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Sibelius First 2018 (Download Card)

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Music Composition Starts Here - Discover Sibelius | First 2018. Create and share scores quickly with the same tools used by the world's top composers and songwriters.

Supercharge your workflow

The latest version of Sibelius | First 2018 makes your entire music writing experience faster and even easier than ever before. Sibelius | First 2018 offers many new feature enhancements to boost your composing, arranging, and music preparation efficiency. It’s ideal for copyists to mark-up scores quickly and engravers to get the exact layout you need.

  • Mark up your score faster than ever before. Forget about having to enter slurs, crescendos, and decrescendos one by one, or copying a line from one instrument to another. You can now add multiple slurs, hairpins, or any other staff lines all at once—across multiple instruments—by making a passage selection or object selection. Sibelius will then intelligently enter the lines into your score. Once they’re in, you can then extend or contract all the lines using the Space or Shift+Space keys, saving valuable creative time.
  • Share and promote your work to the community. The Avid Artist Community now welcomes Sibelius users! Share scores, get feedback, find collaborators, and showcase your skills to an extensive network of creative artists and media pros. You can even sync your Sibelius | Cloud Sharing scores with your Community portfolio. It’s ideal for composers, arrangers, engravers, and copyists to demonstrate your talent.
  • Expand your Cloud Sharing storage. Get more space to share and store more music—beyond the 20-score limit—with a premium cloud storage plan for Sibelius | First 2018. And if you’re a Pro Tools user, you’ll be able to host cloud collaboration projects in the same space too.

Get the tools of the masters

Sibelius | First 2018 makes it easy for anyone to compose music. Built on the foundation of Sibelius—the world’s best-selling notation software—Sibelius | First 2018 is powerful enough to create professional scores, yet simple enough for beginners, enthusiasts, and musicians to use. Get timesaving new features and hundreds of improvements to drive your creativity—without sacrificing the ease you love about Sibelius | First 2018.

Write music easily

Wish you could turn the ideas in your head into fully realized compositions? It’s easy with Sibelius | First 2018. From the task-oriented interface, which guides you through the creative process, to features that keep your score looking pitch-perfect, you get just the core Sibelius tools you need to focus on your music writing—without the bell-and-whistle distractions.

Sibelius | First 2018 – Key Features:

Effortlessly glide through music with Magnetic Glissando. Create beautiful glissando and portamento lines easily with new Magnetic Glissando automatically attaching and optimally positioning lines between the start and end notes. Should you need to move a note, the glissandi or portamento line will automatically follow the notehead it's attached to as you move it. This saves you tons of time from manually positioning lines when you create a slide or edit notes.

Interact with scores using multi-touch gestures. If you’re working on a laptop with a trackpad or using a Surface Pro 3, 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.

Hear your score like never before. Just like big brother Sibelius, Sibelius | First 2018 now delivers more expressive playback with Espressivo 2. This revamped playback mode can interpret the nuances in your score better than ever before, so all of your instrumentation sounds more cohesive, fluid, and natural. It also enables you to add a more realistic rhythmic feel to any individual part in your score easily by simply selecting from a variety of presets.

Start composing right away. With the intuitive task-based interface leading you through the entire creative process from start to finish, you can jump in and start writing music immediately. Choose if you’d rather enter or play notes to add them to your score. Let the software take care of all note layout, orientation, and rest details for you. Hear how your compositions will sound in real life. And save time with automatic chord symbol recognition.

Input notes with speed and ease. Sibelius | First 2018 gives you the flexibility to input notes in a variety of ways. Use your mouse to click and add notes from the onscreen note keypad, the piano keyboard window, or fretboard window. Use your computer keyboard to input notes or even play it like a piano. Or play notes on your MIDI keyboard using Step Time or Flexitime. And there’s no fussing with the layout, as all correct rests and note appearances are handled automatically for you.

