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    Avid Sibelius Comparison

    Avid Sibelius Comparison Chart

    Compare the features of the 3 versions of Sibelius! Use the table below to see which product best suits your needs and to learn more about the capabilities offered.

     

    Sibelius | First

    Sibelius

    Sibelius | Ultimate

     

     

    Ideal for...Composing simple scores with up to 4 instrument parts (staves)Composing simple/moderate music with up to 16 stavesComposing, arranging, and publishing scores and parts of any size and complexity; creating notation worksheets and exercises for education
    Number of computers you can install a single copy onn/a

    2, for use by same person (e.g., desktop + laptop)

    AccidentalsNormal and double onlyNormal and double only, bracketedNormal, double, quarter-tones, bracketed
    MetadataCommon ones onlyFull set
    Bar numbersLimitedLimitedFull range of formats
    Barline types Single, double, repeat onlySingle, double, repeat, dotted, early music
    Bars, irregularNoNo, except pick-up barsYes
    Beams cross-staff in (keyboard music)  Yes
    Beam/rest groupingsFixedFixedCustomizable
    Brackets and bracesFixedFixedCustomizable
    Change transposition of tranposing instruments  Yes
    Chord symbols appearance and MIDI/text inputLimited preset optionsLimited preset optionsFully customizable
    Cue (small) notes  Yes
    Dotted notes: single, double, tripleSingle dottedYesYes
    Guitar chord diagramsLimitedLimitedYes
    Guitar scale diagrams  Yes
    Guitar tabBasic onlyBasic onlyFull
    InstrumentsCommon onlyCommon, jazz, and world instruments only, with fixed number of stavesFull customizable range
    Jazz articulations: scoops, falls, doits, and plops YesYes
    Lines, custom  Yes
    Note values: 512th note (7 beams) to "long" (double breve)32nd note to breveYesYes
    Noteheads, custom  Yes
    Ossia staves  Yes
    Page numbersAutomaticAutomaticCustomizable
    Special symbols  Yes
    Split multirests in parts  Yes
    StavesUp to 4Up to 16 per systemUnlimited number
    Stemlets (half-stems) and "feathered" beams  Yes
    TupletsDuplets (2:3) to sextuplets (6:4)Duplets (2:3) to nontuplets (9:8)Any (such as 2, 7, 44:31, and nested tuplets)
     
     

    Sibelius | First

    Sibelius

    Sibelius | Ultimate

    Advanced notation interpretation

     

     

    Yes

    Edit MIDI data 

     

    Yes

    Included sampled soundsN/A

    High-quality Sibelius Sounds (10 GB library)

    Full range of professional-quality
    orchestral, jazz, pop, marching
    band, and percussion sounds in Sibelius | Ultimate Sounds (36 GB library)

    Espressivo 2.0 Presets onlyCustomizable rhythmic feel
    Live Tempo (conduct playback by tapping)Limited—playback onlyLimited—playback onlyRecord, edit, clear, and play
    back Live Tempo
    Playback markings on specified repeats  Yes
    Playback of hairpins, rits, and accelsFixedFixedAdjustable
    Playback of fermatasFixedFixedAdjustable
    Words that affect playback (e.g. legato)FixedFixedEditable
     

    Sibelius | First

    Sibelius

    Sibelius | Ultimate

    Annotate

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Arrange: automatic arranging and orchestration  Yes
    Comments (sticky notes)Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Compare different scores or versions  Yes
    Copy and paste to Word and other programs Low resolution (96 dpi) onlyYes
    Display timecode Single formatCustomizable format
    Edit Dynamic Parts LimitedFull
    Edit word menus  Yes
    Export a log of changes to a score  Yes
    Export lyrics as text file YesYes
    Filters for editing similar objects Quick filters onlyYes
    Find  Yes
    Focus on staves  Yes
    Graphics export (for creating worksheets and other content)  Yes
    Highlight musicYesYesYes
    Ideas Hub300 library ideas, with the ability to capture your own ideas (editing not supported)Over 2,000 library ideas, with the ability to capture and edit your own ideas and add to the score/library
    Import MusicXML filesYesYesYes
    Instrument changes  Yes
    Join scores together  Yes
    Keyboard shortcutsFixedFixedCustomizable
    Lyric verses allowed25Unlimited
    Lyrics from text file  Yes
    Note input optionsFixedLimitedFull
    Panorama scroll viewYesYesYes
    Paper and desk textures4040Over 60
    Part extraction  Yes
    Paste As Cue  Yes
    Plug-insNone38 includedOver 140 included
    Inspector window to edit individual objects  Full
    Rehearsal marks Default onlyFully customizable
    Repeat structuresFixedCustomizableFully customizable
    Rulers  Yes
    Score Starter: (40 genre-specific templates)YesYes 
    Slide notes and rests YesYes
    Special page breaks  Yes
    Timeline window  Yes
    Swap voices  Yes
    VersionsLatest (head) version onlySave, view, and print onlyYes
    Video, including timecode and hit points Add video, add/edit hit pointsYes
    Viewing options for Magnetic Layout, page margins, note colors, full screen, and more  Yes
    Worksheet Creator  Yes
     

    Sibelius | First

    Sibelius

    Sibelius | Ultimate

    Advanced layout features  Yes
    Auto Layout options 

     

    Yes

    Edit fonts LimitedFull
    Edit staff types  Yes
    Edit text styles  Yes
    Engraving rules (edit hundreds of)  Yes
    Headers/footers YesYes
    House Style import/export Import OnlyYes
    Intelligent Rests YesYes
    Magnetic LayoutFixedFixedFully customizable
    Manage Dynamic Parts  Yes
    Manuscript papers (preset score layouts)Includes a few; can\'t create your ownIncludes a few; can\'t create your ownIncludes many; can create your own
    Multiple staff sizeFixedFixedFully customizable
    Note spacing rulesFixedFixedCustomizable
    Reset position/design of objectsLimitedLimitedYes
    Set default object positions  Yes
    Staff spacingFixedManual adjustment onlyYes
     

    Sibelius | First

    Sibelius

    Sibelius | Ultimate

    Audio recording export WAV, AIFF, and MP3WAV, AIFF, and MP3
    Avid Scorch optimized
    export (app available on
    the iTunes App Store)
     

    Yes

    Yes

    Email score as .sib or .pdf YesYes
    Graphics file export PDF export onlyStandard bitmap and
    vector formats (SVG, EPS,
    PNG, JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, and PDF)
    MIDI file export—Type 0
    and Type 1 for any device
     YesYes
    MusicXML file export
    (compressed or uncompressed)
     YesYes
    Previous version export YesYes
    Publish directly to ScoreExchange.com YesYes
    Scorch (browser plug-in)
    web page export
     YesYes
    Share to YouTube,
    Facebook, SoundCloud
     YesYes
    Sibelius | Cloud Sharing10 scores20 scoresUnlimited (up to
    1 GB storage)
    Video file (export your
    score as)
     YesYes
     

    Sibelius | First

    Sibelius

    Sibelius | Ultimate

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