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Sibelius 6 - Music Notation Software (Competitive Crossgrade to Spanish Language Version)

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Product Highlights
  • Writing
  • Playing
  • Printing
  • Publishing
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

Sibelius 6 from Sibelius is fully featured notation software, suitable for professionals, publishers, educators, music students and anyone interested in producing written music. From the earliest days of plate engraving to today, the process of score generation and publishing has evolved exponentially.

Sibelius 6 is at the forefront of these developments, and this version has many enhancements to keep it there. Magnetic Layout keeps objects from colliding with each other, resulting in an effortlessly produced clean score. Version keeps track of revisions to a score, lets you look back at earlier versions of it, and see what changes were made since.

ReWire support allows Sibelius to sync playback with products like Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, GarageBand and more, while AudioScore lets you input music into Sibelius simply by singing or playing an instrument, then hit a button to put the results into the score. Support for working with video in film or commercial production is also extensive.

Note! Crossgrade available from any version of Finale, Encore, Notion or Mosaic. Proof of ownership is required in the form of the first and second pages of the table of contents in the user manual, or the original program CD.

What's New in Sibelius 6

Magnetic Layout
  • Sibelius already has 'magnetic' slurs, accidentals, tuplets and so on - which stick to notes, and repel various other objects to avoid colliding with them. Now Magnetic Layout extends this intelligent behavior to everything else in your score, to produce truly professional results without you doing anything
  • While you're writing music, the dynamics, lyrics, chord symbols, rehearsal marks and all other objects quietly shift around to make sure your music is as clear as possible. They're attracted into neat rows and columns, and repelled by other objects, making the best use of space on the page
  • Dynamics line up in rows and columns, while avoiding notes, slurs, etc. Lyrics shift out of the way of low notes, but stay lined up in verses. Tempo marks, chord symbols, and many other objects also organize themselves neatly while avoiding collisions
  • Drag something across a complex score, and other objects will helpfully jump out of the way. And on the rare occasion things get so tight that Sibelius 6 can't prevent a collision, it will mark it in red so it's easy to spot and fix
  • Staves behave just as intelligently - Sibelius can optimize the space between them to allow room for low/high notes, lyrics, tempo markings and rehearsals marks. It adds extra space between instrument families to make large scores easier to read, and saves space between other staves that don't have much on them
  • Advanced users can freeze the positions of objects, for complex engraving situations which you want to stay fixed. Or switch off Magnetic Layout entirely, for individual objects or the whole score. And though you'll probably never need to, you can even set which objects' positions matter most, how much white space to allow around them, and which ones to align
Track Changes and Compare Versions
  • Versions keeps track of revisions to your score, lets you look back at earlier versions of it, and see what changes were made since
  • Students can record their progress as they write coursework, and submit an automatic commentary along with their piece. Teachers can track what each student has done since last week. Composers and arrangers can look back at earlier revisions, or see changes made by orchestrators, publishers and other collaborators
  • Now there's no need to fish out crumpled-up paper from your bin, or hunt through backups from weeks ago. To see any earlier version of a score, just choose from a list of them on the toolbar. You can print out these past versions, play them back, or export them as separate files. You can also copy music from them to resurrect an idea you'd discarded - or even revert to an old version entirely
  • To save a version at any point, just click a button - the date, time, and a name and optional comment are saved with it, so you won't have to remember which version is which. And all versions are stored in the same score you're working on, so you don't need to go searching for them later
  • You can compare two versions of a score, or even two different scores, to see what the differences are. This produces a summary and detailed list of all the differences between them. Objects which have been added, changed or deleted are also color-coded in the music, so they're easy to spot
  • You can even export a Word file which lists all these changes, and graphics of each page with the differences highlighted
  • Comments are like Post-It notes you can add to your score. And just like the real thing, you can use them to write reminders to yourself, or to communicate with someone else you'll be sending your score to
  • To create a comment, just click the new toolbar button, then type - it automatically includes your name, the date and time. Add a comment to a selected passage, and it will also state the instrument(s) and bars referred to
  • You can change the appearance of comments, and ones written by different people are automatically color-coded - ideal if you're sharing a score with a student, teacher, arranger or editor
