can stretch. They can stretch really high. So Sibelius has lots of plug-ins, …which are essentially bug fixes by people sick of waiting for AVID to make proper improvements. But for some reason, each category
has its own Plug-in button, …so you have to keep opening each individual
plug-in folder to find whatever it is you want. This is a solved problem! Can we just have one place for plug-ins, please? Why would you do this? You ever mix up Elizabeth Olsen
with the uh…the Olsen twins? For a while, I thought she was like the breakaway twin, …even though I knew their names were
Mary-Kate and Ashley, and her name is Elizabeth. Hold on, what does Wikipedia say? Oh right, she’s uh, she’s their younger sister.
Oh that makes sense. They have this horrible drop-down
with a million icons in it, …and some of them are really, really important, …like, for example, I’m looking
for these guitar string icons, …and I can never find them in all of this! What should I review next? Comment and tell me? Be careful when turning the pancakes. You drop them and they have to go in the bin. Do you hear me, Lieutenant Uhara? Pay attention, I want clean pancakes this time! Oh, that’s handy! Why, when you select these buttons,
do they look like half-filled barrels of urine? Choose nicer colours! The purple-urine combo isn’t doing it for me. Let’s take a hairpin and stretch it to the next page. Oh look… Hairpin’s busted. Hey, do you know the way in classical music
you need to give part scores to each musician? Where would any sane person put
the options to see the part scores? Surely not hidden away here up behind this plus icon. The plus icon, universally understood
to mean ‘add something’. Oh man, they are here. Why would you use this to mean ‘part score’? ANSWER ME! Sometimes, things become melty. The cheese melts in the microwave, …the music melts in S͟ìbel̵i̷u͟s. You use the tempo slider to quickly change the tempo, …and then Sibelius keeps resetting it. Oh no. Tempo’s busted. The cheese melts amber yellow, …but Sibelius melts red. The music is bleeding. I bring up the dropdown but it’s filled with gore. Why is everything so misaligned and crooked? Look at this. Line it up! Why won’t you just line it up!? It’s almost like the position of things
was decided by the roll of a dice! This app should be called ‘Morton Feldman’! You know the way you try to convey vital information
by making the arrow a subtle shade of blue? Do you know how hard that is to see? Do you know how many accessibility
