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Avid Sibelius First - Version 7 (PC/Mac)

by Avid
Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
Price: £87.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Intuitive music notation software makes it easy to get great results without prior experience
  • Let the innovative, task-oriented interface guide you through the songwriting process
  • Get your ideas into Sibelius First by scanning printed sheet music, transcribing audio, or playing MIDI instruments—and transfer music between applications via MusicXML interchange
  • Add chord symbols and guitar fretboard diagrams by playing aMIDI keyboard or guitar
  • Turn guitar tab into notation, and back again
  • Take advantage of built-in smart tools to get great results without engraving or notation expertise
  • Easily add lyrics, titles, text, and graphics
  • Hear your compositions in amazing detail thanks to the professional-quality sound library
  • Expand your sonic palette with VST/AU virtual instruments or effects
  • Unlock the full power of your 64-bit computer and directly address more than 4 GB of RAM
  • Sync with other music software—such as Pro Tools—via ReWire
  • Enjoy tons of sharing options—export scores as videos or audio files, publish directly to social media, publish online, email, print, create a PDF, and more
  • Add Sibelius First scores to the Avid Scorch app (available on the App Store) and take your music anywhere

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Avid Sibelius First - Version 7 (PC/Mac) + DIGIFLEX USB Midi Cable Lead Adaptor for Musical Keyboard to PC Laptop XP Vista Win 7 Mac + Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials (Avid Learning)
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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B007PNZ2S0
  • Release Date: 26 April 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Avid Sibelius First is the fastest, easiest way for students to start to learn notation—and the perfect complement to their classroom’s copy of Sibelius 7. The incredibly intuitive interface leads them through score creation, while builtin smart tools produce beautiful results automatically. Teachers can guide student progress through sticky notes and comments, or take advantage of the included instrument library to demonstrate how scores will sound in real life. When students are done composing, it’s easy to show off their accomplishments—turn scores into videos, share directly to social media, export for iPad, print, email, make a PDF, and more.

Product Overview

Magnetic Layout—perfect scores in half the time

Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout—effortlessly. As students write, it gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions to produce beautiful results. This single feature can cut writing time in half, leaving more time for teaching.

Keyboard window for input and playback

If students prefer using a keyboard to learn and write notation, this beautiful window is ideal. Simply click on the keys to input notes and chords or play a computer’s QWERTY keys just like a piano. And when students play back a score, the keyboard plays too.

Add sticky comments

Want to swap comments or score ideas with other students and teachers? Simply place them directly on the score using handy sticky notes.

Recognizes chord symbols automatically

Sibelius First understands the same chord types as Sibelius, and will even recognize and produce appropriate chord symbols in text and/or guitar diagrams when students input using a MIDI device or by typing suffix elements. It’s yet another time-saving feature that makes Sibelius First the most intuitive software for creating notation.

New sounds and VST/AU support

scores using VST and Audio Unit instruments. So students can use world-famous sound libraries such as EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphonic Library, Synful Orchestra, and many others. Use as many different VST or Audio Unit effects as your computer can handle.

Get complete control of your session with M-Audio keyboards

Sibelius First works with all M-Audio controller keyboards, giving you numerous choices for entering notes and playing along with your compositions. The software is even compatible with HyperControl, the MIDI mapping technology used in M-Audio Axiom Pro controller keyboards. HyperControl allows you to make music faster and easier by automatically mapping the knobs, faders, drum pads and numeric keypad buttons on the keyboard to playback, Mixer, and note input controls in Sibelius First. The two-way link ensures the keyboard’s controls are always in sync with your software.

If you’re a teacher, university/college student, or school official, you should get Sibelius 7, which lets you extract parts, create worksheets and exercises, write for orchestra and band, and much more. Generous educational discounts for site and network licenses are available for Sibelius 7.

Top Reasons to Upgrade to Sibelius First Version 7

High-Quality Sound Library

The latest release of Sibelius First features a better-than-ever range of sampled instrument sounds, including samples from the exclusive Avid Orchestra and rock and pop sounds from the team behind the Pro Tools Creative Collection and the Pro Tools Instrument Expansion Pack.

Integrated Sharing and Publishing

Turn your scores into audio or video files—then post your creations directly to YouTube, Facebook and SoundCloud. You can also easily create PDF files, attach scores to an email, export for iPad, or publish as digital sheet music on ScoreExchange.com.

Redesigned Interface

The intuitive, task-orientated interface makes it easy for those familiar with Sibelius First Version 6 to dive in and get the most from this latest version.

Native 64-bit Support

Sibelius First lets you take full advantage of your 64-bit system to run VST and Audio Units virtual instruments and effects.

Greater Flexibility than Ever

Version 7 offers more instrument definitions, notations, plug-ins, and editing tools—plus a new note input method and full support for MusicXML.

All the Features of Sibelius First and Sibelius Student—Combined

Take your music even further with Dynamic parts, Magnetic Layout, score for videos, Panorama view, automatic chord symbols, ReWire synchronization, sticky note comments, versions, one-click transformation tools, and more.

