Avid Sibelius 7.5 Brings Improved Notation Interpretation, Online Collaboration

sibelius-7.5At the 2014 NAMM Show, Avid announced Sibelius 7.5 software, continuing the development of the world’s best-selling music composition and notation software.

Sibelius 7.5 provides new features that accelerate workflows, allowing composers to focus on the creative process and produce scores more efficiently. Continue reading

Presonus Buys Notion

notion-presonusPreSonus has announced that it has bought Notion Music, the developer of music-notation app Notion 4.0 (Mac/Windows), Notion for iPad, Progression 2.0 guitar-tab editing software (Mac/Windows), and Progression for iPad.

PreSonus says that the acquisition will benefit users of both Notion and Presonus’ Studio One DAW.  Continue reading

Symphony Pro 3 Offers Improved Notation Tools

symphony-pro-3Xenon Labs has updated Symphony Pro, an iPad notation app, to version 3.

Symphony Pro lets you compose complex orchestrations, lead sheets, chord charts, and guitar tabs on the iPad and then hear them played back. You can also a part in real-time with the built-in keyboard, guitar, or bass guitar to  capture a musical idea and have it automatically transcribed into sheet music.

Here’s what’s new in Symphony Pro 3: Continue reading

Users Unite To Save Sibelius; Avid Still ‘Deeply Committed’

Users around the world are uniting to “Save Sibelius“, the best-selling music notation software that has been in public limbo since parent company Avid announced plans to downsize.

In July, Avid split off its consumer-focused brands, including M-Audio, and sold them to inMusic. Avid also announced that it was closing the Sibelius offices in Finsbury Park, London, where the notation software was developed and maintained.

Since then, users have been speculating about the future of an app many have large investments of time and money in.

Users have valid reasons to be concerned.

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Sibelius 7 Now Available – Here’s What’s New

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Avid has released Sibelius 7, an update to its popular notation software, with full MusicXML interchange support, a professional-quality sample library and a new task-oriented user interface.

Here’s what’s new in Sibelius 7:

  • New and exclusive professional-quality sound library – Unique to Sibelius, the new professional-quality sound library delivers stunning musical realism to scores during playback. It includes the Avid Orchestra, a specially recorded full symphony orchestra, a collection of rock and pop sounds from the Avid virtual instrument team, a 27-stop church organ from leading virtual organ creator Hauptwerk, and a selection of sounds from Sample Logic Rumble and Fanfare featuring 14-time world champion Drum and Bugle Corps, The Blue Devils.
  • Completely redesigned task-oriented user interface – Optimized for single-display systems, the new user interface employs a rich graphical toolbar and dockable panels that don’t obscure the working area, putting all of the software’s features at the user’s fingertips. The redesigned mixer also allows finer control of playback than ever before, delivering more balanced mixes.
  • Full MusicXML interchange – Complete MusicXML import and now export makes sharing files with hundreds of music applications, including Finale, easier than ever.
  • 64-bit performance – Sibelius 7 is the world’s first native 64-bit notation software, and has been completely rewritten to take advantage of the performance of today’s incredibly fast 64-bit hardware and operating systems.
  • Powerful text, graphic and sharing options – Publisher-quality typography and graphics import/export capability delivers finished scores with professional-quality text and graphics. Publish and export demanding layouts and text-heavy scores with advanced finishing options, including direct PDF and EPS export. Also sync with or import notation from Pro Tools, or export scores as Scorch files, then share or publish them on the web or via Avid Scorch for iPad.

Sibelius 7 is available now, for Windows and Mac, for US $599. Upgrade and student pricing is also available.