Tomorrow Avid will be replacing Sibelius 7 with the vastly superior and infinitely newer Sibelius 7.5 (don’t panic if you’re a music teacher and need new seats of 7 for your music lab – there’s a special licence for you). Here’s what you need to know before making the big switch…
Your Sibelius 7.5 upgrade options
We’re putting this at the top as we’ve noticed a sneaky way for you to save money, and who doesn’t love that? From Friday, you’ll be able to buy a relatively cheap upgrade from Sibelius 7 to 7.5, and a more expensive update that’ll take you from any version of Sibelius between 1 and 6 to 7.5.
However, if you head over to our website right now, you can buy Sibelius 7 for just £49 ex VAT and get a completely free upgrade to Sibelius 7.5 as soon as it’s released. Cunning, eh?
That £49 Sibelius licence will work for any commercial users and anyone on an ‘academic’ licence (i.e. students and teachers), but if you’re purchasing on behalf of a school, this is not for you. You’ll need to get a Sibelius education licence instead – the good news is that education licence upgrades are only £41.50 ex VAT anyway.
So what’s new in Sibelius 7.5?
Over to Avid to explain why 7.5 is far superior to any and all other Sibelii you may own:
Unrivalled expressiveness and feel
With the unique and fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature, Sibelius 7.5 gives you complete control over and customisation of the rhythmic feel of any individual part to produce more expressive and realistic musical phrasings. And because the software can now better interpret such notation distinctions as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and breath marks on playback, you can hear every nuance of your score—the way you intended it to be heard.
With the new Timeline window, you get a quick view of the entire structure of your score—no matter how large or complex—enabling you to navigate to any part fast for editing or playback. Simply click on any bar, in the timecode ruler, or on any landmark—the important objects that make up your score, including rehearsal marks, repeat structures, comments, key signatures, tempo, and more—to jump immediately to that section.
Easy collaboration and sharing
Get all of the score sharing and social media features of Sibelius First in Sibelius 7.5, enabling you to collaborate more easily with others and distribute your compositions for the world to hear. Share scores through email, upload and publish them as sheet music on ScoreExchange.com, and even share your composition as a video or audio file on YouTube, Facebook, and SoundCloud.
Export video of your composition
Save a video file of your score to share your work with others on a DVD or online. Sibelius can export in a variety of resolutions—up to 1080p—in QuickTime format (.mov) on Mac or Windows Media Video (.wmv) on Windows, enabling others to see and hear your work without requiring Sibelius.
Full Scorch app integration
Export Sibelius scores directly to Avid Scorch on your iPad (available on iTunes) for fully interactive playback, practice, performance, and publishing. Sibelius automatically optimises your score for iPad display, paying special consideration to page orientation, number of staves, margin sizes, and more.
It also supports Russian and Brazilian Portuguese, but based on previous blog traffic we don’t think that’ll be a huge selling point for anyone reading…
By Liz Sunter