  • You can resize comments, minimize them (so they don't get in the way), or hide them throughout the score
Live Tempo
  • Live Tempo lets you "conduct" the playback of your score to produce a nuanced, musical performance
  • Simply tap a key on your computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard or foot pedal, and Sibelius follows your beat. Every detail of your interpretation is recorded, so you can play it back again later, or produce an audio or MIDI file of your performance
  • And just like a real conductor, change your beating patterns at any point and Sibelius 6 will follow you - subdivide beats for a ritardando, tap one in a bar in a fast passage, or stop beating entirely and Sibelius 6 will keep going
  • At fermatas (pauses), Sibelius 6 holds until your next beat, just like an orchestra. You can even record separate tempos for different repeats of a section
  • Should you want to edit your performance, you can delete or re-record sections of Live Tempo, or play back with Live Tempo switched off entirely
Playback
  • Sibelius 6 now includes effortless tempo control, stunning new sounds and effects, easy set-up, and sophisticated audio software connectivity
  • High-quality playback is now seamlessly integrated within Sibelius 6, via the latest technology from Digidesign's AIR team. There is no longer a need for separate player such as KONTAKT Player 2. So it's simpler than ever to use, and needs no set-up at all - just hit the space bar, and Sibelius plays. You don't even have to wait for sounds to load any more
  • Everything can now be adjusted directly on the Mixer, including new high-quality effects on each staff such as convolution reverb and chorus, and up to 6 faders for other effects (e.g. EQ, distortion, timbre)
  • All fader positions and settings are now saved in the score, so you won't have to fiddle with them next time you open it
  • There's a new Sibelius Sounds Essentials library, with a variety of new and improved orchestral, choral and jazz sounds from Garritan, Tapspace and AIR. Sibelius 6 provides up to 128 channels, so you can use as many different sounds at once as your computer can handle
  • Includes a General MIDI virtual instrument (using technology from M-Audio) that provides the full range of General MIDI sounds - from music box to gunshot - and is particularly suited to playing MIDI files, or for getting good playback on older computers
ReWire
  • ReWire is a standard which lets you record audio from Sibelius 6 on a digital audio workstation (DAW), such as Pro Tools. It also synchronizes Sibelius with your DAW so they can play back at the same time - starting playback in one program sets it going simultaneously in the other
  • This opens up all kinds of possibilities for using Sibelius 6 with other audio software. For example, you could add an acoustic solo instrument line to your Sibelius playback by recording your score into your DAW, or by making Sibelius and your DAW play back simultaneously
  • ReWire is so widely used that you can connect Sibelius 6 to almost any audio program - not just Pro Tools, but also Cubase, Logic, Digital Performer, Cakewalk, Reaper, and even GarageBand
Keyboard and Fretboard Windows
  • For anyone who prefers using a keyboard or guitar to notation, these new windows are ideal. Simply click on the keys or frets to input notes and chords - or "play" your computer's QWERTY keys just like a piano
  • But they're not just for inputting. Select any note/chord, and the keyboard or fretboard shows how it's played. And when you play the score back, you can follow the music on the keyboard or fretboard, too - even if it's written for other instruments
  • Scroll through octaves, drag to resize
  • Displays acoustic, maple or rosewood guitar neck in 3 sizes
  • User can choose a 6-string guitar or 4/5-string bass
Chord Symbols and Guitar Diagrams
  • Chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams can now be created quicker than ever from your computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard or MIDI guitar. They also feature many enhancements and extra notations, including guitar scale diagrams
  • To create a chord, just type it on your computer keyboard, or play it on your MIDI instrument. Chords can appear as a chord symbol, a guitar diagram (in a choice of voicing), or both together - they're all now treated as the same kind of object
  • When typing chords in, there's no need to use special characters - Sibelius 6 automatically converts them for you. For example, if you type Cmaj7, Sibelius will display it as Cma7, CM7, CΔ or any other convention you like. You can even rewrite chord symbols in different ways, such as turn Cø into the equivalent Cm7(♭5)
  • Sibelius's built-in chord library is easier than ever, including over 600 chord types. It produces suitable guitar voicing for any chord, plus you can design your own diagrams, which are added to the library for future use. You can even send your customized library to other people
  • Sibelius now lets you create these special diagrams which show how to play a scale, lick or riff. Hundreds of diagrams are included for 25 different scales. But you can also add your own ones to the library using white or black circles, squares or diamonds as dots, with optional text inside (for fingerings or note names). You can also number frets, and add letters to the strings
