Sibelius

What is Sibelius?

Sibelius is a software program developed by Sibelius Software that functions as a musical notation creator. Generally utilized by composers, musicians, music arrangers, music teachers and students, the software provides users with essential utilities for writing musical scores.

The user interface provides all the options for creating a musical score. The tools are arranged in a way that a typical musical score is digitally created. What this means is that the tools are presented in the order that the developers deem is appropriate for creating a music notation. This way, the user will be guided accordingly, without help from a creation wizard.

So to start writing a musical score, the user will first add a musical device (Input Devices tab); and then work their way through all the tabs following the Input Device option: Input Notes (Respell, Re-Input Pitches, Repeat, and Transpose), Notation (adding notation elements), Text, Play, Layout, and Part Preparation, among others. The interface also allows for display of individual parts in tabbed view, which means that all documents are presented in their separate tabs all within the same window.

The program includes a sound library which contains sound samples of various music genres including orchestral, pop, rock and jazz.

Sibelius can run on Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

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File types supported by Sibelius

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