Editing Wordbuilder Text Symphonic Choirs

Article applies to:
  • Sibelius 5, 6, 7
  • PLAY v2.1.2+
  • EWQLSC Sound Sets


Working, saving and recalling text programming with WordBuilder in Sibelius.


There are a few things to consider when working with EWQLSC sound set along with Wordbuilder.

(1) Configurations

Each score will require it's own playback configuration to maintain separate lyrics and text. It's suggested to create a derivative configuration based on the provided configuration for each score that requires unique text.

(2) Saving

Text entered and other editing done in Wordbuilder will not be saved when the score is saved. The playback configuration must be saved in order to retain these settings. It's recommended to periodically save the configuration while working to guard against any lost data in the event Sibelius becomes unstable.

(3) Isolating Sections

The EWQLSC sound set automatically resets the text cursor to the beginning of the Wordbuilder text editor when playback is started. This is done to avoid cluttering your scores with extra bars and manually entering reset MIDI instructions. However, it can also prove a hassle while working on any part of a score other than the beginning.

To remedy this, change the Wordbuilder reset MIDI CC to something other than what the sound set uses (see the EWQLSC sound set user manual). Common MIDI CC's such as CC1, 7, 10, 11, etc.. should be avoided as well. With this value changed, the sound set will still send a reset message but Wordbuilder will not respond allowing you to work from wherever you like in the text.

The MIDI CC can be set again in the finished score or when moving back to the beginning.

If you prefer not to alter that setting, you can instead "comment-out" specific lines in the Wordbuilder text editor which will effectively change the location of the "beginning"; when playback is started, the sound set will send a reset message and Wordbuilder will begin singing from the first uncommented line.

To use comments, simply place a pound sign "#" at the beginning of the line(s) you wish to skip.

Last Modified: April 9, 2012