guidelines you’re breaking there!? If Beethoven was alive today, …Sibelius would be preventing
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͓͍̝͉̻͕̯̹̇ͨ͊̀͞ͅE̷͉̘̓ͥ̆ͣ͋͂̓͟͞ ̔҉͕̣̳͇̞͚̺̣͝ ̧̛̠͎̮̈́ͪ̄͒̀͜ ̴̝̤̪̳̗ͫ̔L̉͑͒̀҉̩̲̦̹̦̦ ̩̼͈̯̗͋̃̿͢ ̶̵̷̦̘̗͓̮̅̆ͥͬ ̛̗̫͙̲͂ͫ̉ͧ͘Ĩ͑͊̄̑̾͒̔͢҉̶̝͇̣̲̠͍͎͚̘ ̽̏̍͑ͤ҉̫̤͔̼̩̺̩̠ ̑ͪ͂͗҉̙̱͇̱̺͎̣̫ ̸̣͇͇ͥ̊̇̽ͧ͛̓ͦ͘̕Ų̢̻͌̍ͮͥ̋̏ ̷͖͈͓̜͗̆̓̈́̊ ͑̈ͭ̎ͬ͊͏̹̗̟̼ ̷̝̳̞͚̋̏̈̾̎S̆͊҉̛̬̰̮̝̣ͅ ̥͔̫ͪ̊̽̐ ̘͇͎̮͚̪̩̮ͨ͆̌ͮ̒ͤͬ ̜̬̬̠ͧ̉̈ͮ̏̓̚ͅC̻̫̖̲ͥ̂̈ͩͧ̂ͦ͗̓͘ͅ ̷̺͖ͮ̌̾̊ͩ͆̚ ̨̮̼̘͉̙̣͓̽̔̉͑̏͢͠ ̫̼̭͔ͥͬR̘̤̄͒͑͑̾͜ ̛͎ͥ͆ͮ̂́ ̼̩̪̇ ̡̗͈͖͍̠̳̹̾̔ͮ̏ͫ͜ͅA͉̘̝̲̺͎̞̤ͩ ̂̉̽͒ͦ̄͋́́҉̤̦͔̦ ̓̀͏̖̘̗̗̭̻ ̮̩̦ͤ̈̈́̂͐͝S̸̝̠̦̘̖̣̯̦̟͑̌̃͒ͫ͘͠ ̵̧̹̼̝͉͕͙͓̍͗̊ ̶͈̞͕͎̝̲̫ͩ̿ͧͭ ̸̩̠̌ͣH̬͕̝͑͆͒̎͛́ ͎͌̓̃̆̕͡ ̲͔̳̥̩̭ͣͫͅ ͤ҉̠̱̲̣͈̖̠̯Ẽ̛̼̻̹̹̇͛̈̀̈̌ ̡͚̱̤̱̬̳͔ͭ̌ ̨̻̃̉̉̅̀̿̇ͮ́ ̿ͭ̾̕҉̟̰̟̹̞͇͟ͅD̢͚̦̫̰̪̟ͫ̈̽ͨ̽ ̺̤͛̉ͭ̆̍̿ͭ̄̚̕Ș̸̶͈̦̠̻͙̩̦̳̅̅̎ͮ͒̽ͨͥ ̱͎̬̃̿ͫ̓ͦ̔̓̎ͯ͢ ̯̲̘̻̞̟̤̦̮ͥ̏͂ͥ́̍̏͟i̳̲̼̱͉̓ͣͦͥ ̴̡̮̬̳͓̯͋̌̊ͯ̃̌ ̳̻͙̟͙͔͙͓͗͌ͨ̀ͤ͆ͪͩb̙̫͛̌̂̑͐̅ͨ ̷̢̜̯͆ͭ̐ͩͭ̔ ̱ͯ̃̿ͪ͆ͬ́̎̈e̷̥̩̘ͫ̈̅ͯ̽̽͑͘ ̷͉̘̥̙͍̙̰͊ͣͯ̈́ͨͦͅ ̧̨̫̰ͦ̽̋͛̂̚ļ̲̼̪̆̈̅̾ ̡̭̓̿͆͡ͅ ̥͌̈́́͜i̛̖͉̫̦̗͑͊ͧͬ̾ͬ̀͟ ̣͇̗̥̻ͭ̋̉̔͐ͭ̽ ̶̨̧̫̖͔̺͌u̶̸̻̟͗̂ͨ͐͝ ̨̗̰ͯ͢ ̙̘̥̲͌ͥ̏ͨ̂̚͟s̛̛͉͓̪͈̤͈͎̈͂̄̔ ̲̯̮̗̤̘͔̘͂ͫ͛ ̱͈̓ͩͣ͂̇ͭ͑̌͐c̵͛̑ͨͪ̃ͤ͏̻̠̺͈̭̖ ̷͒̎̽ͯ̽͗͋͏̬̗̝͍̣͇̟̟͇ ̡̳̗̩̼̝̯ͧͥ̇͋͑̓ͦ̃̈͝r̡̼͖̮͎͍̯ͥͫͬ͌̋̄ͯ͞ ̵̧̜̪͛͊̆̍ͫ̑̑͘ ̯̠͓̲̺̥̮̞ͩ̌͑̀a̫̠̩̰̳ͨ̓̿ͣ̇ͪ̈ͩ̀͝ ̢̻̰̹̮̫͙̅̎̈́̂ͅ ̜̗͉̺̞̩ͣͦ͝s̶̵̥̟̖̺͔̜̬̰͍͆̓̐̆ͪͥͮ̋ ͉͉ͯ̄ͤ̈́̕͟ ̴̟͓͍̈̓̎ͬ̽̂̎ͣ͘h̡̳̤͍͚̻̠̝̦̔͌ͧ͡ ̴̖̗̟̠̬̄ͦ́ ̡̺̜̥̬̏̑͐̆̒ͪ͐̾͂̕͢e̔́̒ͫ͒͐ͩ̉̓́͘͏͕̞͚̻̳ ̵̓̆҉̟̤̰͕͎ ̘͖̼ͩ͘ḋ̙̪͍̦̭̩ͬ͐͗̈ͭͦ͋ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴍʏ ʟᴏɴɢ ɴᴜʀꜱᴇʀʏ ɴɪɢʜᴛꜱ ʜᴇ ꜱᴛᴏᴏᴅ ʙʏ ᴍʏ ʙᴇᴅ ᴜɴᴡᴇᴀʀʏɪɴɢ, ʟᴏᴏᴍᴇᴅ ɢɪɢᴀɴᴛɪᴄ, ꜰᴏʀᴍʟᴇꜱꜱ, Qᴜᴇᴇʀ, ᴘᴜʀʀɪɴɢ ɪɴ ᴍʏ ʜᴀᴜɴᴛᴇᴅ ᴇᴀʀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ꜱᴀᴍᴇ ʜɪᴅᴇᴏᴜꜱ ɴɪɢʜᴛᴍᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜɪɴɢ, ᴛᴀʟᴋɪɴɢ, ᴀꜱ ʜᴇ ʟᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ ᴍʏ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ, ɪɴ ᴀ ᴠᴏɪᴄᴇ ᴄʀᴜᴇʟ ᴀɴᴅ ꜰʟᴀᴛ, ꜱᴀʏɪɴɢ ꜰᴏʀ ᴇᴠᴇʀ, ͘”̡ꜱ͘ɪʙ̢ᴇ҉ʟ͞ɪ͟ᴜ͡ꜱ̶ ̸ᴄʀ̕ᴀ̢ꜱ҉ʜ̶ᴇ͞ᴅ!͏” ͘͜ꜱ̧҉͜ ͢͟ɪ́ ̕͝ʙ̶ ͟ᴇ҉ ̷͡ʟ̴ ̸ɪ́͝ ̛͠ᴜ͜ ͠ꜱ͢ ̶̧ᴄ̶ ʀ̕ ̕ᴀ ꜱ͟ ҉͏̶ʜ ̧͝ᴇ̨̀ ᴅ ̷͜S ̀҉ ͏̶̧i̴͞ ̶ ̴b ͢ ̀́e͝ ̛ l̷ ̴̢ i͡ ̡ ́ư̸̢ ̸͝͏ ̷̴̧s͘ ̶͢͟ć ͡͡҉ ͜r ̵ a̧͠ ͝͏ ͏s̶͝͠ ͜ ̢̨h̀ ̶̕͡e҉ ̶̡ ̵̀ḑ̀ ̡̧́̕S̵҉̴́͘ ̛͢ ̶̴Į͘ ̵͘͞͝ ̴̧̡̕͡B͘͢ ̷̧̀͘͞ ͟͜E̢͜͝͞ ̸̴̀̀ ͟͜L̷̢̧͠͏ ̶͟͜ ͘͏̨I̷̢̛͜͟ ̵͢͜͞ ̕҉̡҉͠U̶͏̷̕ ́͘ ̷̨S̷̶̛͜͡ ̧̧͜ ̷͠͝͏C̡̨̧͠ ̵҉͞ ͘͠͝R̵̀͠҉ ҉̀͘͞͝ ̸̨͘͢͝Á͢ ̵̧̛̀͜ ̸̵̷̸Ś͢͜͜͝ ̷̸̷̨͢ ̸̴͟͠H́͘͝ ̷̸̡͜ ͏̛̕͠͠E̶̡ ̧͜͡͠͝ ͡͞҉D́҉͠ ̨̡̗ͭͥ̌̄Ṡ̛͉͙̮̕͜ ͙̪͚̮̪̐̊ ͉̹ͨ̓̌̓̽́̉͂͘ ̍̍̆ͪͯͥ̓̃҉҉̹͓͇̰̪̫Ĭ̹̦͈̖̯̲͚̥̈́ͩ͞͞ ̧̣͇͎͇̥̣̣̰ͮ͊ͭ̓̊̾̕ ̬̲̺̩̋͢ ̹̋ͪ͛̌ͧ̑͘B̡͈̣͈̘̦̣̯͈͑̓̐̊̋̉̂̿ͅ ̢̩̫̒͋ͦͩ͋͆̀͠ ̶̧̜͒ͦ ̶̢͎̟́͗̾ͩ͋̑̚̚͢Ȩ̺̱̞ͥ͋̈́͗̋̚ ̷̑̌ͥ̓̊̈҉͉̦͉̘̮ͅ ̸̴̠͕̭͔̲̓́ͦͭ́ ̵̮̩̱ͩ͊̎ͨL͚̫͖̮͙̬̞̀ ͍͖̀͗͑̇ ͇̹̘͉̼̼͕̆̏ͯ̋͑̏̃͘ ͉̯̥̞̜͌̈́͆̄͘͟Î̴̗̭̆ͧ̅̏ ̘͇͔̾ͦͫͅ ̵̡͇͕̫̱̓ͬ̂ͮͥ͂̊ ̹͇̘͙̪̩͐͗̎͆̐͘̕͜U̱͂̾̊͋͠ ̡̙̤̖̘̱̺̭̫̲ͬ̈́̎̔͐͛́ ̣̞̫́̽ͫͧ͂̏ ̻ͨ̿̃͜S̆͐̿͐̈͋͊̿҉̝̦͇ ̨̩̮͉̝̺̻͑ͣ͌ͪ͟ ̷͎̦̰̬̠̰͊ͨ́ͨͬͯ̐́ ̻͖̹͔͇͒ͮ͆̓ͦ͑͝C̪͚͖̱͙̗͈̗̓ͩ͆͆̎̚̚̚ ͔͖̥̮͈̮͓̓̏̑͠ ̸͓̝͔͈͍̏͘ ̮̞̪̫̦͕́͒͟R̰̪̬͕̙̖̝͑͐ͦ̓ͤ͘͢ ̼̱̰̤͍͖ͧͮͦ̌̊̔̃͜͟͞ ̶̡̱͇̹̻̞̠͉̠̍̆ͤͦ̍̏͡ ̸̨̩̼͕̟̙͖̩̙̹̇̓́̃̈̇ͬ̃̈͟Aͣ̾̓ͨ͛̇ͪ̏҉̵̪̙̲͍̙̦ ̵̹͚͐͆̈́̓͒̒̇ ̳̙̖̣̤̲̺̒̔ͦ̈̔̅͂ͭ͗́̕ ̨͙̊̆͛S͍̗͉̞̊̐͂̒ ̷̧̟̺̬̮̹͕͆͑̚ ̨͎̙̖͙̟̬͎ͧͩͅ ̭̝̠̝̺́̆̅͗̒ͮͥͪ͜͢H̛̹̫̗̠̠̲̜̼ͦͣ́ͤ͑ͪͥ͡ͅ ̈͑҉̡̹͍̜̻͈̼͓̦ ̨̪͙̠̰͙̮̺̻̿̓̀̓̅ͧͦ̇͡ͅ ͚̩͚͍̅̚̕͘Ȩ̪̳̀̈́̒̒ͮ͡ ̺̖̞̞̥͈͚̏̓̇ͦ̇ ̸̘̫͖̽͒̋̌̓̃ͤ͗ ̢̱͖̌̇̽Dͣ̒̎ͤ͑͏̶̷̪͙̱͉͍̹̟ ̛̬̟͍̪̜̤̘̝̟̯͒ͫͥ͆̄̆̒͋̊ͥ̔̓̌͞͞S̢͇̙͈̫̐͆̒̈̂ͫͨ̔̿̎̕ ̵̇ͨ͑ͩ̏̿̒̈͆̈͏̵͏͍̲̙̤̮͉̀ ̡̤̝̘̬̯̬̏̇͊̔̃͐̎̿̂ͯ̋͆̓̊̊̏ͫ̓͘ ̧̧̫̮͈͍̱̭̼̱͉͙̼̘͎̩̪̘͙̇͒ͫ̓̍͆͘ͅͅ ̿͋ͮ̈̒ͦ̑ͬ̚̕͞͏̵̬͕͖̰̟͇͚̤̪͈̲̩̞̼̻̲̱I̧̢̩̫͓̲̪̟̮͎̠͍̪̥̖̳͚̟̦̙̗͌̎̎͆ͬ̌͆̆̓ͫ͛ͧͥ̇̚̕͘ ̷͈̝̼̥͖̖͚̯̺͕̙͚̰̦͔̳̖̂ͪ̒̿ͅ ̬̦̦̳̣̻̭̱͔̜̜̮̠͙̯͔̄̓̾͛̃͞ͅ ̡̩̩̺̼̙͓̲̻̠̇͐ͥ̈͐͛ͪͬ̏̔ͥ̅́͡B̨̖̩͙͉̬̏̓ͤ̂͌͋́̃̌ͫ̈́̔̑̍̆ͥ́ ̐ͥ̎̀̍̑̇ͮ̃͌͗ͯͯͦ̎̓̒͏҉̧҉͏̪͉̞̖̰̼̪͔̪̖͎̮̥̩͇̻̩ ̶̜̜̦̤̳͉̭̻͈̼̟̤̪̜̞̠̩̙͑̉̈́ͩ̕ ͣ̊̓͒̈́͗̈̂́͌͛͑͋ͫͧ̀͏̶͙̤̭̘̦́ ̉͊ͩͯ̈̂̀͒̀͑ͯ͏̛͈̰͍͙̪̟͓͕̥͟͠͡E̵̴̩̫̘̮̣̞̼̼̲̳͕ͩ̾ͥ̍̄̈̈͗̓̉́̎̀ ̡͕̪̰̮͓̠̟̻̣̦̤̯̩̜̣̘̭̉̅͒͒̐̓̐ͭ͆̎͑̀͗͊ͤ̄̕ ̢̬̟̤̫̬̦̻͖̹͓͖̗̗̒ͨ͋͋͞͡͡ͅ ̴̜̫̣͓̲̻̺͔͖̞̰̼͍͉̱̣͕͖͋̋̑͗͛ͤ́ͬͨ͊̐̒̏̑͑̍̃̈͢ ̢̡ͨ̐̊̿͋͐̆̕͏̳̜̱̜̙̜͇̭̤͖͈͈͍̼͕̖̜͓̤L̴̷͖͚̻̗̮͎̞̙̪̼̉̽̍̉ͤ̏̆̒͊ͫ̓̓͛̾̑͛́ͅ ̷̷̻͓̪̲̲̣̲̮̙͚͈̝͉̭̥̻͍͂ͦ͋͋͑͋͒̽̒̑ͦ̌͟ ̴̡̲̻̮̭̙͚̤̜̮̗͍̤͚̠̹͚ͫͦ̽̾̋ͭ̿̍ͫ͝͝ͅ ͭͥ͊̇̿͐ͩ̋ͭ̓̊ͪ͏̶̛͔͕̭̥̲͖͕͚̦̥̜̞̭̗́Ȋ̑̄̉͑ͯͨ҉̴̡̝͕͉̮̻͍̦̙̼͙͎̼͎̞̟̘̰͎̜͘ ̴̘̭̫̦̥̼͙͍͉̋̃̃͗̋̐͢ ̇̇͛̍ͮͣ͛͏͏͇͈̪͙̪̜͔̩̮͙̬̹͙̕ ̼̹͙̠̺͎̦̣̗͎̗̮̱͇̳̠̬͚ͯ̈́̄͒̍̓̄ͥ̕͠ ͬͬ́̇̐ͧ҉̧̛̜̮̯̞̦̖͉̮͘͘U̷̸ͤ̋̓̍̓̏̄ͭͫ̔ͫ̈́̔̇͆͡҉͉͍͖̠̮̹͇ ̫̤̤̞̬̫̟̭̤̩̌ͮ̾̈́̽ͮ̃̈̏̋̉̽ͦ̋́̆ͣ̚͢ ̷̞͎̼̘̜̙͍̩͖̺͚̫͕̠̬͍̱͚ͮ͒̾̈͌̐͊̏̎͒͋̾̈́͘̕ͅ ͂̽͐̆́҉̛̬̲͓͇͕̱͔̫̺̜͎̺͚̪̺̘͍͡͞ ̸͗͗̆̌̇̓̆ͬͥ̾̾͡͠҉̳̘͚͖̯̘̺̮͖͖̼̰̺ͅS̡̮͕̝̹̞͍̥̹ͫ̂̔́͊̉̒̑ͣ̾͒͋ͦ̆͆̍ͬ̈́͟ ͫͪͬͯ͒͊͐̎ͧͣ̑̒ͧ͐͌̒̚̚҉̨̨͇͎̦͉͚̪̰͞ ̖̭̜̗̒̽ͬͥ̉̉͂̏͊ͨͣ͂ͯ̈́͆͆͛̐̾͟͠͝ ̆̃́͋̑͐̂͗ͥ͋̾ͦ̎҉̟̫̣͉̱͈͉̩̯͓̯̥̣͔͟ ̶̢͓̭̗̙̼̞͗ͦ̃ͦ̏̑ͯ̌̑́̕ͅC̷̸̹͎̮̤̣̘̥̺̗͋̋ͯ͐̏̊͗̓̿̕͘ ̴̶̶̗̥̟̝̤̩͈̲̭̬̟̍͌ͯ̒̈́̀͝ͅ ̅͌̊̑̆͆̉̌̀̍ͬͦ̿̓ͨ͘͠͏͏̦̼͚͍͍̦͓͚͉̭̱͉͎̱͈͍̦̣̩̕ ̵̶̹̼͖͎̺͔͔̲̩̜͚̯̠͔͍̭͙̎͛̽͑͗ͬ̌ͫ͡ ̛͎͈̹͔̞̦̣̞̼͔͕̮͎͓̩̺͉̼̌͛̾ͤͣ̀̉ͬ̿̾͡ͅṚ̷̴̛͕̗̯̩̤͚̘̠͕̯̰͙̤̦̩ͦͧ͒ͥ̌ͤ̊̇̎͞ͅ ̵̖̭͚̠̲̠̤̆̀ͨͪ̾ͪ͛̋ ̴̨̠͖͍͎̬͖̟͓͍̱̜̯̞̣̳ͮ͂ͩ̐ͬͬ͒̈́͌͑̄ͥ̐ͨ͞ͅ ̴͓͕̝͙̗̹͌͛̏́̿͊̏͜͠A̡̨̳̰͖͔̻̬̼̪̪͇̻̭̼̹̥̱̾ͯ̊̌͆̍̏͆́͒ͫ͟͜͠ ͐̾ͥ̑ͣ͋ͥ̄̊̊ͨ҉́͏͓͙͇͚̝̙͍̝̦̳ ̶̀̒ͨͤ͘͏̴̷̬̖̪̳͉̹͍͎͈̣̩͉̜̼̳͉ ͛̀͛̊̽ͦ̀̑̓́̅̈̋̏̇ͩ́͠҉̨̻̟͉̭̪̮͕͍̹̗͙͙͔̹̭̼͜ ̴͔̬͖̫͕̞͙̠̲͔̦̤̥̳͇ͥ̽̔̒͒̾͂̇͌̓̅́́͢S̴̤̠͕̠̭̦͈̗̪̙͔̗͖̱͋̽̓͋̅̆͌ͣ̅̓͂͂̀̉̈ͪ̋̆̕ ̶̸͖̬̻̮̘̮̦̝̥ͥ̆͛͑ͪ̎̿͌͑ͮͧͮ̑̀͜͢ ̶̵͉̞̥̰̤̮̾̄͊̇̀͂̄̃̃͆ͨ̉̏̾̆ͤ̄͒͡ ̵̨̙͚̱͕̼͎͚ͤͪ͌̈̍̓͋̅́͗͛̕͜͡ͅ ̮͕̝̹̘͇̪̜̣̩̺͚͎͙͖͔ͦ̒ͩ̀͒̍̅ͭ̂ͭ͛̍̈̑̓̓͗̍́̕Ḩ̫̘̺̪̩̼̣̺ͪ͆͂ͬ̿̐ͪ̇̏̃͐̿̄͘͢͟ͅ ̥̦̬̇̀̂͂ͥ̾̇͌̅ͣ̓̀͜͟ ̸̢̱̦̲͎̠̰̩̥̰̯̬̭́̅͗ͯͩ͋̊ͮ̽̆͌͆̑̎͑͐͗͌̀͠ ͋͒̅ͥ̎ͨ̆́ͪ̚͏̷̛͓͖̣̣̠̫̟̞̙̺̘̰̭͠Ȇ̵̗̻͖͒́͊̈̄̾̍̔ͩ̒ͧ̇ͪ͗͝͠ ̛̲̟̬͍͉͓̒̄͐̂̽̇ͫ̇͗͌̐́͜͟ ̸̨̞̻̗̺͈̘̫̗̲̟̩̩̘ͥ̐́̈̈͌͆ͯ̀̆̅̿ͅ ̢̳̰͇̼̯͕͓̤̼̮͔͎͕̞̜̻̒̓ͯ̓̈́͌ͤͬͯ͂̂ͦ͘ ͛ͯ̀̆̂̆̾̃̄ͨ͛ͥ́̚͘҉̮̣̣̩̠͉̝͓̱̙̰D̛͚͚̞̖̭̦̬͍͕̬̤̰͇̬̰̙̼̦͋́͒͛ͪ̂̌̿̉͛̄ͮͬ̉̕ …you make a mean Chunky Monkey, …but your Sibelius tastes funky. Anyone else feel tired? I do. I think I need to leave… I just need… I just need the exit… Oh… There it is. And now… I… sleep…

