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Sibelius | First and Sibelius comparison

In addition to many of the features of Sibelius | First, Sibelius offers these additional features:

  • 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
  • Extract instrumental parts as separate files, plus many other features for orchestral/band music
  • Features for creating worksheets and exercises
  • An “Arrange” feature to help with arranging and orchestration
  • Over 140 plug-ins—extra features that do useful things—plus download and install many more from the web
  • Many more notational elements, such as special symbols and unusual instruments
  • Fully editable instruments, lines, symbols, and other notations
  • Publishing features to make your scores look completely professional

 

Sibelius | First vs. Sibelius comparison

General features Notation Playback Utilities Publishing Exporting and sharing

General features

Sibelius | First

Sibelius

Types of music Simple/moderate music of up to 16 staves Scores and parts of any size or complexity; worksheets and exercises
Available as Single copy only Single copy (educational discount available), 5-pack, site license, network license
No. of computers you can install a single copy on 2 (for use by same person, e.g. desktop + laptop) 2 (for use by same person, e.g. desktop + laptop)
Manual On-screen only, about 450 pages On-screen or printed book (separate purchase), about 730 pages
Technical help 30 days complimentary phone, email, fax, and unlimited web site support 90 days complimentary phone, email, fax, and unlimited web site support

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Notation

Sibelius | First

Sibelius

Accidentals Normal and double only, bracketed Normal, double, quarter-tones, bracketed
Articulations 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, except pick-up bars yes
Beams, cross-staff (in keyboard music) - yes
Beam/rest groupings Fixed Customizable
Brackets & braces Fixed Customizable
Change transposition of tranposing instruments - yes
Chord symbols (appearance and MIDI/text input) Limited preset options Fully customizable
Cue (small) notes - yes
Dotted notes Single / double / triple dotted Single / double / triple dotted
Guitar chord diagrams Limited yes
Guitar scale diagrams - yes
Guitar tab Basic only Full
Instruments Common, jazz, and world instruments only, with fixed number of staves Full customizable range
Jazz articulations Scoops, falls, doits and plops Scoops, falls, doits and plops
Lines, custom - yes
Note values 512th note (7 beams) to "long" (double breve) 512th note (7 beams) to "long" (double breve)
Noteheads, custom - yes
Ossia staves - yes
Page numbers Automatic Customizable
Special symbols - yes
Split multirests (in parts) - yes
Staves Up to 16 per system Unlimited number
Stemlets (half-stems) and ‘feathered’ beams - yes
Tuplets Duplets (2:3) to nontuplets (9:8) Any (e.g. 2, 7, 44:31, nested tuplets)

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Playback

Sibelius | First

Sibelius

Advanced notation interpretation - yes
Edit MIDI data - yes
Built-in sounds High-quality Sibelius | First Sounds Full range of professional-quality orchestral, jazz, pop, marching band, and percussion sounds in Sibelius Sounds (36 GB)
Espressivo 2.0 customizable rhythmic feel - yes
Live Tempo (conduct playback by tapping) Limited - playback only Record, edit, clear and playback Live Tempo
Playback markings on specified repeats - yes
Playback of hairpins, rits & accel Fixed Adjustable
Playback of fermatas Fixed Adjustable
Words which affect playback (e.g. legato) Fixed Editable

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Utilities

Sibelius | First

Sibelius

Arrange - automatic arranging and orchestration - yes
Comments (“sticky” notes) yes yes
Compare different scores or versions - yes
Copy and paste to Word and other programs Low resolution (96 dpi) only yes
Display timecode Single format Customizable format
Edit Dynamic Parts Limited Full
Edit word menus - yes
Export a log of changes to a score - yes
Export lyrics as text file yes yes
Filters (for editing similar objects) Quick filters only yes
Find - yes
Focus on staves - yes
Graphics export (for e.g. creating worksheets) - yes
Highlight music yes yes
Ideas Hub 300 library ideas, capture your own, can’t edit ideas Over 2000 library ideas, capture and edit your own, add to score/library
Import MusicXML files yes yes
Instrument changes - yes
Join scores together - yes
Keyboard shortcuts Fixed Customizable
Lyric verses allowed 5 Unlimited
Lyrics from text file - yes
Note input options Limited Full
Panorama (scroll view) yes yes
Paper & desk textures 40 Over 60
Part extraction - yes
Paste As Cue - yes
Plug-ins 38 Over 140
Properties window (to edit individual objects) - Full
Rehearsal marks Default only Fully customizable
Repeat structures Customizable Fully customizable
Rulers - yes
Score Starter (40 genre-specific templates) yes -
Special page breaks - yes
Timeline window - yes
Swap voices - yes
Versions Save, view and print only yes
Video (inc. timecode and hit points) Add video, add/edit hit points yes
Viewing options for Magnetic Layout, page margins, note colors, full screen, etc. - yes
Worksheet Creator - yes

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Publishing

Sibelius | First

Sibelius

Advanced layout features - yes
Auto Layout options - yes
Edit fonts Limited Full
Edit staff types - yes
Edit text styles - yes
Engraving rules, edit hundreds of - yes
Headers/footers yes yes
House Style import/export Import only yes
Magnetic Layout Fixed Fully customizable
Manage Dynamic Parts - yes
Manuscript papers (preset score layouts) Few; can't create your own Many; can create your own
Note spacing rules Fixed Customizable
Reset position/design of objects Limited yes
Set default object positions - yes
Staff spacing Manual adjustment only yes

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Exporting and sharing

Sibelius | First

Sibelius

Audio recording, export your score as an yes yes
Avid Scorch app (available on the App Store), optimized export to yes yes
Email score as .sib or .pdf yes yes
Graphics file, export your score as a 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 Type 0 and Type 1 for any device
MusicXML file export Yes: compressed or uncompressed Yes: compressed or uncompressed
Previous version, export to yes yes
Publish directly to ScoreExchange.com yes yes
Scorch (browser plug-in) web page, export a yes yes
Share to YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud yes yes
Video file, export your score as a yes yes

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