IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE SIBELIUS SCORCH FILES FOR OUT-OF-COPYRIGHT PIECES – Posted 24 March 2016
Since starting this site, I have provided Sibelius Scorch files for all out-of-copyright pieces.
But Scorch hasn’t been updated since around 2011, and is no longer being supported by Avid, who now own Sibelius. Browser technology has changed, and most modern browsers no longer provide elements that Sibelius Scorch relied upon to run. Sibelius are looking at a cloud solution to sharing files, but it isn’t available to the likes of us yet, and when it is it will likely cost.
You are likely to find more and more Sibelius Scorch files not working. Occasionally I can correct the problem, but in the majority of cases it is out of my hands.
I have decided, therefore, not to provide Sibelius Scorch files for any new additions after 31 March 2016. I will leave existing Sibelius Scorch files in place, but will offer no support for them.
I will still provide MIDI files, but I will also provide Music XML files. Both of these will transfer easily to most of the present-day music software programs, for example the free MuseScore2, which is an open-source music program. It runs on both Apple and Windows machines. Importing either Music XML files or MIDI files into MuseScore2 will give you the flexibility of Sibelius Scorch. Just choose the Full Voice file, which you can then manipulate within MuseScore2. I am happy to add Music XML files for any out-of-copyright piece on the site which don’t already have them.
In addition, MuseScore2 also has an app. available, for both iOS and Android tablets/phones which costs just $1.99/£1.49. Once the files are in MuseScore2, you simply export them to your mobile devices.
I have also started to add Avid Scorch files (not to be confused with Sibelius Scorch files). Avid Scorch is the replacement for Sibelius Scorch. These are .sib files which can be loaded into the full Sibelius program, but they can also be loaded into the Avid Scorch app on an iPad (about the same price as the MuseScore2 app), giving you the same functionality as Sibelius Scorch (and more) – I know, not much use if you don’t own an iPad.