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Avid Sibelius 8 - Educational Edition

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What is Sibelius?

Sibelius is the world’s best-selling music notation software, offering sophisticated, yet easy-to-use tools that are proven and trusted by composers, arrangers, publishers, educators, and students alike. And with the new Sibelius, you can access the software in more affordable ways than ever. Compose with a low-cost subscription. Own the software outright. Manage multiple copies with Sibelius network licensing. Or get started with Sibelius | First. The choice is yours. And with the integrated Annotate feature, multi-touch gestures, Surface Pro 3 pen support, and more, Sibelius enables you to express your creativity in brand new ways, whether composing for a live performance, movie, television, media entertainment.

 

New features

Get easy access to the world’s best-selling music notation tool
 

Get easy access to the world’s best-selling music notation tool

In addition to Sibelius being available to own and upgrade as before, you can now subscribe on a low-cost monthly or annual basis, enabling you to access the latest version of the software affordably at any time and pay only when you need it. And you’ll have access to all future Sibelius updates and upgrades as soon as they’re available through the included Avid upgrade plan, as well as to expert help.

 

Write music with a pen on a Surface Pro

Sibelius has been optimized for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, enabling you to add and edit notes quickly with just a tap of the pen, as well as play music in real time using the tablet’s onscreen keyboard and fretboard. Use the Surface Pen’s buttons to select, erase and edit your music. You can even drag the score around and resize objects while inputting notes.

 
Write music with a pen on a Surface Pro
Add notes and comments directly on the score
 

Add notes and comments directly on the score

With the new Annotate feature, you can create reminders for yourself about music changes as you’re composing, or communicate edits and feedback to others, streamlining collaboration and review. Draw directly on the score using a mouse, trackpad, USB tablet, or Surface Pro 3 Pen. Circle items and write or type comments or instructions to arrangers, players, or students. Because annotations are grouped intelligently and always attached to the bar you add them to, you needn’t worry about losing your notes. Plus, annotations can be switched off so they don’t appear when printing.

 

Interact with scores using multi-touch gestures

If you’re working on a laptop with a trackpad or using a Surface Pro 3, you can quickly zoom in and out of your score by simply using a pinch-zoom gesture, making navigation and editing easier. You can even set predefined zoom levels to zoom in and out with a quick double-tap.

 
Interact with scores using multi-touch gestures
Scan and transcribe music with ease
 

Scan and transcribe music with ease

Sibelius comes bundled with additional tools to enhance your music writing and arrangement workflow. PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite can read notes in sheet music and PDFs in seconds, enabling you to turn tangible compositions into editable digital scores. You can even write music on a tablet or laptop and convert your handwriting into professional scores. And with AudioScore Lite, you can create a score by transcribing music from a CD—or singing or playing an instrument through a microphone—and send it to Sibelius. Need more comprehensive notation scanning and the ability to transcribe audio from MP3s, MIDI, and more? Get (or upgrade to) the Sibelius + Ultimate Bundle, which features PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate and AudioScore Ultimate. (To upgrade an existing PhotoScore/AudioScore Ultimate product, visit this Neuratron page.)

 

Get up and running faster than ever

We’ve revamped and simplified the entire Sibelius activation process so you can quickly start using the software and easily move to a different computer. No longer do you have to use a serial number, System ID, or Activation ID to activate, deactivate, and reactivate Sibelius whenever you want to switch computers; now you can activate Sibelius on any computer by simply signing in to your Avid Master Account. Plus, you’ll get access to support, downloads, and your Avid Marketplace account once you do.

 
Get up and running faster than ever
Work faster and see more detailed beauty on Windows
 

Work faster and see more detailed beauty on Windows

For Windows users, Sibelius features an updated interface and new support for high-resolution displays, enabling you to see every detail of your score in stunning clarity. Plus, gain faster access to the features you need most with new and improved icons that appear in the ribbon and floating windows.

 

Gain the competitive edge with new Sibelius training

When it comes to scoring the biggest movies and television shows, professionals prefer Sibelius, as compositions can be easily integrated into any Pro Tools/Media Composer workflow used across the industry. With a host of new Avid Authorized training courses, students, composers, arrangers, and music publishers can learn the tools needed to master Sibelius, whether you’re a beginner or have intermediate-level skills. And with industry-recognized Sibelius Certification, you can take an exam to become an Avid Certified User, proving your competency and expertise to the people who matter.

 

Workflow

Compose and edit

Sibelius is the fastest, smartest, easiest way to create and edit musical scores. Sibelius delivers revolutionary, time-saving features like Magnetic Layout, Dynamic Parts, and the Timeline window—plus a powerful creative toolset including Flexi-time MIDI input, Keyboard and Fretboard windows, and a variety of other input options. With all this functionality and more, Sibelius empowers you to create incredibly complex scores quickly.

