We’re very pleased to announce that a new version of Sibelius’s little brother, Sibelius First, is available from today, with some great new features never before seen in music notation software (including Sibelius 7!). Sibelius First is designed for home users, students, instrumental teachers, songwriters, choir masters – anybody who needs to quickly and easily produce beautiful sheet music, but who doesn’t need all the power and flexibility of the full Sibelius 7 product.
The new Sibelius First replaces the existing versions of both Sibelius First and Sibelius Student, which were separate entry-level products with similar feature sets, though there were some key differences, such as the inclusion of dynamic parts in Sibelius First but not Sibelius Student, and the inclusion of Panorama in Sibelius Student but not Sibelius First. With the new Sibelius First, we’ve combined the feature sets of both products to produce an even more powerful and comprehensive music notation package, at a pretty amazing price.
Some of the highlights of the new version include:
- Exclusive, professional-quality 10GB sound library
- Simplified, task-orientated user interface
- Export a video of your score
- Send your score, in Sibelius or PDF format, by email
- Publish directly to ScoreExchange.com
- Publish directly to Facebook, YouTube and Soundcloud
- Format your score for Avid Scorch for iPad
These features are exclusive to Sibelius First and are not included even in the full Sibelius 7 product. They are (if you will excuse the pun) firsts for music notation software! Read on for more details.
The new Sibelius First allows you to export a digital video of your score. It’s super easy: choose File > Export > Video, and choose which resolution you want to export (all the way up to full HD 1080p!), choose which staves you want to include, and hit Export. A video file (.mov on Mac, .wmv on Windows) is exported to your chosen folder, ready for you to play in any media player.
But that’s only half the story: you can publish your video directly to YouTube or Facebook by choosing File > Share > Publish to YouTube or Publish to Facebook. You don’t need to figure out what format to use, or how to upload the video on each site: just click Publish, and Sibelius exports the video file and uploads it automatically, allowing you to get on with crafting your next masterpiece, a handy progress indicator in the status bar at the bottom of the window letting you know when the upload is complete and the video is available to view.
Using the brand new 10GB Sibelius 7 First Sounds library, your videos look and sound great:
Publishing your music directly to YouTube or Facebook is a great alternative to publishing using Scorch on your own web site. All desktop web browsers and most smartphones can access YouTube videos, so anybody on any computer or mobile device can see and hear your music. Share your song online with your bandmates, or the singers in your choir, and they can rehearse along with the video, or just leave you a friendly comment!
You can also export audio directly to Soundcloud, again with a single click, in File > Share > Publish to SoundCloud.
If you want to publish digital sheet music and sell it online, you can publish directly to ScoreExchange.com, the world’s largest catalogue of user-created digital sheet music, with around 75,000 titles created by musicians from all over the world. ScoreExchange.com uses Scorch, so you can view, play back, transpose sheet music in your web browser, then purchase a copy to print on your own printer at home. Publishing your music on ScoreExchange.com also allows you to make it available for sale in the Scorch Store in the Avid Scorch app for iPad, allowing anybody with an iPad to download your score and add it to their library. You can receive a royalty for every score sold via ScoreExchange.com or via the Scorch Store!
Export for Avid Scorch
The Avid Scorch app for iPad allows you to view, transpose, play back and interact with scores created in Sibelius. The new File > Export > Avid Scorch feature in the new Sibelius First automatically adjusts the formatting of your score to optimize it for display on the iPad’s screen, allowing you to shrink the page margins and adjust the staff size to make the music as legible as possible on the iPad.
Then simply drag the exported score into iTunes and sync your iPad to add it to your Avid Scorch library, or put it in your Dropbox and open it in Avid Scorch from there.
Share by email
The new Sibelius First makes it super easy to share your scores by email. Simply choose File > Export > Send Using Email, enter your own email address (so that the recipient knows who’s sending them music), the recipient’s email address, and then choose whether to send a Sibelius score (including, optionally, a version suitable for opening in any earlier version of Sibelius) or a beautiful, publication-quality PDF.
It couldn’t be easier or quicker to share your music with anybody with an email address, whether or not they have Sibelius or Sibelius First themselves!
The new Sibelius First includes a high-quality 10GB sound library, called Sibelius 7 First Sounds, which takes sounds from the amazing Sibelius 7 Sounds library included with the full Sibelius 7 and makes them available to users of our entry-level notation software. Beautiful sampled wind, strings, brass, percussion, keyboards, guitars and organs are included, making the new Sibelius First sound amazing. And you get all of the power of Sibelius 7′s Mixer, plus the ability to use any VST or Audio Unit virtual instrument or effect, as well as allowing you to connect to any ReWire host.
Try the new Sibelius First today
The new Sibelius First is available today, with a recommended price of $119 in the US, £99 inc. VAT in the UK, and €119 inc. VAT in Europe. A five-user license is also available for $299 in the US, £239 inc. VAT in the UK, and €289 inc. VAT in Europe. If you have a previous version of Sibelius First, Sibelius Student (or even G7 or Sibelius Instrumental Teacher Edition), you can upgrade to the new Sibelius First for $39.95 / £29.95 / €39.
If you’d like to try Sibelius First for yourself, a 30-day trial version including all features (apart from the 10GB Sibelius 7 First Sounds library, PhotoScore Lite and AudioScore Lite) is available for download now. If you already have a version of Sibelius, Sibelius First or Sibelius Student installed on your computer, don’t worry: the trial of the new Sibelius First won’t interfere with your existing software at all.
To find out even more about the new Sibelius First, head on over to the Sibelius web site.