Not content with totally revamping Media Composer, Avid have revealed a new version of their Sibelius notation software at NAB 2019. If you're an existing user, the update is available now through your My Avid account.
This release enables more powerful review workflows, and give users the ability to compose, improvise, and rehearse new melodies and harmonies while looping and scrubbing playback.
Add comments and annotations in Review mode (now available with all Sibelius tiers) Need to communicate or solicit ideas, suggestions, and changes to a composition? You can now add comments directly to a score in Review mode to communicate rehearsal notes, feedback, or directions to an editor, engraver, or student. You can also highlight sections and even annotate parts directly with a stylus or Surface Pro pen.
Spark ideas with loop playback When composing, sometimes the best way to come up with parts is to improvise different melody lines, riffs, and chords over a section of music. Sibelius now enables you to select any part of your score for loop playback, so you can quickly experiment. You can even slow down the tempo during loop playback for easier rehearsal and lesson practice – ideal for students and teachers.
Check your work with scrub playback (Sibelius | Ultimate only) With Sibelius | Ultimate, you can now use simple keyboard shortcuts to scrub the playback line across your score and hear the notes and chords beneath it, making it easy to see how things are sounding. It’s a great way to spot-check parts and fix mistakes, jump to and audition sections (when used with any “Go to…” command), and teach chord progressions and harmonic analysis.
Find plugins fast Sibelius makes composing, arranging, and engraving scores even easier through a variety of available plugins (most are free!) that can add functionality to the software or perform complex tasks for you. And now it’s easier to find the plugins you need with new search capabilities built into the Install Plug-ins dialogue.
Notate and play back parts in unison Got multiple instruments playing the same notes and melody lines in your score, such as an ensemble of violin or trumpet players? Instead of hearing only one voice play, Sibelius now supports playback for nplayers with Sibelius Sounds, NotePerformer, and other compatible sound libraries, enabling you to hear all of the richness and distinct nuances of having multiples of the same instrument part play together in unison.
This software update will be available at no charge to Sibelius customers with a current upgrade plan or subscription. If you have any questions on the release or Sibelius in general, please contact your Avid Partner Account Manager.
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