And gain greater efficiency and flexibility when working with ties with new tie styles and improvements. From the intuitive task-oriented interface and professional sound library, to the timesaving Magnetic Layout, Sibelius helps you bring your musical vision to life. Write parts with ease Write parts with ease Write parts with ease Enter notes quickly using the onscreen notation, keyboard, and fretboard windows. Or, use your MIDI keyboard and Sibelius music writing software will capture the nuances of your performance and intelligently lay out the notes.
Magnetic Layout automatically adjusts and spaces out your notation as you write, avoiding collisions to produce a beautiful score with minimal effort. Spark ideas with loop playback Spark ideas with loop playback Spark ideas with loop playback With loop playback, you can select any part of your score to loop repeatedly, enabling you to improvise and experiment as you play along.
You can even slow down the tempo for easier rehearsal and practice. Hear your music in stunning detail Hear your music in stunning detail Hear your music in stunning detail With a high-quality 32 GB sample library filled with a wide variety of musical instrumentation, you can hear what your compositions will sound like when performed.
The Espressivo advanced notation interpretation even lets you adjust rhythm and swing to create a more humanistic feel. Close Create and perfect the arrangement and instrumentation in your score Transform music into perfect scores Quickly adapt your music and arrangement for any ensemble and performance with a full suite of powerful orchestration tools.
Create and arrange parts fast Create and arrange parts fast Create and arrange parts fast The Arrange feature makes it easy to orchestrate additional instrument parts from existing ones.
Simply select an orchestration style and Sibelius automatically creates new parts based on your source parts. Or consolidate multiple parts into one at the click of a button. Keep scores safe during review Keep scores safe during review Keep scores safe during review Review mode locks down your score, enabling collaborators to freely navigate and review your composition.
Contributors are free to add comments and annotations without the fear of inadvertently changing a score. Fine-tune lyrics, dynamics, and charts with desktop publishing tools. Plus, add graphics and create your own house styles or manuscript papers to give your scores a unique look and feel. Create parts dynamically Create parts dynamically Create parts dynamically Dynamic Parts automatically creates individual instrument parts as a score is being created.
For copyists, this eliminates the need to extract parts or make destructive changes to a score when prepping sheet music for different instrumental parts. Create and arrange parts fast Create and arrange parts fast Create and arrange parts fast The Arrange feature makes it easy to orchestrate additional instrument parts from existing ones. Simply select an orchestration style and Sibelius automatically creates new parts based on your source parts.
Or consolidate multiple parts into one at the click of a button. Keep scores safe during review Keep scores safe during review Keep scores safe during review Review mode locks down your score, enabling collaborators to freely navigate and review your composition. Contributors are free to add comments and annotations without the fear of inadvertently changing a score. Fine-tune lyrics, dynamics, and charts with desktop publishing tools. Plus, add graphics and create your own house styles or manuscript papers to give your scores a unique look and feel.
Create parts dynamically Create parts dynamically Create parts dynamically Dynamic Parts automatically creates individual instrument parts as a score is being created. For copyists, this eliminates the need to extract parts or make destructive changes to a score when prepping sheet music for different instrumental parts. Changes to the full score are automatically reflected in the parts, while individual parts can be changed without affecting the full score. Engrave intelligently Engrave intelligently Engrave intelligently Create beautiful, legible scores quickly with advanced notation tools and multi-edit capabilities.
Add slurs, hairpins, ties, or other staff lines across multiple instruments, and make edits to barlines, expression and technique text, and lyrics all in one action. Sibelius intelligently spaces notes and elements, keeping everything in perfect alignment. Perform complex tasks with ease Perform complex tasks with ease Perform complex tasks with ease Supercharge Sibelius with extra features and capabilities courtesy of the generous user community.
These free plugins accelerate and simplify complex engraving, notating, layout, processing, text, and other tasks. See and search for all available plugins in the Install Plug-ins dialog to find what you need.
Share your scores Discover Cloud Sharing Share scores with anyone, anywhere Imagine being able to present scores online so anyone, anywhere, can view, play, and provide feedback on your compositions. You can share scores privately with others on your own personal cloud space 1 GB included or post your compositions to your website and social media for the world to hear. All you need is Sibelius and an Internet connection.
Last Updated: October 24, Products Affected: Sibelius Click Here for the latest Sibelius 8. We've divided these into the following five categories: Before you buy - questions covering buying your first copy of Sibelius or upgrading to Sibelius 7. Support and computer requirements Schools and Universities - help for academic institutions Before you buy What are the new features in Sibelius 7. Read up on new and improved features in Sibelius 7.
How do I find out more about the new features in Sibelius 7. You can download a free, fully-functioning day trial version from the Avid website. Please note that it does not include the Sibelius 7 Sounds library, since they are too large to provide as a download for the trial version.
You can hear examples of the Sibelius 7 Sounds in action here. How do I buy Sibelius 7. You can check out pricing and buy online now from Avid's online store , or from any authorized reseller. What kinds of music can I write using Sibelius?
Sibelius can write almost all kinds of music, from early music to avant-garde, from songs and piano pieces to full orchestral scores, and automatically handles special notations like guitar tab, figured bass, and transposing instruments. Take a look at an overview of Sibelius' advanced features. What kinds of musician is Sibelius useful for? Sibelius is used by composers, arrangers, schools, colleges, universities, performers, publishers, copyists, students, teachers and educators, all of whom will find that their work is quicker and easier with Sibelius than doing it by hand or with another program.
