NotePerformer 3 for Sibelius

By in Music Creation, Notation

Today, Arne Wallander, of Wallander Instruments, releases NotePerformer 3. This new version includes several improvements and subtle tweaks to the already impressive playback and sample engine that can only be used to its full potential in Sibelius.

If you haven’t come across NotePerformer yet, you’re in for a treat. I was first introduced to the sounds from Wallander Instruments in the early days of the WIVI instruments. They were impressive little libraries that played tiny samples but used sample modulation to affect its playback. There was even a mini stage that you could drag the instruments around in to change the pan and reverb to suit the ensemble you’re writing for.

Fast forward to today and Noteperformer is a completely automated performance engine in the form of a single virtual instrument that intelligently reads the music and gives a unique performance every time.

Setting up NotePerformer couldn’t be easier in Sibelius:


  • Simply run the NotePerfomer installer
  • Run Sibelius and open your score
  • Choose the NotePerformer Playback Configuration
  • Hit Play


NotePerformer automatically triggers the correct samples for each instrument and playing articulation, allowing you to simply compose or orchestrate your music without any distractions. There’s hardly ever a need to touch the Mixer in Sibelius even, as NotePerformer will adjust the performance of each instrument based on the other instruments that are playing at the same time. From the NotePerfomer 3 documentation, Arne writes:

“In NotePerformer 3, all instruments pay attention to the other instruments, and perfectly synchronises their performance each other’s beat. Even between instruments that would normally be difficult to synchronise, such as brass and percussion. And by intelligently time-warping the performance of musical phrases, NotePerformer compensates for differences in sound between notes of different expression and articulation, like a well-rehearsed musician.

In summary, this produces a tightness of sound that you normally only hear in live music. With an ordinary sampled orchestra, stacking of sounds tend to sound muddy or diffuse, or with unwanted syncopation, because there’s no cross-correlation in performance between different instruments and articulations.”

New to NotePerformer 3 are a range of plug-ins for Sibelius to simplify the use of power features. Such as resetting the mixer volumes, pipe organ registration, vibrato amount or section-building. For full information, please see the online support guide for Sibelius on the NotePerformer website.

If you’re upgrading from NotePerformer 2 to 3, you’ll be very pleased with the results. Here’s a quick comparison I made earlier, where you can clearly hear the difference in balance and mix, giving a such clearer performance of the score:

If you are new to NotePerformer, we strongly recommend you check it out today. We’re announcing the availability to buy NotePerformer from the Marketplace. Head over there now to add NotePerformer to your copy of Sibelius or Sibelius | Ultimate today.

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