Avid today unveiled version 6 of Sibelius First. This powerful, yet easy to use music notation and composition program is designed for aspiring composers and songwriters who may be more comfortable with guitar and keyboard than the intricacies of sheet music editing.

Sibelius First is the fast and easy way to create great-looking scores using Sibelius’s acclaimed notation technology – ready to print, share, perform and post online.

New features include:

  • Automatic collision avoidance: score elements move into their perfect position automatically
  • Great-sounding playback out of the box, or use any VST/AU virtual instrument or effect
  • Add chord symbols and guitar fretboard diagrams simply by playing the chord on your MIDI keyboard or guitar
  • Easily add lyrics, titles, other text and graphics
  • Turn guitar tab into notation, and back again
  • Scan in printed sheet music or open PDF files to transpose, edit and print
  • Parts automatically update when you change your score
  • ReWire support
  • Share and sell your scores worldwide on


The Mac version of Sibelius First requires OS X 10.4.11, OS X 10.5.8, OS X 10.6 or later, 512 MB RAM, 500 MB hard disk space, and a DVD-ROM drive. Avid also recommends a MIDI keyboard or MIDI guitar, TWAIN-compatible scanner, printer, and an Internet connection.

Sibelius First is available at retailers and via direct download from Avid for $129. A 30-day demo is available. Upgrade information and pricing was not available at press time.

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