From a score-safe Review mode and idea-sparking loop playback, to better performance and timesaving workflows, Sibelius | Ultimate (formerly Sibelius) gives you the power to write beautiful scores, quickly and easily, using advanced notation and music arrangement software.
Keep scores safe in Review mode
With the new Review mode, copyists, engravers, orchestrators, publishers, and teachers can have peace of mind knowing that you can’t accidentally edit a score or move something out of place as you review it.
Add comments and annotations in Review mode
Need to communicate or solicit ideas, suggestions, and changes to a composition? You can now add comments directly to a score in Review mode to communicate rehearsal notes, feedback, or directions to an editor, engraver, or student. You can also highlight sections and even annotate parts directly with a stylus or Surface Pro pen.
Spark ideas with loop playback
When composing, sometimes the best way to come up with parts is to improvise different melody lines, riffs, and chords over a section of music. Sibelius now enables you to select any part of your score for loop playback, so you can quickly experiment. You can even slow down the tempo during loop playback for easier rehearsal and lesson practice—ideal for students and teachers.
Check your work with scrub playback
With Sibelius | Ultimate, you can now use simple keyboard shortcuts to scrub the playback line across your score and hear the notes and chords beneath it, making it easy to see how things are sounding. It’s a great way to spot-check parts and fix mistakes, jump to and audition sections (when used with any “Go to…” command), and teach chord progressions and harmonic analysis.
Find plugins fast
Sibelius makes composing, arranging, and engraving scores even easier through a variety of available plugins (most are free!) that can add functionality to the software or perform complex tasks for you. And now it’s easier to find the plugins you need with new search capabilities built into the Install Plug-ins dialog.
Notate and play back parts in unison
Got multiple instruments playing the same notes and melody lines in your score, such as an ensemble of violin or trumpet players? Instead of hearing only one voice play, Sibelius now supports playback for n players with Sibelius Sounds, NotePerformer, and other compatible sound libraries, enabling you to hear all of the richness and distinct nuances of having multiples of the same instrument part play together in unison.
Navigate scores more easily
With new Go to Bar and Go to Page commands, you can have Sibelius jump to your specified section and immediately start playback without requiring an extra step. You can also move the playback line by simply clicking anywhere in the timeline to have playback immediately start from that point—ideal for quickly hearing and comparing parts to keep your music writing and arranging momentum flowing.