Avid Sibelius 8 First - Upgrade

Streamlined Professional Notation Software - Mac/PC/Surface Pro 3 VST, AU
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Sibelius First Turns Eight

Whether you're a music notation newbie or a composer who doesn't need all the advanced features of Avid Sibelius — the full, professional version used by top composers — Sibelius 8 First is for you. Like its big sibling, Sibelius 8 First serves up all the nuanced expression in your scores with the Espressivo 2 playback engine, so your instrumentation sounds completely natural, fluid, and cohesive. You can also add enhanced rhythmic feel simply by choosing from a menu of presets. Sibelius 8 First offers a fast, streamlined interface with many of the improvements found in the latest version of Sibelius. Sibelius First has been one of the most popular notation solutions at Sweetwater for years, and the latest version carries on the tradition. Note: This is an opportunity for owners of previous versions of Sibelius First to upgrade to the latest version at a special price. Contact your Sweetwater Sales Engineer for details.

Fast, streamlined interface

Avid upgraded Sibelius 8 First with more than 200 software improvements (including many enhancements ported from the latest version of Sibelius) for a smooth composing experience. You can now slide notes and rests via keyboard shortcuts. Color notes and chords to highlight parts, making them easier to read. Get quick access to core features with new icons that appear in the ribbon and floating windows. Save time with Magnetic Layout, which automatically optimizes rest positioning in your score. Keep current with the new Application Manager. And view your score in stunning clarity with an updated Mac Retina-compatible interface that adds new support for high-resolution Windows displays.

Interact with scores like never before

Sibelius 8 First is optimized for Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet, so you can add and edit notes fast with just a tap of the pen and play music in real time using the onscreen keyboard and fretboard. Use the Surface pen's buttons to select, edit, and erase — ideal when you're writing music by hand with the included PhotoScore and NotateMe Lite software. For easier navigation and editing while working on a trackpad-equipped laptop or using a Surface Pro 3, you can zoom in and out of your score quickly with a simple pinch-zoom gesture. You can even predefine zoom levels with a quick double-tap. Write music like a pro the fast, easy, and affordable way, with Avid Sibelius 8 First.

Avid Sibelius 8 First Features:

  • Enjoy easy access to core Sibelius tools
  • Express yourself authentically with Espressivo 2
  • Compose smoothly and flexibly with cutting-edge features
  • Updated interface lets you work faster and with greater detail
  • Write music with a pen on a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet
  • Use multi-touch gestures to interact with scores
  • Compatible with the latest Mac and Windows operating systems
  • Included PhotoScore and NotateMe Lite software

Tech Specs

Software Type Notation
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Upgrade
Download/Boxed Download
Format VST, AU
Bit Depth 64-bit
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo or higher, 4GB RAM minimum, 10GB hard drive space
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo or higher, 4GB RAM minimum, 10GB hard drive space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number 0100-37090-10

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Sibelius First

Having tried all of the current music notation software, Sibelius is clearly the easiest and most comprehensive to use. It is extremely powerful and has loads of features you can put to use. You can export you music to many traditional formats (I like PDF so I can use my iPad rather than messing with sheet music.
Music background: 59 Years Classical Guitar and finally Piano
See also: Music Notation, Avid, Avid Notation Software