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Sibelius is the world’s best-selling music notation software, offering sophisticated, yet easy-to-use tools that are proven and trusted by composers, arrangers, publishers, educators, and students alike.

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Sibelius 8 Tips:

  • Avid does not include DVDs in the boxed version of Sibelius 8.  The boxed version only includes an activation card and download instructions.  Please order the Sibelius Media Pack if you wish to receive the DVDs.
  • Sibelius 8 requires a low latency ASIO or AU compatible audio interface (soundcard) for using the sound library. We recommend the GuitarFace II USB, AudioLink III USB or most any of the audio interfaces in our buyer’s guide. Contact us for more information.
  • A USB MIDI keyboard makes entering notes into Sibelius much faster. The i2 GarageKey 37 is an ideal USB MIDI keyboard – just plug it in, and it works. For more options, visit our keyboard buyer’s guide.
What is Sibelius?

Sibelius is the world’s best-selling music notation software, offering sophisticated, yet easy-to-use tools that are proven and trusted by composers, arrangers, publishers, educators, and students alike. And with the new Sibelius, you'll be able to access the software in more affordable ways than ever. Compose with a low-cost subscription. Own the software outright. Manage multiple copies with Sibelius network licensing. Or get started with Sibelius | First. The choice is yours. And with the integrated Annotate feature, multi-touch gestures, Surface Pro 3 pen support, and more, Sibelius enables you to express your creativity in brand new ways, whether composing for a live performance, movie, television, media entertainment, or in the classroom.

Get easy access to the world’s best-selling music notation tool

In addition to Sibelius being available to own and upgrade as before, you can now subscribe on an annual basis, enabling you to access the latest version of the software affordably at any time and pay only when you need it. And you’ll have access to all future Sibelius updates and upgrades as soon as they’re available through the included Avid upgrade plan, as well as to expert help.

Write music with a pen on a Surface Pro

Sibelius has been optimized for the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, enabling you to add and edit notes quickly with just a tap of the pen, as well as play music in real time using the tablet’s onscreen keyboard and fretboard. Use the Surface Pen’s buttons to select, erase and edit your music. You can even drag the score around and resize objects while inputting notes.

 
Write music with a pen on a Surface Pro
Add notes and comments directly on the score
 

Add notes and comments directly on the score

With the new Annotate feature, you can create reminders for yourself about music changes as you’re composing, or communicate edits and feedback to others, streamlining collaboration and review. Draw directly on the score using a mouse, trackpad, USB tablet, or Surface Pro 3 Pen. Circle items and write or type comments or instructions to arrangers, players, or students. Because annotations are grouped intelligently and always attached to the bar you add them to, you needn’t worry about losing your notes. Plus, annotations can be switched off so they don’t appear when printing.

Interact with scores using multi-touch gestures

If you’re working on a laptop with a trackpad or using a Surface Pro 3, you can quickly zoom in and out of your score by simply using a pinch-zoom gesture, making navigation and editing easier. You can even set predefined zoom levels to zoom in and out with a quick double-tap.

 
Interact with scores using multi-touch gestures
 

Get up and running faster than ever

We’ve revamped and simplified the entire Sibelius activation process so you can quickly start using the software and easily move to a different computer. No longer do you have to use a serial number, System ID, or Activation ID to activate, deactivate, and reactivate Sibelius whenever you want to switch computers; now you can activate Sibelius on any computer by simply signing in to your Avid Master Account. Plus, you’ll get access to support, downloads, and your Avid Marketplace account once you do.

Work faster and see more detailed beauty on Windows

For Windows users, Sibelius features an updated interface and new support for high-resolution displays, enabling you to see every detail of your score in stunning clarity. Plus, gain faster access to the features you need most with new and improved icons that appear in the ribbon and floating windows.

 
Work faster and see more detailed beauty on Windows
 

Workflow

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, Dynamic Parts, and the Timeline window—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 resultswithout the work.

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.

Staff room

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.

Advanced options

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.

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.

Dynamic Parts

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.

Auto Layout

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.

Accelerated navigation

Accelerated navigation

With the new Timeline window, you get a quick view of the entire structure of your score no matter how large or complex enabling you to navigate to any part fast for editing or playback. Simply click on any bar, in the timecode ruler, or on any landmark the important objects that make up your score, including rehearsal marks, repeat structures, comments, key signatures, tempo, and more to jump immediately to that section.

 
Native 64-bit support—only in Sibelius

Today’s 64-bit capable hardware and operating systems provide big speed and memory advantages. Sibelius was the 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. 

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. 

Music

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. 

Track changes and compare versions—only in Sibelius


Track changes and compare versions—only in Sibelius

Task-oriented user interface


Task-oriented user interface

Optimized for single monitor 

use—only in Sibelius

Optimized for single monitor use—only in Sibelius

Your workspace, your way

Avid understands that many of their customers favor laptops or other single-display systems. That’s why they designed the Sibelius interface to allow you to focus on the music at all times and easily hide information that you only need to see occasionally.

Sibelius acts as an intelligent assistant, taking the drudgery out of your work. It now remembers exactly what you were doing the last time you worked on your score, restoring not only the zoom level and showing you where in your score you were working, but also the document tabs, window sizes and positions, view options, and more.

