Product Description by our Music Experts
Sibelius Ultimate (previously Sibelius 8) is the industry standard amongst professional composers, editors, music publishers, etc. Its amazing features combined with its ease of use will transform your composing, etc.
- The industry standard & professionals choice
- 12 months of Upgrades included
- 12 months of Support included
- Digital Download Version (Boxed version also available)
- Compatible with previous versions of Sibelius
- For PC and MAC
Please check you are ordering the correct version as we do not accept returns for digital download product(s).
The Industry Standard & the Professionals Choice
Sibelius is no doubt the most popular notation software around and is the industry standard amongst professional composers & publishers - it's so powerful with many advanced features, yet it is so easy to use. The reason for this is that Sibelius was originally created by musicians who had computer science degrees - it was therefore developed in a logical way for musicians to compose, arrange, edit, etc.
What’s in Sibelius?
With Sibelius you now get 1 year of upgrades and support included. Whereas in the past Avid Sibelius released a major update every few years, they are now launching new features as they are developed and released so you get access to them straight away rather than waiting for them to be rolled into one major update. Here are some of the new features available now/coming soon:
- 12 Months of Upgrades Included
- 12 Months of Support Included
- Multi-touch Gestures - Use multi-touch gestures on your laptop trackpad or Surface Pro 3 to navigate/edit scores.
- Write music with a pen - on your Surface Pro you can add/edit notes using a pen
- Notes & Comments - add notes and comments for you or others
- Easy Activation - simpler activation process to get up and running faster
Other great features
Sibelius also comes with the Sibelius Sound Library which is a high quality set of sampled sounds so that your scores sound as realistic as possible, PhotoScore Lite to scan music scores into Sibelius, AudioScore Lite which notates what you play into a microphone and Rewire that lets you send scores to DAWs. You can even download the Sibelius Scorch iPad app (separate purchase) to view your scores on the move.
Can I download Sibelius straight away?
After you place your order we automatically email download link(s) usually within 10-20 minutes (247) after purchase so you can start using Sibelius straight away on a 30 day fully functional trial - we will then send your actual license/instructions usually within 48 hours via email. Note: if you have already accessed the Sibelius 30 day trial please wait for your 'license/instructions' to arrive via email as trials can not be used more than once on the same computer. (between 24th December and 2nd January there may be delays in receiving your 'license/instructions' as AVID are closed during this period - although you can install the 30 day fully functional trial which is emailed to you within 10-20 minutes 247).
When does my 12 months of Upgrades & Support start?
Sibelius comes with 12 months of support and upgrades (Annual Upgrade Plan). Your Annual Upgrade Plan starts when you install/activate Sibelius.
Can I install Sibelius on more than 1 computer?
You receive a 1 user license with Sibelius, however you can install Sibelius onto 2 computers/macs within the same household as long as they are not used simultaneously.
Is Sibelius Ultimate compatible with earlier versions of Sibelius?
Sibelius can open and save as Sibelius 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5, 8 and Ultimate files.
What are the PC and MAC system requirements?
Below you will find the recommended minimum requirements:
Windows 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1 or later), Windows 8.1 (not Windows RT) or Windows 10, 1+ GB of RAM, 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only, Internet connection required for software download and activation
Mac Mac OS X 10.12 or 10.13, 10.14, 10.15, 11.0, 1+ GB of RAM 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only, Internet connection required for software download and activation.
If using the Sibelius Sounds library it is recommended to have 8+ GB of RAM, 36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred) & ASIO compatible audio interface or sound card (Windows only).