Perfect scores in half the time. Spend more time writing music instead of fixing it. Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout—effortlessly. As you write, it automatically gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions to produce beautiful results. This single feature can cut writing time in half. And Dynamic Parts automatically creates and updates separate instrumental parts when you change your score.

Get more ways to create. Sibelius | First 2018 comes with two companion applications that give you more ways to input notes for composition, editing, or rearranging. With AudioScore Lite, you can input notes by singing or playing a monophonic instrument through a microphone, or turn recorded CD tracks into notation. And with PhotoScore & NotateMe Lite, you can turn printed, PDF, and JPEG sheet music into editable scores—and even handwrite music.

Compose at warp speed. Sibelius | First 2018 includes many of the same enhancements and improvements found in the latest version of Sibelius. Slide notes and rests using keyboard shortcuts. Color individual notes and/or chords to highlight parts or make them easier to read or learn. Stay up to date with the new Application Manager. Create on the latest Mac and Windows OSs. And enjoy an even smoother composing experience with over 200 software improvements.

Work faster and with more detail. See every detail of your score in stunning clarity. Sibelius | First 2018 features an updated interface and adds new support for high-resolution Windows displays. Gain faster access to the features you need most with new and improved icons that appear in the ribbon and floating windows. And save time with new Magnetic Layout enhancements, which automatically reposition rests optimally in your score.

Hear your scores in stunning detail. Want to hear what your score sounds like so far—or will sound like when performed in real life? Play back your composition in beautiful detail with the exclusive collection of high-quality sampled instrument sounds. You can also use your own VST and AU virtual instruments and effects, as well as such world-famous sound libraries as EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphonic Library, Synful Orchestra, and others.

Get inspired. Got writer’s block? No need to fret. Check out the Score Starter and Ideas library to kick-start your creativity. Get started fast with 40 genre-specific Score Starter templates. And gain further inspiration with the Ideas Hub, featuring 300 library ideas at your disposal to rev up your creative flow. You can even capture your own ideas for future use.

Build up your score. With support for up to 16 staves, you can create rich compositions with a multitude of instrument parts. But it’s not just about notes. You can add chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams by simply playing a chord on a MIDI device or typing suffix elements, thanks to automatic chord symbol recognition. Turn guitar tab into notation and back again. And easily add lyrics, titles, text, and graphics to round out your score

Share music in the cloud. Sibelius | Cloud Sharing opens up a whole new way of working. This groundbreaking technology enables you to share scores from Sibelius | First 2018 to your own personal cloud space (included free), or embed scores in a webpage, and invite anyone to flip through pages and play your compositions using any computer, laptop, or mobile device. It’s ideal for previewing and reviewing musical works in the studio, in the classroom, or on a sound stage.

Share your music with the world. What fun is it to write music if you can’t share it? Sibelius | First 2018 gives you tons of options. Export scores as an audio or video file and share it directly to YouTube, SoundCloud, or Facebook for everyone to hear. Publish scores online, including directly to And even print, email, or export scores as MIDI, MusicXML, or PDF files for further collaboration or performance.

Practice and perform with your iPad. Got an iPad? Transform it into an interactive music stand and score library for practice and performance. Simply download the Avid Scorch app for iPad from the iTunes App Store and then export your Sibelius | First 2018 score as an Avid Scorch file. With Avid Scorch on your iPad, you can view scores and adapt them to your instrument by transposing the music, changing instruments, or even converting to and from guitar tab.

System Requirements:


  • 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1 or later), Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • 1+ GB of RAM; 4+ GB of RAM recommended for Sibelius | First Sounds
  • 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius | First installation; 10 GB additional disk space required for the Sibelius | First Sounds library (optional installation)
  • Internet connection required for software download and activation; ASIO-compatible soundcard required for Sibelius | First Sounds


  • Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, or 10.11
  • 1+ GB of RAM; 4+ GB of RAM recommended for Sibelius | First Sounds
  • 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius | First installation; 10 GB additional disk space required for the Sibelius | First Sounds library (optional installation)
  • Internet connection required for software download and activation