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Avid Sibelius
  

The fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music.

Create beautiful, captivating scores more quickly than ever before with the world’s best selling notation software.

Sibelius has an option for everyone

Just starting out?
Compose simple scores with up to 4 instrument parts with the free Sibelius | First.

Get the basic toolset
Compose rich scores with up to 16 instrument parts with Sibelius.

Get the full toolset
Create scores with unlimited parts and custom layouts with Sibelius | Ultimate.

Experience the easiest way to write music

Whether you’re composing for a live performance, for picture, or for fun, nothing empowers you to write music like Sibelius (formerly the “paid” version of Sibelius | First—learn more) provides the core tools you need to create professional-quality scores easily. The software offers unique features that drive your creativity, make you sound better, and enable you to compose beautifully rendered scores quickly.

Share scores with anyone, anywhere

With Sibelius | Cloud Sharing, you can share scores to your own personal cloud space, or embed scores in a webpage, and invite anyone to flip through pages and play your compositions using any computer, laptop, or mobile device.

Streamline your workflow

Sibelius enables composers to connect with others in more powerful, efficient, and profitable ways. It seamlessly integrates into any media production workflow, including Pro Tools, to compose music for picture easily. And easily deliver scores to music publishers for worldwide sale.

Get the tools you need—your way

Sibelius is now available in more ways than ever, making it easy for anyone to write music. Compose, edit, print, and share scores with Sibelius. Work with more advanced notation, arranging, engraving, and layout tools with Sibelius | Ultimate (formerly Sibelius). Or get started with Sibelius | First, a free new version of Sibelius.

See all that’s new under the Updates Tab

Features

Write music quickly and easily

With a complete upgrade of its underlying infrastructure, powerful multi-edit capabilities, and an intuitive task-based interface leading you through the entire score creation process, composing music is easier than ever. Whether you enter notes from the onscreen notation, keyboard, or fretboard windows, or from your MIDI or computer keyboard, Sibelius takes care of all note layout, orientation, and rest details for you.

Build up your composition

With support for up to 16 instrument parts (staves), you can create rich, multilayered compositions. But it’s not just about notes. Add chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams by simply playing a chord on a MIDI device or typing suffix elements. Turn guitar tab into notation and back again. And easily add lyrics, titles, text, and graphics to round out your score.

Create beautiful scores fast

Spend more time writing music instead of fixing it. As you write, Magnetic Layout automatically gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions to produce beautiful results, cutting writing time in half. And Dynamic Parts can automatically create and update separate instrumental parts whenever you change your score.

Turn music into scores

Sibelius comes with two companion applications that enable you to turn recorded, performed, printed, and handwritten music into notation. With AudioScore Lite, you can input notes by singing or playing a monophonic instrument through a microphone. With PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite, you can turn printed, PDF, and JPEG sheet music into editable scores—and even handwrite music.

Hear your music in stunning detail

With the included 10 GB sound library of high-quality sampled instruments, you can play back compositions to hear how it would sound with full instrumentation. The Espressivo feature adds a more humanistic feel, so your score sounds the way you intended it to be heard. You can also use VST and AU virtual instruments and effects.

Get updates and help when you need it

Sibelius is available through a low-cost monthly or annual subscription, or you can purchase a perpetual license and own the software outright. Both include access to all new Sibelius releases and Standard support throughout your active subscription or renewable 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan (included with perpetual license purchases).

Get inspired

Got writer’s block? No need to fret. Check out the Score Starter and Ideas Hub to kick-start your creativity. Get started fast with 40 genre-specific Score Starter templates. And gain further inspiration with the Ideas Hub, featuring 300 library ideas at your disposal to rev up your creative flow. You can even capture your own ideas for future use.

Share your work

Easily share up to 20 scores online using Sibelius | Cloud Sharing and invite others to view and play your music. Want to share more scores? Expand your storage with an Avid Cloud Premium Plan. You can also collaborate through MusicXML, print scores, and export your music as MIDI or PDF files.

