Avid produces lighter version of Sibelius

Avid’s Sibelius First 8
Avid's Sibelius First 8

Avid’s Sibelius First 8

Music composition and notation software, Sibelius First 8 offers beginners and intermediates a new ‘lite’ option with flexible cloud subscription

Avid has announced the availability of Sibelius First 8, a ‘lite’ version of Sibelius, the music composition and notation software. The new version offers flexible cloud subscription options as well as several timesaving features and software improvements. Available as a subscription or perpetual license, Sibelius First 8 features many of the same composition tools and is built on the same foundation as the full, professional version.

“The continued innovation of Sibelius First demonstrates Avid’s commitment to offering customers even greater choice and flexibility, and giving composers of all levels access to the world’s best music composition and notation software,” said Avid’s Dana Ruzicka. “With its industry-leading updates, Sibelius First 8 enables music writing enthusiasts and beginners to use the same tools as the world’s greatest professional composers.”

With Sibelius First 8, composers get direct access to foundational composition tools without advanced workflows found in the full version, including new keyboard shortcuts, compatibility with the latest Mac and Windows operating systems, a new Application Manager and over 200 software improvements. Featuring expressive playback with Espressivo 2, the new version now supports high-resolution Windows displays and has been optimised for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet to enable multi-touch gestures.

The new version of Sibelius First is now available as a monthly or annual subscription, or can be purchased outright. Customers who own any previous version of Sibelius First, Student, Instrumental Teacher Edition, or G7, can upgrade to Sibelius First 8 at the special low price of $39 (approx. £31) until 31 December 2016. To learn more, visit: avid.com/sibelius-first

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