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Avid Sibelius 8

Avid Sibelius 8 is the world's best-selling music notation software. Its sophisticated, yet easy-to-tools are trusted by composers, arrangers, publishers, educators and students alike. The latest Sibelius allow you to access this incredible software in more affordable ways than ever before. Now you can compose with a low-cost subscription, or own the software outright. With Avid Sibelius 8 manage multiple copies with network licensing, or simply purchase a single license for yourself. The choice is yours! New features such as Annotate, multi-touch gestures, Surface Pro 3 pen support and so much more offer you the ability to express your creativity in innovative ways. Whether composing for a live performance, movie, television, or media entertainment - Sibelius 8 offers you professional tools at a range of prices to fit everyone's budget.

Features of Avid Sibelius 8

New Features

  • Easy access to the world’s best-selling music notation tool
    Sibelius 8 is still available to own and upgrade as you did before, but now you can subscribe on an annual basis. Access the latest version of the Avid software affordably at any time. Every purchase (whether perpetual or annual) also comes with a year of support and upgrades! With various price options, the latest software and an Sibelius expert on-call, this is the best Sibelius package to date!
  • Write music with a pen on a Surface Pro
    The latest version of Sibelius reveals a partnership with Microsoft and specifically the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet. Use the Surface Pro to add and edit notes quickly with just the tap of the pen. Play music in real-time using the tablet's onscreen keyboard and fretboard. Or, select, erase and edit your music as you go - the possibilities are endless. You can even drag the score around and resize objects, while inputting your notes. If you are looking for a tablet or to own a Surface Pro, Sibelius 8's functionality has reached new heights with Microsoft compatibility.
  • NEW Annotate Feature - Add notes and comments directly on the score
    Don't fret, non-Surface Pro users! The new Annotate feature in Avid Sibelius 8 allows you to create reminders for youself about music changes as you're composing. It also communicates edits and feedback to others, streamlining your collaboration and review process. Draw directly on the score using a mouse, trackpad, USB tablet or Surface Pro 3 Pen. Feel free to circle items and write or type comments or instructions to players or students. With Sibelius 8, the intelligent annotation grouping system ensures that your comments are always attached to the bar you added them to, so you don't need to worry about confusing your notes. Annotations can also be switched off, so they don't appear when printing.
  • Multi-touch gestures allow you to interact with scores
    Working on a laptop with a trackpad or using Surface Pro 3? With Sibelius 8 you can quickly zoom in and out of your score by simply using a pinch-zoom gesture, making navigation and editing easier. You can even set predefined zoom levels to zoom in and out with a quick double-tap.
  • Scan and transcribe music
    Enhance your music writing and arrangement workflow with additional tools included in Sibelius 8. Avid PhotoScore and NotateMe Lite allow you to turn tangible compositions into editable digital scores by instantly reading notes in sheet music and PDFs. You can also write music on a tablet or laptop and convert your handwritten work into professional scores. With AudioScore Lite, you can create a score by transcribing music from a CD and sending it to Sibelius. All included in Sibelius 8!
  • Faster set up and run time
    The entire Sibelius activation process has been revamped and simplified to allow you to quickly start using your software and easily move between computers. Don't hassle with the serial number, System ID or Activation ID. Activate, deactivate, and reactivate Sibelius 8 whenever you want by simply logging into your Avid Master Account. There you can access support, downloads and your Avid Marketplace account. It's all right in front of you when you need it.
  • Updated interface for Windows
    With Sibelius 8, Windows users will notice an updated interface and new support for high-resolution displays, which allows you to view every detail of your score in amazing clarity. Gain faster access to the features you need most with new icons that appear in the ribbon and floating windows.
  • Sibelius offers a competitive edge
    Professionals prefer Avid Sibelius. Scoring movies and television shows is easier when you can quickly integrate your work into any Avid Pro Tools/Media Composer workflow, which is used across the industry. Avid offers authorized training courses for students, composers, arrangers, and music producers to learn the tools needed to master Sibelius. With industry-recognized, Sibelius Certification you can take an exam to become an Avid Certified User - demonstrating your competency and expertise to those that really matter.

