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Avid Sibelius First - Version 7 (PC/Mac)
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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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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
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.
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.
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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............
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a new purchase for me & I have just installed it on my new recording studio PC. I have had some previous experience on an older version but I am sure this will be just as... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Incredible software for the money. This product is amazing if you are an amateur composer (like me) and don't want to spend £400+ on the full version. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Peter
Been trying this as a trial version on-and-off for a couple of weeks and can't get on with it.
Recording to metronome works, but then I suddenly realise the metronome... Read more
Make sure you buy the correct one! This was intended for my 16 yr old about to start A level music. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Zektrekker
I think this product has a lot of potential, however the 'intuitive' control bar at the top is very buggy because it flips between different tabs with almost no mouse movement. Read morePublished 22 months ago by S. M. Loveland
A truly amazing achievement of software technology by the Sibelius Boffins. A fantastic joy to operate this programme. It has far exceeded my expectations. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Timothy N. Shine