Connect with the community

Looking to collaborate, find scoring opportunities, or get feedback on your work? With the free Avid Link app, you can connect with other composers, artists, and media professionals online, promote your scores and skills, and expand your creative possibilities further. You can even sync your Sibelius | Cloud Sharing scores with your Avid Link and Artist Community portfolio.

Practice and perform with your iPad

Got an iPad? Export your score for Avid Scorch, an iOS app that transforms your iPad into an interactive music stand and score library for practice and performance. With Avid Scorch on your iPad, you can view scores and adapt them to your instrument by transposing the music, changing instruments, or even converting to and from guitar tab.

Go further with Sibelius | Ultimate

Need more advanced notation and layout capabilities? Sibelius | Ultimate is ideal for professional composers, arrangers, copyists, engravers, and educators, offering more notation tools, instrument sounds, unlimited staves, typography tools, and the ability to customize just about every element of your score.

Here are some of the key advantages that Sibelius | Ultimate offers over Sibelius:

  • An exclusive, professional-quality 36 GB sound library
  • Advanced text and typography features
  • Extended graphics export, including EPS and SVG files
  • Fully flexible Magnetic Layout collision avoidance
  • Live Tempo for “conducting” tempo playback
  • Version tracking and comparison
  • Unlimited staves
  • Timeline window for quickly navigating your score
  • Ability to extract instrumental parts as separate files, plus many other features for orchestral/band music
  • Features for creating worksheets and exercises
  • “Arrange” feature to help with arranging and orchestration
  • Over 140 plugins that do useful things, with many more available for download from the web
  • 1,700 worksheets for teaching music in the classroom (Sibelius | Ultimate, Education Pricing only)
  • Ability to export your score as an MP3 file
  • Many more notations, including special symbols and formats for unusual instruments
  • Fully editable instruments, lines, symbols, and other notations
  • Publishing features to make your scores look completely professional
  • Vastly Improved MIDI Import

View the comparison chart under the Details Tab


Features

Compose and Edit

Effortlessly glide through music with Magnetic Glissando

Create beautiful glissando and portamento lines easily with new Magnetic Glissando automatically attaching and optimally positioning lines between the start and end notes. Should you need to move a note, the glissandi or portamento line will automatically follow the notehead it’s attached to as you move it. This saves you tons of time from manually positioning lines when you create a slide or edit notes.

Work faster with the updated Inspector

With the new, improved, and enhanced Inspector window, accessing, editing, and controlling elements in your score is easier than ever. You can now dock the Inspector window to the left of your score, or have it float freely, for always-available access. Plus, you can now style and align text right from the Inspector’s Text pane.

Build up your score

Sibelius does more than just notes. You can add chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams by simply playing a chord on a MIDI device or typing suffix elements, thanks to automatic chord symbol recognition. Turn guitar tab into notation and back again. And easily add lyrics, titles, text, and graphics to round out your score.

Give it a rest

Inserting rests is easy. Any time you add one, the Magnetic Layout tool automatically repositions the rest to align optimally with the phrasing of your preceding notes. Rests in multi-voice staves also automatically reposition to avoid collisions. Not only does this eliminate having to manually fix note and rest bump-ups, it makes your score much easier to read. You can also move rests and notes horizontally with new keyboard shortcuts, eliminating cutting and pasting music.

Create with unrivaled compositional tools

Whether you’re well versed in writing music notation or prefer to use a keyboard, guitar, or your voice to enter notes, creating scores has never been easier. Save tons of time with unique tools such as Magnetic Layout, which takes care of almost every layout detail, and Dynamic Parts, which automatically creates and updates separate instrumental parts.

Get more expressive playback

Add more expressive and realistic “feel” to any individual part in your score and customize your own rhythmic feels for swing with the completely revamped Espressivo feature. With its exquisite interpretation of notation distinctions, you can hear every nuance of your score play back the way you intended it to be heard.

Make music easier to learn

Music doesn’t have to be so black and white. You can color individual notes and/or chords, giving students a more enhanced and visual way of learning to read and write music notation.