 

Play, perform, and share

In addition to creating and editing, Sibelius makes it easy to play back your scores with stunning realism. The massive included Sibelius Sounds library gives you immediate access to a wide range of professional-quality instruments. If you want even more great sounds, Sibelius supports VST and AU plug-ins, giving you access to third-party sample libraries. You can also sync Sibelius with other popular audio software—such as Pro Tools—via ReWire.

 

Layout, export, and print

Create beautiful, professional-looking scores easily using a full accompaniment of desktop publishing tools. Perfect text with tracking, leading, and other typography tools. Add graphics using drag-and-drop. And easily export publisher-quality scores as PDFs with just one click.

 

Special notations

Sibelius lets you produce scores so stunning, they’re virtually works of art. Slurs are the most beautiful and controllable of any program. Stemlets and beamed rests can be added and positioned instantly, as can arpeggio lines. Sibelius will even include cautionary accidentals automatically—helping you to produce performance-ready scores every time.

 

Switch to Sibelius from Finale

Why switch from Finale to Sibelius? Not only can you write music faster and easier with Sibelius, as many top composers have stated, but the transition to mastering Sibelius is easy—not to mention we also offer a great crossgrade deal when you make the switch.

 

 

System requirements for Sibelius

Windows

 
64-bit Windows 7 (SP1 or later) or Windows 8.1 (not Windows RT)
1+ GB of RAM
1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only
DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
Internet connection required for software download and activation

Mac

 
Mac OS X 10.9 or 10.10
1+ GB of RAM
1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only; 36 GB additional hard disk space for the Sibelius Sounds library (optional installation)
DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
Internet connection required for software download and activation

 

Recommendations for the Sibelius Sounds library*


Windows

 
4+ GB of RAM
36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred)
ASIO-compatible soundcard

Mac

 
4+ GB of RAM
36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred)
 

Using external hardware MIDI playback devices with Sibelius

If you have an external hardware MIDI playback device that you wish to use, please check that a compatible sound set is available: see the list of sound sets supplied with Sibelius.

* You can use Sibelius Sounds if your computer doesn't meet the recommended requirements, but you may find that you cannot use as many sounds simultaneously, and that sounds take a long time to load.

 

What's included with Sibelius

 

Sibelius software license with download access to

 
Sibelius software
36 GB Sibelius Sounds library
AudioScore Lite audio transcribing software
PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite music scanning and handwriting recognition software

Avid upgrade plan (includes all upgrades for 12 months with a perpetual license purchase, renewable annually, or throughout the duration of an active subscription)

 

Avid Standard Support for Sibelius

 

Sibelius is available as software download – a DVD Media Pack is also available for purchase from our online store or from one of our resellers. An internet connection is required for software activation and for downloading the installers. A high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended for downloading Sibelius and the Sibeilus Sounds library.

 

Network licenses

Sibelius's network licenses operate on a client-server model. The Sibelius program itself is installed on the local hard drive of each of the client workstations, and a separate License Server program is installed on a single designated server or workstation. The License Server program is supplied with your copy of Sibelius and enables the designated number of licensed client copies to run on the network simultaneously. In conjunction with Sibelius's Classroom Control feature, the License Server also lets you send messages to users of the client copies, send and receive Sibelius files between client machines, and close copies down from the server machine.

License Server requirements

Sibelius requires a network using the TCP/IP and UDP protocols. (Your network may use other protocols in addition to TCP/IP and UDP, but TCP/IP and UDP must be present in order for the License Server to communicate fully with the client copies.)

The Sibelius License Server and the License Server Control Panel will run on Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Mac OS X 10.9 and later. It will also run on a virtual server running VMWare using a qualified Windows operating system, as listed above.

 

 

Licensing

You have the option to access Sibelius through a low-cost monthly or annual subscription, or purchase and own it outright with a perpetual license that never expires. All subscriptions, new software purchases, upgrades, and crossgrades include an Avid upgrade plan, which provides all future Sibelius upgrades for the duration of an active plan, as well as access to 24x7 expert help whenever, wherever, and however you need it.

This release marks a change in how we deliver new features and functionality. Instead of offering periodic paid upgrades for each major release as before, we have moved to a model where all users have access to a steady stream of new features—much more frequently than before—as part of the Avid upgrade plan. This enables you to get your hands on the latest tools as soon as they’re available instead of having to wait for a major release.

What type of access is right for you?

