Sibelius Perpetual License is a music notation software that provides professional or aspiring composers, arrangers, publishers, and copyists/engravers with easy-to-use notation tools for writing, arranging, and publishing music with up to 16 instruments. The software allows you to orchestrate and refine scores quickly, capture musical ideas on the fly, turn music into sheet music, and share your work in the cloud.
Sibelius features a task-based interface that leads you through the entire score-creation process. The time-saving Magnetic Layout function lets you quickly enter notes from the onscreen notation, keyboard, or fretboard windows, or from your MIDI keyboard. The included 10GB sound library of realistic sampled instruments allows you to play back your compositions and hear how they would sound with full instrumentation.
Quickly adapt your music and arrangement for any ensemble and performance with a full suite of powerful orchestration tools. From intelligent MIDI import workflows, to the ability of refining every instrument part, Sibelius enables you to create arrangements intuitively whether you're working with a solo piano or a full orchestra.
Perfect and polish your score with a full suite of notation editing tools and the score Inspector, which enable you to control and finesse every element with ease. Fine-tune lyrics, dynamics, and charts with desktop publishing tools. Add graphics and create your own house styles or manuscript papers to give your scores a unique look and feel.
The software also comes with the AudioScore Lite and PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite applications that let you turn CD tracks or a live vocal/instrument performance, printed, and handwritten music into music notation. To add comments on a score, the Annotate feature lets you draw free-form, directly on the score, and communicate edits, instructions, and feedback to collaborators, arrangers, or musicians.
The software comes with a 12-month Sibelius Software Update & Support Plan, which includes access to all new product updates and Standard Support, renewable annually.
- Sibelius software: includes software installers and user guides
- Sound library: 10GB of professional-quality samples
- Additional software: AudioScore Lite audio-transcribing software, PhotoScore, and NotateMe Lite music scanning and handwriting recognition software
- Support: Sibelius software updates + Support Plan, which includes access to all new product updates and standard support for the duration of your subscription
What's New in Sibelius
- Intelligent MIDI Import: transform MIDI compositions from Pro Tools and other DAWs into fully orchestrated scores with just a click—all proper notations, instrumentations, techniques, and articulations are automatically assigned, preserving the composer’s intent and saving hours of clean-up
- Convert MusicXML files: with a single click, Sibelius transforms MusicXML files into beautifully formatted scores for collaborating with non-Sibelius composers
- Auto-Optimize staff spacing: Sibelius automatically optimizes the space between the staves in your score to fit the music you’re writing
- Dashed and Dotted: commonly used in choral work to indicate a difference in verses within a repeated structure or to suggest an editorial tie
- Tie-into: useful across a repeat structure where the last note before 1st-time repeat is also tied into the first beat of the 2nd repeat.
- House Styles and Manuscript Papers: brand-new House Styles in Sibelius to give your scores an elegant, contemporary, or casual handwritten appearance
- Accessibility: significant improvements that not only provide more rich feedback from the score and Sibelius’s UI, but also controls for choosing the verbosity of what’s sent to the screen reader
- Large-film score time signatures: a new style of Time Signature, which is common in film and TV scores
Write Parts with Ease
- Task-based interface leads you through the entire score-creation process
- Enter notes from the onscreen notation, keyboard, or fretboard windows, or from your MIDI keyboard
- As you write, Magnetic Layout automatically gives your notes just the right amount of space and avoids collisions to produce clear scores and make writing more efficient
Spark Ideas with Loop Playback
- Select any part of your score to loop repeatedly, enabling you to improvise and experiment as you play along—you can even slow down the tempo for easier rehearsal and practice
Hear Your Music with Full Instrumentation
- With the included 10GB sound library of sampled instruments, you can play back your compositions and hear how they sound with full instrumentation
- The Espressivo feature adds a human feel, so your score sounds the way you intended it to be heard
Create and Arrange Parts Fast
- The Arrange feature makes it easy to orchestrate additional instrument parts from existing ones
- Simply select an orchestration style and Sibelius automatically creates new parts based on your source parts
- You can also automatically “explode” notation across multiple instrument parts to speed your workflow, or consolidate multiple parts into one at the click of a button.
Keep Scores Safe During Review
- Review mode locks down your score, enabling collaborators to freely navigate and review your composition
- Contributors are free to add comments and annotations without the possibility of inadvertently changing a score
Engrave & Copy
Create Parts Dynamically
- Dynamic Parts automatically creates individual instrument parts as a score is being created
- For copyists, this eliminates the need to extract parts or make destructive changes to a score when prepping sheet music for different instrumental parts
- Changes to the full score are automatically reflected in the parts, while individual parts can be changed without affecting the full score
- Create beautiful, legible scores quickly with advanced notation tools and multi-edit capabilities
- Add slurs, hairpins, ties, or other staff lines across multiple instruments, and make edits to bar lines, expression, technique text, and lyrics—all in one action.
- Sibelius intelligently spaces notes and elements, keeping everything in perfect alignment.
Perform Complex Tasks with Ease
- Supercharge Sibelius with extra features and capabilities courtesy of the generous user community
- These free plug-ins accelerate and simplify complex engraving, notating, layout, processing, text, and other tasks
- See and search all available plug-ins in the Install Plug-ins dialog to find what you need
AudioScore Lite and PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite Apps
Transcribe Your Music
- AudioScore Lite lets you quickly turn CD tracks or a live vocal or instrument performance into music notation that can be sent to Sibelius for editing and fine-tuning
Turn Printed Music into Notation
- PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite allow you to easily turn printed sheet music or notation from PDF and JPEG files into editable scores that can be sent to Sibelius for transposition, arrangement, and editing
Share Your Work in the Cloud
- Sibelius | Cloud Sharing lets you present scores online so anyone, anywhere, can view, play, and provide feedback on your compositions
- Preview and play scores using any device
- View and play scores in any web browser without requiring Sibelius
- Share scores privately with others on your own personal cloud space (1GB included) or post your compositions to your website and social media for the world to hear (internet connection required)
- Send scores to the cloud with a click: easily share scores with a unique URL that can be embedded in a webpage or instantly sent to a collaborator
- Push any changes you make online as you go, or stop sharing whenever you want by disabling the link
Avid Scorch App: Practice and Perform with Your iPad
- Turn your iPad into an interactive music stand and score library for practice and performance with the Avid Scorch app (download available separately)
Avid Link App: Connect & Collaborate
- The Avid Link is an app (free download available separately) for anyone looking to find, connect, and collaborate with other creators, promote their work, get discovered, purchase, and manage products—all in one interface.
Sibelius| Cloud Publishing
- For music publishers, Sibelius | Cloud Publishing (available separately) enables your customers to preview any sheet music for sale online, with the ability to transpose and change instruments to ensure a score meets their needs