Avid Sibelius 6 (No Longer Available)
Professional Notation Software with ReWire Support - Mac/PC
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Sibelius is better than ever!Sibelius is the complete software for writing, playing, printing, and publishing music notation. It's designed to save you time, produce outstanding results, and allow you to accomplish any musical creation you can imagine. Whether you're a professional composer or arranger, an educator, or a student, Sibelius will make your musical life easier. Sibelius 6 represents the latest advance in the world's favorite music software. They listened to what Sibelius users have been asking for, and added enhancements for writing music and completely new features to make Sibelius 6 the most complete notation software available!
Sibelius 6 Notation Software at a Glance:
Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout for you — so effortlessly, you'll hardly notice. As you write, it gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions — producing beautiful results. This one feature saves you up to half your writing time. Sibelius already has 'magnetic' slurs, accidentals, tuplets and so on — which stick to notes, and repel various other objects to avoid colliding with them. Now Magnetic Layout extends this intelligent behavior to everything else in your score, to produce truly professional results without you doing anything.
Keep track of revisions
Have you ever written something better the first time around? The Versions feature keeps track of revisions to your score, lets you look back at earlier versions of it, and see what changes were made since. Collaboration becomes a joy, and you can even add sticky Comments to leave notes for yourself, or others.
There's no need to fish out crumpled-up paper from your bin, or hunt through backups from weeks ago. To see any earlier version of a score, just choose from a list of them on the toolbar. You can print out these past versions, play them back, or export them as separate files. You can also copy music from them, to resurrect an idea you'd discarded — or even revert to an old version entirely.
To save a version at any point, just click a button — the date, time, and a name and optional comment are saved with it, so you won't have to remember which version is which. And all versions are stored in the same score you're working on, so you don't need to go searching for them later.
You can even compare two versions of a score, or even two different scores, to see what the differences are. This produces a summary and detailed list of all the differences between them. Objects which have been added, changed or deleted are also color-coded in the music, so they're easy to spot.
You can even export a Word file which lists all these changes, and graphics of each page with the differences highlighted.
No longer does Sibelius need a separate player such as Kontakt Player 2 to get the best results — high-quality playback is now seamlessly integrated, thanks to the latest technology from Digidesign's AIR team. So it's simpler than ever to use, and needs no set-up at all — just hit the space bar, and Sibelius plays! You don't even have to wait for sounds to load any more. Everything can now be adjusted directly on the Mixer, including new high-quality effects on each staff such as convolution reverb and chorus, and up to six faders for other effects (e.g. EQ, distortion, timbre). All fader positions and settings are now saved in the score, so you won't have to fiddle with them next time you open it.
There's a new Sibelius Sounds Essentials library, with a variety of new and improved orchestral, choral and jazz sounds from Garritan, Tapspace and AIR. Sibelius 6 provides up to 128 channels, so you can use as many different sounds at once as your computer can handle. Sibelius 6 also comes with a General MIDI virtual instrument (using technology from M-Audio). This provides the full range of General MIDI sounds — from music box to gunshot — and is particularly suited to playing MIDI files, or for getting good playback on older computers.
ReWire is a standard which lets you record audio from Sibelius 6 on a DAW, such as Pro Tools. It also synchronizes Sibelius with your DAW so they can play back at the same time — starting playback in one program sets it going simultaneously in the other. This opens up all kinds of possibilities for using Sibelius 6 with other audio software. For example, you could add an acoustic solo instrument line to your Sibelius playback by recording your score into your DAW, or by making Sibelius and your DAW play back simultaneously.
ReWire is so widely used that you can connect Sibelius 6 to almost any audio program — not just Pro Tools, but also Cubase, Logic, Digital Performer, CakeWalk, Reaper, and even Garageband. And again, no other notation program can do this.
Easy Cues and Instrument Changes
If you prefer using a keyboard or guitar to notation, these windows are ideal. Simply click on the keys or frets to input notes and chords — or 'play' your computer's QWERTY keys just like a piano! They're great for teaching, too. But they're not just for inputting. Select any note/chord, and the keyboard or fretboard shows how it's played. And when you play the score back, you can follow the music on the keyboard or fretboard, too — even if it's written for other instruments.
Share your music
SibeliusMusic.com makes it even easier for you to earn an income from electronic sales of your scores around the world. Or you can just share and exchange scores with fellow musicians and Sibelius users.
Sing in your notes
Developed by Neuratron, creators of PhotoScore, AudioScore lets you input music into Sibelius simply by singing or playing an instrument into a microphone, then hit a button to put the results into Sibelius. AudioScore Lite comes with Sibelius 6, or you can buy the advanced version AudioScore Professional with your upgrade. The Professional version also lets you create an arrangement with unlimited tracks using your microphone, MIDI keyboard or mouse, input into Sibelius in real-time (Windows only), and can even help you improve your playing skills with its on-screen display of the precise tuning of each note you play.
Sibelius 6 Notation Software Features:
Sibelius 6 — The next generation of notation software is here!
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