Page layout and part extraction Creating your score


Sibelius is not just for printing. It plays so well that you can hear just how your music will sound - far more realistically than with any other scorewriter.

Playing back your score
Sibelius automatically plays all the correct instrumental sounds through your soundcard or MIDI equipment. It reads, understands and plays all standard markings in your score without any tiresome set-up - including trills, repeats, text markings (see below), 8vas, percussion, and even guitar tab and drum-kit.

You can also highlight specific instruments or sections of music that you'd like to hear, insert MIDI program changes or control events, and make fine adjustments to balance, blend and panning.

Espressivo is a unique feature that makes your score sound astonishingly realistic, unlike the mechanical playback you might expect from scorewriters. Sibelius adds phrasing and expression as it plays, just like a human - even giving a slightly different 'performance' every time!

Playback dictionary
For text markings, Sibelius has a 'dictionary' so you can specify words and phrases in any language and define how they sound, such as: cresc., pizz., get slightly faster and en dehors. All standard musical terms are already defined for you, and you can add new ones, too.

Playback dictionary - change the effect words produce, or define new words

SoundStage™, swing & reverb
When playing back an orchestral or band score, the unique SoundStage feature positions the sounds correctly in 3-D space, as if the instruments were on a concert stage. You can also adjust the reverb settings to simulate different natural acoustics, and add 'swing' to jazz music.

Because Sibelius has such sophisticated playback features, you can use it for much more than just listening to music. Sibelius will help you in practising, making recordings and rehearsal tapes, and checking the notes you've written - it could even play alongside musicians in a live concert!