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- Sibelius, Audioscore & Photoscore Bundle
The fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music.
• Task-oriented user interface > easily progress through all the steps of creating a score
• Professional-quality, 38 GB sound library > enjoy ultra-realistic playback
• Native 64-bit support > work faster, with more virtual instruments and effects, than ever before
• Optimized for single monitor use > ideal for classrooms, laptops, and more
• Text and typography enhancements > take advantage of the latest OpenType fonts
• Graphics import and export > build complex layouts for publishing, creating teaching materials, and more
• Included support and special pricing for education > buy with peace of mind
Task-oriented user interface
The brand-new Sibelius 7.5 user interface provides task-focused tabs that lead you through the process of creating a score from start to finish. Every feature has both an icon and a text description with full contextual help available when you need it.
Professional sound library—only in Sibelius
You finesse every detail of your score you want to hear every nuance during playback. Sibelius 7.5 includes more than 38 GB of professional content, including a specially recorded symphony orchestra, rock and pop instruments, and much more.
Native 64-bit support—only in Sibelius
Sibelius 7.5 is the world’s first 64-bit notation software, enabling you to unlock the full power of your 64-bit system—and work more quickly, with more virtual instruments and effects, than ever before.
Optimized for single monitor use—only in Sibelius
Sibelius understands that many of their customers favor laptops or other single-display systems. That’s why Sibelius designed the Sibelius 7.5 interface to allow you to focus on the music at all times and easily hide information that you only need to see occasionally.
Switch to Sibelius from Finale
There’s never been a better time to switch from Finale to Sibelius. Sibelius now features a step-time note input method that is very similar to Finale software’s Speedy Entry method right down to using many of the same keystrokes. So if you know how to input notes in Finale, you know Sibelius too. And because today’s workflows include a wide variety of software applications, Sibelius 7 now includes full MusicXML export capability, so you can exchange files with hundreds of other applications, including Finale.
Text and typography enhancements
Take advantage of the latest OpenType fonts, including advanced features like ligatures, and employ them in text frames with full Desktop Publishing (DTP) level capabilities. There’s no need to export projects to a separate DTP application—now you can complete many of them within Sibelius 7.
Graphics import and export
Sibelius 7.5 makes it easy to import graphics in all major formats, then manipulate them to build complex layouts for publishing, creating teaching materials, instructional books, and more. You can export the full score as publication-quality graphics in PDF format, plus individual pages or smaller sections in EPS, PNG, and SVG formats.
Compose and edit
Sibelius is the fastest, smartest, easiest way to create and edit musical scores. Sibelius delivers revolutionary, time-saving features like Magnetic Layout and Dynamic Parts plus a powerful creative toolset including Flexi-time MIDI input, Keyboard and Fretboard windows, and a variety of other input options. With all this functionality and more, Sibelius empowers you to create incredibly complex scores quickly.
Magnetic Layout—only in Sibelius
The revolutionary Magnetic Layout feature takes care of almost every detail of score layout for you. As you write, it gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions producing beautiful results. This single feature saves you up to half your writing time.
Write perfect scores up to twice as fast
Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout for you. This one feature saves so much time, it may be the greatest revolution in music engraving in 20 years.
Magnetic Layout makes objects like slurs, accidentals, and tuplets stick to notes, and repels other objects to avoid colliding with them. You get truly professional results with much less effort.
Magnetic Layout in practice
While you’re writing music, the dynamics, lyrics, chord symbols, rehearsal marks, and all other objects quietly shift around to make sure your music is as clear as possible. They’re attracted into neat rows and columns, and repelled by other objects, making the best use of space on the page.
Dynamics line up in rows and columns, while avoiding notes, slurs, etc. Lyrics shift out of the way of low notes, but stay lined up in verses. Tempo marks, chord symbols, and many other objects also organize themselves neatly while avoiding collisions.
Drag something across a complex score, and other objects will helpfully jump out of the way. And on the rare occasion things get so tight that Sibelius can’t prevent a collision, it will mark it in red so it’s easy to spot and fix.
Staves behave just as intelligently—Sibelius can optimize the space between them to allow room for low/high notes, lyrics, tempo markings, and rehearsal marks. It adds extra space between instrument families to make large scores easier to read, and saves space between other staves that don’t have much on them.