Compose quickly with an advanced user interface

We built Sibelius from the ground up for accelerated navigation and performance, so you can create scores more quickly than ever before. A task-based front-end leads you through the entire score creation workflow, and the Timeline window displays the entire structure of even the largest, most complex scores—at a glance.

Get more ways to create

Sibelius comes with two companion applications that give you more ways to input notes for composition, editing, or rearranging. With AudioScore Lite, you can input notes by singing or playing a monophonic instrument through a microphone, or turn recorded CD tracks into notation. And with PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite, you can turn printed, PDF, and JPEG sheet music into editable scores—and even handwrite music.

Need more comprehensive features? Get (or upgrade to) the Sibelius + Ultimate Bundle, which features PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate and AudioScore Ultimate.

Get All Access with Sibelius

Whether you choose to own, upgrade, or subscribe to Sibelius, your purchase comes with an All Access plan, giving you access to all future releases and expert help for the duration of your plan or subscription. Write at the speed of your creativity with the tools used most in live performance, music publishing, and film composition.

Play, perform, and share

Share your music in the cloud

Sibelius | Cloud Sharing opens up a whole new way of working. This groundbreaking technology enables you to share scores from Sibelius to your own personal cloud space (included free), or embed scores in a webpage, and invite anyone to flip through pages and play your compositions using any computer, laptop, or mobile device. It’s ideal for previewing and reviewing musical works in the studio, in the classroom, or on a sound stage.

Collaborate more easily with MusicXML

Working with other composers who use different notation software? Or maybe you prefer to start composing in a different app before moving your score to Sibelius for arranging, orchestrating, and engraving. With improvements to MusicXML import and export that preserve the integrity and layout of the original notation, it’s easier than ever to work on music coming from or going to other programs.

Integrate with Pro Tools

Integrate Pro Tools into your workflow and take your compositions even further. Using ReWire, included in Sibelius and Pro Tools, you can record instrument parts from Sibelius scores to the DAW for further recording, editing, and mixing. And you can directly send Pro Tools tracks from its Score Editor to Sibelius for further notation refinement.

Compose with every instrument

Play back and hear every nuance of your composition in stunningly realistic detail with Sibelius Sounds. You get 36 GB of professional content, including a specially recorded symphony orchestra, rock, pop, and jazz instrumentation, world-class licensed sounds, and much more.

Collaborate and share your music

Sibelius makes it easy to work on scores with other composers, regardless of the music notation software they use. Just use MusicXML to import or export scores to or from Sibelius, Sibelius | First, Finale, Encore, Forte, and more. You can also share scores in the cloud, through email, or upload and publish them as sheet music on ScoreExchange.com.

Share music as an MP3

Want to let your client, colleague, or friends hear your latest composition? Export your score as an MP3 audio file, making it faster and easier to send your music through email or over Skype, or even posting it across all of your social network channels. Not only do you have control over the bit depth and sample rate, Sibelius will automatically generate ID3 tags from your Score Info dialog.

Practice and perform with your iPad

Got an iPad? Transform it into an interactive music stand and score library for practice and performance. Simply download the Avid Scorch app for iPad from the iTunes App Store and then export any Sibelius score as an Avid Scorch file. With Avid Scorch on your iPad, you can view scores and adapt them to your instrument by transposing the music, changing instruments, or even converting to and from guitar tab.

Layout, export, and print

Create custom staff sizes in your score

Thanks to a popular suggestion from our Sibelius users, you can now change the individual staff sizes of independent instruments and groups of instruments. This gives you more flexible composition possibilities to get the best layout for your score. You’ll also find new Engraving Rules options, providing you with fine precision control over the layout.

Change staff sizes by system

Need more flexible and precise control when engraving your score? You can now set the staff size of individual instruments, a set of staves, or an entire page to be any of the four sizes available in Sibelius. You can change the size of a staff throughout your score, or resize smaller portions. Plus, with new features in the Inspector, you can take full control of the layout of your score.