  • As usual, there are many subtle options for more advanced users. As well as a huge choice of conventions for writing chord extensions, you can use different ones for root notes - English, German, Scandinavian or Solfege. Draw guitar diagrams and scales vertically or horizontally, and change any diagram's size. Even normal diagrams can use special dot shapes, with optional text inside
Notation
  • Sibelius now has elegant controllable slurs. Not only is their default design and position even better in all kinds of situations, but you can adjust their shape using no fewer than 6 handles, and alter their thickness individually
  • New Engraving Rules options also let you control the default height and shoulder for different slur lengths
  • Sibelius now adds cautionary accidentals all by itself wherever they're needed, so you'll get fewer wrong notes in performance. It should do just what you want by default, but as usual there are included various options you can tweak - these include where to use cautionary accidentals (e.g. up to the end of the next bar, between different octaves or voices, or when tying notes between systems), and whether to draw them in parentheses
  • You can now add 1-, 2- and 4-bar repeats from the Keypad, which now play back just like anything else. Multiple repeat bars can also be automatically numbered (without using a plug-in), so performers won't lose their place
  • Scoops, falls, doits and plops can now be added to notes quickly from the Keypad - no need to use symbols. Like other articulations, they are automatically positioned and transpose with the notes, but you can also move them individually. Jazz articulations even play back on suitable MIDI devices (e.g. Garritan Jazz and Big Band)
  • Slashes now stay put when the rest of the music transposes, making rhythm charts quicker to produce
  • Other jazz improvements include enhanced chord symbols, which you can input faster than ever from your computer or MIDI keyboard
  • Sibelius now includes optional stemlets ('half-stems') for rests in beamed groups. You can either use stemlets throughout the score, or add them to individual rests from the Keypad. There are various other improvements and options for beamed rests too, even without stemlets
  • Sibelius 6 also has automatic "feathered" beams, for showing brief accels/rits. Again you choose them from the Keypad, and they even work on two-note tremolos
  • In addition to Schoenberg-style Hauptstimme and Nebenstimme lines, you can now create extreme tuplets with ratios between 1:4 and 4:1 (previously limited to 1:2 and 2:1), which is useful for special cases
  • Wiggly arpeggio lines can be added to spread chords instantly, straight from the Keypad. They're attached to notes, so room is automatically allowed for them, and they transpose with the notes too. Use a normal wiggly line, or one with an up- or down-pointing arrow
  • You can now make ties break across time signatures by being drawn behind them. In fact, you can make any object go in front of or behind any other, like in many drawing programs. This is particularly useful for putting imported graphics in front of or behind staves
  • Articulations are positioned better than ever - among various improvements, they're automatically drawn inside or outside slurs or tuplets depending on the situation, with a host of subtle new options. You can also reposition multiple articulations on the same note individually rather than all at once.
  • Includes over 40 new instruments, including several unusual trumpets and flutes, and many General MIDI instruments from Rock Organ to Tinkle Bell, plus improvements to existing instruments
AudioScore Lite
  • AudioScore Lite lets you input music from a microphone. Developed by Neuratron, creators of PhotoScore, AudioScore lets you input music into Sibelius simply by singing or playing an instrument, then hit a button to put the results into Sibelius
  • AudioScore Lite comes with Sibelius 6, or you can buy the advanced version AudioScore Ultimate. The Professional version also lets you create an arrangement with unlimited tracks using your microphone, MIDI keyboard or mouse, input into Sibelius in real-time (Windows only), and can even help you improve your playing skills with its on-screen display of the precise tuning of each note you play
Power Tools
  • You can now view pages arranged vertically rather than in a row. This makes many scores easier to read on screen, as there's less visual jump from the end of one page to the start of the next. Another option shows pages individually rather than grouped into pairs, depending on whether you'll be printing separate sheets or joining them together
  • Filters, which let you select and edit particular objects, have proved a popular feature. There are new quick filters to select rests, technique text, any staff text, any system text, the new comments and repeat bars, instrument changes, grace notes, hidden objects, rehearsal marks, symbols and pedal lines
  • There are many new options on the Advanced Filter and Find dialogs. Select chords with (say) more than 2, or up to 5 noteheads, or specific note types (e.g. grace-note, cross, slash). Locate written or sounding pitches, pitches in a range (e.g. between C4 and G4), or spelled a particular way (e.g. F# rather than Gâ¿­)
  • You can also select ranges of note values, and notes/rests in specific off-beat positions, such as syncopated notes. Find text in any text style, and perform case insensitive text searches. And if that's not enough, you can even locate particular symbols, particular clef changes, and multiple types of line at once
  • Sibelius 6 includes a host of new plug-ins to help with your composing, arranging and student work, including:

