Sebastian SMuFL font

Music notation symbols, fonts, font sources and font creation, SmuFL.
benwiggy
Posts: 467
Joined: 11 Apr 2016, 19:42

Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by benwiggy »

OK, I think I've brought this font to some kind of working order. There are now 828 glyphs, so enough to cope with a range of music.

I'd say the essential character of the font is for clear numerals and alphabet-based symbols: dynamics, C, etc. It's not as heavy as Bravura, but not as washed out as some of the early computer fonts.

Let me know what you think.
Sebastian_b1.zip
(93.11 KiB) Downloaded 21 times
Sebastian 001.png
Sebastian 001.png (301.61 KiB) Viewed 435 times
Bravura 001.png
Bravura 001.png (307.26 KiB) Viewed 435 times
Leland 001.png
Leland 001.png (277.97 KiB) Viewed 435 times

NorFonts
Posts: 35
Joined: 08 Jan 2021, 18:55

Re: Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by NorFonts »

Installed but it doesn't work for me. I only get squares not notation at all.
https://norfonts.ma
Jazz pianist and Type Designer

"Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his font design talent to prove his platitudes."

benwiggy
Posts: 467
Joined: 11 Apr 2016, 19:42

Re: Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by benwiggy »

Works here. What platform are you on? Have you restarted Dorico? You may even have to restart on Windows, I believe.

NorFonts
Posts: 35
Joined: 08 Jan 2021, 18:55

Re: Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by NorFonts »

Ben, I am on macOS Big Sur 11.1 (20C69)
https://norfonts.ma
Jazz pianist and Type Designer

"Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his font design talent to prove his platitudes."

NorFonts
Posts: 35
Joined: 08 Jan 2021, 18:55

Re: Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by NorFonts »

By the way you made a great job making the font work for Dorico!!! BRAVO... I will reboot my MacBook Pro.
https://norfonts.ma
Jazz pianist and Type Designer

"Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his font design talent to prove his platitudes."

NorFonts
Posts: 35
Joined: 08 Jan 2021, 18:55

Re: Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by NorFonts »

I rebooted my MacBook Pro, still your Sebastian font doesn't work with Dorico 3.5, I get squares again. not sure what's wrong.
https://norfonts.ma
Jazz pianist and Type Designer

"Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his font design talent to prove his platitudes."

benwiggy
Posts: 467
Joined: 11 Apr 2016, 19:42

Re: Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by benwiggy »

And the font is installed in your system? Does it show in other apps? (The font is Finale-compatible, too.)

I've reinstalled it here, and it seems fine. You may need to clear your font cache.

User avatar
tisimst
Posts: 361
Joined: 08 Oct 2015, 17:57
Location: UT, USA
Contact:

Re: Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by tisimst »

Nice job, Ben! Even starting with a font that has a bunch of symbols, creating enough to add up to 800+ is a big task!
Music Typeface Designer & Engraver - LilyPond | Sibelius | Finale | MuseScore | Dorico | SMuFL | Inkscape | FontForge
http://www.musictypefoundry.com

User avatar
OCTO
Posts: 1495
Joined: 05 Oct 2015, 06:52
Location: Sweden

Re: Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by OCTO »

I like more Sebastian than Bravura, actually. Well done.

Questions:
- have you edited the natural symbol? It seems a bit vertically compressed/emboldened in comparison to the sharp, so that the angle is not the same, and the stems are bolder. Nothing "wrong" in it, just I don't feel comfortable. Also both are not equally centered:
Skärmbild från 2021-01-27 12-38-54.png
Skärmbild från 2021-01-27 12-38-54.png (26.12 KiB) Viewed 393 times
- also the half-notehead reminds me too much Petrucci. Is it possible to use another variant found in Sebastian, such as it is on "F" (on the left)?
Skärmbild från 2021-01-27 12-37-38.png
Skärmbild från 2021-01-27 12-37-38.png (31.25 KiB) Viewed 393 times
- as a matter of taste as well, I would compress the double flat, and remove the emboldened upper stem:
Skärmbild från 2021-01-27 12-40-56.png
Skärmbild från 2021-01-27 12-40-56.png (42.35 KiB) Viewed 393 times
- Perhaps this version of the flat symbol, the stem is slowly emboldened toward the top:
Skärmbild från 2021-01-27 12-37-13.png
Skärmbild från 2021-01-27 12-37-13.png (27.28 KiB) Viewed 393 times
The flags are wonderful, and nicely positioned.
Freelance Composer. Self-Publisher.
Finale 25.5 • Sibelius 2020 • MuseScore 2+3 • Logic Pro X+ • Ableton Live 10+ • Digital Performer 9+ /// MacOS Mojave, (side systems: Fedora 32, Windows 10)

benwiggy
Posts: 467
Joined: 11 Apr 2016, 19:42

Re: Sebastian SMuFL font

Post by benwiggy »

OCTO wrote:
27 Jan 2021, 11:43
Questions:
- have you edited the natural symbol? It seems a bit vertically compressed/emboldened in comparison to the sharp, so that the angle is not the same, and the stems are bolder. Nothing "wrong" in it, just I don't feel comfortable. Also both are not equally centered:
No: I edited the sharp! I made the crossbars a little thicker and more angled. I can see that the natural should match.
OCTO wrote:
27 Jan 2021, 11:43
Questions:
- also the half-notehead reminds me too much Petrucci. Is it possible to use another variant found in Sebastian, such as it is on "F" (on the left)?
Yes, the half still needs some thought.
OCTO wrote:
27 Jan 2021, 11:43
- as a matter of taste as well, I would compress the double flat, and remove the emboldened upper stem:
Yes. I didn't touch that, but it does need some attention.
OCTO wrote:
27 Jan 2021, 11:43
- Perhaps this version of the flat symbol, the stem is slowly emboldened toward the top:
I was talking to Florian this morning about this!
OCTO wrote:
27 Jan 2021, 11:43
The flags are wonderful, and nicely positioned.
Thank you. The flags and rests are probably the bit I did the most 'artistic' work on.

Post Reply