Design with full desktop publishing tools

Create beautiful, professional-looking scores using a full set of typography and layout tools. Polish text with tracking, leading, scaling, text frame, and alignment tools. Change fonts and add emphasis using hierarchical styles. Drag and drop graphics in any major format. And export publisher-quality scores as PDFs with just one click.

Make comments directly on the score

With the Annotate feature, you can create reminders for yourself about music changes as you’re composing, or communicate edits and feedback to collaborators. Draw directly on the score using a mouse, trackpad, USB tablet, or Surface Pro 3 Pen. Circle items and write or type feedback or instructions to arrangers, players, or students.

Enhance online score purchasing

For professional engravers and publishers, publish your work for sale online thanks to groundbreaking Sibelius | Cloud Publishing technology. Customers can view, play, change instruments, and transpose your music on any device before buying—and then print a high-quality version of your score once they do.

Import and export graphics

Import graphics in all major formats, then manipulate them to build complex layouts for publishing, creating teaching materials, instructional books, and more. It’s never been faster or easier to export your full scores with publication-quality graphics.


Retrieving your Activation ID or System ID

Avid products that utilize the Avid Unified Licensing Platform will present the user with an Activation ID and System ID (for products that utilize a System ID) in the INFO tab within the Avid License Control activation application. Note that the complete Activation ID may not be displayed as a security measure. You may also obtain your Activation ID or System ID using the following methods:

  • Avid Customer Support has access to all Activation IDs and can utilize customer information, device information, or System ID (if used) in order to look up the Activation ID for a specific product.
  • For products that utilize a System ID, the Avid software registration process requires that the customer provide their System ID in order to complete registration. If your System ID has been lost, and the product has been registered, Avid Customer support can look up your System ID (and associated Activation ID) within the registration database.
  • For products that have been associated to a customer’s Avid Web Account, the customer can log into their account and review entitlement information for all products under their account ownership (Note: Avid products that utilize the new Unified Licensing scheme and our updated registration process can also be associated to a customer’s Web Account. Information regarding previously purchased products that were obtained outside of the Avid web store may not be able to be accessed.)

How to return software

Customers may return products under the following conditions; as part of our 90-day Warranty program, if they do not agree with the conditions of the Avid End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), or for a purchase refund if the product is unused (subject to the specific return policies of the point of purchase). Avid will require specific product and customer information as part of the returns process.

  • Unopened: Unopened software can be returned to the original point of purchase or the customer can contact Avid Customer Support, open the software package, provide the CS representative with the software Activation ID contained inside and then dispose of the software package.
  • Opened: (Only applies to products using the Avid Unified Licensing system.) If the software package has been opened prior to the return request, the customer must provide Avid Customer Support with the product’s Activation ID so that they can confirm that the software is not active. If the product was previously activated the customer must de-activate (see note below) any software prior to submitting a return request. Any return requests will be denied if the CS representative cannot validate that the software is inactive at the time of the request or if the return request was not submitted within a reasonable time after product activation.

Downloaded Software / Web Purchases: 

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In-App purchases: In-App purchases are returned using the same method as downloaded software / web purchases (see above). Please note that Studio In-App purchases, such as Concert, are non-refundable. If you are having technical issues, please refer to our online forums for assistance or contact Avid Customer Support.

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Note: You can deactivate your software using either the Avid License Control activation application or the help menu. Deactivation requires that the product is connected to the internet.  If no internet connect is available for your system, you will need to complete a Letter of Destruction form.

