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GENERAL features

Types of music Scores and parts of any size or complexity; worksheets and exercises Simple/moderate music of up to 16 staves
Available as Perpetual license (educational discount available), low-cost monthly or annual subscription, 5-pack, site license, network license Single copy only
Number 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 or printed book (separate purchase), about 730 pages On-screen only, about 450 pages
Technical help Unlimited online help and one phone support call per month via the included Avid upgrade plan 30 days complimentary phone, email, fax, and unlimited web site support
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Accidentals Normal, double, quarter-tones, bracketed Normal and double only, bracketed
Metadata Full set Common ones only
Bar numbers Full range of formats Limited
Barline types Single, double, repeat, dotted, early music Single, double, repeat only
Bars, irregular +
No, except pick-up bars
Beams cross-staff in (keyboard music) +
Beam/rest groupings Customizable Fixed
Brackets & braces Customizable Fixed
Change transposition of tranposing instruments +
Chord symbols appearance and MIDI/ text input Fully customizable Limited preset options
Cue (small) notes +
Dotted - notes single/double/triple +
Guitar chord diagrams +
Guitar scale diagrams +
Guitar tab Full Basic only
Instruments Full customizable range Common, jazz, and world instruments only, with fixed number of staves
Jazz articulations - scoops, falls, doits and plops +
Lines, custom +
Note values - 512th note (7 beams) to "long" (double breve) +
Noteheads, custom +
Ossia staves +
Page numbers Customizable Automatic
Special symbols +
Split multirests in parts +
Staves Unlimited number Up to 16 per system
Tuplets Any (e.g. 2, 7, 44:31, nested tuplets) Duplets (2:3) to nontuplets (9:8)
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Advanced notation interpretation +
Edit MIDI data +
Built in sounds Full range of professional-quality orchestral, jazz, pop, marching band, and percussion sounds in Sibelius Sounds (36 GB) High-quality Sibelius | First Sounds
Espressivo 2.0 customizable rhythmic feel +
Live Tempo (conduct playback by tapping) Record, edit, clear and playback Live Tempo Limited—playback only
Playback markings on specified repeats +
Playback of hairpins, rits & accel Adjustable Fixed
Playback of fermatas Adjustable Fixed
Words which affect playback (e.g. legato) Editable Fixed
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Annotate +
Arrange - automatic arranging and orchestration +
Comments sticky notes +
Compare different scores or versions +
Copy and paste to Word and other programs +
Low resolution (96 dpi) only
Display timecode Customizable format Single format
Edit Dynamic Parts Full Limited
Edit word menus +
Export a log of changes to a score +
Export lyrics as text file +
Filters for editing similar objects +
Quick filters only
Find +
Focus on staves +
Graphics export (for ex. creating worksheets) +
Highlight music +
Ideas Hub Over 2000 library ideas, capture and edit your own, add to score/library 300 library ideas, capture your own, can’t edit ideas
Import MusicXML files +
Instrument changes +
Join scores together +
Keyboard shortcuts Customizable Fixed
Lyric verses allowed Unlimited 5
Lyrics from text file +
Note input options Full Limited
Panorama scroll view +
Paper and desk textures Over 60 40
Part extraction +
Paste As Cue +
Plug ins Over 140 38
Properties window to edit individual objects Full
Rehearsal marks Fully customizable Default only
Repeat structures Fully customizable Customizable
Rulers +
Score Starter 40 genre specific templates +
Special page breaks +
Timeline window +
Swap voices +
Versions +
Save, view and print only
Video inc. timecode and hit points +
Add video, add/edit hit points
Viewing options for Magnetic Layout, page margins, note colors, full screen, etc. +
Worksheet Creator +
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Advanced layout features +
Auto Layout options +
Edit fonts Full Limited
Edit staff types +
Edit text styles +
Engraving rules (edit hundreds of) +
Headers/footers +
House Style import/export +
Import only
Magnetic Layout Fully customizable Fixed
Manage Dynamic Parts +
Manuscript papers (preset score layouts) Many; can create your own Few; can't create your own
Note spacing rules Customizable Fixed
Reset position/design of objects +
Set default object positions +
Staff spacing +
Manual adjustment only
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Exporting and Sharing

Audio recording export +
Avid Scorch app (available on the App Store) optimized export  +
Email score as .sib or .pdf +
Graphics file export Standard bitmap and vector formats (SVG, EPS, PNG, JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF and PDF) PDF export only
MIDI file export—Type 0 and Type 1 for any device +
MusicXML file export (compressed or uncompressed) +
Previous version export +
Publish directly to +
Scorch (browser plug-in) web page export +
Share to YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud +
Video file (export your score as) +


 OS 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1 or later) or Windows 8.1 (not Windows RT)
 RAM 1+ GB of RAM
Hard Disk Space     1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only
 DVD-ROM DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
Internet connection required for software download and activation
 OS Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, or 10.11
1+ GB of RAM
 Hard Disk Space
1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only; 36 GB additional hard disk space for the Sibelius Sounds library (optional installation)
DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
 Other Internet connection required for software download and activation

* If you have an external hardware MIDI playback device, please check to ensure a compatible sound set is available—see the list of sound sets supplied with Sibelius.


 RAM 4+ GB of RAM
Hard Disk Space     36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred) 
ASIO-compatible soundcard
4+ GB of RAM
 Hard Disk Space
36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred) 

**  You can use Sibelius Sounds if your computer doesn't meet the recommended requirements, but you may find that you cannot use as many sounds simultaneously, and that sounds take a long time to load.

 Supports all M-Audio controllers—including HyperControl-enabled devices 
 Syncs with other audio programs via ReWire 
 Supports VST and Audio Units virtual instruments