But there’s more: advanced users can freeze the positions of objects for complex engraving situations. You can also turn off Magnetic Layout for individual objects or the whole score. And though you’ll probably never need to, you can even set which objects’ positions matter most, how much white space to allow around them, and which ones to align.
Dynamic Parts in Sibelius
Unlike other programs that require you to extract instrumental parts from the full score, Sibelius provides Dynamic Parts. This powerful feature automatically creates separate instrumental parts and instantly updates them as you make changes to the score. Dynamic Parts will save you many hours of work on every project.
Parts in other programs
In other programs, you have to “extract” instrumental parts from the full score. You then have to check them and clean them up. And if you make revisions to the score later which almost always happens you either have to spend ages making the same revisions in the parts yourself, or extract them all over again.
Not so in Sibelius.
Sibelius has a unique feature called Dynamic Parts. You don't have to extract them—in fact, you don't have to do anything to get parts. As soon as you start a new score, all the parts are already there and you can look at any of them from a list on the toolbar.
As you add music to the full score, it appears in the relevant parts too. In fact, Sibelius instantly updates the parts to reflect whatever you do to the score. You can even write music in the parts, and the score will change to match. If you like, you can also change things in parts such as adding cues without affecting the score.
Sibelius automatically transposes the parts if necessary, groups bar rests into “multirests,” and includes all the relevant markings, such as time signature and tempo changes. So you don't have to think about anything.
Create cues instantly
It takes just a moment to create cues in parts. Simply copy the music you want to appear in the cue, and choose Paste As Cue. Sibelius does the rest it makes the cue small, puts it in a suitable voice, transposes it or changes clef as necessary, deletes dynamics and articulations (optional), adds a text label, hides the cue in the score, and stops it playing back. You can even add a cue to multiple instruments at once.
What’s more, Sibelius includes two plug-ins to make cueing even easier. Suggest Cue Locations suggests suitable points for cues in your score, while Check Cues verifies the accuracy of cues you’ve already added.
Customize cue appearance
Sibelius does the work of creating cues for you, while giving you complete control over how they appear. You can choose whether you want articulations and dynamics to be included, and whether you want the cue to have new clefs and octave lines, or be transposed to an appropriate pitch for the destination instrument.
Easy instrument changes
Scores often have two or more instruments played by the same person, such as percussion, or clarinet doubling saxophone. Or sometimes you need to rewrite a whole part for a different instrument. Now Sibelius will do this automatically—simply put an instrument change anywhere in the music, and Sibelius will change the instrument from that point onwards—altering its name, clef, sound, even the transposition and staff type if necessary.
If you write for unusual instruments, you can now design your own, choosing the name, clef, range, sound, etc. you want. From glockenrimba to trumpet in F#, your imagination is the only limit.
Sibelius also lays out parts. It puts page turns at convenient places, and positions rehearsal marks, new sections, key changes, etc. at the start of systems, to make them easier for players to locate. In fact, you'll hardly need to adjust parts at all just look them over and print.
You can print a complete set of parts with one click of the mouse, and even specify how many copies you want for each instrument.
For easy reading and navigation, the Panorama feature lets you see your music as a single, infinitely wide strip. Focus on the notes and forget about page layout until you’re ready to print.
View music as a single strip
Panorama is a clear way of viewing music in Sibelius. Instead of chopping up music into systems and pages, Panorama displays your music in a single, infinitely wide strip which is far easier to read and navigate around. So now you can just think about the notes, and forget about page layout until you’re ready to print.
You can switch between Panorama and normal view whenever you like, or use Panorama in combination with Focus on Staves if you just want to look at a few instruments.
An easier way to compose
Panorama makes it more enjoyable to input music. Because there’s only one system on the page, Sibelius can move smoothly from left to right as you compose, without any disorienting jumps from one system to another. Dragging staves in Panorama won’t affect the layout of the real score so you’re free to think about your music without any distractions.
No matter where go in your music, Panorama’s Magic Margin makes it crystal clear what stave you’re on. It even reflects changes to instruments on the same stave, something that’s now incredibly easy to set up.
Creating music in Sibelius
Sibelius gives you a powerful music creation toolset—from the Flexi-time MIDI input system and Keyboard and Fretboard windows, to the ability to input music via a microphone. With all these options, it’s easy to find a workflow that suits you.
Flexi-time is Sibelius software’s unique system for notating music as you play it on a MIDI keyboard in real time. There’s no need to tap a pedal or play mechanically just play naturally with both hands, and Sibelius will follow you as you speed up or slow down.