Switching from one license type to another
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Changing ownership of an Avid software product
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Sibelius Comparison Chart

General features

Sibelius  | First Sibelius Sibelius | Ultimate
Ideal for… Composing simple scores with up to 4 instrument parts (staves) Composing simple/moderate music with up to 16 staves Composing, arranging, and publishing scores and parts of any size and complexity; creating notation worksheets and exercises for education
Availablility Available for free for anyone to download and use Subscribe monthly or annually, or purchase and own a perpetual license Subscribe monthly or annually, purchase and own a perpetual license (educational discount available), trade-up from other notation software, or get network licensing
Number of computers you can install a single copy on n/a 2, for use by same person (e.g., desktop + laptop)
Software updates and support Download the latest update as it becomes available Access all new releases and Standard support through a subscription or renewable 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan (included with new perpetual licenses)

 

Notation

Sibelius | First Sibelius Sibelius | Ultimate
Accidentals Normal and double only Normal and double only, bracketed Normal, double, quarter-tones, bracketed
Metadata Common ones only Full set
Bar Numbers Limited Full range of formats
Barline Types Single, double, repeat only Single, double, repeat, dotted, early music
Bars, irregular No No, except pick-up bars
Beams cross-staff in (keyboard music)
Beam/rest groupings Fixed Customizable
Brackets and braces Fixed Customizable
Change transposition of tranposing instruments
Chord symbols appearance and MIDI/text input Limited preset options Fully Customizable
Cue (small) notes
Dotted notes: single, double, triple Single dotted
Guitar chord diagrams Limited
Guitar scale diagrams
Guitar tab Basic only Full
Instruments Common only Common, jazz, and world instruments only, with fixed number of staves Full Customizable Range
Jazz articulations: scoops, falls, doits, and plops
Lines, custom
Lines gallery Some All
Note values: 512th note (7 beams) to “long” (double breve) 32nd note to breve
Noteheads, custom
Ossia staves
Page Numbers Automatic Customizable
Special Symbols
Split multirests in parts
Staves Up to 4 Up to 16 per system Unlimited Number
Stemlets (half-stems) and “feathered” beams
Symbols None All
Tuplets Triplets only Duplets (2:3) to nontuplets (9:8) Any (such as 2, 7, 44:31, and nested tuplets)
Voices per stave 1 and 2 Only 4 Voices

 

Playback

Sibelius | First Sibelius Sibelius | Ultimate
Advanced notation interpretation
Edit MIDI data
Included sampled sounds High-quality Sibelius Sounds (10 GB library)
Espressivo 2.0 Presets only Customizable rhythmic feel
Live Tempo (conduct playback by tapping) Limited—playback only Record, edit, clear, and play back Live Tempo
anual Sound Sets
Playback markings on specified repeats
Playback of hairpins, rits, and accels Fixed Adjustable
Playback of fermatas Fixed Adjustable
Words that affect playback (e.g. legato) Fixed Adjustable

 

Utilities

Import MIDI files

Sibelius | First Sibelius Sibelius | Ultimate
Annotate
Arrange: automatic arranging and orchestration
Comments (sticky notes)
Compare different scores or versions
Copy and paste to Word and other programs Low resolution (96 dpi) only
Display timecode Single format Customizable format
Edit Dynamic Parts Limited Full
Edit word menus
Export a log of changes to a score
Export lyrics as text file
Filters for editing similar objects Quick filters only
Find
Focus on Staves
Graphics export (for creating worksheets and other content)
Hide and show objects in score and parts No Yes
Highlight music
Ideas Hub 300 library ideas, with the ability to capture your own ideas (editing not supported) Over 2,000 library ideas, with the ability to capture and edit your own ideas and add to the score/library
Import Midi Files
Intelligent MIDI Import Limited
Import MusicXML files
Instrument Changes
Join Scores Together
Keyboard shortcuts Fixed Customizable
Lyric verses allowed 2 5 Unlimited
Lyrics from text file
Navigator window
Note input options Fixed Limited Full
 Panorama scroll view
Paper and desk textures 40 Over 60
Part extraction
Paste a cue
Plug-ins None 38 Included Over 140 included
Inspector window to edit individual objects Full
Rehearsal marks Default Only Fully Customizable
Repeat structures Fixed Limited Fully Customizable
Rulers
Score Starter: (40 genre-specific templates)
Slide notes and rests
Special page breaks
Timeline window
Swap Voices
Versions Save, view, and print only
Video, including timecode and hit points Add video, add/edit hit points
Viewing options for Magnetic Layout, page margins, note colors, full screen, and more
Worksheet Creator

