Sibelius 8.2 Now Available—What’s New

By in Music Creation, Musikmesse 2016, Notation

I’m pleased to announce the release of Sibelius 8.2, which is available immediately for all those with Sibelius 8. To download the upgrade, open Sibelius and go to File > Help > Check for Updates. Alternatively, log into your Avid Master Account and download Sibelius 8.2 directly from there.

If you have an earlier version of Sibelius, you can try out the features in Sibelius 8.2 right now by downloading the trial, available here: www.sibelius.com/trial

To buy an upgrade to Sibelius 8.2, visit our online store or contact one of our many resellers. With the upgrade, you’ll get access to Sibelius 8.2 along with all the further upgrades we release during the next year, as well as access to our dedicated support team to answer your questions and to make sure you are up and running.

Sibelius 8.2 is the second upgrade of Sibelius this year. In case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of what has been included in Sibelius since Sibelius 8.0 was released in June 2015:

  • Support for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Pen
  • Multi-touch support for all trackpads and compatible touch-screens
  • Annotate and mark up scores
  • Intelligent Rests – rests in multiple voices now avoid each other and notes in other voices
  • Repeat lines no longer collide when creating them
  • Export an MP3 of your score directly from Sibelius
  • Support for Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Add 11 chord added to the chord library
  • … plus several other small improvements to Sibelius’ features and stability

All these features, and all those included in 8.2, are now available to all Sibelius 8 customers, whether you own a license of Sibelius or subscribe.

What’s new in Sibelius 8.2

Repeat barlines appear before time signatures

Where start repeat barlines and time signatures coincide, Sibelius now correctly places the time signature before the repeat barline.

  • Repeat barlines are now placed after time signatures
  • Sibelius automatically adds a little extra padding between the time signature and the repeat barline for neat layout
  • When the time signature and repeat barline occurs in the middle of a staff, the time signature’s preceding barline is maintained, as well as the repeat barline itself

Before:

After:

When working with older versions of Sibelius

Importing from legacy versions

  • The existing layout of your repeat lines and time signatures is respected, so you can expect your score to look the same as it did in older versions of Sibelius
  • You may update your score by deleting and re-inserting the repeat barline

Exporting to legacy versions

  • When exporting, the new positioning of repeat barlines and time signatures is maintained.
  • This means that you can expect your score to look identical in older versions of Sibelius that don’t support the updated positioning.
  • It’s worth noting that we’ve implemented this new improvement without changing the file format so if you’re working with someone with Sibelius 8.1, they can open your scores and see the new and improved positioning.

Respell accidentals in parts

Sibelius now lets you specify different spellings of accidentals between the part and the full score.

To respell the note in a part, simply select the note and press Return. The note and the accidental will turn orange to indicate it’s different in this part. Any change you make in the part, will only affect that part, allowing you to have different accidental spellings in several parts containing the same instrument.

Any changes made to the note in the full score will override any change you have made in the parts, allowing you to quickly reset the spelling.

Slide and move notes in time

This allows a user to move a note or selection within time. This has never been possible before without copy/cut and pasting, which involves using the mouse and/or exiting note input mode that slows down and would interrupt your workflow.

How it works

Moving a note or selection

  1. Select a note or passage in Sibelius
  2. Use Command + Alt + Left/Right (Mac) or Control + Alt + Left/Right (Win) to move your selection left or right

How Sibelius decides how far to move your selection

A selection will move by the minimum of the following:

  1. The duration of the adjacent note or rest.
  2. The duration of the selected note, rest or passage
  3. The duration of the bottom figure (denominator) of the time signature.

The result is that Sibelius will in most cases move your selection by a musically appropriate amount, given the current time signature and the length of your selection.

Collisions with existing notation

If you slide your selection into existing notation, then Sibelius will swap your selection with the notes at the destination.

Handling tuplets

Sliding of tuplets is not currently supported.  If you attempt to slide a passage in a way that would cause a tuplet to be modified (i.e it’s either part of your selection or adjacent to it) then Sibelius will not slide your selection, and will display a message to indicate this limitation. We are hoping to improve this in a future release.

Moving notes in action

In all these examples, select the note or passage and type Command + Alt + Right (Mac) or Control + Alt + Right (Win) to move the notes.

Individual notes

Moving a selection

Moving a selection with multiple voices and/or staves

It’s possible to slide passage selections that cover notes in multiple voices and even span several staves.  At all times, Sibelius maintains the musical integrity of your selection so that any important harmonic or rhythmic relationships are kept intact as you slide.