And of course, you have complete control over your working environment, with comprehensive options to determine exactly how Sibelius should set itself up for new and existing scores.

Full screen for full speed ahead—only in Sibelius

Sibelius includes a full-screen mode that hides the Windows taskbar and menu bar, or Mac menu bar, and devotes as much of your screen display as possible to your music.

Without distractions from other applications, you’ll find the Sibelius full-screen mode to be a more immersive working environment—this really is virtual manuscript paper.

Dockable panels

Whether it’s the new Timeline window, the Mixer, the beautiful on-screen Keyboard and Fretboard panels, or the Ideas panel, you don't have to compromise between obscuring your score and showing the windows you need. Sibelius panels are dockable, so you can arrange them around the edges of your screen, without obscuring the music itself.

You can also summon or dismiss all of the panels with a single click, to allow you to focus fully on the printed page at any time.

Full-featured Mixer

Sibelius features a comprehensive Mixer that employs vertical faders, just like a real mixing desk. By default, the Mixer is docked at the bottom of your screen, and shows just the faders for volume. Make it a little taller, and pan and solo/mute controls appear. Make it even taller and you’ll see advanced options for changing playback device, channel, and sound. Expand it fully to get controls for integrated effects and FX signal buses. Then hide it again by pressing a single key.

Context-sensitive Inspector

For advanced control over the appearance and playback properties of objects, summon the Inspector using its keyboard shortcut. A floating window appears, showing only the controls that are relevant to the selected objects, allowing you to quickly make adjustments using the keyboard. Once you’re done, hit Return, and the Inspector disappears.

If you wish, you can pin the Inspector so that it is visible at all times. It intelligently updates as the selection changes, only showing you relevant controls. You get more of what you need, and nothing that you don’t.

Avid understands that many of their customers favor laptops or other single-display systems. That’s why they designed the Sibelius interface to allow you to focus on the music at all times and easily hide information that you only need to see occasionally.

 

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 Sibelius Sounds 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.

Task-oriented user interface

You finesse every detail of your score you want to hear every nuance during playback. Sibelius comes with the Sibelius Sounds library, featuring more than 36 GB of professional content, including a specially recorded symphony orchestra, rock and pop instruments, and much more. This exclusive sound library is only available in Sibelius. 

Unrivaled expressiveness and feel

Unrivaled expressiveness and feel

With the unique and fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature, Sibelius gives you complete control over and customization of the rhythmic feel of any individual part to produce more expressive and realistic musical phrasings. And because the software can now better interpret such notation distinctions as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and breath marks on playback, you can hear every nuance of your score—the way you intended it to be heard.

 
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.

Integrated playback

Sibelius delivers high-quality, integrated playback just hit the space bar and Sibelius will play your score back to you. Avid's 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. 

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. 

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.

 
Easy collaboration and sharing
Easy collaboration and sharing

Get all of the score sharing and social media features of Sibelius | First in Sibelius, enabling you to collaborate more easily with others and distribute your compositions for the world to hear. Share scores through email, upload and publish them as sheet music on ScoreExchange.com, and even share your composition as a video or audio file on YouTube, Facebook, and SoundCloud.

  
Export video of your composition
Export video of your composition

Save a video file of your score to share your work with others on a DVD or online. Sibelius can export in a variety of resolutions—up to 1080p—in QuickTime format (.mov) on Mac or Windows Media Video (.wmv) on Windows, enabling others to see and hear your work without requiring Sibelius.

Layout, export, and print

Create beautiful, professional-looking scores easily using a full accompaniment of desktop publishing tools. Perfect text with tracking, leading, and other typography tools. Add graphics using drag-and-drop. And easily export publisher-quality scores as PDFs with just one click.

Professional text and typography

tools

Take advantage of the latest OpenType fonts, including advanced features like ligatures, and employ them in text frames with full DTP-level capabilities. There’s no need to export projects to a separate DTP application now you can complete many of them within Sibelius. 

Graphics import and 

export

Sibelius 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. It’s never been faster or easier to finish the job to the highest standards.

 

Graphics import and export

Picture perfect

It’s so easy to import graphics into Sibelius, it’s as simple as drag and drop. You can import any image in any standard format (including BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, and SVG)—just drag it in.

Once you’ve imported your picture, adjust its color, brightness, contrast, and opacity. Rotate it to any angle, scale it to any size, crop it, or flip it along either axis.

SVG support

Sibelius natively supports Scalable Vector Graphics. SVGs are high-quality vector graphics that look perfect when scaled to any size. Use professional drawing programs such as Adobe Illustrator or free alternatives like Inkscape to draw any shape you can imagine and bring it into Sibelius. Then print it out at any size, perfectly reproduced.

External links

If there’s a particular graphic you need to use in many scores, such as a logo, you can now import a graphic and link it to an external file. If the external file is subsequently modified, the imported graphic in Sibelius is automatically updated. If you send your score to somebody who doesn't have the separate graphic file, don’t worry—Sibelius embeds the graphic in the score for good measure.

Product Details

Product Details

Manufacturer Part # 9900-65554-00
UPC 724643118730
Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
Manufacturer SIBELIUS
System Requirements (Windows) Minimum System Requirements
Sibelius software only
Windows:
• 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*
Windows:
• 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:
• 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)
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