Workflow Features

  • Compose and edit
    Sibelius 8 offers revolutionary, time-saving features like Magnetic Layout, Dynamic Parts and the Timeline window – plus a powerful creative toolset including Flexi-time MIDI input, Keyboard and Fretboard windows, and a variety of input options. Empower yourself to create incredibly complex scores, quickly.
  • Play, perform and share
    With Sibelius 8 play back your scores with brilliant realism. The included Sibelius Sound library gives you instant access to a wide range of professional-quality instruments. Need more great sound? Sibelius also supports VST and AV plug-ins, allowing you to sample third-party libraries.
  • Layout, export and print
    Create professional scores with publishing tools that will drag-and-drop functionality. Perfect text with tracking, leading and additional typography tools. Sibelius 8 allows you to easily export scores as PDFs with just a click of your mouse.
  • Special notations
    Sibelius allows you to create scores that are works of art. Slurs are considered the most beautiful and controllable of any program, while Stemlets and beam rests can be added and positioned instantly. Sibelius will even include cautionary accidentals automatically—helping you to produce performance-ready scores every time.

Avid Sibelius 8 - For Academic Users

On Sale $239.00



Permanent License for Higher Ed Student, Teacher and Academic Institution

(with One Year Upgrade and Support Plan, Activation Card View Avid's Academic Eligibility Policy )

Part# 9935-65912-00




Network Perpetual Seat

(For Academic Institutions Only, Price Per Seat, Minimum 5 Seats)

Part# 9513-30145-00



Standalone Perpetual Seat

(For Academic Institutions Only, Price Per Seat, Minimum 5 Seats)

Part# 9513-30142-00



Network Annual Seat

(For Academic Institutions Only, Price Per Seat, minimum 5 seats)

Part# 9513-30150-00


Network Perpetual Seat Upgrade

(from 1 - 7.5, Academic Institutions Only, Price Per Seat)

Part# 9513-30147-00


Standalone Perpetual Seat Upgrade

(from 1 - 7.5, For Academic Institutions Only, Price Per Seat)

Part# 9513-30144-00


Avid Sibelius 8 - For Commercial Users

Retail Annual Subscription with Upgrade Plan

(Activation Card)

Part# 9935-65920-00



Retail License with Annual Upgrade Plan

(Activation Card)

Part# 9935-65911-00



Retail Crossgrade

(from Finale, Notion, Encore, or Mosaic, Activation Card)

Part# 9935-65916-00



Retail Annual Subscription Crossgrade

(from Finale, Notion, Encore, or Mosaic, Activation Card)

Part# 9935-65922-00



System requirements for Sibelius


  • 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1 or later), Windows 8.1 (not Windows RT) or Windows 10
  • 1+ GB of RAM
  • 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only
  • DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
  • Internet connection required for software download and activation


  • Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 or 10.12
  • 1+ GB of RAM
  • 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only; 36 GB additional hard disk space for the Sibelius Sounds library (optional installation)
  • DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
  • Internet connection required for software download and activation
  • Recommendations for the Sibelius Sounds library*

Recommended for the Sibelius Sounds library


  • 4+ GB of RAM
  • 36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred)
  • ASIO-compatible soundcard


  • 4+ GB of RAM
  • 36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred)

Using external hardware MIDI playback devices with Sibelius

If you have an external hardware MIDI playback device that you wish to use, please check that a compatible sound set is available: see the list of sound sets supplied with Sibelius.

* You can use Sibelius Sounds if your computer doesn't meet the recommended requirements, but you may find that you cannot use as many sounds simultaneously, and that sounds take a long time to load.

Customer Reviews

  1. I adore Sibelius!

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    I have used Sibelius for years now after having switched from Finale. It's much more user friendly.

    Location: Culver City, CA

  2. Avid Sibelius 8

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    Great program all around!

    Location: Toronto

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