Avid eases upgrade pricing after June 30 deadline

by Philip Rothman on May 21, 2016 · 7 comments

in News

In a blog post yesterday, and concurrently in a post on the Sibelius chat page, senior product manager Sam Butler announced pricing plans for Sibelius customers using Sibelius 7.5 and earlier who wait until after June 30, 2016 to upgrade to the latest version of Sibelius.

Professional (non-academic) license holders who wait to upgrade until after June 30 will no longer be charged $599 for a perpetual license. The newly announced price is $299 for those customers. The price for Sibelius users that upgrade prior to June 30 is $89. Perpetual licenses include one year of support and upgrades. After one year, the user will still be able to use Sibelius, but will no longer be eligible for upgrades.

Academic license holders can upgrade for $89 at any time. Proof of eligibility is required. Sam clarified  that “those in education will need to verify their eligibility each time they upgrade at $89 to prove they are eligible for the discount.” He also said, “If you’re just renewing the upgrade plan [before the expiration], the price is $89 whether you’re in education or not so there’s no verification on that.”

Newly-announced Sibelius pricing, from the Avid blog

Newly-announced Sibelius pricing, from the Avid blog

Sam said that the pricing change was “in response to user feedback,” presumably including the observation that the cost of crossgrading to a competitive product and back again to Sibelius was significantly less than the $599 full-freight cost of a new Sibelius perpetual license.

Sam also said, “We’re also introducing a series of new, three year plans (with generous discounts included) for those users that prefer it. Details of these multiyear plans will be announced in due course.”

{ 7 comments }

Steinberg announces Dorico; availability in Q4 2016

by Philip Rothman on May 17, 2016 · 49 comments

in News

Today Steinberg announced details about Dorico, the music scoring software more than three years in the making. It will be available for Mac and PC computers in the fourth quarter of 2016. Pricing for be 579 € including VAT, or $579.99 for US customers, for a full professional license. Educational pricing for qualifying teachers and students will be 349 € including VAT ($349.99 USD), and a crossgrade offer for qualifying Sibelius and Finale users will be available for 299 € including VAT ($299.99 USD) for “a limited time”.

Dorico_packshot_RGB_1200px_preliminary_150817

Valerio Dorico was one of the first music printers in Rome in the 16th century. In introducing the product at the MOLA conference in Helsinki this past weekend, Steinberg product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury said that “originally Dorico was the code name for the program, but in time we failed to find a better name for the program, and the name stuck. However, please don’t pronounce it like the name of a corn chip! The emphasis is on the first syllable: DO-ri-co.”

In a press release, the company paid homage to the history of music printing: “Dorico’s graphical output is intended to uphold the centuries-old craft of fine music engraving, with attention to even the smallest of details. Taking every subtlety into account, Dorico aims to fulfill the aesthetic demands of the most discerning engravers and publishers, providing extensive capabilities for graphical tweaking and editing.”

Last year, Daniel described the five modes of the program: Setup, Write, Engrave, Play, and Print, which he says are “roughly divided up according to the different phases of working on a given project. In each mode, collapsible panels down the left- and right-hand sides of the screen, and in most cases also along the bottom too, show the main interface elements for creating and editing your music.” So we’ll begin a tour of what we know about Dorico by briefly exploring each of those modes, and then move on to other items and initial impressions.

It’s worth mentioning that no one in the audience at the May 15, 2016 demonstration, including myself, has actually used Dorico for themselves yet; the features described herein are based on information gleaned from demonstrations of the product and explanations by Daniel. Read the full article →

{ 49 comments }

MOLA 2016 Conference report, day 2

by Philip Rothman on May 15, 2016 · 9 comments

in Meta

It was another busy day at the 2016 MOLA (Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association) conference in Helsinki. The various venues at the Finnish National Opera house were humming with activity.

I just finished giving my demonstration of the StaffPad music handwriting app. Other than the slight jet-lagged moment where I referred to StaffPad as “Finale…uh, Sibelius…uh, I mean StaffPad,” it was a treat to present this software to the delegates in attendance.

staffpad-pres

Hopefully I can be forgiven, as hours earlier I gave a presentation on the basics of Finale, with a more advanced “user surgery” session to follow tomorrow morning.

steinberg-croppedEarlier this morning, Steinberg product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury delivered a 90-minute presentation to delegates and other attendees entitled: “Steinberg’s New Scoring Software: A Leap for Professional Score Preparation.”

The presentation, described as the “world’s first public presentation of Steinberg’s in-development scoring application…built by the world’s most experienced scoring software development team,” was an overview of the software intended to be a competitor to long-established commercial products such as Sibelius and Finale.

intro

Tony Rickard, music library manager for the Royal Opera House and current MOLA president, introduced Daniel and called the presentation “quite a coup for MOLA.” Read the full article →

{ 9 comments }

MOLA 2016 Conference report, day 1

by Philip Rothman on May 14, 2016 · 7 comments

in Meta

It’s been an eventful 24 hours at the 34th annual MOLA (Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association) conference in Helsinki, Finland. Delegates and other attendees were graciously welcomed yesterday by city officials at a reception at City Hall, and today’s events included business meetings, presentations and breakout sessions.

My slice of the conference is centered, not surprisingly, on music notation technology, and today I enjoyed giving two presentations about Sibelius: a basic course and one that addressed specific questions raised by the audience. The score that resulted from my improvised demonstration probably won’t win any composing awards, but you never know:

score-demo

Read the full article →

{ 7 comments }

Thumbnail image for Using the Clipboards plug-in in Sibelius

Using the Clipboards plug-in in Sibelius

May 11, 2016

Clipboards, a new plug-in for Sibelius, lets you store the contents of selections into up to 30 numbered clipboards, and to paste from those clipboards into a score. The plug-in’s creator, Bob Zawalich, walks us through how to use it.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Sibelius 8.3 released with individual note colors, other fixes

Sibelius 8.3 released with individual note colors, other fixes

May 5, 2016

Sibelius 8.3 is available. It introduces the ability to individually color notes, improves upon 8.2’s sliding feature by more intelligently grouping rests, and improves the independent enharmonic spelling feature introduced in 8.2.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for 2016 MOLA conference to feature notation sessions, StaffPad, Steinberg demo

2016 MOLA conference to feature notation sessions, StaffPad, Steinberg demo

May 2, 2016

The 34th annual Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) conference will be held in Helsinki, Finland from May 13-16, 2016. I’ll be presenting sessions on Sibelius (the software, that is), Finale, and StaffPad, and Daniel Spreadbury will be giving a keynote presentation on the new Steinberg scoring software.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for TGTools beta for Finale 2014.5 available

TGTools beta for Finale 2014.5 available

April 26, 2016

Readers using Finale on Mac and the full version of the powerful TGTools plug-in bundle will be pleased to learn about an update that restores compatibility between TGTools and Finale 2014.5

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for New plug-in: Dot Undot Rhythm

New plug-in: Dot Undot Rhythm

April 23, 2016

A new plug-in by Bob Zawalich and inspired by Daniel Spreadbury instantly converts straight rhythms to dotted ones, and vice versa.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Alfred Music joins Peaksware, parent company of MakeMusic

Alfred Music joins Peaksware, parent company of MakeMusic

April 20, 2016

Alfred Music, the educational music publisher and distributor, is now owned by Peaksware Holdings, LLC. Peaksware is the Boulder, Colorado-based holding company that owns MakeMusic, Inc.

Read the full article →