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Sibelius First 7
The fastest, smartest, easiest way for everyone to start to write and share music—from aspiring composers and songwriters, to teachers and students. 

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AZHL101892SS Sibelius First 7 - Ship Retail Box with DVD, Guide and Serial Number
AZHL101892E Sibelius First 7 - Email Download Instructions and Serail Number
AZHL101892B Sibelius First 7 - Download and Ship the Retail Box with DVD, Guide and Serial Number.
ZHL101893 Sibelius First 7 : 5 User Lab Pack
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You can purchase Sibelius First 7 in one of three ways.
  1. Ship Retail Box with DVD, Guide and Serial Number.
  2. Download Sibelius First 7 and Mail DVD: We will email the download instructions and Serial Number for the installation of Sibelius First 7 and mail the DVD so you can install the PhotoScore Lite, AudioScore Lite and the Sibelius First Sounds Library (these files are 7GB and too large for downloading).
  3. Download Sibelius First 7 and Ship the Retail Box with DVD, Guide and Serial Number.

Sibelius First 7
Avid Sibelius First is the fastest, smartest, easiest way for everyone to start to write music—from aspiring composers and songwriters, to teachers and students. Even if you’re more comfortable playing instruments than using notation software, the intuitive interface will guide your songwriting process. Magnetic Layout and other timesaving tools make it easy to get professional results fast—and the premium sound library plays back your compositions in stunning detail. When you’re done, choose from a variety of ways to introduce your music to the world—make a video of your score, share directly to social media, export for iPad, and more.

Start composing right away

The new user interface is so intuitive, you’ll be able to jump in and start writing music right away. Choose the note input method that’s most comfortable for you—play a MIDI instrument, transcribe audio, or scan sheet music. Revolutionary features like Magnetic Layout automatically take care of the details, so you can write music and create print-quality scores with ease. If you get stuck or want to take your skills even further, just check out the how-to and help content.

Get inspired

Want to hear how your ideas will sound in real life? Play back your scores in beautiful detail with the amazing collection of sampled instrument sounds—or use your own VST/AU virtual instruments or effects. If you need more inspiration, check out the Score Starter and Ideas library to kick-start your creativity. With Sibelius First notation software in your toolkit, writer’s block won’t stand a chance.

Share your music with the world

What fun is it to write music if you can’t share it? Sibelius First notation software gives you more options than ever—export scores to video; share directly to YouTube, SoundCloud, and Facebook; publish scores online; export for iPad; and more. Of course, you can also print, email, export scores as MIDI/MusicXML/PDF, and create audio files. You can also send your scores to the Avid Scorch mobile app and take them anywhere.


  • Intuitive music notation software makes it easy to get great results without prior experience
  • Let the innovative, task-oriented interface guide you through the songwriting process
  • Get your ideas into Sibelius First by scanning printed sheet music, transcribing audio, or playing MIDI instruments —and transfer music between applications via MusicXML interchange
  • Add chord symbols and guitar fretboard diagrams by playing a MIDI keyboard or guitar
  • Turn guitar tab into notation, and back again
  • Take advantage of built-in smart tools to get great results without engraving or notation expertise
    • Magnetic Layout prevents collisions and moves score elements into position automatically
    • Dynamic Parts automatically update when you change your score
  • Easily add lyrics, titles, text, and graphics
  • Hear your compositions in amazing detail thanks to the professional-quality sound library
  • Expand your sonic palette with VST/AU virtual instruments or effects
  • Unlock the full power of your 64-bit computer and directly address more than 4 GB of RAM
  • Sync with other music software—such as Pro Tools—via ReWire
  • Enjoy tons of sharing options—export scores as videos or audio files, publish directly to social media, publish online, email, print, create a PDF, and more
  • Add Sibelius First scores to the Avid Scorch app (available on the App Store) and take your music anywhere

