Avid today introduced Sibelius for Mobile, a professional music notation app for iPad that’s designed to lets you move compositions seamlessly between iPad and Mac or Windows desktop, letting you work anywhere you like, taking full advantage of the Apple Pencil and iPad multi-touch experience.
iPad users can use Sibelius for Mobile to create, edit, share, and play Sibelius files. It’s designed to complement the desktop version, though, so some notation and layout features are only available in the desktop version.
Sibelius for mobile reimagines the pen and paper experience for tablet, with new note input workflows, taking full advantage of Apple Pencil and iPad touch capabilities. You can enter notes with the onscreen Keypad or a keyboard, and Sibelius takes care of all note layout. Touch a note and drag up or down to change its value, or drag left or right to add a flat or sharp. With an Apple Pencil, you can tap a note and tilt up or down to add a flat or sharp, or tilt left or right to choose the note value.
With files saved to iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive or other iOS-supported cloud service, users have access anywhere to all their ideas and scores. This means that users can have their entire music portfolio with them wherever they go, along with a powerful notation toolset.
“Sibelius on an iPad is transformational. For me, it is the single biggest advance in notation software in a decade,” says composer Simon Franglen. “I can write sketches, amend and review full orchestral scores, tweak choral charts anywhere I am. It is the beginning of a revolution.”
Getting Started With Sibelius for Mobile:
Pricing and Availability:
Sibelius for Mobile is available now as a free download.
The free version lets you create scores with up to four parts. Avid offers two paid tiers: Sibelius, which lets you create scores with up to 16 parts; and Sibelius Ultimate, which lets you create scores with an unlimited number of parts. See the Avid site for details.