Can Sibelius do special notations? Yes - Sibelius can notate all kinds of music, from early music to avant garde scores, as well as special notations like guitar and lute tablature. Click here for an overview of Sibelius' advanced features. What is the difference between Sibelius 7. Sibelius First has fewer features, being designed for musicians who don't need all of Sibelius advanced features - for example, primary and secondary school students.
For more details on the differences, click here. What reviews and awards has Sibelius had? Sibelius has received accolades from magazines and newspapers all over the world. You can read some excerpts from reviews , and also take a look at the awards Sibelius has won. What do you get when you buy Sibelius 7. A large printed Reference manual is available for separate purchase, although all documentation is included in the software in PDF form for easy on-screen reference.
A sound set is a file that describes the specific capabilities of your playback device to Sibelius in order to best take advantage of its capabilities. Please be aware that Sibelius 7-compatible sound set files are not available for all hardware MIDI devices for which sound sets were available in earlier versions of Sibelius.
Do I need training to use Sibelius? No - Sibelius is very intuitive to use, and most users find that they can start writing music straight away. The built-in tutorials introduce new users to all the main features in fewer than pages. Check out the Avid Sibelius YouTube playlist for tutorial and other videos. Why the name 'Sibelius'? Popular belief is that it is because the composer Sibelius was a Finn, punning with the name of the program's inventors Jonathan and Ben Finn.
However, the Finns reckon this may just be a happy coincidence and perhaps they chose the name because Sibelius is one of their favorite composers. Frankly, they can't really remember the reason.
Sibelius and Finale How does Sibelius compare with Finale? Almost everyone who has used both Sibelius and Finale say they prefer Sibelius. Here are some reasons to choose Sibelius: Sibelius is the 1 notation application and is an industry standard for both composers and publishers Sibelius 7.
Can I transfer it to Sibelius? If you have music created in Finale or one of its cut-down variants e. Yes - Sibelius includes a free scanning program PhotoScore Lite so you can quickly convert printed scores into Sibelius format.
This is the musical equivalent of text OCR optical character recognition. A separate version, PhotoScore Ultimate , is also available, which reads more musical markings than PhotoScore Lite, and has additional advanced features. Can I scan handwritten scores into Sibelius? Yes - with PhotoScore Ultimate 7 , the world's first commercial software designed to read handwritten music.
What is Scorch? Scorch is Sibelius' free web browser plug-in that enables you to view, play, transpose, customize, print and save Sibelius scores from the Internet. It's used by major web sites such as ScoreExchange.
Click here for more information about Scorch, and to download this great free plug-in. Scorch is also the name of our iPad application for viewing, playing and buying digital sheet music, available in the iPad App Store. Check it out! What is PhotoScore? It's a range of programs for scanning printed music, for use with Sibelius and other music software. Click here for details. You are entitled to 90 days of free technical help by phone and web, starting from when you register Sibelius.
After your 90 day period has expired, you can still get help via the online support pages for free, or buy further support if you need it. In some countries, technical help is provided by your local distributor and the details vary from country to country.
Click here for details of the equipment you'll need. Are you going to release Sibelius for Linux or other operating systems? We have no current plans to release Sibelius on any other operating systems.
What's the difference between the Mac and Windows versions? The Mac and Windows versions are effectively identical. They have virtually identical features, menus and keyboard shortcuts, use the same file format, and even come on the same DVD-ROMs with the same manual in the same box, so you can switch between the two whenever you like. I may want to switch Sibelius between Mac and Windows in future. Can I do this? Sibelius uses exactly the same file format on Mac and Windows, so no file conversion is involved.
Sibelius even automatically substitutes fonts and characters sets for you using Unicode, so you don't get errors in accented letters. Can I use Sibelius 7. Yes, in these two cases: You can install a single-user copy of Sibelius on two computers for your own use only Site licenses are available for schools, colleges and universities.
Apart from in these cases, you are not allowed to use Sibelius on more than one computer. Is Sibelius copy protected? Yes - Sibelius is such a popular program that some unscrupulous people would love to make illegal copies of it!
We have to copy protect the program so that we can continue to fund developments and improvements. We want to know if you hear of anybody copying Sibelius - please contact us if you can help. How is Sibelius 7. When you first buy Sibelius, you activate it with us over the Internet.
This is quick and easy to do, and you should only need to do it once. If you don't activate within 30 days of installing, saving is temporarily disabled, but it is re-enabled as soon as you do activate. You can read more about Sibelius' registration system here. I've heard that the standard Sibelius is not licensed for commercial Internet use.
What counts as commercial use? If you're an individual using Sibelius to put scores on your web site even if you sell scores by mail order , or on ScoreExchange. Schools, colleges and universities may also use Sibelius online for coursework.
If you're any other kind of organisation, please contact us about commercial use of Sibelius and Scorch. Where can I download my products? If you purchased Sibelius 7. How do I find my license details? For Sibelius 7. Individual copies: Multiseat licenses for educational establishments: Your licenses are on entitlement certificate PDFs that are emailed to the reseller you bought Sibelius from. If you need a reminder of these, please email the reseller who will be able to forward these on to you.
How do I activate or register my Avid Sibelius product?