 

Publishing

Sibelius | First Sibelius Sibelius | Ultimate
Advanced layout features
Auto Layout options
Edit Fonts Limited Full
Edit staff types
Edit text styles
Engraving rules (edit hundreds of)
Headers/footers
House Style import/export Import Only
Intelligent Rests
Magnetic Layout Fixed Fully Customizable
Manage Dynamic Parts
Manuscript papers (preset score layouts) Includes a few; can’t create your own Includes many; can create your own
Multiple staff size Fixed Fully customizable
Note spacing rules Fixed Customizable
Reset position/design of objects Limited
Set default object positions
Staff spacing Fixed Manual adjustment only

 

Exporting and sharing

Sibelius | First Sibelius Sibelius | Ultimate
Audio recording export WAV, AIFF, and MP3
Avid Scorch optimized export (app available on the iTunes App Store)
Email score as .sib or .pdf
Graphics file export PDF export only Standard bitmap and vector formats (SVG, EPS, PNG, JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, and PDF)
MIDI file export—Type 0 and Type 1 for any device
MusicXML file export (compressed or uncompressed)
Previous version export
Publish directly to ScoreExchange.com
Sibelius | Cloud Sharing 10 scores 20 scores Unlimited (up to 1 GB storage)
Video file (export your score as)

 

System Requirements

Sibelius | First Sibelius Sibelius | Ultimate
Minimum requirements Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer (get the details) Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer (get the details); the 10 GB Sibelius Sounds library is an optional installation Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer (get the details); the 36 GB Sibelius | Ultimate Sounds library is an optional installation
Other Internet connection required for software download and activation Internet connection required for software download and activation; ASIO-compatible soundcard required for Sibelius Sounds (Windows requirement only) Internet connection required for software download and activation; ASIO-compatible soundcard required for Sibelius | Ultimate Sounds (Windows requirement only)

Windows

  • 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1 or later) or Windows 8.1 (not Windows RT) or Windows 10
  • 1+ GB of RAM
  • 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only
  • DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
  • Internet connection required for software download and activation

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 or 10.13
  • 1+ GB of RAM
  • 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only; 36 GB additional hard disk space for the Sibelius Sounds library (optional installation)
  • DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
  • Internet connection required for software download and activation

Recommendations for the Sibelius Sounds library*

Windows

  • 4+ GB of RAM
  • 36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred)
  • ASIO-compatible soundcard

Mac

  • 4+ GB of RAM
  • 36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred)

Using 3rd Party Virtual Instruments or hardware MIDI playback devices with Sibelius:

If you have an external hardware MIDI playback device that you wish to use, please check that a compatible sound set is available: see the list of sound sets supplied with Sibelius.

* You can use Sibelius Sounds if your computer doesn’t meet the recommended requirements, but you may find that you cannot use as many sounds simultaneously, and that sounds take a long time to load.

What’s new in Sibelius 2019.9

Intelligently turn MIDI into perfect scores fast

Transform MIDI compositions created in Pro Tools (or another DAW) into fully orchestrated scores at the click of a button. With Intelligent MIDI Import, you can import MIDI into a new or existing Sibelius score or template, with all proper notation, instrumentation, techniques, and articulations automatically assigned, preserving the composer’s intent. Save hours—or even days—of clean-up time, so you can deliver accurate scores faster than ever, only in Sibelius | Ultimate.

This release is mainly centered around a brand new way of importing MIDI files, crucial for composing and orchestrating workflows. We’ve also made huge headway in improving the accessibility in Sibelius for blind and visually impaired users. On top of this, we’ve included a good bunch of smaller improvements to the overall quality and stability of Sibelius.