100 thoughts on “Music Software & Bad Interface Design: Avid’s Sibelius

  1. Hey everyone – I'm sure you've noticed that there's been a large gap between my videos recently. The reason is that I have a lot of other work I need to take on to pay the bills. Although my channel is still growing nicely, it's is not yet at the level where I can dedicate the sort of time I think it deserves. So, if you have a bit of spare coin, I'd ask that you please consider become a Patron to support my channel. If not, don't worry. Thanks a lot for watching, regardless!

  2. For a Finnish person it feels weird to hear the name Sibelius again and again and not hearing a word about classical music or his best known composition Finlandia

  3. I dont own sibelius for many years now and I am looking for the market right now and have to admit that…. I appreciate you getting angry towards the end :D, made my sunday moarning

  4. This is so so true. Sibelius is such a painful program to use that I'm waiting for a better program before I start composing again.

  5. honestly this video just sounds like your old and don't know how to use software lol. Learn to use sibelius properly mate

  6. Great video. Although some changes you want require a lot of custom code and UI. The patterns you hate are often just what's available to the programmer from a library or whatever. Sometimes getting things to align is so clunky and frustrating that it's not worth spending an afternoon to do it. Really depends on the tooling. Legacy apps like this are especially hard. Eventually it's better to just reinvent the wheel, but you have to cut lots and lots a features to do that. And if people will forgo a better UI because it's missing a feature they need… That kind of creates this situation. Not to mention once someone has invested time into learning this beast they won't want to relearn a new UI. Some of your changes are pretty easy, some of them are hindsight that needed to be solved as they were designed. In programming land once something is in production it's very hard to redo… People always worry about breaking things worse. Just have to try to do your best to get it right the first time.

  7. Perhaps using a Mac is part of the issue? Apple is known for horrible design and anti-user-experience, so I wouldn't be surprised if OSX is the one to blame for the crashes.

  8. I never laughed so much watching a YouTube video. Amazing job! And all of it true. I wonder if someone at Avid has watched this. Some fixes are dead easy. Why aren’t they there yet? Actually, this happens with a ton of software. Versions and versions keep coming out and the most simple, stupid fixes don’t get done. Why??? I think a lot of software companies need a guy like you on their payroll to bring them down to Earth and point simple fixes that can be done quickly, some of them in mere minutes. I used to be a software developer and I simply don’t get why this stuff happens. If this were software I was developing, after watching this video, I would spend the next month at least doing the simple fixes.

  9. I'm a 2nd year editing student and every single word about media composer is the absolute truth. The program is an absolute nightmare to get into, even though it got a makeover recently. There are a lot of competitors (mainly resolve and premiere) who have basically the same functionality but with better design and usability, plus they are actually affordable for an average human being. MC is basically just the market standard because the cinema and television industry lives 15 years behind every other major tech branch (quote from my professor) and adapting to a new program after mastering one is inconvenient. Pro tools is okay for what it is, but when compared to other daws it's also barely more than average in functionality and usability, basically having it's greatest use in sound design for MC projects and in some professional studio environments. The creative cloud, the blackmagic ecosystem, hell even sony, final cut and magix are getting more and more refined for professional use rendering mc as this weird nieche program only used for high budget cinematic projects and by people who have too much money (imo obviously)

  10. As an ex high school student I loved and hated Sibelius all at the same time. Thanks for letting me know about Dorico

  11. Unfortunately, this software is designed by engineers and probably never went through an actual "design" team. Software isn't the only "product" that suffers from lacking one of the three Fs. Form, fit, function. I designed medical products for a living (prototype development) and even to the project owner, the first two Fs are always seen as less important. They just want it to work, they don't care how. And it all came down to money. When they realize that the first two Fs can cost more to develop than the last ONE F, they pucker their pocketbook.

  12. As a regular user of Sibelius (after using dreadful Finale) since Sib. 3, I cannot tell you how much I loved EVERY moment of this video! Thank you for the realization that I am not ALONE! Sibelius 4 was actually my favorite version (including their sound library) but yes, 7 just went straight to hell, and I refuse to upgrade to 8. Also, thank you for pointing out an alternative!

  13. Hello public. It's a simply logical. The time wasted learning the menus, trying to have all these costly programs transcribe, while music reading spectrogram's/graph's that cannot isolate polyphonic recordings effectively into one or two separate tracks/voices, while mucking about navigating/fighting interface option's and all the other BS, would have been time better spent JUST using your ear's to transcribe tunes.
    Take your MP3 or video and open it in VLC and just loop a section, slow it down to 25% and listen carefully. Play what you think/know you hear on your real time instrument i.e. Guitar/ MIDI keyboard/ piano. Notate on a user-friendly app like Crescendo and you can learn all the Charlie Parker/Jimi Hendrix solo's you want, all the time while using your own talents/ gifts.
    What's the goal ? To be a musician or a slave to your computer ?
    THESE are just big business money generating software's feeding off your naive hopes and dreams of learning music while you sit back and they do the work. BS
    Note: the way I do it as outlined above ;VLC / Cresendo cost NOTHING , it's all free downloads.
    Yes I backslid , watching this video to see if possibly I am wrong and am just an idiot who can barely send an email all the while the "world of automatic MP3 conversion to notation'' is there waiting for me to waste my money and time on.
    IT'S NOT.