    1. 11 advanced melodic and rhythmic transformations, such as re-ordering notes cyclically or randomly, retrograding pitches independently of rhythms, and stretching/squashing intervals
    2. Extend a bar by inserting a note or rest
    3. Notate dynamics automatically using Live Playback velocities from Flexi-time input or a MIDI file
    4. Check Palestrina-style counterpoint (using Fux's first species rules)

  • The ManuScript language used to create plug-ins has also been extended, and can now use dynamic parts, new features such as Magnetic Layout and Versions, date and time, RTF file export, and much more
  • Sibelius's documentation is fully updated and now available on-screen from the Help menu, or downloadable from this web site, for easy access wherever you are. This includes the Handbook, Reference, Upgrading to Sibelius 6 instructions and ManuScript plug-in language details
  • The Handbook has 5 new project-based tutorials, ideal for new Sibelius users such as students. But you also get the Upgrading instructions as a printed booklet with your upgrade, detailing all the new features
In the Classroom
  • Magnetic Layout positions almost every aspect of students' scores in just the right place - dynamics, lyrics, chord symbols and more. Students can produce smarter scores more quickly for coursework and examinations
  • Helps teachers prepare scores for class and school performances in up to half the usual time
  • The network version of Sibelius 6 helps teachers manage a lab of Sibelius copies from a single computer, and ensure students are doing what they're meant to be doing. A classroom control panel lets teachers instantly:

    1. Send a starting worksheet or score to every classroom computer
    2. Freeze computers to get students' attention
    3. Send messages to all students (for example, "Only five more minutes")
    4. Gather all students' work into a single folder at the end of a class - ready to run through on the interactive whiteboard

  • The new Versions feature enables teachers to see and report on what changes have been made to a student's score over time. Students can also add their own commentary with each set of changes, and Sibelius 6 collates these together with a record of progress to generate a student's creative diary
  • Teacher and students can now add virtual sticky notes to their scores - to pass on thoughts and suggestions efficiently, and in just the right places on a score

