The latest generation of the world’s best-selling music notation software, Avid Sibelius 7 is sophisticated enough to meet the demands of top composers, arrangers, and publishers, yet simple enough for beginners and students.
Work quickly with the brand-new, task-oriented user interface. Experience your scores in stunning clarity with the exclusive, professional-quality sound library. Collaborate more easily thanks to full MusicXML interchange support and other sharing options. With all these advancements and many more, Sibelius 7 is the fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music.
New in Sibelius 7
Task-oriented user interface
New ribbon-style interface
The ribbon is a wide band of command buttons at the top of every Sibelius window, replacing the old menus and toolbar. All of the program’s features are logically arranged into 10 tabs, plus the special File tab. From left to right, the arrangement of features describes the typical workflow of creating a score, from adding instruments and bars, through inputting notes, adding notational elements and other markings, text, layout, part preparation, review, and final output.
Every feature has its own icon, text description, and, when you hover over a button, an extended screen tip that provides contextual help. The ribbon intelligently resizes to match the size of the document window or your computer’s display, so you can always access every feature with no more than three clicks.
Tabbed document interface
Sibelius 7 employs a modern tabbed document interface, just like your web browser. Open individual parts in separate tabs within the same parent window, and quickly switch between them using the handy tab bar. Open any tab in a new window by right-clicking the tab bar and choosing New Window.
The new user interface in Sibelius 7 is packed with improvements to make working with the software faster and more efficient.
Important and commonly used options are front and center on the ribbon. For example, you can now change page size, orientation, margins, and staff size directly on the ribbon, and see your score update in real time.
These small but useful improvements are everywhere. For example, the notational elements that you used in your score are placed at the top of rich, graphical menus so you can quickly create them again. You can also create time signatures by hitting the single-key shortcut T, then typing the top and bottom numbers, and hitting Return.
Sibelius 7 is the most accessible version ever. Every feature on the ribbon can be accessed via a special sequence of key presses called key tips. What’s more, Sibelius now has built-in support for screen-reading software on Windows, making it more accessible than ever to blind and visually impaired musicians.
Don’t worry if you’re a power user who has memorized many keyboard shortcuts. With a few exceptions, earlier keyboard shortcuts work just the same in Sibelius 7—and all keyboard shortcuts are fully customizable.
The new status bar at the bottom of every Sibelius document window provides quick access to document view options such as zoom and Panorama. It also shows you useful, context-sensitive information about your score, including the number of bars in your score, duration of the current selection in bars and timecode, the implied harmony of the selected notes, and much more.
Make it stick
Sibelius 7 includes two useful new features for note input. You can now start and stop markings, such as slurs and hairpins, during note input. Input one note, hit S to start a slur, then input some more notes—Sibelius automatically snaps the right-hand end of the slur to each successive note. When you want the slur to stop, simply type Shift-S. This works for any kind of line, and is a tremendous time saver.
Along with sticky lines, Sibelius 7 introduces sticky tuplets. If you need to input a run of tuplets, input the first note of the first tuplet, then hit the single-key shortcut to make tuplets sticky, and input more notes. As you get to the end of each tuplet, Sibelius automatically creates a new one, until you hit the shortcut again to switch the stickiness off.
Professional sound library—only in Sibelius
Sibelius 7 Sounds is no ordinary bundled sample library. This collection combines exclusive content with hand-selected sounds from industry experts to bring you more than 38 GB of professional-quality sounds covering every instrument family—from a complete symphony orchestra to specialist sounds like handbells and a 27-stop church organ.
Exclusive, specially recorded Avid Orchestra
An expert sound designer, who has worked with some of Hollywood’s most demanding composers, recorded one of Europe’s top orchestras to build the Avid Orchestra.
Every orchestral instrument is represented, including unusual ones such as the Wagner tuba, alto flute, heckelphone, and lithophone. We've also included several period instruments, including Baroque trumpet and oboe d’amore. There is a full complement of string instruments, including beautiful solo, chamber and full sectional samples.
Wherever possible, instruments have been recorded with a consistent set of playing techniques (including legato, détaché, staccato, tenuto, and trills), with specialist techniques for many instruments (e.g. double-tonguing for flute, mutes for brass and strings, unmeasured tremolo for strings, etc.).
The result is a stunning, high-quality orchestra comparable to those you can buy from dedicated sample developers for hundreds of dollars. And it’s all included in the box with Sibelius 7—there’s nothing extra to buy.
More than just an orchestra
In addition to hundreds of high-quality orchestral sounds, Sibelius 7 Sounds includes exclusive rock, pop, and jazz sounds from the team who developed the Pro Tools Complete Creative Collection and the Pro Tools Instrument Expansion Pack. The collection includes vintage keyboards, guitars, basses, drum kits, and more.
Make great-sounding big band scores with a full set of jazz horns, including trumpets, trombones, and saxophones, with authentic growls, plops, doits, and falls, plus a high-quality brush drum kit.
