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Avid Sibelius 7 First (boxed) Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • from Montross, Virginia June 24, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist, choir member for many years

    A Great Program

    I am still learning of all of the features, but I have used it quite extensively and find it does all and more that I expected. I have entered several songs by a variety of methods and have experimented with several of its playback options. It is a great tool for my needs and the added enjoyment make it well worth the cost.

  • from Columbus. Georgia October 9, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Keyboards Hammond Organs plus Yamaha Synthss

    Avid Sibelius 7 FIRST

    This software is great for scores of any size group. The Templates which
    are in the program are already set up for ease of use. The Technical
    Support is great. There is a small learning curve but once you get the
    lingo down it becomes a breeze. This program is good for Bands , church
    choirs , jazz groups, and what ever your creative mind can come up with. The software also saved me some time when meeting deadlines for my
    jazz group church choir ensemble. Try it out//

  • from United States December 26, 2014Music Background:
    Ametuer horn player and composer

    Works Well

    The program works very well after one gets use to it. My only complaint is that after the score is written and there are unused measures on the page, it time consuming to delete them

  • from Imperial, MO April 23, 2013Music Background:
    Beginning Musician

    Very Powerful for the Money

    "First" is a budget-minded version of Sibelius with the more advanced features stripped out. All of the commonly-used features are there. So far, I have only run into one or two features I wish were included, but they weren't critical. On Avid's web site, there is a detailed feature comparison matrix that shows which features were included or left out of First.

    I am a Pro Tools user, which has a very basic score editor that can't do a lot of the things I needed (like tablature, repeats, etc). Sibelius First does those. However, I am disappointed in the lack of integration with Pro Tools. Pro Tools has a "Send to Sibelius" function, but with Sibelius First installed, Pro Tools doesn't recognize it. I can't even cut-and-paste. I have to export and import MIDI files.

    I was pleasantly surprised with the ability to enter notes from a MIDI controller and to play the score on my audio interface. It just works, without any complicated setup at all.

    Sibelius First comes with a piece of software to scan printed sheet music and build a score from it. I tried it once, and it was very inaccurate, so don't buy it for this feature.

    Sibelius is a powerful program, and the learning curve is rather steep. Though it does a lot of things for you, learning how to do things differently can be a challenge. I have had to rely on 3rd-party training videos, but I'm getting there.

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