Other Features of Sibelius 6

Look and Feel
  • The Sibelius screen is simple and intuitive, so you can concentrate on writing music without the constant distraction of menus and dialog boxes. To look around the music, just click and drag the page - it really feels like you're moving manuscript paper in front of you. Alternatively, drag the Navigator to move smoothly through many pages at once
  • You can choose different colors and textures for the paper and desk on the screen
  • Panorama is a new, clearer way of viewing music in Sibelius. Instead of being chopped up into systems and pages, the music is shown in a single, infinitely-wide strip - far easier to read and navigate around. So now you can just think about the notes, and forget about page layout until you're ready to print
  • You can switch between Panorama and normal view whenever you like, or use Panorama in combination with Focus on Staves if you just want to look at a few instruments
  • As well as allowing you to forget about page layout during composition, Panorama makes the whole experience of inputting music more enjoyable. Because there's only one system on the page, Sibelius can move smoothly from left to right as you compose, without any disorientating jumps from one system to another. Dragging staves in Panorama won't affect the layout of the real score
  • No matter where you navigate to in your music, Panorama's Magic Margin makes it crystal clear what stave you're on. It even reflects changes to instruments on the same stave, something that's now incredibly easy to set up
  • Sibelius is so easy to learn and use that you can start writing your first piece within minutes - not days! It comes with a clear, friendly, non-technical handbook, which explains all the main features in just 70 pages.
  • The program includes an hour of tutorial videos that explain how to use it. It also has comprehensive on-screen reference, so you'll never be stuck for an answer
Creating Music
  • To start a score from scratch, simply specify instruments, page size, title, tempo etc. with a few clicks. Your score is set up instantly, all of the instruments with the correct names, clefs, transpositions and layout
  • Flexi-time is Sibelius's unique system for notating music as you play it on a MIDI keyboard in real time. There's no need to tap a pedal or play mechanically - just play naturally with both hands, and Sibelius will actually follow you as you speed up or slow down. You can even listen to the music you've already written as you play in more music on top
  • Step-time lets you play pitches from your MIDI keyboard with one hand, and choose rhythms and articulations with the other from the keypad
  • To input without a MIDI keyboard, pick note-values and accidentals from the keypad with the mouse, and click to place them in the score. For extra speed, use the computer keyboard instead - specify pitch using the letters A to G, and rhythms from the keypad using the numeric keys. There are many other useful keyboard shortcuts for "power users"
  • You can get other markings such as clefs, slurs and time signatures from menus - Sibelius even positions them in the right place for you
  • Sibelius includes PhotoScore Lite - the state-of-the-art program for scanning printed music. It takes just seconds to read a page, and you can then edit or transpose the music in Sibelius, play it back, extract parts and print - just as if you'd input it yourself. It will also read music in PDF files
  • Sibelius seamlessly opens MusicXML and MIDI files in seconds - the ideal way to transfer your existing music to Sibelius
Composing and Arranging
  • Sibelius lets you change music whenever you like. Sketch a solo flute piece, and then add a whole orchestra to create a concerto. Write in sounding pitch, and then make a transposing score with one click. Add extra bars at the start of a score, and Sibelius instantly reformats every page If you completely change your mind, Sibelius lets you undo up to 20,000 operations, and keeps backups of 40 previous versions of your music
  • Sibelius puts different types of text, such as dynamics, titles and lyrics, in the appropriate font, size and position. You can edit these text styles to change text consistently throughout the score
  • To input lyrics, just type - Sibelius positions the words under the notes, puts in hyphens and lyric lines, and allows extra room for long syllables. You can also copy lyrics from a word processor
  • To save typing all the lyrics into a score, you can now add them automatically from a text file - Sibelius even splits them into syllables for you. Or if you type the lyrics in yourself, Sibelius will check that you've split syllables in all the right places
  • Sibelius now adds cautionary accidentals all by itself wherever they're needed, so you'll get fewer wrong notes in performance. It should do just what you want by default, but various options are included that you can tweak - these include where to use cautionary accidentals (e.g. up to the end of the next bar, between different octaves or voices, or when tying notes between systems), and whether to draw them in parentheses
  • Arrange is a unique feature to help with arranging and orchestration. It's ideal for students learning instrumental writing, and saves hours of time for experienced professionals. Just select some music, and specify how you want it to be arranged or orchestrated - Sibelius does the rest in an instant, using appropriate instruments, doublings, etc. It handles anything from keyboard reductions and "exploding" chords onto separate staves, to sophisticated arrangement and orchestration styles, such as:

    1. Band, using high brass and pitched percussion
    2. Choir, tenor doubling soprano down an octave
    3. Jazz, in the style of famous band leaders including Sammy Nestico, Billy Strayhorn and Thad Jones
    4. Impressionist orchestration with harp and strings