Product Description

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Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnetic Layout Heaven 18 Mar 2013
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I own other music publishing software - but finally caved and bought this student edition for my daughter mainly so her files would be compatible with the school systems. OMG its wonderful. If this is the first and only music publishing software you've ever tried then you probably won't really appreciate all its features. The magnetic layout is a godsend after struggling for years with my old program. It is just so slick and easy to use (but make sure you do at least the first 2 tutorials or else you'll be very confused). My daughter has become an overnight composing wizard churning out stuff so quickly and easily. If you use the sibelius sounds rather than standard Midi playback it's very impressive to listen too. I'm keeping my old software - it allows me to do worksheets and stuff and make up stuff that is "wrong". I assume I would the full Sibelius to mirror that. But for straightforward composing - this is fab.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for the price 24 Jan 2013
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I am an amateur and aspiring jazz guitarist. I bought Sibelius to help me learn to read music because to progress as a guitarist I need to. There is a large world beyond TAB which you can only access if you can "read the dots". Sibelius can do a huge number of things but I'll just focus on the ones I have used. Firstly entering a score is pretty easy from the keyboard and the mouse. You can also scan scores using a plug in program which comes on the CD. Secondly you can "play" the score and listen to the notes as you see them on the screen. Thirdly you can create TAB by copying the "dots" and pasting them on a TAB stave. This is pretty limited however because you cannot choose what position you want to the TAB to be in. Fourthly you can annotate the score with chord frames, Sibelius has a good but limited range of chords but you can create your own. Also printing a score is easy, and via another plug in you can save and view them on an iPad.

Sadly it does not come with a printed manual or a PDF on the CD. You can buy books which teach you, some of which are very complicated.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Considered 5 Stars 21 Jun 2012
By Graham Mccarthy VINE VOICE
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I spent a lot of time evaluating music notation software about two years ago and loaded trial versions of them all before deciding. I eventually selected Sibelius 5 Student, it was a little restricted functionally but a decent price for the features on offer.

I've now upgraded to Sibelius 7 First. I did this after downloading the 30-day evaluation version from the Sibelius web site (I'd always recommend that you did this). Sibelius 7 First is a quite a leap forward and now includes several useful features not present in the Student edition that I had.

Sibelius now looks and feels like Microsoft Office 2010, it uses the same arrangement of tabs as the Microsoft suite (not to everybody's taste but seems to work well enough). It will now import 16 bars from a Midi file (as opposed to 12 before) and crucially has about 40 standard plug-ins, including adding note names and or chord symbols (useful for learners). It can scan in sheet music and has the graphical keyboard or fret-board first introduced in Sibelius 6.

It's a huge hike in price to the full version of Sibelius 7 but for students and occasional users Sibelius First is a very powerful, (quite) intuitive music notation package. I have mine connected to my Yamaha piano for note input but mouse, QWERTY keyboard and Midi controller input are also available and almost as convenient.

I cannot think of any reason not to give Sibelius First the full 5 stars. It is as powerful as it is flexible, installed easily and packs in a wealth of features for a modest price. The fully functional 30-day trial downloadable from the Sibelius web site is a great way to gauge whether you can live with it. I haven't found any kind of notation that is not available. Sibelius is the de facto standard music notation software and is going to make sharing scores easier that the (arguably) less popular software.

I think (although I'd need to check) that you can load this onto two PCs for your own use.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product 23 Sep 2012
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Very easy to use and create fantastic pieces of music. The ease of listening to it as it is created encourages the student to experiment and learn. Highly recommended as a way of supporting your child in their music studies.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing product ! 10 Jun 2012
By Jack
Great product. Useful for me for doing my GCSE music compositions. You are restricted to have no more then 16 instruments in a score which I did not like because i like big ensemble music. It comes with a 10gb sound package which sounds really professional and sounds very realistic.

I would recommend this product to anyone if they are not thinking of composing music for orchestra's or concert/marching/brass bands. Apart from that overall brilliant.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product, 5 stars! 25 Aug 2012
This is a great product for students (GCSE and A Level) and people who use Sibelius from time to time and well worth the money.

I really like the look of it which is set out like Microsoft Word 2010 and it is really easy to navigate.

My favorite feature is the ability to share the music, either by email, PDF, Facebook, YouTube, Sound-cloud, video, the list goes on, so the person you are sending it to does not need Sibelius to view and listen to your music.

Also, as this is a new version, not everyone may have this up to date version. No problem! You can save it so it will open in older versions which is really useful!

Also some information regarding if you can use it onto more than one computer. You are able to load it onto more than one computer, however, you are only able to use it on one computer at a time. This is because to need to activate the System ID and Activation ID you get. You are easily able to activate and deactivate the ID's.

For example if you were using Sibelius 7 First on Computer A and wanted it to use it on Computer B, you would have to deactivate it on Computer A and then activate it on Computer B.

I would thoroughly recommend this product and it is well worth the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great software for the money.
Published 9 days ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this issue is currently more advanced than the programme being used in some schools
Published 1 month ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great program for music notation
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Roger A. Digings
4.0 out of 5 stars For the enthusiastic amateur - fine.
Maybe there are features that the professional might need, but for my (relatively beginner) requirements, it was fine. Will be interested to see what the "pro" edition has.
Published 3 months ago by M C HARVEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Avid Sibelius First music notation software
As described, good price and fast delivery. Does all I need very efficiently though of course lacks the comprehensive features of the full version.
Published 5 months ago by Sally C
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
Brilliant, just right for my student son. Did everything he needed at a fraction of the full Sibelius software price
Published 5 months ago by Louby
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging.
There is so much there I have barely scratched the surface yet. Having relied on a tape player and having to get others to write down my musical compositions, this is providing me... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert Baikie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I was a user of Sibelius 6 on PC. Having now changed to Mac I needed something quick to carry on with some projects. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt Hobson
4.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius First
For the first time I have been able to get the composing ideas in my head out onto paper, and be able to play them back in a realistic fashion as they might be played by an... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Jelley
2.0 out of 5 stars okay if it works for you
seems to be a comprehensive package. it looks the part and when its working produces a decent performance. but its frustrating to use. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Duncan Whyte
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