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In addition to Sibelius being available to own and upgrade as before, you can now subscribe on a low-cost monthly or annual basis, enabling you to access the latest version of the software affordably at any time and pay only when you need it. And you’ll have access to all future Sibelius updates and upgrades as soon as they’re available through the included Avid upgrade plan, as well as to expert help.

Write music with a pen on a Surface Pro

Sibelius 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 tablet’s onscreen keyboard and fretboard. Use the Surface Pen’s buttons to select, erase and edit your music. You can even drag the score around and resize objects while inputting notes.

Add notes and comments directly on the score

With the new Annotate feature, you can create reminders for yourself about music changes as you’re composing, or communicate edits and feedback to others, streamlining collaboration and review. Draw directly on the score using a mouse, trackpad, USB tablet, or Surface Pro 3 Pen. Circle items and write or type comments or instructions to arrangers, players, or students. Because annotations are grouped intelligently and always attached to the bar you add them to, you needn’t worry about losing your notes. Plus, annotations can be switched off so they don’t appear when printing.

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.

Scan and transcribe music with ease

Sibelius comes bundled with additional tools to enhance your music writing and arrangement workflow. PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite can read notes in sheet music and PDFs in seconds, enabling you to turn tangible compositions into editable digital scores. You can even write music on a tablet or laptop and convert your handwriting into professional scores. And with AudioScore Lite, you can create a score by transcribing music from a CD—or singing or playing an instrument through a microphone—and send it to Sibelius. Need more comprehensive notation scanning and the ability to transcribe audio from MP3s, MIDI, and more? Get (or upgrade to) the Sibelius + Ultimate Bundle, which features PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate and AudioScore Ultimate. (To upgrade an existing PhotoScore/AudioScore Ultimate product, visit this Neuratron page.)

Get up and running faster than ever

We’ve revamped and simplified the entire Sibelius activation process so you can quickly start using the software and easily move to a different computer. No longer do you have to use a serial number, System ID, or Activation ID to activate, deactivate, and reactivate Sibelius whenever you want to switch computers; now you can activate Sibelius on any computer by simply signing in to your Avid Master Account. Plus, you’ll get access to support, downloads, and your Avid Marketplace account once you do.

Work faster and see more detailed beauty on Windows

For Windows users, Sibelius features an updated interface and new support for high-resolution displays, enabling you to see every detail of your score in stunning clarity. Plus, gain faster access to the features you need most with new and improved icons that appear in the ribbon and floating windows.

Gain the competitive edge with new Sibelius training

When it comes to scoring the biggest movies and television shows, professionals prefer Sibelius, as compositions can be easily integrated into any Pro Tools/Media Composer workflow used across the industry. With a host of new Avid Authorized training courses, students, composers, arrangers, and music publishers can learn the tools needed to master Sibelius, whether you’re a beginner or have intermediate-level skills. And with industry-recognized Sibelius Certification, you can take an exam to become an Avid Certified User, proving your competency and expertise to the people who matter. Read more

Workflow

Compose and edit

Sibelius is the fastest, smartest, easiest way to create and edit musical scores. Sibelius delivers revolutionary, time-saving features like Magnetic Layout, Dynamic Parts, and the Timeline window—plus a powerful creative toolset including Flexi-time MIDI input, Keyboard and Fretboard windows, and a variety of other input options. With all this functionality and more, Sibelius empowers you to create incredibly complex scores quickly.

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Play, perform, and share

In addition to creating and editing, Sibelius makes it easy to play back your scores with stunning realism. The massive included Sibelius Sounds library gives you immediate access to a wide range of professional-quality instruments. If you want even more great sounds, Sibelius supports VST and AU plug-ins, giving you access to third-party sample libraries. You can also sync Sibelius with other popular audio software—such as Pro Tools—via ReWire.

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Layout, export, and print

Create beautiful, professional-looking scores easily using a full accompaniment of desktop publishing tools. Perfect text with tracking, leading, and other typography tools. Add graphics using drag-and-drop. And easily export publisher-quality scores as PDFs with just one click.

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Special notations

Sibelius lets you produce scores so stunning, they’re virtually works of art. Slurs are the most beautiful and controllable of any program. Stemlets and beamed rests can be added and positioned instantly, as can arpeggio lines. Sibelius will even include cautionary accidentals automatically—helping you to produce performance-ready scores every time.

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Switch to Sibelius from Finale

Why switch from Finale to Sibelius? Not only can you write music faster and easier with Sibelius, as many top composers have stated, but the transition to mastering Sibelius is easy—not to mention we also offer a great crossgrade deal when you make the switch.

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Compatible with you

If you’ve been using Finale for many years, you may have become accustomed to its Speedy Entry note input method. Sibelius also features a step-time note input method to help users of other notation software to work comfortably in Sibelius, enabling them to continue using many of the same familiar keystrokes for note entry.

Using our step-time note input method, you can freely experiment on your MIDI keyboard without inputting—a note or chord is only input into your score when you both play it on your keyboard and specify a rhythmic duration.

Compatible with others

Sibelius includes high-quality MusicXML export using a built-in export engine that delivers superior results to existing third-party plug-ins, at no extra cost.

There’s no reason not to start your next project in Sibelius—you can easily share files with friends and colleagues using Finale, or any of hundreds of other music programs, via MusicXML.

No compromises

You may have heard that Sibelius doesn’t offer the same fine control as Finale. In fact, the world’s most demanding music publishers rely on Sibelius to produce beautiful engraved scores.

You may have heard that Finale is the tool of choice in Hollywood and on Broadway. In fact, film/TV and musical theater professionals rely on Sibelius to produce legible output quickly and efficiently for their time-sensitive projects.

You may have heard that Finale is best for education. In fact, educators all over the world make use of Sibelius’s 1,700-plus built-in teaching resources, and its unique classroom management features.

In short, you may have heard a lot of things about Sibelius. But isn’t it time you found out about the world's best-selling and most trusted music notation software?

Don’t get left behind

Hundreds of Finale users can't be wrong as they continue to switch to Sibelius. Try the 30-day trial version of Sibelius, and discover the joy of working with notation software that’s designed for musicians, by musicians. For little more than the price of your annual Finale upgrade, you can switch to the most modern, easy- to-learn, and sophisticated notation software available, without compromising the control and quality output you depend upon. You really can have it all.

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