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Avid Sibelius First - Version 7 (PC/Mac)

Platform : Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista
4.3 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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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
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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP / 7 / Vista, 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
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  • ASIN: B007PNZ2S0
  • Release Date: 26 April 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product Description

Sibelius  First is multi language - English, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Spanish.

It should install in the host language the computer is set to.

To change language, go to File > Preferences > General > Language

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.

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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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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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Great software - but you'll be on your own as regards support if my experience is typical. I never managed to get through to telephone support and email - apart from an automated acknowledgement - has yet to respond. There's a lot of forum stuff and an extensive knowledge base but as a new user I have had a few issues and Avid haven't shown much interest.

Still no response from support - I have decided to cut my losses and take my custom elsewhere (and that of my students). You have been warned - great software; but once they have your money............
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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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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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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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You need to follow the video help and get the hang of how things work. It is very comprehensive. I tried it first (free download) having before that used some free software - crescendo which was easier to get to grips with, but had fewer options. I like the automatic bar length so rests are put in and changed as you add notes - I have little theory of music knowledge. For what I am going to do it is probably much too advanced, but I can appreciate why it is well thought of as a package. I prefer a one off payment for software so I am not a fan of the subscription option on the full version, but it may be fine for others. I suspect I will never use half of the options it gives and whether I have the patience to go through all the video help is debatable. As others have said, some quick start written guide would not go amiss - the quick start guide with it is on how to install it, not on using it! Very impressed with the pdf reading software that comes on the disc. As I had the download for the main prog I just added a few bits from the disc and activation was simple enough.
Bin the music at start up - luckily you can turn it off!
I am arranging for handbells which are not actually included in the instruments but you can use extra voices to add bells from above and below so it works. All in all it is a very extensive programme, worth the money, but will take some perseverance to get the best out of I suppose. However with a little knowledge and Sibelius First, music writing is much easier and a lot more legible than writing it out by hand.
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