  • Over 150 of these styles are provided, and you can even create your own
  • Sibelius makes it easy to write large scores, by allowing you to view just the staves you're working on
  • You can now add 1-, 2- and 4-bar repeats from the Keypad, which now play back just like anything else. Multiple repeat bars can also be automatically numbered (without using a plug-in), so performers won't lose their place
  • Copying music is far faster than re-writing it, so Sibelius copies anything with one click of the mouse - especially useful for doubled instruments and repeating figures. You can make multiple copies at once, e.g. to put the same dynamics onto every instrument
  • Sibelius transposes music instantly into any key, and handles everything about transposing instruments for you. Write music in sounding or written pitch, and switch between the two whenever you like
  • Sibelius saves you time by spotting all kinds of mistakes such as rhythms that don't add up, or notes that are too high/low to play. The software knows every instrument's range, which you can adjust for players of different abilities
  • Sibelius comes with various proof-reading plug-ins, including ones which add cautionary accidentals and even mark parallel fifths and octaves
Dynamic Parts
  • Dynamic Parts means you don't have to extract parts manually- in fact, you don't have to do anything to get parts. As soon as you start a new score, all the parts are already there - and you can look at any of them from a list on the toolbar
  • As you add music to the full score, it appears in the relevant parts too. In fact, whatever you do to the score, Sibelius instantly updates the parts. Or you can even write music in the parts, and the score will change to match. But you can also change things in parts without affecting the score if you like, such as adding cues
  • The parts are transposed if necessary, have bar rests grouped into "multi-rests", and include all the relevant markings such as time signature and tempo changes
  • Creating cues in parts is now the work of a moment. Simply copy the music you want to appear in the cue, and choose "Paste As Cue". Sibelius does the rest for you - it makes the cue small, puts it in a suitable voice, transposes it or changes clef as necessary, deletes dynamics and articulations (optional), adds a text label, hides the cue in the score, and stops it playing back. You can even add a cue to multiple instruments at once
  • There are 2 new plug-ins to make cueing even easier - "Suggest Cue Locations" suggests suitable points for cues in your score, based on either the number of bars rest or the duration of a rest in a part, while "Check Cues" verifies that cues you've previously added are still correct, in case you've changed the music
  • While Sibelius does the work of creating cues for you, you still have complete control over how they appear. You can choose whether you want articulations and dynamics to be included, and whether you want the cue to have new clefs and octave lines or be transposed to an appropriate pitch for the destination instrument
  • Scores often have two or more instruments played by the same person, such as percussion, or clarinet doubling saxophone. Or sometimes you need to rewrite a whole part for a different instrument. Now Sibelius will do this automatically for you - simply put an instrument change anywhere in the music, and Sibelius will change the instrument from that point onwards - altering its name, clef, sound, even the transposition and staff type if necessary
  • If you write for unusual instruments you can now design your own, choosing the name, clef, range, sound, etc. you want. From "glockenrimba" to trumpet in F#, your imagination is the only limit
  • Sibelius also takes care of the layout of parts for you. It puts page turns at convenient places, and positions rehearsal marks, new sections, key changes etc. at the start of systems, to make them easier for players to locate. In fact, you'll hardly need to adjust parts at all - just a quick look through and then print
  • You can print a complete set of parts with one click of the mouse, and even specify how many copies you want for each instrument
Worksheet Creator
  • If you teach music, you'll know how long it can take to produce good curriculum materials. The Worksheet Creator frees up many hours of your time by giving you a comprehensive range of ready-made teaching materials - over 1700 worksheets, projects, exercises, songs, instrumental pieces, lyrics, posters, reference material and other resources
  • They can be used by individuals or groups in class, or for homework - either on paper or on computer
  • All of the materials are carefully designed to fulfill curriculum requirements, and to suit school students of all ages. Some of them (such as the repertoire and reference material) are also useful for universities and instrumental teachers
  • Many of the worksheets have random questions that are different each time. You can produce both a worksheet for the student and a completed answer sheet to save time when marking. And it all takes just a few seconds - just choose from 6 main categories in the Worksheet Creator:

    1. Elements of music covers music theory and musicianship
    2. Writing and creating music includes notation, transposing, arranging, composing and improvising
    3. Selected repertoire has over 400 pieces for voice, piano and other instruments, including songs in 14 different languages and 50 Bach keyboard pieces, suitable for study, arranging and performance. There are also 45 poems to set to music
    4. Reference includes over 200 scales and modes, ranges of different instruments, etc.
    5. Posters, flashcards and games has nearly 200 of these, from notes and keys to pictures of instruments