  14. As someone who writes a lot of music but hasn't used the standard notation since middle school, I much prefer the ability to write with the piano roll of something like FL Studio and just have that rendered into traditional notation. I'm really surprised this kind of integration isn't standard everywhere considering how much crossover between trained and untrained musicians likely exists anymore.

  15. Consider Lilypond. The interface is similar to Score. The language uses context to reduce keystrokes. There is a learning curve, but I can input a tune pretty quickly.

  16. Since they're going the smarty-pants route and put violonchelo instead of just cello, why didn't the put clavicembalo col piano e forte for piano?

  17. Wow this was a year ago… and they still haven’t incorporated any of your suggestions? You do offer some great improvements

  18. So accurate. Just started using Sibelius… What a nightmare. I am still baffled on why piano sheet is at last… go figure.

  19. I stumbled upon this video and as a frustrated user of Sibelius I just had to watch it. You're right on the money with this one. It is totally NON-intuitive. I thought it was just me, an aging baby boomer who just wants to be a musician and arranger, not the next Bill Gates. This video made me feel better about myself. I guess I'm not that stupid after all. I've learned how to write basic stuff and have come up with some of my own work-arounds because I had no other choice. I have a musician friend who is an excellent arranger who uses Sibelius so I asked him for some pointers. Turns out he has a different version of the software so his suggestions do not work on my version……not even close. I have yet to figure out how to add a multi bar rest in the notation. Shouldn't that be a basic task? I mainly use this software to write out head charts that are easier to read than the pencil written, chicken scratch charts I am sometimes handed to me by another musician/arranger friend. I had intended to write out some "big band" arrangements with this program but after playing around with it and watching this video I think I'll get out a pencil and some blank staff paper. That method worked just fine in my college days before this crap existed.

  20. I'm watching this late at night and "the drop-down is filled with gore" genuinely unnerved me and I had to go turn on my light

  21. I started using Sibelius in 2004 and worked out how to use almost everything, without any manual, in a day or so……then over time it went horribly wrong….

  22. please feel bad for me i have to use this software at school and whenever we play keyboard half of the time it over laps the music turning it into one big fucking mess

  23. At one point I wanted to try my hand at composing (I still do, but for the unforeseeable future), but I also tried out Sibelius. I gave up after a day. Now I know why.

  24. I started ages ago with Encore. Then Sibelius 3 came in and I LOVED it (the only other option was Finale, you know?). By the time Avid bought Sibelius I started to notice this mess. I used Musescore and Notion but they don’t really cut it for me, and I just can’t stand Sib 8.

    Anyone else switching to Dorico here?

  25. I already watched that video twice but Youtube keep suggesting it to me. I really have to study, but I guess I'll watch it a third time…

    Btw: maybe because it's in the music category?

  26. This was the first video of yours I saw, and I absolutely love how informative you are sarcastic you are and was greatly amused about how it gradually became more abstract and frustrated and dark and random by the end.
    I was genuinely looking for info on notation software at the time, and someone made a Sibelius crashed reference on your video about kids music.
    It reminded me of this video existing and the experience I had when I first saw it.
    It is a work of art.
    That track with the repeated stressful beeps, man it’s gold.

    Like what someone else commented, it’s like a psychosis, but safely confined to Sibelius crashing.

    V good

  27. If you think this is bad, try using it as a blind composer. Sibelius five was made accessible by a blind programmer who had to write thousands of lines of code. Only after much lobbying have they finally made Sibelius eight accessible, and now I’ve got the poor navigation to deal with… Fun times

  28. 17:03 I don't know why but this scene just kinda cracked me up. Imagine a composer being given the sheets to a song by a songwriter that used Sibelius to make there song, and seeing that big ass beam stretching across the page. "…Um..sir, what the fu-".

  29. Wow, first vid of yours I'm seeing and I am in awe. It is truly baffling how Sibelius can be this bad and yet still be used by so many people 8|

  30. Oughta try working with Band in a Box/Real Band. What it does is incredible, but it's a hodge-podge of icons and menu options that change from dialog to dialog.

  31. Important note about the search function. This is how apps usually work on a Mac. I find it helpful because after searching for a function, I now know where it is. The difference is that most apps allow you to press enter and perform that action from the search menu.

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