Introducing Sibelius | First
Today, we are really proud to release our first ever free version of Sibelius. We’ve taken the power and the time-saving workflows from Sibelius | Ultimate and created a streamlined application for creating music that makes it fun and easy for beginners, hobbyists, and students to compose and share simple, professional-looking scores.
If you’re new to Sibelius and can’t wait to get started, head to my.avid.com/get/sibelius-first. This will take you through a simple sign-up form and will deliver the new Sibelius installers to your inbox.
Start your first score with a template or from scratch
Input notation with your mouse, MIDI controller, or keyboard
Add instruments to your score to build up your orchestration
Sibelius | First is built with simplicity in mind, but also with the power of Sibelius | Ultimate. With Sibelius | First, you’re able to start writing music straight away using alphabetic input or with Flexi-time ™ using a MIDI keyboard. You can even mark up your score with dynamics, hairpins and phrasing with our new multi-edit workflows, allowing you to enter and edit multiple objects at once.
Need to find a feature? Simply type in what you need into the “Find in Ribbon” search box in the upper right corner and Sibelius will find it for you immediately. Here’s a quick overview showing how quick it is to mark up your score with slurs, dynamics and a trill:
“This is a brilliant way to introduce new composers, songwriters, arrangers and musicians to music notation. Sibelius | First will help to make it easier and less daunting to turn musical ideas into written music, whether you’re starting with just a thought or a midi sequence.”
—Booker White, orchestrator, Disney
Unlocking more features and Upgrading
When you reach the limits of Sibelius | First’s features, there are two paths to upgrade to either Sibelius or Sibelius | Ultimate. Here’s a simple table of how the features compare:
Sibelius | First
Sibelius | Ultimate
Composing simple scores with up to 4 instrument parts (staves)
Composing simple/moderate music with up to 16 staves
Composing, arranging, and publishing scores and parts of any size and complexity; creating notation worksheets and exercises for education
Available for free for anyone to download and use
Subscribe monthly or annually, or purchase and own a perpetual license
Subscribe monthly or annually, purchase and own a perpetual license (educational discount available), trade-up from other notation software, or get network licensing
Number of computers you can install a single copy on
2, for use by same person (e.g., desktop + laptop)
Software updates and support
Download the latest update as it becomes available
Access all new releases and Standard support through a subscription or renewable 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan (included with new perpetual licenses)
Number of voices per staff
Sibelius Sounds sample library
Thanks to the new single installer for Sibelius, unlocking more features and upgrading to Sibelius Ultimate is really simple. To get started visit this page that provides an overview of the two: avid.com/music-writing-software.
After starting your new subscription or license, open Avid Application Manager to check the new licensing has been picked up (re-sync the account if not) and simply run Sibelius again to get access to the new features.
Sibelius | First workflows for teachers and professionals
Sibelius | First can open any Sibelius file going back to version 1.0 to 2018.6. It can also open files that have more than 4 staves, however these will open up in a read-only mode. This is perfect for sharing scores with people who don’t have Sibelius (yet) and need to review, play back and even print scores. It’ll also be a useful workflow for teachers to send scores to students as reference material.
PhotoScore and AudioScore First
Simply scan music in or transcribe music with PhotoScore First and AudioScore First
• Upgrade to either Sibelius or Sibelius Ultimate and you’ll’ received PhotoScore Lite and AudioScore Lite that will unlock the number of staves and pages of music you can scan, and expand the number of music of audio you can transcribe at once.
Here’s a quick overview of how the different versions compare:
Max Staves per System
Max Pages per Score
Max Audio Length
Shortest Note Value
Max Instruments per Score
Sibelius | First is the perfect introduction to music notation software. Whether you’re a student just starting out, or someone who is coming to music later in life, there is no better place to start than Sibelius First.