Avid Sibelius music writing software with notation, layout, and 16-part composition playback. Includes PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate 8 scanning software.
Whether you’re a professional film composer, music educator, composition student, or a hobbyist who must deal with limited free time, Sibelius gives you the leg-up you need to realize your music, particularly where time is your greatest challenge. Among film composers working against tight deadlines, it’s a well-known fact that coming in under budget (which is where your profits lay) is the shortest distance between score and soundstage. That’s where Sibelius shines. The biggest speed bump in that scenario is what happens after the score is written. In the days of handwritten notation, that’s where the hard work began. Apart from finding mistakes in notation, what works on paper doesn’t always work in the room, and what works in the room doesn’t always work in a recording. With Sibelius, there are several functions that streamline the process, from the ability loop selections at various tempi (great for experimentation as well as education), scrub playback to spot-check parts and make corrections, and advanced features that let you speed through score refinement. Plus, it integrates with Pro Tools and other software that enable you to compose, transcribe, publish, and protect your work with Cloud publishing tools and digital rights management. Sibelius is the most used notation software among professionals, aspiring composers, educators, and students.
Avid Sibelius—Just the Facts:
- Remove technical barriers to music notation and quickly write, edit, and arrange complex musical scores with Sibelius
- Elevate your scores above the competition with Magnetic Layout, Dynamic Parts, and more
- Share scores easily with anyone in the cloud or on your website with Sibelius | Cloud Sharing
- Bring your skills into the 21st century and view, play, and perform scores on your iPad with Avid Scorch
- Hear what your composition sounds like without the need for live instrumentation by playing back scores with the included Sibelius Sounds library
- Take your compositions beyond the page by integrating Pro Tools into your workflow to start, enhance, and/or finish compositions
- Enable collaboration with easy score sharing, annotations, and printing easy-to-read music notation
- Avoid having to buy separate software to scan and transcribe music with PhotoScore & NotateMe and AudioScore Lite included
- Learn or teach music notation and theory with access to more than 1,700 ready-made education tools—read more about Sibelius in the classroom
- Protect your creative work through our Cloud Publishing tools and full Digital Rights Management
- Connect and collaborate with others, promote scores shared via Sibelius | Cloud Sharing, and expand your opportunities with the free Avid Link app
Avid Sibelius—Cracking the Code
Composers and arrangers
Sibelius provides everything you need to create and arrange exquisite, dynamic scores for live performances, film, television, and other entertainment. With PhotoScore & NotateMe and AudioScore Lite included, you can also scan, handwrite, and transcribe music as well. Integrate Pro Tools into your workflow to start, enhance, and/or finish compositions. And send your scores to your iPad with Avid Scorch for playback, practice, and performance on-the-go.
Music educators and students
As the world’s best-selling music notation software, Sibelius is the top choice for music educators and students entering a career in composition. Sibelius’ task-oriented interface guides you through the entire score-creation process. Learn and teach music notation and theory with more than 1,700 ready-made education tools at your disposal. And share compositions with other students and classrooms with MusicXML and Avid Scorch for iPad. Find out more about Sibelius in the classroom—and see if you qualify for discounted education pricing.
Sibelius makes it easy to distribute and sell compositions as digital sheet music. Composers can publish their scores from Sibelius to Avid Scorch and ScoreExchange.com for anyone to buy and print. And for professional engravers and music publishers, our Sibelius | Cloud Publishing technology can help boost sales, enabling your customers to browse, play, transpose, and purchase scores on your Cloud Publishing-enabled website from any device.
Sibelius features in depth
Write music quickly and easily
With a complete upgrade of its underlying infrastructure, powerful multi-edit capabilities, and an intuitive task-based interface leading you through the entire score creation process, composing music is easier than ever. Whether you enter notes from the onscreen notation, keyboard, or fretboard windows, or from your MIDI or computer keyboard, Sibelius takes care of all note layout, orientation, and rest details for you.
Build up your composition
With support for up to 16 instrument parts (staves), you can create rich, multilayered compositions. But it’s not just about notes. Add chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams by simply playing a chord on a MIDI device or typing suffix elements. Turn guitar tab into notation and back again. And easily add lyrics, titles, text, and graphics to round out your score.
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 music writing software 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 10GB 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 updates and help when you need it
Sibelius 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).
Got writer’s block? No need to fret. Check out the Score Starter and Ideas Hub to kick-start your creativity. Get started fast with 40 genre-specific Score Starter templates. And 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.
Share your work
Easily share up to 20 scores online using Sibelius | Cloud Sharing and invite others to view and play your music. Want to share more scores? Expand your storage with an Avid Cloud Premium Plan. You can also collaborate through MusicXML, print scores, and export your music as MIDI or PDF files.
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.
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.
Included supplementary software
Avid Scorch enables you to purchase, practice, and perform sheet music with your iPad With the powerful Avid Scorch app, viewing beautiful scores is just the beginning. Thanks to the award-winning Sibelius engine, Scorch transforms your iPad into an interactive music stand, score library, and sheet music store. Plus, you can now play back your scores through an external MIDI device for greater musical versatility. Whether you want to showcase your own music or purchase scores from world-class publishers, Scorch is the easy way to practice and perform your favorite sheet music on the go.
Avid Scorch—Just the Facts:
- Learn, rehearse, and perform by adapting scores to your needs
- Tap into a huge online community of sheet music providers and enthusiasts
- Used by the world’s leading composers, arrangers, copyists, publishers, and educators.