During note input

The ability to move notes without exiting note input mode is very useful indeed!  The note input cursor moves with you as you slide, so you can quickly get notes down and continue right away – no need to exit note input mode, or reach for your mouse.

1. Enter the first note of your phrase

2. Enter the next note

3. Slide to the right

4. Continue composing right where you left off

Improvements to rests avoiding notes

In response to user feedback, we’ve made a number of improvements to the new rest collision avoidance and placement features that we introduced in Sibelius 8.1.

Interpolation between phrase groups

In order to guide the eye of the performer, Sibelius interpolates the position of rests between phrase groups.  New in Sibelius 8.2, is a further addition to this behaviour – any gap of a bar or more of single voice writing will effectively act as a break in rest placement, preventing any interpolation.  This new behaviour only affects the placement of rests if you have chosen to group rests by beam group, in Appearance > Engraving Rules > Rests.The following diagram illustrates how Sibelius’ algorithm places rests.  Boxes represent phrase groups.  Lines represent interpolation.

Notice how the two half-note rests in voice 1 in bars 1 and 2 effectively follow the slope of the phrase between the two bars (taking into account the strict rules on where rests should be placed within a stave).  Since bar three is an empty bar (as far as voice 1 is concerned anyway), there is a break in interpolation.  Hence, the bar rest in bar three, voice one, is positioned in its default spot.
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  • Major

    Nice improvements.

    “Add 11 chord added to the chord library”
    Is there a list of these new added chords ?

    • Kevin Lo

      Do you know what a ‘add11’ Chord is?

      • Major

        Ah! Thanks for clarifying. I read 11 chords added ….

  • Ben

    Please, please, please: There is an urgent need of an update for high resolution displays. I’m using a 4k screen and some of the windows are not displayed correctly, texts are too small, don’t fit into windows etc…

    • If you have DPI scaling turned on, Sibelius will scale to fit. We’ve qualified Sibelius at 150% and 200% and have done initial passes at 250%. If you find this isn’t working, contact the support team and send along screenshots to demonstrate the problem you’re having.

  • Matthew

    Sam, do the automatic courtesy accidentals operate with the enharmonically changed notes in the part?
    And are courtesies like (#) now able to be entered into the part but not score?

    • Yes, these are done separately on each part and the score, so you can have cautionary accidentals in the part that are independent to the score (and visa versa).

  • Kevin Lo

    I’m hoping they scrap Avid Scorch, and have sibelius available on iOS like on the surface.

  • Wagner

    I want to hear multiple voices when i select a note, at least include the bass staff! This is so necessary i just cannot believe it hasn’t been implemented. Get it fixed already!!! You can already do this for single staff lines, how hard is it. Seriously!!

  • Rakkaus Grp

    When will be possible to create custom key signatures?
    That’s such an important thing… really limits what styles of music you can compose correcly..

  • Ru Abaddon

    I’m hoping the UI can be improved on.
    It looks identical to Microsoft Word 2009.

  • Frances

    Is Sibelius now fully compatible with Mac OS El Capitan?

  • Raffaele Candeliere

    Already asked but apparently my comment has gone, huh?!?
    I’m wondering if the new Sibelius is supporting CaseSensitive FileSystems (HFS+ in my case).
    Version up to 7.5.1 surely don’t, and I’ve discovered it, at my cost, only AFTER the purchase, since NO mention about that appears in any system requirements summary.
    My HDD is formatted case-sensitive and I’m stuck in choosing between a complete re-format (=> back-up, reformat, reinstall Sibelius e restore) or keep my Sibelius with a lot of features disabled because of the file-system incompatibility.
    Any glad tidings about that?

  • Kostas

    Could you please let me know if Sibelius is compatible to Windows 10?

  • Rick Sacks

    Why can’t you bracket an area to create an unbarred section? Like the Couperin unmeasured preludes. Assigning a section something like 300/4 and then hiding rests etc is a sludgy way around this feature, regularly used by many composers.

  • zaman19

    Does Sibelius use professional composers as consultants? If not, you are badly in need of some. I’ve been using 8.1.1 and can’t believe how many problems there are. It also crashes a lot. There are basic issues that have remained unfixed for many, many years. Simple little things that have been ignored while trying to develop fancy features. And a lot of these could be easily uncovered by talking with composers or publishing houses – the latter would probably be better. I regret upgrading and I have contemplated Finale…