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Sibelius First - Music Notation Software

by Sibelius
Windows Vista / XP, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X Intel
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Input notes via mouse, computer keyboard or MIDI keyboard/MIDI Guitar
  • Switch from guitar tab to notation and back again with ease
  • Scan in sheet music or open PDF files easily, then change the key with one click
  • Export an audio file of your score to burn a CD
  • Free Sibelius Scorch technology lets you post and share scores on the web for others to see and hear your music

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / XP, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X Intel
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: 9910-60442-00
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 26, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,747 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

It’s time to share the song in your head with the rest of the world. Sibelius First unleashes the songwriter in you – simply and easily. If you’re more comfortable with a guitar or keyboard than the intricacies of musical notation, Sibelius First is for you. It’s the easy way to create scores that you can print, share, post online, or even sell. Sibelius First features “can’t mess-up” templates and plug-ins to help you create lead sheets, guitar tab and complete scores. Simply play your MIDI keyboard or MIDI guitar (or use your PC or Mac) and First turns your music into notes and chord symbols. Just add lyrics – and your name. The world is waiting.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius First software January 10, 2011
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Notation software that is relatively easy and intuitive to use. Not as powerful as Finale Print Music, but infinitely more useful with a much lower frustration factor.

I use SharpEye music scanning software to scan printed music and open the scanned music files in Sibelius First for editing and playback. I can then learn my vocal parts without being able to sight sing. The combination of SharpEye and First works great for my application.

The music scanning feature of Sibelius First does not allow separation of parts (for example, separation of baritone and bass lines appearing on the same staff of a sheet of printed music), which makes scanning under Siblius First unusable for my application. Music scanning under Finale Print Music was a complete waste of time and error-filled. Music scanning with SharpEye is very accurate, can be easily edited, and allows automated separation of parts.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value November 9, 2008
By George
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My wife is a songwriter and was able to quickly and easily learn this software and use it to compose a choir piece. It's obviously not as powerful as the full version, but definitely is a better value. The Sibelius forums are very helpful for whatever you can't figure out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius is the best notation software July 18, 2009
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Before buying Sibelius One I downloaded a trial version as well as a trial version of Finale Print Music and used both to work on producing a score for a piece of music for solo piano that I had composed and which was in MIDI form. Sibelius was the clear winner, it had a more pleasing user interface and I was able to figure out how to do everything I needed to do either by reading the manual or by searching the Web. I have not noticed any essential features that are lacking from Sibelius One, so far I have been able to do everything I need to produce a professional looking score which can I have already posted on the sibeliusmusic web site.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible software July 3, 2011
Perhaps the only reason to buy this software is that the competition is just as bad. Yes, any software takes time to learn, but this is over-the-edge frustrating and difficult. The manual sometimes helps -- if you can find what you need to know, what in itself is challenging since it is over 600 pages long, which right away says something about the software. And the music I try to write with it is really quite simple, usually just single lines and relatively short. I gave up trying to do a slur over several notes -- could not find that function anywhere, although it must exist. Trying to begin a line with a repeat symbol and then a quarter and eighth rest, the software insisted on either shortening the length of the measure or overlapping the repeat with the rests. Again I just gave up. I will write in the repeats by hand -- much simpler than struggling with badly designed software for hours and hours. Life is too short for that.
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