- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.8 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
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- ASIN: B005FCW42K
- Item model number: 9910-65064-00
- Date first listed on Amazon: July 27, 2011
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,640 in Software (See Top 100 in Software) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Avid Software Sibelius v. 7
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- The latest version of the world's best-selling music notation software
- Fully 64-bit native application, including an exclusive 35GB professional-quality sample library
- Brand new task-orientated user interface that makes learning and using the software faster and easier than ever
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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. And view beautiful, print-quality scores with advanced typography and graphics support. Designed by musicians for musicians, Sibelius 7 is the fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music. You can even take your scores on the go with the Avid Scorch app for iPad.
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1. CUSTOMIZABLE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS. Like Logic Pro and like Microsoft's Word, Sibelius 7 allows the user to assign keystrokes to almost any function available in the program--and there are hundreds of functions! Though the software comes with many of its own keyboard shortcuts, I prefer many of my own--shortcuts which are, for me, more intuitive and convenient. It's great to have finally found music notation software that allows me to customize the keyboard; this really speeds up editing functions and greatly improves workflow.
2. STABLE LAYOUT: While other music notation software programs often mess things up when you open and close them (or when you print), Sibelius has proven much more stable and consistent. One function that helps with this is the "Freeze Items" button which allows the user to select items (usually tricky, complex notes/rests/symbols/fingerings/etc.) and lock them in place. Very useful! Also, you can use the "Lock Format" button to set the formatting (number of measures per system/systems per page, etc.) so that as you edit later on, these things stay put. Wonderful!
3. FINGERING: Sibelius employs numerous plug-ins, one which is for assigning fingering numbers to notes. I have found that even this feature is programmable; that is, you can adjust exactly where the fingering numbers will be placed relative to the notes, and you can even save as many customizable stylings as you find useful. Incredibly, the fingerings remain right where you put them, too! I can even have certain fingering numbers circled, if I like. And, when I print scores, the fingerings are exactly where I left them!
4. EXCELLENT USER MANUAL: The digital user manual is 780 pages and is well written. Last month I purchased a printed copy for reading large sections away from the computer so that I can get further inside the program and take full advantage of its power. This has proven very valuable and has opened up the software's possibilities for me.
5. PROFESSIONAL LOOK: I've been used to seeing my MusicTime and Encore scores for the last 15 years or so, and so when I first printed out some scores from Sibelius 7 I was shocked to see how plain looking my old scores are! Upon looking at several published scores (Classical and Jazz), it would appear that Siblius might have been used by the publishers! The ties and slurs have that tapered look of professional publishers, the note stems and flags, the accidentals, and the clefs all look just right.
6. INTUITIVE OPERATION: For the most part, Sibelius 7 makes sense; it clearly has been designed by musicians, and most of the set key commands are sensible.
7. FLEXIBILITY: At first I found that the default spacing in Sibelius was a bit tight; notes especially seemed crowded together, accidentals sometimes on top of each other, etc. And then, after reading the manual carefully, I discovered the little button in the Appearance Tab labeled "Note Spacing Rule" which allows me to adjust all of the spacings (spacings for quarter notes, eighths, etc.) and now I have more room in each measure (this handy when you print out a score that you're still working on at the piano---you have more room to write in musical ideas). It seems there's virtually nothing you CAN'T customize/adjust/keyboard shortcut in Sibelius 7.
1. SOMETIMES ERRATIC: Very rarely I have found a particular function doesn't seem to behave quite as it should. With a little time and experimentation I have discovered that these are easily fixed.
2. PRICEY: $500-600 is a lot for music notation software (I'm used to paying around $100-150), but then this is a VERY POWERFUL program.
As a Classical and Jazz pianist, and an arranger for choral and other vocal works (lyric insertion is a snap, by the way!), I highly recommend Sibelius 7. Dig into it, play around with it (I used the Trial/Demo version for a week), and in several days you'll be turning out some beautiful scores!
I ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECOMMEND Sibelius 7 for all serious musicians!