 

What’s new in Sibelius May 2019

Playback & Loop

Following on from the introduction of the new Loop mode in April, there are several small improvements in the way music is Looped:

  • Looping extremely large sections is nice and snappy
  • For playback devices that have large latency, Sibelius now uses the built-in latency compensation to correctly position the playback line during loops. This is really noticeable when using NotePerformer.
  • Sibelius is now no longer really slow to display the Playback Devices dialog when using a Playback Configuration that contains very large sound sets (such as NotePerformer).
  • Sibelius used to only play a single MIDI note when two notes are on the same pitch in different voices. Sibelius now plays the correct complement of notes in this case.
  • A selection that contains an incomplete nth time repeat now always plays the loop as though it’s the last-time repeat. Previously, it would loop more than what was selected.
  • In some cases, the first note of a loop could sound louder or sound like a grace note after starting playback within a looped section.

PDF Export and Printing

Exporting to PDF (via File > Export > PDF, File > Export > Graphics > PDF and through the OS print dialog) and Printing are now much more consistent with each other, and better precisely represent what’s in the score. All fonts, especially those which don’t have dedicated styles for Italic and Bold so are synthesized, now print and export to PDF correctly. In addition to this, we’ve fixed a problem where the metadata inside the PDFs now correctly reports the operating system.

The Norfolk and Pori fonts benefit from these improvements too. If you haven’t tried these out, we thoroughly recommend them by heading over to the NYC Music Services website where you can download these fonts for free (donations welcomed). They come with a full set of instructions and use Styles for Sibelius, making it really easy to fit to your existing scores and be part of your new scores too. We are grateful to Bernie Cossentino and Jeff Kellem for putting these fonts together.

Angle Slash Chords from the Pori Chords, Norfolk Chords, and Norfolk Chords Sans fonts now print correctly.

Stability and more

On the whole, you should find Sibelius much less likely to crash. As you may have seen, a crash reporting window pops up in the unfortunate event crash with a section to write comments to describe what was happening just before the crash. With the information that’s provided here, it has allowed us to fix many of the top problems in each update we release, and today’s release is no different. In summary, the fixes are:

Sibelius no longer crashes:

  • on exit in rare cases when the replay marker is shown in the timeline
  • when playing the score back after exporting audio
  • when the metronome click is enabled in Loop mode

Since April’s release, we’ve been seeing an increase in audio related problems. These could range from not being able to select your preferred output for devices with several outputs, to ‘Audio Engine Error’ errors on startup, to crashes on exit. The good news is that we’ve tightened this all up these problems are now very unlikely to happen. Related to this, Sibelius is no longer really slow when opening the Audio Engine Options dialog when using the MBox ASIO drivers on Windows.

Windows only: If not already on your computer, Sibelius now installs the latest Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017. If you don’t have this installed, Windows will restart your computer to complete the installation.

Other Improvements in this Update

As well as the changes mentioned above, we’ve thrown in another handful of nice fixes too:

  • Non-transposable notes do now correctly truncate when using the ‘R’ key (depending on the Preference set in File > Preferences > Note Input). Related to this, if you have the preference to “Truncate notes at end of bars when using repeat”, you’ll now be pleased to know this happens when you repeat multiple notes at once.
  • For a long while now, having 2 consecutive repeat signs used to cause problems with playback, bar numbers wouldn’t display and the Timeline would display the infinite loop that would happen when you played the score back. Now, all these problems have been fixed.
  • When working in parts, the coloring notes operation is now correctly added to the undo queue.
  • When opening a MIDI file, the ‘Show metronome marks’ option now works as it should when clicking OK from the MIDI File tab.

And that’s it for now. We hope you enjoy these new improvements and we look forward to letting you know about the next major feature release of Sibelius in due course.

What’s new in Sibelius April 2019

Keep scores safe in Review mode

With the new locked-down, read-only Review mode, copyists, engravers, orchestrators, publishers, and teachers can have peace of mind knowing that you can’t accidentally edit or move anything out of place as you review a score. Freely navigate compositions and add comments to communicate rehearsal notes, feedback, or directions to an editor, engraver, or student. You can even annotate parts directly with a stylus or Surface Pro pen.

Spark ideas with loop playback

When composing, sometimes the best way to come up with parts is to improvise different melody lines, riffs, and chords over a section of music. Sibelius now enables you to select any part of your score for loop playback, so you can quickly experiment. You can even slow down the tempo during loop playback for easier rehearsal and lesson practice—ideal for students and teachers.

