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Start composing right away

Because the Sibelius | First user interface is so intuitive, you’ll be able to jump in and start writing music right away. Choose the note input method that’s most comfortable for you—play a MIDI instrument, transcribe audio, or scan sheet music.

Focus on your composition

Revolutionary features like Magnetic Layout automatically take care of the details, so you can write music and create print-quality scores with ease. If you get stuck or want to take your skills even further, just check out the how-to and help content.

Share your music with the world

What fun is it to write music if you can’t share it? Sibelius | First gives you more options than ever. Export scores to video, share directly to YouTube, SoundCloud, and Facebook, publish scores online, export for iPad, and more. You can also print, email, export scores as MIDI/MusicXML/PDF, and create audio files.

Get inspired

Want to hear how your ideas will sound in real life? Play back your scores in beautiful detail with the amazing collection of sampled instrument sounds—or use your own VST/AU virtual instruments or effects. If you need more inspiration, check out the Score Starter and Ideas library to kick-start your creativity.

Get great results easily

Sibelius | First features an innovative, task-oriented interface and built-smart tools that will guide you through the songwriting process. Dynamic Parts automatically creates and updates separate instrumental parts when you change your score.

Import your best ideas

Get your ideas into Sibelius | First by scanning printed sheet music, transcribing audio, or playing MIDI instruments. Add chord symbols and guitar fretboard diagrams by playing a MIDI keyboard or guitar. Turn guitar tab into notation, and back again. And easily add lyrics, titles, text, and graphics.

Purchase, practice, and perform with your iPad

Transform your iPad into an interactive music stand, score library, and sheet music store. With the powerful Avid Scorch app, viewing beautiful scores is just the beginning. Easily learn songs or adapt them to your instrument by transposing a score, changing instruments, or converting to and from guitar tab.

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Compose music quickly and easily

Perfect scores in half the time

Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout—effortlessly. As you write, it gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions to produce beautiful results. This single feature can cut writing time in half, leaving more time for exploring your creativity.

Automatic chord symbol recognition

Sibelius | First understands the same chord types as Sibelius, and will even recognize and produce appropriate chord symbols in text and/or guitar diagrams when you input using a MIDI device or by typing suffix elements. It’s another time-saving feature that makes Sibelius | First the most intuitive software for creating notation.

New sounds and VST/AU support

Sibelius | First includes an exclusive, high-quality instrument sound library, and can also play back scores using VST and Audio Unit instruments. You can also use world-famous sound libraries such as EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphonic Library, Synful Orchestra, and many others.

Keyboard window for input and playback

If you prefer using a keyboard to learn and write notation, this beautiful window is ideal. Simply click on the keys to input notes and chords or play a computer’s QWERTY keys just like a piano. And when you play back a score, the keyboard plays too.

Add sticky comments

Want to swap comments or score ideas with others? Simply place them directly on the score using handy sticky notes.

Control your session with MIDI keyboards

Sibelius | First works with MIDI controller keyboards, giving you more choices for entering notes and playing along with your compositions.

Go further with the full version of Sibelius

When you're ready to take your music composition to the next level, you can upgrade to Sibelius at great savings. You'll be able to extract parts, write for a full orchestra or band, and much more.