You can even listen to the music you’ve already written as you play in more music on top.
Step-time lets you play pitches from your MIDI keyboard with one hand, and choose rhythms and articulations with the other from the keypad (see image).
Keyboard and Fretboard windows
These beautiful windows are ideal for anyone who prefers using a keyboard or guitar to notation. Simply click on the keys or frets to input notes and chords or “play” your computer’s QWERTY keys just like a piano.
These windows aren’t just for inputting. Select any note/chord, and the keyboard or fretboard will show how it’s played. And when you play the score back, you can follow the music on the keyboard or fretboard too even if it’s written for other instruments.
•Click keys or “play” your computer keyboard to input•Colors show voices•Scroll through octaves•Drag to resize•Choose which staves’ music to show when playing
•Click frets to input notes and chords•Acoustic, maple, or rosewood neck in three sizes•6-string guitar or 4/5-string bass•Choose which staves' music to show when playing
Mouse and keystrokes
To input without a MIDI keyboard, pick note-values and accidentals from the keypad with the mouse, and click to place them in the score. For extra speed, use the computer keyboard instead specify pitch using the letters A to G, and rhythms from the keypad using the numeric keys. There are many other keyboard shortcuts for power users.
You can also get other markings such as clefs, slurs, and time signatures from menus; Sibelius even positions them in the right place for you.
Input music from a mic with AudioScore Lite
Developed by Neuratron, AudioScore lets you input music into Sibelius by singing or playing an instrument then simply hitting a button.
AudioScore Lite is included with Sibelius. An advanced version, AudioScore Ultimate, is also available for purchase. The Professional version lets you create an arrangement with unlimited tracks using your microphone, MIDI keyboard, or mouse; input into Sibelius in real time (Windows only); and can even help you improve your playing skills by displaying the precise tuning of each note you play.
Sibelius includes PhotoScore Lite—the state-of-the-art program for scanning printed music. It takes just seconds to read a page, and you can then edit or transpose the music in Sibelius, play it back, extract parts, and print—just as if you’d input it yourself. It will also read music in PDF files.
The advanced version PhotoScore Ultimate (which you can buy with Sibelius) has many extra features, such as reading handwritten music, slurs, articulations, hairpins, and text.
The Ideas Hub
This unique feature lets you capture, use, and reuse snippets of music. Save your own ideas, or take advantage of the over 2,000 included samples, which are ideal for teaching.
Never lose another idea
When writing music, you may come up with a bit of melody, rhythm, accompaniment, or chord progression with some potential. Now, instead of wondering what to do with it, just tap a key to store it in the Ideas Hub. Then reuse these ideas later in any score, just like pasting from the clipboard; Sibelius even transposes ideas into the right key and range.
Tag, organize, and search
An idea can be a passage of music of any length, any kind, and for any number of instruments. Once you’ve captured an idea, you can edit it, tag it with your own keywords (e.g. canon, lyrical, riff) to help find it later, or even color-code it. The Ideas window lets you browse and search through all the available ideas by keyword tags, instrument, time signature, key and so on, and even play them back. Plus, you can export them later to share your ideas with other people.
Ready-made ideas for students
Sibelius includes over 2,000 ready-made ideas for students to use—in a huge range of styles from classical, jazz, and band to world music, rock, and hip-hop.
By using these ideas in their music, students of all abilities can discover how to combine melodies, harmonies, and rhythms to create different textures and musical structures.
Students can start with just one or two ideas for inspiration, or use ideas as building blocks to create a complete piece. Instructors can keep track of what they’ve done, because Sibelius marks where ideas are used in the score.
If you prefer, you can switch off all of the ready-made ideas, or create focused exercises by giving students just a few ideas.
Track changes and compare versions—only in Sibelius
Have you ever written something better the first time around? The Versions feature keeps track of revisions to your score, lets you look back at earlier versions, and see what changes were made since. Collaboration becomes a joy, and you can even use sticky Comments to leave notes for yourself, or others.
Another ingenious first in music software, Versions keeps track of revisions to your score, lets you look back at earlier versions of it, and see what changes have been made.
This is invaluable for all kinds of users. Students can record their progress as they write coursework, and submit an automatic commentary along with their piece. Teachers can track what each student has done since last week. Composers and arrangers can look back at earlier revisions, or see changes made by orchestrators, publishers, and other collaborators.
