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Sibelius 6

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • No more tidying up scores
  • Track changes and compare versions
  • Sync with sequencers and DAWs
  • Unrivalled pro engraving
  • Sell your scores around the world


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  • Media: DVD-ROM

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  • ASIN: B002HMRL9M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,546 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Sibelius 6 is a giant leap forward in notation software - with amazing new features and improvements for educators, students, composers, arrangers, copyists and musicians of all kinds. Only in Sibelius: 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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Is Beautiful 10 April 2011
For long time, I was wondering if there was any program that would do the job for musicians just like a word processor does for writers. Did a little bit of research in the Internet and learnt the name Sibelius in the first place. Read more about it, took a couple of classes and found out this is the program I was exactly looking for. And I bought the then latest version Sibelius 4. Even though the one I have is the educational version, I am writing a review on this one as I could not find the product. Sibelius company said there's no difference between the professional and educational versions but the price.

When I had Sibelius 4 running on old MacBook Pro which had Mac OSX10.4 Tiger, 2GHz Intel Core Duo Processor and 1GB Memory, the software used to hang every now and then for a little moment while entering notes. Later it caused a big problem that garble sound was encountered while playing back or no sound at all. Neither Apple nor Sibelius could fix it. Then I had to upgrade to Sibelius 5 which seemed to get rid of the problem. Immediately after that, Sibelius 6 came out. Now my baby is new MacBook Pro with OSX10.6 Snow Leopard, 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 Processor and 4GB Memory. The newly upgraded Sibelius 6 has been running absolutely fine without a single problem, so far.

I love to compose and arrange music. The composition and arrangement is all in my mind. Sibelius plays for me the notes I input for bass, drums, keyboards, violins, saxophones, etc. I listen to how it sounds and rework to make it sound better. I can use it as a final audio script before going to a studio. I even make backing tracks for covers and play guitar and sing along to entertain friends and myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore previous Post 13 Mar. 2011
Sibelius 6 will work fine on the majority of laptops running Windows 7, all you need to do is buy an ASIO soundcard either USB, Firewire or Expresscard (Please note on a Mac you can use the internal soundcard). Sibelius is much easier to work with than finale, if you are wishing to start writting your own compositions or are a professional user sibelius will not disappoint. For more information and videos of this prodSibelius 6uct I recommend you visit the Sibelius website.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine program with a few niggles 5 Dec. 2010
I have used Finale for years and finally decided to have a go at Sibelius. It is definitely nicer and more user-friendly than Finale, and runs extremely well on my Imac, but does not get on with my Windows 7 laptop! Using the DS driver the rhythm is unsteady. Using Asioforall worked for a couple of days after which the sound became grotesquely garbled. Using the MME driver the sound is garbled on startup, I then have to load the Asioforall and then reload the MME for it to work; it does work well after all this, but I think Sibelius have to put their house in order regarding Windows 7! Finale works fine on the laptop.

Later addition -

I have now been using Sibelius for the best part of a year, it is very user-friendly and printouts are excellent. I still have the above problem, although once I have gone through the startup rigmarole everything works fine.

Just a couple of other (interconnected) points - 1/ triplets and other tuplets are a pain to write in Sibelius - every tuplet has to be specified in advance and if you try to edit them the notes disappear! 2/ unlike in Finale, the length of notes cannot be much edited. In Finale, if you have a 34 bar consisted of 3 crochets and you want to change it to 1 minim and 2 quavers, you simply change the length of the notes. In Sibelius as soon as you turn the first crochet into a minim, the other notes vanish! Likewize in Finale if you want to copy a section of music, you can simply enter it all in quavers or whatever and do the note lengths afterwards, and the music will overflow from bar to bar. Maybe the next version will sort this out?

But in general Sibelius is a more user-friendly program than Finale and I now use it exclusively.
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