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 8 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.
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.
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 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.
Write music with a pen on a Surface Pro 3
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.
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.