Sibelius Sibelius First 8 - Notation Software (Annual Subscription)

Sibelius First 8 - Notation Software (Annual Subscription)

Sibelius First 8 - Notation Software (Annual Subscription)

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  • Easy to Use Even for Beginners
  • Score-Starter Templates
  • Optimized for Microsoft Surface Pro 3
  • Control with Multi-Touch Gestures
  • Up to 16 Staves
  • Automatically Updates Dynamic Parts
  • Magnetic Layout and Scroll View
  • Built-In Sounds
  • Import MusicXML Files
  • Mac OS X & Windows XP/Vista/7
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Sibelius 218520 overview

  • 1Description

This electronic download of Sibelius First from Avid is notation software that is a fast and easy way for anyone to start writing and sharing music, from the aspiring composer and songwriter, to teachers and students. For those not yet comfortable with using notation software, the intuitive interface guides you through the process. Magnetic Layout, which keeps objects from bumping into each other, and additional time-saving tools make it easy to get professional results fast.

Sibelius First is optimized for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, which enables you to add and edit notes quickly with just a tap of the pen, as well as play music in real time using the software's onscreen keyboard and fretboard. The software also responds to multi-touch gestures that work with the Surface or computer trackpad to control quick zoom and navigation.

The included sound library plays back your compositions in exact detail, although it is also possible to use your own VST or Audio Units virtual instruments if you prefer. Choose the note-input method that's most comfortable, including playing a MIDI instrument, transcribing audio, or scanning sheet music. When you're done, choose how you want to present your music—make a video of your score, export for iPad, or share directly to YouTube, SoundCloud, or Facebook.

If you get stuck, or want to take your skills even further, just refer to the how-to and help content. If you need further inspiration, check out the Score Starter and Ideas library to kick-start your creativity. Additionally, you can print, email, or export scores as MIDI/MusicXML, and create audio files. You can also send your scores to the optional Avid Scorch mobile app and take them with you wherever you go.

Note: At the end of the 12-month period, users have two options if they want to continue using Sibelius First. Either purchase the full-cost perpetual license, or renew for another year at the present rate.

What's New
  • Get easier access to just the core Sibelius tools
    • If you’re new to music notation or a composing enthusiast who doesn’t need all of the advanced arranging, engraving, and customization features of Sibelius, Sibelius | First 8 is a fitting accompanist
  • Hear your score like never before
    • Sibelius | First delivers more expressive playback with Espressivo 2, a playback mode that can interpret the nuances in your score better than ever before, so all of your instrumentation sounds more cohesive, fluid, and natural
    • Add a more realistic rhythmic feel to any individual part in your score easily by simply selecting from a variety of presets
  • Compose at warp speed
    • Slide notes and rests using keyboard shortcuts
    • Color individual notes and/or chords to highlight parts or make them easier to read or learn
    • Stay up to date with the new Application Manager
    • Create on the latest Mac and Windows OS
    • And enjoy an even smoother composing experience with over 200 software improvements
  • Work faster and with more detail
    • Sibelius | First 8 features an updated interface and adds new support for high-resolution Windows displays
    • Gain faster access to the features you need most with new and improved icons that appear in the ribbon and floating windows
    • And save time with new Magnetic Layout enhancements, which automatically reposition rests optimally in your score
  • Write music with a pen on a Surface Pro 3
    • Sibelius | First 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 software’s onscreen keyboard and fretboard
    • Use the Surface Pen’s buttons to select, erase, and edit your music—ideal when handwriting music with the included PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite
    • Drag the score around and resize objects while inputting notes
  • 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
    • Set predefined zoom levels to zoom in and out with a quick double-tap
Compose Music Quickly and Easily
  • Start composing right away
    • With the intuitive task-based interface leading you through the entire creative process from start to finish, you can jump in and start writing music immediately
    • Choose if you’d rather enter or play notes to add them to your score
    • Let the software take care of all note-layout, orientation, and rest details for you. Hear how your compositions will sound in real life
    • Save time with automatic chord-symbol recognition
  • Input notes with speed and ease
    • Use your mouse to click and add notes from the onscreen note keypad, the piano keyboard window, or fretboard window
    • Use your computer keyboard to input notes or even play it like a piano
    • Or play notes on your MIDI keyboard using Step Time or Flexitime
    • All correct rests and note appearances are handled automatically for you
  • Accurate scores in half the time
    • Spend more time writing music instead of fixing it
    • Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout
    • As you write, it automatically gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions to produce powerful results
    • Dynamic Parts automatically creates and updates separate instrumental parts when you change your score
  • Get more ways to create
    • Sibelius | First comes with two companion applications that give you more ways to input notes for composition, editing, or rearranging
    • With AudioScore Lite, you can input notes by singing or playing a monophonic instrument through a microphone, or turn recorded CD tracks into notation
    • And with PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite, you can turn printed, PDF, and JPEG sheet music into editable scores
  • Hear your scores in stunning detail
    • Play back your composition in grand detail with the exclusive collection of high-quality sampled instrument sounds
    • You can also use your own VST and AU virtual instruments and effects, as well as such world-famous sound libraries as EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphonic Library, Synful Orchestra, and others
  • Get inspired
    • Check out the Score Starter and Ideas library to kick-start your creativity
    • Get started fast with 40 genre-specific Score Starter templates
    • Gain further inspiration with the Ideas Hub, featuring 300 library ideas at your disposal to rev up your creative flow
    • You can even capture your own ideas for future use
  • Build up your score
    • With support for up to 16 staves, you can create rich compositions with a multitude of instrument parts
    • Add chord symbols and guitar-chord diagrams by simply playing a chord on a MIDI device or typing suffix elements, thanks to automatic chord-symbol recognition
    • Turn guitar tab into notation and back again
    • Easily add lyrics, titles, text, and graphics to round out your score
Collaborate and Share Your Scores
  • Collaborate with Others
    • Use MusicXML to export or import scores from or to Sibelius | First. You can also communicate ideas, feedback, and comments to others by adding sticky notes directly onto your score
  • Share your music with the world
    • Export scores as an audio or video file and share it directly to YouTube, SoundCloud, or Facebook for everyone to hear
    • Publish scores online, including directly to
    • Print, email, or export scores as MIDI, MusicXML, or PDF files for further collaboration or performance
  • Practice and perform with your iPad
    • With the optional Avid Scorch app 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
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Sibelius 218520 specs

Windows System Requirements 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1 or later), 8.1, or 10
1 GB of RAM; (4 GB of RAM recommended for Sibelius | First Sounds)
1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius | First installation
10 GB additional disk space required for the Sibelius | First Sounds library (optional installation)
Internet connection required for software download and activation
ASIO-compatible soundcard required for Sibelius | First Sounds
Mac System Requirements (Intel) Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, or 10.11
1 GB of RAM (4 GB of RAM recommended for Sibelius | First Sounds)
1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius | First installation;
10 GB additional disk space required for the Sibelius | First Sounds library (optional installation)
Internet connection required for software download and activation

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