So now there's no need to fish out crumpled-up paper from your bin, or hunt through backups from weeks ago. To see any earlier version of a score, just choose from a list of them on the toolbar. You can print out these past versions, play them back, or export them as separate files. You can also copy music from them to resurrect an idea you'd discarded or even revert to an old version entirely.
To save a version at any point, just click a button, the date, time, a name, and optional comment are saved with it, so you won't have to remember which version is which. All versions are stored in the same score you're working on, so you don't need to go searching for them later.
What's more, you can compare two versions of a score, or even two different scores, to see the differences. This produces a summary and detailed list of all the variations between them. Objects that have been added, changed, or deleted are also color-coded in the music, so they're easy to spot. You can even export a Word file that lists all these changes, and graphics of each page with the differences highlighted.
Comments are like sticky notes that you can add to your score. And just like the real thing, you can use them to write reminders to yourself, or to communicate with someone else.
To create a comment, just click the toolbar button and start typing Sibelius automatically includes your name, the date, and time. Add a comment to a selected passage, and it will also state the relevant instrument(s) and bars. Comments are automatically color-coded by author ideal if you're sharing a score with a student, teacher, arranger, or editor—and you can also change their appearance.
Finally, you can resize comments, minimize them (so they don't get in the way), or hide them throughout the score.
M-Audio HyperControl support
M-Audio Axiom Pro keyboard controllers feature HyperControl technology, which automatically maps the keyboard's controls to commonly accessed parameters in select music software, such as Sibelius. HyperControl creates a constant two-way link between hardware and software so the keyboard's controls are always in sync with active parameters in Sibelius. As a result, you’ll enjoy a smooth, intuitive workflow.
Play, perform, and share
In addition to creating and editing, Sibelius makes it easy to play back your scores with stunning realism. The massive included sound library gives you immediate access to a wide range of professional-quality instruments. If you want even more great sounds, Sibelius supports VST and AU plug-ins, giving you access to third-party sample libraries. You can also sync Sibelius with other popular audio software such as Pro Tools via ReWire.
VST and Audio Units
VST (on Windows and Mac) and Audio Units (on Mac only) are state-of-the-art standards for high-quality instrumental sounds. A huge variety of VST and Audio Unit instruments are available from numerous manufacturers—and Sibelius can play back your score using any of them. The possibilities are unlimited—you can use world-famous sounds such as the EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphonic Library, Synful Orchestra, and many others. Sibelius works with Kontakt Player and Kontakt-format sounds as well.
You can also use a wide variety of effects to enhance your sound (such as advanced reverb, EQ, and filters, which you can chain and mix together). Combine a variety of different VST or Audio Unit instruments and effects simultaneously to customize your sound.
Sibelius delivers high-quality, integrated playback just hit the space bar and Sibelius will play your score back to you. Our patented SoundWorld system automatically chooses the best available sounds to make your score sound as realistic as possible.
It’s easy to fine-tune your playback using the Mixer, which features high-quality effects including convolution reverb and chorus on each staff, plus up to six faders for other effects (EQ, distortion, timbre, etc.). All fader positions and settings are saved in the score, so you won’t have to adjust them next time you open it.
ReWire—only in Sibelius
ReWire is a standard that lets you record audio from Sibelius on a digital audio workstation (DAW), such as Pro Tools. It also synchronizes Sibelius with your DAW so they can play back at the same time—starting playback in one program initiates it simultaneously in the other.
ReWire opens up all kinds of possibilities for using Sibelius with other audio software. For example, you could add an acoustic solo instrument line to your Sibelius playback by recording your score into your DAW, or by making Sibelius and your DAW play back simultaneously.
ReWire is so widely used that you can connect Sibelius 6 to almost any audio program—not just Pro Tools, but also Cubase, Logic, Digital Performer, Cakewalk, Reaper, GarageBand, and more. And again, no other notation program can do this.
Conduct your scores
It’s time to take to the podium! Live Tempo lets you conduct the playback of your score to produce a nuanced, musical performance. Simply tap a key on your computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard, or foot pedal, and Sibelius follows your beat. Read more
Live Tempo lets you “conduct” the playback of your score to produce a nuanced, musical performance.
Simply tap a key on your computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard, or foot pedal, and Sibelius follows your beat. Every detail of your interpretation is recorded, so you can play it back again later, or produce an audio or MIDI file of your performance.