Learn, rehearse, and perform
Scorch makes it easy to learn and practice by adapting scores to your needs. Transpose the music to play in a key that’s more comfortable for you or your vocalist, change instruments, or convert to and from guitar tab. See the whole score—or individual parts—played on the Keyboard display. Focus solely on your instrument and remove other parts to eliminate distraction. Then when you’re ready to perform, engage Music Stand mode to turn pages quickly and stay in the moment.
Join a huge online community
Scorch is your ticket into a huge online community of sheet music providers and enthusiasts. Browse and purchase everything from chart-toppers to classics right within the application—and enjoy the simplicity and security of using your existing iTunes account. You can also publish your Sibelius | Ultimate and Sibelius scores and sell them to others.
The professional’s choice
The world’s leading composers, arrangers, copyists, publishers, and educators trust Sibelius notation software to create beautiful scores quickly. Powered by the award-winning Sibelius engine, Scorch is the full-featured, professional way to learn, practice, and perform sheet music on the go.
Go further with Sibelius | Ultimate
Need more advanced notation and layout capabilities? Sibelius | Ultimate is ideal for professional composers, arrangers, copyists, engravers, and educators, offering more notation tools, instrument sounds, unlimited staves, typography tools, and the ability to customize just about every element of your score.
Developed by Neuratron, AudioScore Lite is a free audio transcription program included with Sibelius | Ultimate and Sibelius. With it, you can quickly turn CD tracks into digital notation and send to Sibelius | Ultimate or Sibelius for editing. In addition, you can input notes directly into Sibelius by simply singing or playing a monophonic instrument (such as a sax, trumpet, clarinet, or flute) through a microphone and then pressing a button.
The software recognizes and transcribes up to two simultaneous notes/instruments playing at the same time, up to a sixteenth note, which you can then edit before sending to Sibelius | Ultimate or Sibelius for further editing.
Do more with AudioScore Ultimate
Want to transcribe music from CDs, MP3s, MIDI, live polyphonic performances, and more? Get the full version of AudioScore Ultimate. Not only does Ultimate provide more ways for you to input music into Sibelius | Ultimate/Sibelius, it offers instrument recognition, pitch bend editing, compound time signature support, saving scores as PDFs, and other intelligent features to streamline and enhance your score writing and editing workflow.
PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite
Developed by Neuratron, PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite is a free music scanning program included with Sibelius | Ultimate and Sibelius. With it, you can easily turn printed sheet music or notation in JPEGs and PDFs into editable scores that you can send to Sibelius | Ultimate or Sibelius for further editing. And with NotateMe Lite now included, you can quickly handwrite scores using a tablet and stylus, or on your laptop with a mouse or trackpad, and then send to Sibelius for finessing.
The software can read printed scores using a scanner, or notation from a PDF, JPEG, bitmap file (Windows), or TIFF or Pict image (Mac). Not just notes, but guitar tab too. From there, you can play back the score, send it to Sibelius | Ultimate/Sibelius for editing, and save it in a variety of other formats, including MusicXML, NIFF, and MIDI.
PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate 8
PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate 8 is the full-featured version of the PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite scanning software for Sibelius. Handwrite music on a tablet or laptop and convert your writing into professional scores. Scan printed sheet music into other MIDI software, such as sequencers. You can also use it on its own to scan in, play back, transpose, and print scores—and even save audio files.
PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate 8—Just the Facts:
- Scan music for transposition, arrangements, and editing
- Compose by hand
- Greater accuracy
- Work smarter and faster than ever
- Intuitive and easy to use
PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate 8—Cracking the Code
PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate reads printed and handwritten music or PDFs in seconds—not just the notes, but also printed slurs, dynamics, lyrics, guitar tab, chord diagrams, and more. You can then edit or transpose the music, play it back, extract the parts, and print.
Compose by hand
If you like to handwrite music, the NotateMe app enables you to do exactly that using a tablet, smartphone, trackpad, or mouse. And it's now integrated right in PhotoScore 8. Work on a Mac or PC. Scrawl out symphonies using a Microsoft Surface and pen. Or compose on the go with your iOS or Android device.
Never miss a note, beat, or slur. With the OmniScore2 dual-engine recognition system, you'll get over 99.5% accuracy when scanning most PDFs and original sheet music. Get improved recognition of tuplets and curved and distorted staves. Save time with more sophisticated automatic voice allocation. Even bring in JPEGs of compositions you've shot with your phone or camera.
Work smarter and faster than ever
PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate now recognizes printed music 30% faster, so you can get a jumpstart on your editing. It can also read low-res PDFs and scans down to 72 dpi. Save scores as PDFs for easy printing. Work with Sibelius 8. And experience better MusicXML score export, part extraction, rescoring, and other improvements.
Intuitive and easy to use
Ease-of-use has been a central design aim right from the start, and with automatic scanning and recognition, plus licensed Sibelius-style editing interfaces, PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate becomes fun and exciting to use.
Who’s using Sibelius?
Sibelius is used by a wide range of composers, performers, and educators. Here’s what some Sibelius users are saying:
Sibelius is so intuitive at laying out the score in a very legible and clear way. This, plus the variety of different fonts and layouts, make it easy to have the score look really good. Chick Corea, (Grammy-award winning pianist and composer)
I use Sibelius | Ultimate to get the most salient melodic and rhythmic fragments, and then move things around, copy and paste, and fine-tune. I’ve got it down to where it’s really simple and really fun. Benny Rietveld (bassist and musical director, Santana)
Sometimes I want to actually combine the pencil with the computer notation, and that’s just so easy with Sibelius. It’s inviting and a pleasure to work with.
Steve Reich, multiple Grammy-winning composer
Recording formats come and go. The only way to ensure your music lives on is through traditional notation, but with Sibelius, you don’t have to spend years writing it down. Order yours today. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD studio consultant today.