  • Each of these contains further sub-categories - for example, Elements of Music includes 14 areas, such as rhythm, scales, sight-reading and ear training - so with a few clicks you can narrow down your choice to just what you need. Then just choose how many questions you want - and up pops the student worksheet, ready to use, plus a filled-in answer sheet to mark with
  • You can either adapt the Worksheet Creator materials to your own requirements, or create your own worksheets based on blank templates provided. You can also add your own worksheets to the Worksheet Creator for future re-use - or publish them on SibeliusEducation.com for your students to view, play, print and download
Video
  • Sibelius is already used for many films and TV shows. And you can use it yourself to write music to video. This is ideal for everything from student multimedia projects to professional scoring
  • You can simply add any video file to a score - Sibelius displays the video in a window, and plays it back in sync with the music. In fact, the video and score are always kept in sync, whether you're writing music, playing back, fast-forwarding or rewinding
  • You can play the video at different sizes or even full screen to watch the finished result - and Sibelius's audio export feature makes it easy for you to add your finished music to the video soundtrack
  • You can add 'hit points' in the score to mark important visual events - these make it easy to write music to fit the action. Hit points automatically move when you alter metronome marks, so you can tweak the tempo to make a hit point fall exactly on a beat
  • To get you started, you can download a number of sample videos to compose to. These videos and more are available for free from SibeliusEducation.com. The Internet also has thousands of adverts and trailers to download, which are ideal for students to write for
  • Sibelius calculates the time position (timecode) of every bar and the total duration of the score to high precision - useful for film/TV scoring, or for any work which requires precise timings
  • Timecode is written above bar lines and shown as a digital clock during playback, taking into account tempo marks, irregular bars and rits/accels. Display formats include seconds, centiseconds and various frame rates (This feature does not display or sync to incoming SMPTE or MTC)
Publishing
  • Sibelius's unique page layout means that you won't have to worry about spacing, formatting, or how your score will look when it's printed. The music is beautifully laid out onto pages for you as you work
  • If bars get too cramped, Sibelius pushes them onto the next page for you, and instantly adjusts slurs, hairpins etc. to suit. Even if you delete large sections, or change the shape of the paper, Sibelius will reformat the whole score in an instant
  • You can change the layout yourself - you can move staves around, specify where systems and pages end, alter note spacings, and squash up or spread out whole passages of music
  • Sibelius automatically applies hundreds of subtle music engraving rules to optimize every aspect of your score's appearance. These include Sibelius's unique Optical and Magnetic algorithms for positioning notes, ties, beams, accidentals, slurs, etc.
  • You can set "House Style" options to emulate the high-quality appearance of famous publishers, or design your own house style(s) to make your scores look distinctive. A whole menu of options is included, to control everything from text styles and notehead shapes to complex engraving rules
  • Sibelius imports color and black-and-white graphics, for adding pictures, logos, photos, cover pages and special notations to your music. Sibelius comes with dozens of graphics ready to use - or create your own
  • You can also export music from Sibelius to graphics, desktop publishing and word processor programs in a variety of standard file formats, e.g. EPS and TIFF. This makes it easy to incorporate music into anything from coursework and exam papers, to books and posters
  • Sibelius's standard music fonts Opus and Helsinki produce an exceptionally high-quality engraved appearance, supplied with alternative noteheads conforming to the US Music Publishers' Association design standards. Also included is Inkpen2, a font which simulates handwritten music and text
  • Fonts include over 500 music symbols you can use, such as special noteheads, percussion markings, ornaments and avant-garde notations
  • Sibelius is compatible with all the best-known music fonts, including Petrucci, Jazz, Susato, Sonata, Tamburo and Ghent. You can even design your own symbols using any combination of characters from any mixture of fonts
System Requirements Minimum requirements for Sibelius 6 alone

Mac:
OS X 10.4.11, 10.5.8 or OS X 10.6 or later
512MB RAM
550MB hard disk space
DVD-ROM drive

PC:
Windows XP 32-bit SP2 or later, Vista 32-bit SP1 or later, Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit
512MB RAM
550MB hard disk space
DVD-ROM drive

Additional recommendations for using the included Sibelius Sounds Essentials sound library

Mac:
Intel Core Duo or better
1GB total physical RAM (2GB recommended)
3.5GB total hard disk space

PC:
Intel Core Duo, AMD Turion or better
1GB total physical RAM (2GB recommended)
3.5GB total hard disk space
ASIO-compatible soundcard

Sibelius Sounds Essentials can be used on a computer that doesn't meet the recommended requirements, but the simultaneous use of multiple sounds may be compromised.

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