Write for a wide variety of percussion instruments, including powerful taiko drums, bata, djembe, and ewe African percussion, with the hundreds of included pitched and unpitched percussion sounds.
World-class licensed content
To match the professional quality of the included content, Sibelius 7 Sounds also features hand-selected sounds from specialized sample providers.
It includes a full 27-stop pipe organ, taken from the E.M. Skinner Organ from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chicago, IL as sampled by Milan Digital Audio— the developers of Hauptwerk, the world’s finest virtual organ software.
And for marching band and drum corps arrangers, Sibelius 7 includes a selection of sounds from the brand new Rumble and Fanfare libraries from Sample Logic. The first sound libraries to feature the multi-time world champion drum corps, The Blue Devils, these sounds were recorded at the world-famous Skywalker Sound scoring stage in Marin County, CA.
To take full advantage of Sibelius 7 Sounds, you will require a 64-bit operating system and compatible processor, a fast hard disk (SSD preferable) and 4 GB+ RAM
Native 64-bit support—only in Sibelius
Unleash the full power of your computer–only in Sibelius
Sibelius 7 is the ideal choice for musicians looking to unleash the full potential of their 64-bit computers. Sibelius is the world’s first fully native 64-bit notation software, so it’s ready for the most demanding applications that today and tomorrow can throw at it.
Music without limits
Only 64-bit applications can directly address more than 4 GB RAM, required for today’s professional sample libraries. With full VST and Audio Unit compatibility, you can load as many samples as your computer can handle, and Sibelius won’t miss a beat.
Multi-core capability–only in Sibelius
The improved audio engine in Sibelius 7 automatically balances multiple virtual instruments and effects across the available cores of your multi-core CPU, efficiently using your computer’s resources.
ReWire–only in Sibelius
ReWire normally requires both the master and the slave to be 32-bit applications, because the underlying technology is not yet available for 64-bit systems. But Sibelius 7 can run as a 64-bit application and communicate with a 32-bit ReWire master, thanks to its unique inter-process communication approach.
Don’t worry if you’re still running a 32-bit operating system or your current hardware isn’t 64-bit capable. Sibelius 7 still fully supports your 32-bit computer, and you can choose to run Sibelius 7 in 32-bit mode on a 64-bit system if needed for compatibility purposes (e.g. if your favorite virtual instrument is only available in a 32-bit version).
Optimized for single monitor use—only in Sibelius
Your workspace, your way
Sibelius has always tried to act as an intelligent assistant, taking the drudgery out of your work. Sibelius 7 now remembers exactly what you were doing the last time you worked on your score, restoring not only the zoom level and showing you where in your score you were working, but also the document tabs, window sizes and positions, view options, and more.
And of course, you have complete control over your working environment, with comprehensive options to determine exactly how Sibelius should set itself up for new and existing scores.
Full screen for full speed ahead—only in Sibelius
Sibelius for Windows has always included a full-screen mode that hides the Windows taskbar, the menu bar, and devotes as much of your screen display as possible to your music.
Now, for the first time, Mac users can experience the power of full-screen display in Sibelius 7.
Without distractions from other applications, you’ll find the Sibelius 7 full-screen mode to be a more immersive working environment—this really is virtual manuscript paper.
Whether it’s the brand new Mixer, the beautiful on-screen Keyboard and Fretboard panels, or the Ideas panel, you no longer have to compromise between obscuring your score and showing the windows you need. Sibelius panels are now dockable, so you can arrange them around the edges of your screen, without obscuring the music itself.
You can also summon or dismiss all of the panels with a single click, to allow you to focus fully on the printed page at any time.
Sibelius 7 features a redesigned Mixer that employs vertical faders, just like a real mixing desk. By default, the Mixer is docked at the bottom of your screen, and shows just the faders for volume. Make it a little taller, and pan and solo/mute controls appear. Make it even taller and you’ll see advanced options for changing playback device, channel, and sound. Expand it fully to get controls for integrated effects and FX signal buses. Then hide it again by pressing a single key.
For advanced control over the appearance and playback properties of objects, summon the Inspector using its keyboard shortcut. A floating window appears, showing only the controls that are relevant to the selected objects, allowing you to quickly make adjustments using the keyboard. Once you’re done, hit Return, and the Inspector disappears.
If you wish, you can pin the Inspector so that it is visible at all times. It intelligently updates as the selection changes, only showing you relevant controls. You get more of what you need, and nothing that you don’t.
Switch to Sibelius from Finale
Compatible with you
If you’ve been using Finale® for many years, you may have become accustomed to its Speedy Entry note input method. Sibelius has introduced a new step-time note input method to help users of other notation software to work comfortably in Sibelius, allowing them to continue using many of the same familiar keystrokes for note entry.
Using our step-time note input method, you can freely experiment on your MIDI keyboard without inputting—a note or chord is only input into your score when you both play it on your keyboard and specify a rhythmic duration.
