Sibelius | Cloud Sharing and Publishing
Share and publish interactive scores
Imagine being able to present scores online where anyone, anywhere, can view, play, transpose, and even purchase the sheet music. That’s the beauty of Sibelius’ groundbreaking cloud technology. For composers, students, and teachers, Sibelius | Cloud Sharing makes it easy to share scores in the cloud and invite others to hear or review your work. For music publishers, Sibelius | Cloud Publishing enhances the online music shopping experience to help boost sales.
What can your friends, colleagues, clients, and customers do with this technology?
Preview and play scores
Flip through pages and play the composition with full high-quality instrumentation.
Transpose the music*
Hear a composition play back in a different key than the original score.
Get easy access
View scores directly in your web browser—no need to install special software or a plug-in.
View on any device
Enjoy the same level of interaction whether you use a Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Chrome OS, or Linux device, and any current web browser.
Make informed decisions
See and hear compositions before committing to a business deal, student grade, or purchase.
* Sibelius | Cloud Publishing only
John Paesano at work—composer, producer, conductor, and arranger for film, television, video games, and albums
Share your music with Sibelius | Cloud Sharing
Sharing scores has never been so easy. With Sibelius | Cloud Sharing now integrated into Sibelius and Sibelius | First, you can invite anyone, anywhere, using any device to check out your music online. Either privately through your own personal cloud space, included with both applications, or publicly on a webpage.
Simply click the Share button to send a score to the cloud—we provide you with 1 GB of free space**. This also automatically generates a unique URL link, which you can then copy and share with others or embed in a webpage. Any changes you make to the score can also be pushed online to share. Change your mind? Just click Stop Sharing to disable the link.
How can Sibelius | Cloud Sharing help your workflow?
- Composers and arrangers can send drafts to orchestrators for review
- Orchestrators can send working copies to copyists for review
- Engravers can get feedback and have scores proofread before publishing the final
- Students can submit homework and coursework to their teachers
- Teachers can create interactive curriculum content to share with students
- Bloggers can enrich their websites with content that can be played and reviewed
See and hear it in action
Here’s an example of a score presented through Sibelius | Cloud Sharing. Click the play button to hear the score and drag the timeline indicator to move playback to any part of the score. You can also transpose the music into different keys—just click the note icon and choose the desired transposition.
Ready to take your music composing or teaching possibilities to new heights?
** Please note that while Sibelius users can share an unlimited number of scores in their 1 GB cloud space, Sibelius | First users are limited to sharing 20 scores at a time.
Sample score for sale at VirtualSheetMusic.com using Sibelius | Cloud Publishing
Increase music sales with Sibelius | Cloud Publishing
For music publishers, Sibelius | Cloud Publishing gives your customers the best online shopping experience imaginable. By integrating the technology into your website, you can provide previews of any sheet music for sale—with full control over the level of customer interaction. Plus, digital rights management (DRM) ensures that scores are secure and cannot be downloaded or printed without purchase first.
When a customer selects a score to view, your site pings Avid’s Sibelius | Cloud Publishing server, which then generates a preview of the score’s first page. You can choose to limit how many pages a customer can view and play prior to purchase, as well as the ability to transpose and/or change instruments. When a customer buys a score, the cloud server generates a high-quality file that’s fit for print.
How Sibelius | Cloud Publishing works
When a customer selects a score to view on your Sibelius | Cloud Publishing-enabled website, the webpage contacts Avid’s Sibelius | Cloud Publishing server, which generates a preview of the score’s first page, whether the source is a Sibelius file or PDF. It then embeds the preview into the webpage along with several controls. This is all done using a REST API* that dynamically handles your entire sheet music library and returns previews and post-purchase views of each score.
The customer can then use the controls to play the first page of music and even—if the original source score is in Sibelius file format—transpose the piece. When a customer clicks play, the Cloud Publishing server generates an audio playback stream from the original Sibelius file (located on your own server), using high-resolution samples and the Sibelius Espressivo 2.0 engine on the cloud server. Because playback doesn’t rely on samples stored locally on your customer’s computer or device—or your own server—nor does it use local processing power, your customer can enjoy smooth playback.
Customers will receive the full interactive experience when a Sibelius file is used for the score. That said, you can also publish a PDF version, but the customer experience will be limited, with no playback, transposition, or changing of instruments supported (though it’s useful if you have catalogs in PDF format).
Once a customer purchases a score, the Cloud Publishing server generates a high-quality print file that uses Sibelius fonts to ensure crystal-clear print quality. The customer will then see a print preview and can use the settings page to refine the print for his or her needs. All transactions occur and are managed on your own website (Avid charges a small transaction fee for each score sold, billed monthly).
How can Sibelius | Cloud Publishing help your business?
- Music publishers can expedite sales by allowing customers to preview scores
- Publishers can gain an edge on the competition by offering a better buying experience
- Customers can get a feel for the score quality and if it's the right piece before they buy
- Arrangers can get a sense of if the score will work for their rearrangement needs
See and hear it in action
Here’s an example of Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah” presented through Sibelius | Cloud Publishing. Click the play button to hear the score and drag the timeline indicator to move playback to any part of the score. You can also transpose the music into different keys—just click the note icon and choose the desired transposition.
Ready to make your music store the best customer experience it can be? Contact us with questions or inquire about a Sibelius | Cloud Publishing evaluation.
The above score—Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah”—is shown in the new Viewer in the latest version of Sibelius | Cloud Publishing. Click the play button to listen to the score and drag the timeline indicator to move the play line to any part of the score. You can also transpose the music into different keys—just click the note icon and choose the desired transposition.