SIBELIUS: Notation Software for the 21st Century
LOOK AND FEEL
Sibelius is an exciting new notation program that is revolutionizing
music creation. Created by musicians for musicians, Sibelius
takes notation software to the 21st century and the offers the
perfect combination of power, speed, and ease of use. The look
and feel of Sibelius features an intuitive design with clear,
instant graphics. There are no labyrinthine menus and dialogs
to navigate, and no waiting for the screen to redraw. Sibelius
will revolutionize the way you work; whether you're a composer,
arranger, performer, teacher, student, conductor, copyist or
When writing music, no cumbersome setup is required. You select
the instruments and Sibelius simply takes care of everything
for you. In addition to using the mouse and computer keyboard,
Sibelius will record your real time playing via MIDI with our
super-intelligent Flexi-time input. You play naturally
and Sibelius automatically adjusts to your tempo and transcribes
your playing accurately. With Flexi-time, you are not required
to play mechanically to a steady click like most scorewriters,
but can play musically without having to worry about doing a
lot of editing later.
Sibelius also deals with playback intelligently. With revolutionary
features like Espressivo and Soundstage your score
will playback with unprecedented realism. With Espressivo, artificial
intelligence produces natural-sounding phrasing and expression,
with independent phrasing for each instrument, and SoundStage
reproduces the exact 3D positioning of orchestral and band instruments.
Sibelius automatically understands and plays back all standard
markings including instrument names, other text (e.g. dynamics,
'pizz.', 'mute'), articulation marks, trills, ties, slurs, pedalling,
tremolos, transposing instruments no set-up is required.
As an added bonus, MIDI file exporting incorporates all playback
features into the MIDI file.
PAGE LAYOUT & PART EXTRACTION
Page layout and part extraction is super-fast. Music is automatically
positioned and aligned according to standard music engraving
rules (with alternative rules available as House Style options).
Layout is entirely automated - no need to use templates and the
entire score is automatically reformatted instantly whenever
you make any change to it (reformatting typically occurs in 1/10th
of a second)!
Part extraction is also very fast and Sibelius takes care of
everything automatically. Each part is instantly reformatted
to look the very best. Bar numbers and bar rests are automatically
placed and transposing instruments are automatically transposed.
Changing the layout of the score and extracting parts is incredibly
quick in Sibelius and can save you many hours of time.
Scores can be saved as web pages that can be put straight onto
your web site so others can VIEW, TRANSPOSE and even PLAY them.
This is a handy way to share your music with friends via e-mail,
floppy disk, or CD-ROM. When you save a Sibelius file, one of
the choices is "html file." No separate graphic or
midi files are required since this is all taken care of by Sibelius.
Plus, the person viewing the file doesn't have to have Sibelius.
They simply download the free Scorch plug-in on our web site
and their browser is enabled for Sibelius viewing.
SCANNING & PLUG-INS
When you purchase Sibelius, it includes Neuratron's PhotoScore
Lite scanning software. This music scanning program scans and
reads printed music into Sibelius where the music can be edited
just like a regular Sibelius score. Scanning provides a fast
way to make arrangements, transpositions, and editions.
In addition to Sibelius's built-in features, new features
and operations can be added using Plug-Ins. Several come standard
with the program and more are being developed. We've made our
Plug-In architecture extra powerful by allowing users to create
their own via a special music programming language called (appropriately)
PUBLISHING AND PRINTING
Sibelius will make your scores look stunning. That's because
Sibelius automatically applies hundreds of music engraving rules
to optimize every aspect of your score's appearance. Sibelius's
standard music font Opus produces an exceptionally high-quality
engraved appearance. When a more handwritten look is required,
the Inkpen font is provided for Jazz & Rock styles.
Of course, Sibelius is compatible with all the best known music
fonts including Petrucci, Susato, Sonata, Tamburo
and Ghent. Sibelius also includes a huge library of music
symbols including special noteheads, percussion markings, microtones,
ornaments, figured bass and chord symbols. Text and lyric styles
can be freely edited or you might prefer Sibelius's built-in
styles for different types of text.
Sibelius automatically handles many tricky notation situations
that other scorewriters have to fake, such as: collisions between
voices (layers), multi-arc slurs with any number of arcs, beams
over rests and across barlines, cross-staff beams between three
staves, text and wavy lines at any angle (e.g. gliss) and ossia
Sibelius lets you create scores using virtually any type of notation.
When used in education, Sibelius lets teachers and students notate
just about any kind of academic work, such as:
2. Ear Training
4. Schenkerian analysis
Sibelius is unlike any other notation software package and
will enable you to produce music faster & easier than ever.
Sibelius is available for Power PC Macintosh computers (system
7.1 or higher) and Windows 95, 98, and NT (Pentium recommended).
For additional information, please visit our web site at www.sibelius.com.