While this anniversary is hardly cause for celebration, I did want to take note of it for a few reasons. First, I want to thank all the loyal readers of this blog for taking time to read, comment, and make suggestions. It’s been a pleasure keeping our valuable community updated with the latest Sibelius tips, tutorials, news, and yes, the occasional investigative scoop! I’ve enjoyed it even more than I originally thought I would, and for that I must thank Daniel Spreadbury, who created the blog in 2008 and entrusted its reins to me a year ago.
I must also thank the blog’s generous guest contributors for providing their own unique insights to share with everyone. If you’re interested in providing a guest post of your own, please get in touch.
Of course, since this time last year, the former Sibelius crew landed on their feet at Steinberg, hard at work developing a next-generation music notation and scoring application. Our community eagerly awaits partaking of the fruit that their efforts will bear.
Meanwhile, MakeMusic, Avid’s current chief rival in the music composition and notation space, is poised to release a new version of Finale before the end of 2013. Readers of this blog will recall that a few weeks ago we previewed some of its features via an accidental advertisement in a music retailer catalog. After initially trying to suppress the leaks, MakeMusic appeared to reverse course and embrace them through a series of fun posts on the Instagram feed of product manager Justin Phillips.
With these developments in mind, I reached out to Avid for comments about Sibelius’s future, and received a friendly reply from Bobby Lombardi, Avid’s director of product management. Bobby agreed that the timing was right to start sharing some information about Sibelius development. He specifically mentioned that the next new release will be “Sibelius 7.5.” When more details are available, I look forward to sharing them here.
Meanwhile, your thoughts, comments, and earnest predictions are always welcome.