Compare your licensing options…

 Own SibeliusSubscribe AnnuallySubscribe Monthly
Value
  • Purchase, upgrade, or crossgrade to a Sibelius perpetual license to own and use forever
  • Includes an annual Avid upgrade plan, plus support to keep your software up to date—the first year is included at no additional charge
  • Renew your plan annually to stay current
  • Subscribe to Sibelius on a yearly basis
  • Access the software at a lower monthly cost than a monthly subscription
  • Includes an Avid upgrade plan—always have access to the latest version of software, plus support, for the duration of your active subscription
  • Subscribe on a month-to-month basis
  • Get Sibelius only when you need it
  • Includes an Avid upgrade plan—always have access to the latest version of software, plus support, for the duration of your active subscription
Best suited for…
  • Existing customers who already own the software and want access to the latest tools at the lowest annual cost (via a perpetual license upgrade)
  • New customers who prefer owning software that never expires as opposed to a subscription
  • New customers who want a lower price entry point
  • Institutions and professionals who want to manage Sibelius as an ongoing operational expense
  • New customers who only need to use Sibelius for short periods of time
  • Institutions that need to add additional seats of Sibelius for a limited-time project
Avid upgrade plan terms
  • Includes all future Sibelius upgrades for one year from the time of software activation
  • Renew your plan each year to continue receiving upgrades and support
  • If your plan lapses, you can continue using your software at its current version, but your license becomes ineligible for upgrades
  • Includes Avid Standard Support
  • Includes all future Sibelius upgrades throughout your active subscription
  • Includes Avid Standard Support
  • Includes all future Sibelius upgrades throughout your active subscription
  • Includes Avid Standard Support

Compare costs

If you’re new to Sibelius…

 MonthlyYear 1Year 2Year 3Total
Best value: Annual subscription1($19.92)$239$239$239$717
Perpetual license with annual upgrade plan2n/a$689$89$89$867
Monthly Subscription3$24.99$299.88$299.88$299.88$899.64

All prices in USD.


  1. Monthly price based on the $239/year subscription. Yearly figures show what you will pay for that year. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.
  2. Year 1 price is the cost of a new Sibelius perpetual license. Years 2 and 3 show what you will pay to renew your annual Avid upgrade plan each year. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.
  3. Year 1–3 costs are based on subscribing monthly without any lapse in subscription. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.

 

If you own Sibelius and want the latest tools…

 MonthlyYear 1Year 2Year 3Total
Best value: Annual upgrade plan for perpetual license1n/a$89$89$89$267
Annual Subscription2($19.92)$239$239$239$717

Upgrades are available to all Sibelius owners, from versions 1–7.5.


  1. Years 1–3 show what you will pay to renew your annual Avid upgrade plan each year. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.
  2. Monthly price based on the $239/year subscription. Yearly figures show what you will pay for that year. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.

 

If you want to crossgrade from Finale, Notion, Encore, or Mosaic…

 MonthlyYear 1Year 2Year 3Total
Best value: Perpetual license with annual upgrade plan1n/a$199$89$89$377
Annual Subscription2($9.99)$119.99$215$215$549.99

  1. Year 1 price is the discounted crossgrade cost of a new Sibelius perpetual license. Years 2 and 3 show what you will pay to renew your annual Avid upgrade plan each year. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.
  2. Monthly price based on the first-year discounted subscription price for switching from Finale, Notion, Encore or Mosaic to Sibelius. Years 2 and 3 special crossgrade pricing for what you will pay to maintain an annual subscription thereafter. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.

 

If you’re a student or teacher and new to Sibelius…

 MonthlyYear 1Year 2Year 3Total
Best value: Annual Subscription1($8.25)$99$99$99$297
Perpetual license with annual upgrade plan2n/a$299$89$89$477

Requires verification of academic eligibility.


  1. Monthly price based on the $99/year subscription. Yearly figures show what you will pay for that year. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.
  2. Year 1 price is the discounted cost of a new Sibelius for Education perpetual license. Years 2 and 3 show what you will pay to renew your annual Avid upgrade plan each year. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.

 

If you’re a student or teacher and want to upgrade to the latest tools…

 MonthlyYear 1Year 2Year 3Total
Best value: Perpetual license with annual upgrade plan1n/a$89$89$89$267
Annual Subscription2($8.25)$99$99$99$297

Requires verification of academic eligibility.


  1. Year 1–3 show what you will pay to purchase and renew your annual Avid upgrade plan. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3. Although pricing for upgrading a perpetual license and maintaining an annual subscription are similiar, with perpetual you get to keep and use the latest version of software you have if you decide to stop renewing your annual upgrade plan.
  2. Monthly price based on the $99/year subscription. Yearly figures show what you will pay for that year. Total price represents cumulative costs you will have paid from years 1–3.

 

If you’re an educator at an academic institution…

Multiseat licenses of Sibelius for Education are available at a discount from authorized Avid resellers only—verification of academic eligibility is required. Choose packs of perpetual licenses or institute floating network licenses, which can be easily deployed and managed across your facility using the included Sibelius License Manager software.

What’s included?

All Sibelius subscriptions and perpetual license purchases include:

The latest version of Sibelius software (download required)
36 GB Sibelius Sounds library
AudioScore Lite audio transcribing software
PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite music scanning and handwriting recognition software
Avid upgrade plan for Sibelius (includes all upgrades for one year with perpetual license purchases, renewable annually, or receive all upgrades throughout an active subscription)
Avid Standard Support

 

Avid Standard Support included with Sibelius
Billing and administration casesUnlimited; response time within one business day
Software upgradesIncluded; available upon release
Troubleshooting—online supportUnlimited incidents
Troubleshooting—phoneOne phone call per month
VariantN/A