Find plugins fast

Sibelius makes composing, arranging, and engraving scores even easier through a variety of available plugins (most are free!) that can add functionality to the software or perform complex tasks for you. And now it’s easier to find the plugins you need with new search capabilities built into the Install Plug-ins dialog.

Notate and playback parts in unison

Got multiple instruments playing the same notes and melody lines in your score, such as an ensemble of a violin or trumpet players? Instead of hearing only one voice play, Sibelius now supports playback for n players with Sibelius Sounds, NotePerformer, and other compatible sound libraries, enabling you to hear all of the richness and distinct nuances of having multiples of the same instrument part play together in unison.

What’s new in Sibelius January 2019

Navigate scores more easily

With new Go to Bar and Go to Page commands, you can have Sibelius jump to your specified section and immediately start playback without requiring an extra step—ideal for quickly hearing and comparing parts to keep your music writing and arranging momentum flowing.

What’s new in Sibelius November 2018

Experience better performance

With a complete upgrade of its underlying infrastructure, Sibelius is now even easier to use than ever. From interface improvements that align with native Mac and Windows OS experiences to better user interaction, faster performance, and support for high-res displays and screen readers, Sibelius sets the stage for today’s modern workflows and the excitement tomorrow’s technology brings.

Get intelligent note respacing

Need to reset note spacing? Sibelius now only respaces multi-voice bars when adding or removing notes when the “Respace multi-voice passages during note input and editing” feature are on, so you can type-set your music precisely as you intend it to appear.

What’s new in Sibelius June 2018

Work more gracefully with grace notes

Save crucial score preparation time and perfectly align grace notes across multiple voices on the same staff, without needing to manually fix spacing and collisions. With improvements made to the way Sibelius handles grace notes, you can now add grace notes of any value to any rhythm in any voice in perfect alignment, enabling you to create better-looking scores faster.

What’s new in Sibelius April 2018

Make multiple text changes simultaneously

Need to add or update expression text in more than one part of a score? Select multiple staves or notes and add or edit expression text to all instruments at once. You can do the same to add or edit technique text and other text types.

Engrave scores faster

For engravers, you can now spend less time on reworking note spacing and more time finessing a stellar score. With improvements made to the way overlapping notes in multiple voices are automatically spaced, Sibelius generates better note legibility and accuracy as the music is being composed, so you can turn around beautiful scores faster.

Add comments directly on a score

With the Annotate feature, you can draw directly on a score and communicate edits, instruction, and feedback to others, streamlining collaboration and review. All annotations are grouped intelligently and always remain attached to the bar to which you’ve added them.

What’s new in Sibelius 2018

Supercharge your workflow

Sibelius offers many new feature enhancements to boost your composing, arranging, and music preparation efficiency. It’s ideal for copyists to mark-up scores quickly, engravers to get the exact layout you need, and educators to create worksheets fast.

Mark up your score faster than ever before

Forget about having to enter slurs, crescendos, and decrescendos one by one, or copying a line from one instrument to another. You can now add multiple slurs, hairpins, or any other staff lines all at once—across multiple instruments—by making a passage selection or object selection. Sibelius will then intelligently enter the lines into your score. Once they’re in, you can then extend or contract all the lines using the Space or Shift+Space keys, saving valuable creative time.

Share and promote your work to the community

The Avid Artist Community now welcomes Sibelius users! Share scores, get feedback, find collaborators, and showcase your skills to an extensive network of creative artists and media pros. You can even sync your Sibelius | Cloud Sharing scores with your Community portfolio. It’s ideal for composers, arrangers, engravers, and copyists to demonstrate your talent.

Expand your Cloud Sharing storage

Get more space to store and share your scores with a premium cloud storage plan for Sibelius. With more access-anywhere storage to play with, you can maximize your creative opportunities. And if you’re a Pro Tools user, you’ll be able to host cloud collaboration projects in the same space too.


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