If you work with notation software for music composition, be sure to check out the new Sibelius 7 software from Avid. Professional composers, music teachers, and worship leaders have made Sibelius one of the most popular notation programs out there, favoring it for its ease of use and intuitive layout. So, what makes Sibelius 7 the best version yet?
Avid has redesigned the user interface of Sibelius 7 to be more task oriented. Along the top of the screen, you’ll find the new “Ribbon,” a set of tabs that gives you fast access to the most commonly used features in Sibelius 7. Functions such as Input Notes, Transpose, and Add Instrument are now just one click away, resulting in a faster workflow.
Sibelius 7 is 64-bit ready to take advantage of your computer’s advanced processing power, allowing you to access more RAM than ever before. Also included is the most dynamic, expressive, and realistic instrument library ever included with Sibelius, allowing you to hear your compositions as you never have before. Not only do you get a plethora of orchestra and symphonic instruments to choose from, but you also get a wide array of new pop, rock, and jazz instruments. Marching band and drum corps arrangers should take note too, as Sibelius 7 includes the sounds of the Blue Devils, the world champion drum corps! This is the most realistic and detailed sound library available for any composition software.
Sibelius 7 gives you enhanced options for printing and exporting your scores. You can export your work as a Music XML file for use with other music creation programs, making collaboration easier than ever. You can import Music XML scores created in other programs. Sibelius 7 makes it easy to export your work as a PDF file for simple sharing and archiving. And if you’re printing scores of scores, Sibelius 7 gives you enhanced printing options that make double-sided printing easier than ever.
Avid has hit a home run with Sibelius 7. The majority of improvements focus squarely on enhancing the user interface and making it easy and intuitive for you to compose. There are more new features than can possibly be listed in this article — we haven’t even mentioned the redesigned mixer or the advanced typography features that make text even easier to work with. Head to Avid.com for great videos that showcase how Sibelius 7 could be a serious benefit to your composition and arrangement workflow.