Minimum System Requirements


  • Windows XP SP3 (32-bit only), Windows Vista SP2 with the Platform Update Pack or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later, Windows 8 (although not Windows RT) or later
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended for 32-bit systems, 4 GB or more recommended for 64-bit systems)
  • 500 MB free hard disk space for Sibelius First installation (12 GB free hard disk space required for sample content)
  • ASIO-compatible sound card recommended
  • Scanner, microphone, and MIDI keyboard required for some features


  • Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • 1 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • 500 MB free hard disk space for Sibelius First installation (12 GB free hard disk space required for sample content)
  • Scanner, microphone, and MIDI keyboard required for some features

What’s in the box

  • Sibelius First DVD (includes Sibelius First 7, PhotoScore Lite, AudioScore Lite, Sibelius First 7 Sounds Library and Scorch)
  • Printed Quick Start Guide
  • Software activation card

Sibelius First and Sibelius 7 comparison

In addition to many of the features of Sibelius First, Sibelius 7 also offers:

  • Exclusive, professional-quality 35GB sound library (new in Sibelius 7)
  • Advanced text and typography features (new in Sibelius 7)
  • Extended graphics export, including EPS and SVG files (new in Sibelius 7)
  • Fully flexible Magnetic Layout collision avoidance
  • Live Tempo for "conducting" tempo playback
  • Version tracking and comparison
  • Unlimited staves
  • Extract instrumental parts as separate files, plus many other features for orchestral/band music
  • Features for creating worksheets and exercises
  • “Arrange” feature to help with arranging and orchestration
  • Includes over 140 plug-ins—extra features which do useful things—plus you can download and install many more from the web
  • Many more notations, e.g. special symbols, unusual instruments
  • Fully editable instruments, lines, symbols, and other notations
  • Publishing features to make your scores look completely professional

Here is a comprehensive table of the differences between the two programs.

General features

Sibelius First

Sibelius 7

Types of music Simple/moderate music of up to 16 staves Scores and parts of any size or complexity; worksheets and exercises
Available as Single copy only Single copy (educational discount available), 5-pack, site license, network license
No. of computers you can install a single copy on 2 (for use by same person, e.g. desktop + laptop) 2 (for use by same person, e.g. desktop + laptop)
Manual On-screen only, about 450 pages On-screen or printed book (separate purchase), about 730 pages
Technical help 30 days complimentary phone, email, fax, and unlimited web site support 90 days complimentary phone, email, fax, and unlimited web site support

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Sibelius First

Sibelius 7

Accidentals Normal and double only, bracketed Normal, double, quarter-tones, bracketed
Articulations Common ones only Full set
Bar numbers Limited Full range of formats
Barline types Single, double, repeat only Single, double, repeat, dotted, early music
Bars, irregular No, except pick-up bars yes
Beams, cross-staff (in keyboard music) - yes
Beam/rest groupings Fixed Customizable
Brackets & braces Fixed Customizable
Change transposition of tranposing instruments - yes
Chord symbols (appearance and MIDI/text input) Limited preset options Fully customizable
Cue (small) notes - yes
Dotted notes Single / double / triple dotted Single / double / triple dotted
Guitar chord diagrams Limited yes
Guitar scale diagrams - yes
Guitar tab Basic only Full
Instruments Common, jazz and world instruments only, with fixed number of staves Full customizable range
Jazz articulations Scoops, falls, doits and plops Scoops, falls, doits and plops
Lines, custom - yes
Note values 512th note (7 beams) to "long" (double breve) 512th note (7 beams) to "long" (double breve)
Noteheads, custom - yes
Ossia staves - yes
Page numbers Automatic Customizable
Special symbols - yes
Split multirests (in parts) - yes
Staves Up to 16 per system Unlimited number
Stemlets (half-stems) and ‘feathered’ beams - yes
Tuplets Duplets (2:3) to nontuplets (9:8) Any (e.g. 2, 7, 44:31, nested tuplets)