Espressivo and Rubato
Espressivo and Rubato are unique features that add elegant expression as Sibelius plays. Espressivo makes subtle adjustments to the dynamics to produce musical phrasing, and Rubato varies the tempo, just like a human performer.
Sibelius lets you produce scores so stunning, they’re virtually works of art. Slurs in Sibelius are the most beautiful and controllable of any program. Stemlets and beamed rests can be added and positioned instantly, as can arpeggio lines. Sibelius will even include cautionary accidentals automatically—helping you to produce performance-ready scores every time.
Sibelius has the most beautiful and controllable slurs of any program. Their default design and position is superior in all kinds of situations. You can also adjust their shape using no fewer than six handles, and alter their thickness individually. Various Engraving Rules options let you control the default height and shoulder for different slur lengths.
Sibelius automatically adds cautionary accidentals wherever they're needed, so you'll get fewer wrong notes in performance. The default setting should do just what you want, but as usual we've included various options you can tweak where to use cautionary accidentals (e.g. up to the end of the next bar, between different octaves or voices, or when tying notes between systems), and whether to draw them in parentheses.
You can add 1-, 2-, and 4-bar repeats from the Keypad, which play back just like anything else. Multiple repeat bars can also be automatically numbered (without using a plug-in), so performers won't lose their place.
Jazz articulations and slashes
You can quickly add scoops, falls, doits, and plops to notes from the Keypad no need to use symbols. Like other articulations, they position automatically and transpose with the notes, but you can also move them individually. Jazz articulations even play back on suitable MIDI devices (e.g. Garritan Jazz and Big Band).
Slashes also stay put when the rest of the music transposes, making rhythm charts quicker to produce. Other jazz improvements include enhanced chord symbols, which you can input faster than ever from your computer or MIDI keyboard.
Sibelius includes optional stemlets ('half-stems') for rests in beamed groups. You can either use stemlets throughout the score, or add them to individual rests from the Keypad. There are various other options for beamed rests too, even without stemlets.
Sibelius also has automatic “feathered” beams, for showing brief accels/rits. Again, you choose them from the Keypad, and they even work on two-note tremolos.
You can add wiggly arpeggio lines to spread chords instantly, straight from the Keypad. They're attached to notes, so Sibelius automatically allows room for them, and they transpose with the notes too. Use a normal wiggly line, or one with an up- or down-pointing arrow.
You can also make ties break across time signatures, by being drawn behind them. In fact, you can make any object go in front of or behind any other, like in many drawing programs. This is particularly useful for putting imported graphics in front of or behind staves.
Articulations are automatically drawn inside or outside slurs or tuplets depending on the situation, with a host of subtle options. You can also reposition multiple articulations on the same note individually rather than all at once.
Included support and special pricing
Your Sibelius 7.5 purchase includes peace of mind you get 90 days of complimentary assisted support, plus a variety of affordable annual support options. There’s also academic pricing.
Avid Academic version is for use by students, faculty, teachers, and administrators. You will be asked to verify your eligibility for the educational price after purchase. You must obtain a serial number by submitting proof of education eligibility to Avid. Read the eligibility guidelines at www.avid.com/eligibility
If you are a church musician, private music teacher, or want to purchase for your son or daughter in primary school you do not qualify for the academic verison. However, we can help you purchase it for close to the same price! Contact us for details!
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|Manufacturer Part #||9900-65338-00|
|Platform||Hybrid (Mac and PC)|
|System Requirements (Windows)||Minimum System Requirements
Sibelius software only
• Windows XP, Windows Vista (SP2 with Platform Update Pack or later), Windows 7 SP1 or later
• 1 GB+ RAM
• 750 MB hard disk space
• DVD-ROM drive
Recommended for Sibelius 7 Sounds sample library*
• Intel Core 2 Duo (or equivalent) or better
• 4 GB+ total physical RAM
• 40 GB total hard disk space (7200 rpm or faster drive recommended; SSD preferable)
• ASIO-compatible soundcard
|System Requirements (Mac)||Minimum System Requirements
Sibelius software only
• Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later, Mac OS X 10.7
• 1 GB+ RAM
• 750 MB hard disk space
• DVD-ROM drive
Recommended for Sibelius 7 Sounds sample library*
• Intel Core 2 Duo or better
• 4 GB+ total physical RAM
• 40 GB total hard disk space (7200 rpm or faster drive recommended; SSD preferable)