Compose music quickly and easily
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 you.
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.
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.
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.
Work faster and with more detail
See every detail of your score in stunning clarity. Sibelius | First 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 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.
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.
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 easier access to just the core Sibelius 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 is the perfect accompanist. And it’s now more affordable than ever. Subscribe on a low-cost monthly or annual basis. Purchase and own the software outright. Or upgrade from an older version. Plus, you’ll have access to all new Sibelius | First releases through the included upgrade plan.