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Sibelius First

Sibelius 7

Edit MIDI data - yes
Built-in sounds High-quality Sibelius 7 First Sounds Full range of professional-quality orechestral, jazz, pop, marching band and percussion sounds in Sibelius 7 Sounds
Live Tempo (conduct playback by tapping) Limited - playback only Record, edit, clear and playback Live Tempo
Playback markings on specified repeats - yes
Playback of hairpins, rits & accel Fixed Adjustable
Playback of fermatas Fixed Adjustable
Words which affect playback (e.g. legato) Fixed Editable

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Sibelius First

Sibelius 7

Arrange - automatic arranging and orchestration - yes
Comments (‘sticky’ notes) yes yes
Compare different scores or versions - yes
Copy and paste to Word and other programs Low resolution (96dpi) only yes
Display timecode Single format Customizable format
Edit Dynamic Parts Limited Full
Edit word menus - yes
Export a log of changes to a score - yes
Export lyrics as text file yes yes
Filters (for editing similar objects) Quick filters only yes
Find - yes
Focus on staves - yes
Graphics export (for e.g. creating worksheets) - yes
Highlight music yes yes
Ideas Hub 300 library ideas, capture your own, can’t edit ideas Over 2000 library ideas, capture and edit your own, add to score/library
Import MusicXML files yes yes
Instrument changes - yes
Join scores together - yes
Keyboard shortcuts Fixed Customizable
Lyric verses allowed 5 Unlimited
Lyrics from text file - yes
Note input options Limited Full
Panorama (scroll view) yes yes
Paper & desk textures 40 Over 60
Part extraction - yes
Paste As Cue - yes
Plug-ins 38 Over 140
Properties window (to edit individual objects) - Full
Rehearsal marks Default only Fully customizable
Repeat structures Customizable Fully customizable
Rulers - yes
Score Starter (40 genre-specific templates) yes -
Special page breaks - yes
Swap voices - yes
Versions Save, view and print only yes
Video (inc. timecode and hit points) Add video, add/edit hit points yes
Viewing options for Magnetic Layout, page margins, note colors, full screen, etc. - yes
Worksheet Creator - yes

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Sibelius First

Sibelius 7

Advanced layout features - yes
Auto Layout options - yes
Edit fonts Limited Full
Edit staff types - yes
Edit text styles - yes
Engraving rules, edit hundreds of - yes
Headers/footers yes yes
House Style import/export Import only yes
Magnetic Layout Fixed Fully customizable
Manage Dynamic Parts - yes
Manuscript papers (preset score layouts) Few; can't create your own Many; can create your own
Note spacing rules Fixed Customizable
Reset position/design of objects Limited yes
Set default object positions - yes
Staff spacing Manual adjustment only yes

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Exporting and sharing

Sibelius First

Sibelius 7

Audio recording, export your score as an yes yes
Avid Scorch app (available on the App Store), optimized export to yes No (but all scores are compatible)
Email score as .sib or .pdf yes -
Graphics file, export your score as a PDF export only Standard bitmap and vector formats (SVG, EPS, PNG, JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF and PDF)
MIDI file export Type 0 and Type 1 for any device Type 0 and Type 1 for any device
MusicXML file export Yes: compressed or uncompressed Yes: compressed or uncompressed
Previous version, export to yes yes
Publish directly to ScoreExchange.com yes Indirect publishing via web only
Scorch (browser plug-in) web page, export a yes yes
Share to YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud yes -
Video file, export your score as a yes -

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Just What I needed September 4, 2013
Reviewer: Rob S from Palos Verdes, CA United States  
As a music hobbyest only, I was looking for a simple way to get keyboard notions into an editable form so I could play around with the composition.  I'm not going to score these little pieces for a 120 piece orchestra, just enough instruments to make it sound nice. Sibelius First does this just fine.  I only wish the Mac version had a one-click undo.  I undo A LOT.

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