AVID Sibelius | Ultimate 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan RENEWAL
The fastest, smartest, easiest way to write and share music
From concert halls and scoring stages to sheet music stores and classrooms, more composers, arrangers, publishers, and educators use Sibelius—the world's best-selling notation software—than any other. With its sophisticated yet easy-to-use tools and Sibelius | Cloud Sharing features, Sibelius makes it easy to create, arrange, print, and share your compositions. And now it's available for desktop and iPad in three tiers to meet every need—from Ultimate versions for limitless music composition to free versions for those new to music notation.
Sibelius key features and benefits
Write music quickly and easily
Sibelius makes music composition easy, giving you the flexibility to work anywhere using a computer or iPad. Whether you prefer to enter notes from the onscreen notation Keypad, a MIDI keyboard, your computer keyboard, or using an Apple Pencil, 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.
Spark ideas with loop playback
When composing, sometimes the best way to come up with parts is to improvise different melody lines, riffs, and chords over a section of music. Sibelius now enables you to select any part of your score for loop playback, so you can quickly experiment. You can even slow down the tempo during loop playback for easier rehearsal and lesson practice—ideal for students and teachers.
Create beautiful scores fast
Sibelius lets you spend more time writing music instead of fixing it. Magnetic Layout automatically gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions, cutting writing time in half. Dynamic Parts can automatically create and update separate instrumental parts whenever you change your score. You can also fine-tune the score for your engraving needs. Plus, the new set of house styles lets you customize a look that perfectly suits your score.
Turn MIDI into Sibelius scores fast
Easily create sheet music from a Pro Tools or other DAW session into fully notated scores. With expanded MIDI import features, you can omit, map, arrange, and/or merge MIDI tracks into a score on import. You can also add articulations and techniques during import to preserve the composer's intent, helping jumpstart the instrument assignment and notation refinement process.
Turn music into scores
Sibelius for desktop 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—or even turn recorded CD tracks into notation. 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 10 GB sound library of high-quality sampled instruments (920 MB on mobile), you can play back compositions to hear how it would sound with full instrumentation. The Espressivo feature adds a more humanistic feel, so you can hear every nuance of your score expressed on playback the way you intended it to be heard. You can also use VST and AU virtual instruments and effects.
Got writer's block? No need to fret. Check out the Score Starter and Ideas library 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.
Collaborate with anyone
Take the stress out of collaborating with non-Sibelius composers. With a single click, Sibelius transforms MusicXML files into beautifully formatted scores without any manual work. You can import score data directly into your go-to template or into a new Sibelius file. All notation, markup, and layout details are automatically and intelligently assigned, so you can start immediately and spend more time on the music—not toiling away conforming elements to a template.
Share your work
Sibelius makes it easy to share, review, and work on scores with other composers. Share up to 20 scores online using Sibelius | Cloud Sharing and invite others to view and hear your music. Use Review mode to keep your work locked down. Add comments directly on a score to communicate edits and ideas. Share more scores with an Avid Premium Cloud Plan. You can also collaborate through MusicXML, print scores, and export your music as MIDI or PDF files.
Connect with the community
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.
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. Here are some key advantages that Sibelius | Ultimate offers over Sibelius:
- An exclusive, professional-quality 36 GB sound library
- Advanced text and typography features
- Extended graphics export, including EPS and SVG files
- Fully flexible Magnetic Layout collision avoidance
- Live Tempo for "conducting" tempo playback
- Version tracking and comparison
- Unlimited staves
- Timeline window for quickly navigating your score
- Ability to extract instrumental parts as separate files, plus many other features for orchestral/band music
- Features for creating worksheets and exercises
- "Arrange" feature to help with arranging and orchestration
- Over 140 plug-ins that do useful things, with many more available for download from the web
- 1,700 worksheets for teaching music in the classroom (Sibelius | Ultimate for Education only)
- Ability to export your score as an MP3 file
- Many more notations, including special symbols and formats for unusual instruments
- Fully editable instruments, lines, symbols, and other notations
- Publishing features to make your scores look completely professional
Sibelius | Ultimate additional features and benefits
Get all the features of Sibelius and a whole lot more
With the desktop and mobile app, Sibelius | Ultimate provides you with the fastest, most advanced, and flexible way to write music. It expands on the Sibelius toolset, providing the complete notation toolset, unlimited staves, a huge 36 GB sound library, automatic arranging and orchestration, full-featured MIDI and MusicXML import, over 2,000 library ideas, version tracking and comparison, unlimited Sibelius | Cloud Sharing, and so much more.
Compose, arrange, and engrave without limits
Sibelius | Ultimate offers an advanced toolset, enabling you to work with an unlimited number of instrument parts and tailor every facet of your score to your needs. Create sophisticated sheet music with the complete set of notation tools and symbols, customizable notes and instruments, and film scoring workflows. Speed through score refinement with advanced layout, editing, and publishing tools. And get access to over 140 plug-ins that will help you easily edit, arrange, and clean up scores.
Intelligently turn MIDI into perfect scores fast
Transform MIDI compositions created in Pro Tools (or other DAW) into fully orchestrated scores at the click of a button. With Intelligent MIDI Import, you can import MIDI into a new or existing Sibelius score or template, with all proper notation, instrumentation, techniques, and articulations automatically assigned, preserving the composer's intent. Save hours—or even days—of clean-up time, so you can deliver accurate scores faster than ever, only in Sibelius | Ultimate.
Get unmatched Pro Tools integration
Take your compositions even further when you integrate Pro Tools into your desktop workflow. Using ReWire (included), you can easily record instrument parts from your Sibelius | Ultimate scores to Pro Tools and other DAWs for further recording, editing, and mixing. And you can directly send Pro Tools tracks from its Score Editor to Sibelius | Ultimate for further notation refinement.
Got a little melody line, chord progression, or lyric you want to file away quickly? No need to drop everything you're doing. The Ideas Hub enables you to capture and tag those inspired snippets of music and ideas quickly for later use or reuse. If you're having writer's block, Sibelius | Ultimate also comes with over 2,000 ideas in its library to help get you inspired and rev up your creative flow.
Polish your score to perfection
With a full suite of desktop publishing tools and score Inspector, you can control and finesse every score element with ease. Fine-tune lyrics, dynamics, and other text with tracking, leading, scaling, and alignment tools. Use hierarchical styles to change fonts and add emphasis. Add graphics using drag-and-drop. Even create your own house styles and manuscript papers to give your scores a unique look and feel.
Add comments directly on a score
With the Annotate feature, you can draw freeform directly on a score and communicate edits, instruction, and feedback to collaborators, arrangers, musicians, or students—streamlining collaboration and review. All annotations are grouped intelligently and always remain attached to the bar to which you've added them. Plus, they can be switched off, so they don't appear when printing.
Increase your music sales
For music publishers, Sibelius | Cloud Publishing greatly enhances the online sheet music shopping experience, leading to higher customer sales and satisfaction. With the technology embedded on your site, your visitors can preview, play, change instruments, and transpose scores before buying—on any computer or mobile device. Once purchased, they'll get a high-quality version that's fit for print.
Teach music composition
Sibelius | Ultimate is ideal for teaching music notation, composition, and theory to students of all ages. It includes over 1,700 ready-made teaching materials, including worksheets, projects, and exercises, as well as a Classroom Control window to track and freeze your students' progress. In addition, Sibelius | Ultimate network licensing makes it easy to assign licenses to students on any computer—even their own.