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Write music quickly and easily

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With the Score Starter, which provides genre-specific templates, and task-based interface guiding you through the entire process, you can create compositions with up to four instrument parts (staves) quickly. Choose from a variety of popular instruments and enter notes from the notation, keyboard, or fretboard windows. Or play them from your MIDI or computer keyboard.

Build up your composition

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Your score can be more than just notes. Add chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams by simply playing a chord on your MIDI keyboard. Turn notation into guitar tab and back again. And easily add lyrics, titles, and other text to round out your score.

Polish your score to perfection

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With a full suite of desktop publishing tools and score Inspector, you can control and finesse every score element with ease. Fine-tune lyrics, dynamics, and other text with tracking, leading, scaling, and alignment tools. Use hierarchical styles to change fonts and add emphasis. Add graphics using drag-and-drop. Even create your own house styles and manuscript papers to give your scores a unique look and feel.

Collaborate with anyone

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View, play, edit, transpose, annotate, and comment directly on scores sent from others—whether they’re using a version of Sibelius or different notation software (and sent it to you as a MusicXML file). It’s ideal for musicians, engravers, and publishers who don’t have Sibelius yet, but want to review Sibelius scores using free music writing software.

Share your work

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Whether you’re fishing for feedback or want to showcase your work, Sibelius | Cloud Sharing makes things easy. Share up to 10 scores privately online—or publicly on your website or social media—and invite others to view, play, and comment directly on your music using any computer or mobile device. Want to share more? Get an Avid Premium Cloud Plan.

Create beautiful scores fast

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With a complete upgrade of its underlying infrastructure, Sibelius | First lets you spend more time writing music than fixing it. Magnetic Layout takes care of all the note arrangement, orientation, and rest details for you. And Dynamic Parts can automatically create and update instrumental parts whenever you change your score.

Connect with the community

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Looking to collaborate, find scoring opportunities, or get feedback on your work? With the free Avid Link app, you can connect with other composers, artists, and media professionals online, promote your scores and skills, and expand your creative possibilities further. You can even sync your Sibelius | Cloud Sharing scores with your Avid Link and Artist Community portfolio.

Go further with Sibelius

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Need more instruments and scoring features? Move up to Sibelius, which gives you 4x more instrument parts/staves, a deeper set of notation tools, and a professional-quality 10 GB sound library.

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