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NEW! Features include:
Easier Access to Core Tools
If you’re new to music notation or a composing enthusiast who
doesn’t need all of the advanced arranging, engraving, and
customization features of Sibelius, Sibelius | First 8 is the
perfect accompanist. Plus, you’ll have access to all new Sibelius |
First releases through the included upgrade plan.
Work Faster and with More Detail
See every detail of your score in stunning clarity. Sibelius |
First 8 features an updated interface and adds new support for
high-resolution Windows displays. Gain faster access to the
features you need most with new and improved icons that appear in
the ribbon and floating windows. And save time with new Magnetic
Layout enhancements, which automatically reposition rests optimally
in your score.
Hear Your Score Like Never Before
Just like big brother Sibelius, Sibelius | First now delivers more
expressive playback with Espressivo 2. This revamped playback mode
can interpret the nuances in your score better than ever before, so
all of your instrumentation sounds more cohesive, fluid, and
natural. It also enables you to add a more realistic rhythmic feel
to any individual part in your score easily by simply selecting
from a variety of presets.
Write Music with a Pen or on a Surface Pro
Sibelius | First has been optimized for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3
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 software’s
onscreen keyboard and fretboard. Use the Surface Pen’s buttons to
select, erase, and edit your music—ideal when handwriting music
with the included PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite. You can even drag
the score around and resize objects while inputting notes.
Compose at Warp Speed
Sibelius | First includes many of the same enhancements and
improvements found in the latest version of Sibelius. Slide notes
and rests using keyboard shortcuts. Color individual notes and/or
chords to highlight parts or make them easier to read or learn.
Stay up to date with the new Application Manager. Create on the
latest Mac and Windows OSs. And enjoy an even smoother composing
experience with over 200 software improvements.
Ineract with Scores Using Multi-Touch
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
Start Composing Right Away
With the intuitive task-based interface leading you through the
entire creative process from start to finish, you can jump in and
start writing music immediately. Choose if you’d rather enter or
play notes to add them to your score. Let the software take care of
all note layout, orientation, and rest details for you. Hear how
your compositions will sound in real life. And save time with
automatic chord symbol recognition.
Hear Your Scores in Stunning Detail
Want to hear what your score sounds like so far—or will sound like
when performed in real life? Play back your composition in
beautiful detail with the exclusive collection of high-quality
sampled instrument sounds. You can also use your own VST and AU
virtual instruments and effects, as well as such world-famous sound
libraries as EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, Vienna
Symphonic Library, Synful Orchestra, and others.
Input Notes with Speed and Ease
Sibelius | First gives you the flexibility to input notes in a
variety of ways. Use your mouse to click and add notes from the
onscreen note keypad, the piano keyboard window, or fretboard
window. Use your computer keyboard to input notes or even play it
like a piano. Or play notes on your MIDI keyboard using Step Time
or Flexitime. And there’s no fussing with the layout, as all
correct rests and note appearances are handled automatically for
Got writer’s block? No need to fret. Check out the Score Starter
and Ideas library 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.
Perfect Scores in Half the Time
Spend more time writing music instead of fixing it. Magnetic Layout
takes care of almost every detail of score layout—effortlessly. As
you write, it automatically gives everything just the right amount
of space and avoids collisions to produce beautiful results. This
single feature can cut writing time in half. And Dynamic Parts
automatically creates and updates separate instrumental parts when
you change your score.
Build Up Your Score
With support for up to 16 staves, you can create rich compositions
with a multitude of instrument parts. But it’s not just about
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.
Get More Ways to Create
Sibelius | First 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.
Collaborate with Others
Sibelius | First makes it easy to share and work on scores with
other composers—whether they use Sibelius | First, Sibelius,
Finale, Encore, Forte, or other music notation software. Simply use
MusicXML to export or import scores from or to Sibelius | First.
You can also communicate ideas, feedback, and comments to others by
adding sticky notes directly onto your score.
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 your
Sibelius | First 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.
Share Your Music with the World
What fun is it to write music if you can’t share it? Sibelius |
First gives you tons of options. Export scores as an audio or video
file and share it directly to YouTube, SoundCloud, or Facebook for
everyone to hear. Publish scores online, including directly to
ScoreExchange.com. And even print, email, or export scores as MIDI,
MusicXML, or PDF files for further collaboration or
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requires that you verify your academic proof after you receive the
software to obtain your serial number. Read the eligibility
guidelines at: www.avid.com/reseller/eligibility.
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