NOTE: Several months later I now have solved the two or three minor problems I was experiencing at first. Sibelius 7 has proven to be extremely flexible, professional and stable. When you modify the Magnetic Layout function, you can then place things exactly where you want them--AND THEY STAY THERE! I have now scored several dozen scores in Sibelius, some as long as 22 pages, and the software has proven itself over and over. My recommendation is now stronger than ever.
I have been a Sibelius user since version 2. At that time, Finale was the leading software for music, and I first saw Sibelius demonstrated at an academic conference for musicians. (I am a retired university music professor.) I liked how intuitive it was: slurs could be added and adjusted almost as you would do them by hand, and you can hear the pitches that you input at the keyboard, so mistakes can be caught easily. Because Finale was used by many musicians at that time and often adopted by university music departments, I tried to learn Finale but became discouraged. Then I bought Sibelius and have never regretted it. It is a very powerful program, and you can be up and running with it in a short time, but one cannot expect to learn everything it does immediately. I know some composers who still prefer Finale, but today I believe Sibelius has taken over as the leading software for music publishers, editors, teachers, composers, and arrangers.
Since I began using Sibelius, I upgraded twice, first to Sibelius 4, and now to Sibelius 7. (I bought a new computer that runs Windows 7, so that was the reason for buying Sibelius 7.) Version 7 did not qualify as an "upgrade" for me, because I was coming from an older version of Sibelius, so I had to pay full price. There are 4 discs in the box plus a small booklet with 15 pages of instructions, mostly on how to install Sibelius and how to activate it. Installing it was no problem, but activating it is a rather daunting experience in some ways. You are allowed to use Sibelius on 2 computers, and you must activate the copy on each of them separately. If you later decide to switch computers (say, if you buy a new one), you must deactivate one copy and re-activate it on the new computer. I do wish they would make this part a little easier. Activating Sibelius without an internet connection, or with a public wireless connection (as I needed on my laptop), is especially difficult, although instructions are provided in the booklet. Read them carefully; they do work.
The 4 discs are: Sibelius 7 (version 7.12 in my case), plus 3 more content discs. These content discs include sound samples, photo score lite (music scanning software), audio score lite (to input music via microphone), and Scorch (to view, play, and print scores online).
I use Sibelius mainly to produce scores and parts for classical music. Often I need specialized notational symbols, old notation such as ornament signs and unusual repeat signs, and specialized notations such as tablature. With Sibelius, you can produce music in all kinds of old notations, all the way back to chant. I have produced examples and scores that were submitted to publishers, and they were able to publish them directly from the high-resolution output from Sibelius. My needs are not aligned with those of the average user, but this is just to demonstrate that Sibelius is very comprehensive and adaptable to individual needs. Also, there is a very large forum of Sibelius users online at the Sibelius site who have provided information on specific aspects of the program; it is very useful. I had some questions about using French lute tablature that were answered by some very knowledgeable people who had already explored this aspect of Sibelius. I was astonished that such an esoteric topic was known to other Sibelius users. The help is well-indexed on the Sibelius website, so it was easy to find what I needed.
My biggest surprise with Sibelius 7 is that the initial interface is entirely different from what I was used to with Sibelius 4. For a new user, it's probably more friendly, because it starts off with a choice of pre-prepared scores from which you can choose. (In previous versions, one always built the score from a blank page.) I recommend watching the videos that come with Sibelius to gain familiarity with these new features. Once you go beyond the initial interface, the rest of the program is very similar to previous versions. I also recommend buying the large book, Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials. The information in the book is online too, but it's much easier to have it in hand while you are working. My appreciation for Sibelius and all it can do improved immensely when I purchased the similar book for version 4. It's really the best way to see what this extensive program can do.
If you are deciding whether to purchase Sibelius as a new user, I recommend using the trial version for a while before deciding. If you are an experienced musician and music is an important part of your life, I don't think you will regret buying Sibelius, but try it out first. It's not for everyone, but I couldn't be happier to have it. For me, it meets all my notational needs for music.