Compatible with others
Sibelius 7 now includes high-quality MusicXML export using a built-in export engine that delivers superior results to existing third-party plug-ins, at no extra cost.
There’s no reason not to start your next project in Sibelius—you can easily share files with friends and colleagues using Finale, or any of hundreds of other music programs, via MusicXML.
You may have heard that Sibelius doesn’t offer the same fine control as Finale. In fact, the world’s most demanding music publishers rely on Sibelius to produce beautiful engraved scores.
You may have heard that Finale is the tool of choice in Hollywood and on Broadway. In fact, film/TV and musical theater professionals rely on Sibelius to produce legible output quickly and efficiently for their time-sensitive projects.
You may have heard that Finale is best for education. In fact, educators all over the world make use of Sibelius’s 1,700-plus built-in teaching resources, and its unique classroom management features. What’s more, students get four years of free Sibelius upgrades to help them stay up to date during their studies.
In short, you may have heard a lot of things about Sibelius. But isn’t it time you found out the truth for yourself?
Don’t get left behind
Nearly 2,000 Finale users switched to Sibelius last year alone—they can’t all be wrong. Try the 30-day trial version of Sibelius 7, and discover the joy of working with notation software that’s designed for musicians, by musicians. For little more than the price of your annual Finale upgrade, you can switch to the most modern, easy-to-learn, and sophisticated notation software available, without compromising the control and quality output you depend upon. You really can have it all.
Text and typography enhancements
Sibelius 7 uses a brand new text editing and rendering engine that not only provides pixel-perfect accuracy between on-screen display—at any zoom level–and the printed page, but also delivers professional-quality typographic control.
Tracking (character spacing), leading (line spacing), character scaling (horizontal and vertical), and subscript/superscript text are accessible from the context-sensitive Inspector, allowing you to fine-tune the appearance of your text with a publisher’s precision.
DTP-style text frames
At last, you can create a text frame and flow text into it, with separate control over the alignment of the text frame on the page and the justification of the text within the frame. Right-align the text frame containing the composer’s name, but center-align the text within the frame, or create an editorial note with full text justification.
Gone are the days of adding of manual line breaks—now you can re-flow text simply by changing the shape or size of your text frame.
Hierarchical styles–only in Sibelius
Quickly make changes to groups of text styles by taking advantage of their new hierarchical design. Change, say, the font for one text style, and automatically cascade that change down to many other text styles. With Sibelius 7, it takes only a moment to change fonts or match a new house style.
Sibelius 7 also introduces character styles, designed to allow you to change parts of longer runs of text. Using a character style, you can quickly emphasize text throughout your score using italics, for example. If your editor suggests using bold instead, you can simply edit the character style to change every instance of italic to bold in a single operation.
No other music notation software offers this kind of power or control.
Plantin from Monotype Imaging–only in Sibelius
To demonstrate its new typography features, Sibelius 7 includes an elegant family of OpenType fonts called Plantin, from Monotype Imaging. Plantin has a distinguished history in printed music, and continues to be the main text font that Oxford University Press uses to publish music.
Plantin’s distinctive look and compact dimensions make it an ideal general-purpose font for titles, lyrics, and other text in your score.
Expanded graphics import and export
It’s so easy to import graphics into Sibelius, it’s as simple as drag and drop. You can import any image in any standard format (including BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, and SVG)—just drag it in.
Once you’ve imported your picture, adjust its color, brightness, contrast, and opacity. Rotate it to any angle, scale it to any size, crop it, or flip it along either axis.
Sibelius 7 natively supports Scalable Vector Graphics. SVGs are high-quality vector graphics that look perfect when scaled to any size. Use professional drawing programs such as Adobe Illustrator or free alternatives like Inkscape to draw any shape you can imagine and bring it into Sibelius. Then print it out at any size, perfectly reproduced.
If there’s a particular graphic you need to use in many scores, such as a logo, you can now import a graphic and link it to an external file. If the external file is subsequently modified, the imported graphic in Sibelius is automatically updated. If you send your score to somebody who doesn't have the separate graphic file, don’t worry—Sibelius embeds the graphic in the score for good measure, so your score will look correct when opened on another system.
Use graphics as symbols
One of the most powerful additions to Sibelius 7 is the ability to use any graphic as a symbol. Import a graphic in any supported format and combine it with any existing symbol, or create a new one. The only limitation is your imagination.
One-click PDF export
Sibelius 7 can directly export publisher-quality PDFs—no separate PDF printer driver is required. Simply point and click to choose between exporting the full score only, the full score plus all the instrumental parts in a single consolidated file, the parts only in a consolidated file, or all of the parts as separate PDF files.
Sibelius 7 also includes improved EPS export, with enhanced TIFF previews and wider font embedding support, plus all-new SVG export, and PDF export of individual systems or pages of music.