Write music fast with the easiest notation program
Compose, arrange, and engrave without limits
Sibelius | Ultimate (formerly Sibelius—learn more) offers an advanced toolset, enabling you to work with an unlimited number of instrument parts and tailor every facet of your score to your needs. Create sophisticated sheet music with an expanded set of notation program tools and symbols, customizable notes and instruments, and film scoring workflows. And speed through score refinement with advanced layout, editing, and publishing tools.
Write music quickly and easily
With a complete upgrade of its underlying infrastructure, Sibelius | Ultimate offers powerful multi-edit capabilities and a task-based interface that leads you through the entire score creation process. Enter notes from the onscreen notation, keyboard, or fretboard windows, or from your MIDI keyboard. Add notational elements, dynamics, custom symbols, and text. And easily navigate large, complex scores using the timeline.
Create beautiful scores fast
Spend more time writing music instead of fixing it. As you write, Magnetic Layout automatically gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions to produce beautiful results, cutting writing time in half. And Dynamic Parts can automatically create and update separate instrumental parts whenever you change your score.
Turn music into scores
Sibelius comes with two companion applications that enable you to turn recorded, performed, printed, and handwritten music into notation. With AudioScore Lite, you can input notes by singing or playing a monophonic instrument through a microphone. With PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite, you can turn printed, PDF, and JPEG sheet music into editable scores—and even handwrite music.
Hear your music in stunning detail
With the included 10 GB sound library of high-quality sampled instruments, you can play back compositions to hear how it would sound with full instrumentation. The Espressivo feature adds a more humanistic feel, so your score sounds the way you intended it to be heard. You can also use VST and AU virtual instruments and effects.
Get unmatched Pro Tools integration
Take your compositions even further when you integrate Pro Tools into your workflow. Using ReWire (included), you can easily record instrument parts from your Sibelius | Ultimate scores to Pro Tools and other DAWs for further recording, editing, and mixing. Or turn MIDI files created in Pro Tools into fully notated Sibelius scores automagically with a single click. You can also directly send Pro Tools tracks from its Score Editor to Sibelius | Ultimate for further notation refinement.
Got a little melody line, chord progression, or lyric you want to file away quickly? No need to drop everything you’re doing. The Ideas Hub enables you to capture and tag those inspired snippets of music and ideas quickly for later use or reuse. If you’re having writer’s block, Sibelius | Ultimate also comes with over 2,000 ideas in its library to help get you inspired and rev up your creative flow.
Polish your score to perfection
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.
Share your work
Easily share an unlimited number of scores online using Sibelius | Cloud Sharing and invite others to view, play, and comment on your music. Expand your storage space with an Avid Cloud Premium Plan. You can also collaborate through MusicXML, print scores, and export your music as MP3, MIDI, or PDF files.
Connect with the community
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.
Add comments directly on a score
With the Annotate feature, you can draw freeform directly on a score and communicate edits, instruction, and feedback to collaborators, arrangers, musicians, or students—streamlining collaboration and review. All annotations are grouped intelligently and always remain attached to the bar to which you’ve added them. Plus, they can be switched off, so they don’t appear when printing.
Practice and perform with your iPad
Got an iPad? Export your score for Avid Scorch, an iOS app that transforms your iPad into an interactive music stand and score library for practice and performance. With Avid Scorch on your iPad, you can view scores and adapt them to your instrument by transposing the music, changing instruments, or even converting to and from guitar tab.
Get updates and help when you need it
Sibelius | Ultimate is available through a low-cost monthly or annual subscription, or you can purchase a perpetual license and own the software outright. Both include access to all new Sibelius releases and Standard support throughout your active subscription or renewable 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan (included with perpetual license purchases).
Increase your music sales
For music publishers, Sibelius | Cloud Publishing greatly enhances the online sheet music shopping experience, leading to higher customer sales and satisfaction. With the technology embedded on your site, your visitors can preview, play, change instruments, and transpose scores before buying—on any computer or mobile device. Once purchased, they’ll get a high-quality version that’s fit for print.
Teach music composition
Sibelius | Ultimate is ideal for teaching music notation, composition, and theory to students of all ages. It includes over 1,700 ready-made teaching materials, including worksheets, projects, and exercises, as well as a Classroom Control window to track your students’ progress. In addition, Sibelius | Ultimate network licensing makes it easy to assign licenses to students on any computer—even their own.