For the uninitiated, Sibelius is a world class piece of professional software used by composers, musicians, educators and educators worldwide to create, teach and learn music. To try and simplify Sibelius's many features - it lets you compose new music, hear your compositions as you write, and eventually print out professional quality scores for your finished piece.
Sibelius 6, in particular, expands the educational capabilities of notation software. With new teacher controls, it gives educators new tools for leading lessons, tracking students' progress and helping burgeoning composers make amazing music.
Of course, Sibelius 6 also adds new features to help musicians streamline the composition and notation process, such as a new magnetic layout, ReWire support to allow Sibelius to integrate and communicate with other music programs, and keyboard and fretboard windows to make entering notation easier for users that might prefer to compose from a more instrument-centric point of view.
Sibelius 6 is available in Academic and Professional versions, as well as bundled at a discounted rate with Neuratron's Photoscore software.
Click here for a detailed explanation of Sibelius 6's many features and improvements over Sibelius 5.
From the official Sibelius Blog:
- Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout for you, automatically. As you write, it gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions – producing beautiful results. This one feature cuts the time taken to prepare a score by up to half.
- Versions keeps track of revisions to your score, lets you look back at earlier versions of it, and see what changes were made since. Add sticky note-style comments to your score as reminders for yourself, or for others. Compare two versions of the same score, or even two separate scores, and see the differences color-coded in the score.
- Live Tempo lets you conduct the playback of your score by tapping a key on your computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard or foot pedal. Sibelius follows your beat just like a real orchestra does: you can subdivide your beat to slow down, beat once per bar in fast tempos, and hold as long as you like at pauses, all without marking up the score in advance.
- Sibelius Sounds Essentials, the included sample library, is better than ever and now requires no set-up thanks to the integrated technology from AIR. The new Sibelius Player allows Sibelius to play back up to 128 channels simultaneously (depending on computer power) with real-time effects including convolution reverb. Sibelius even loads the samples required for playback in the background, so you can edit your score while the sounds load.
- ReWire support allows you to sync Sibelius playback with Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, GarageBand, and more.
- Classroom Control enables teachers to instantly send scores to every classroom computer, temporarily lock student computers to attract their attention, and gather in all student files at the end of a class.
- Totally revamped chord symbols, with faster input than ever via your MIDI keyboard. Typing chord symbols is faster too: you can simply type the plain text equivalent, and Sibelius will auto-format the chord symbol for you. Text chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams have been combined into a single kind of object, with a library of more than 600 different chord types, and many new features.
- Keyboard and Fretboard windows allow you to input notes by clicking on keys or frets, or play your computer’s QWERTY keyboard like a piano. These beautiful, resizable windows are also ideal for students learning notation.
- Professional engraving improvements include the most flexible and controllable slurs of any notation program, automatic stemlets, feathered beams, note-attached arpeggio lines, automatic cautionary accidentals, and intelligently positioned jazz articulations.