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Avid Sibelius 7

Score writing software from Avid belonging to the Sibelius series

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« Just a notation software. »

Published on 07/24/14 at 21:20
One of the first things to notice, it's that the program will take some time to install it (it requires a minimum of 40 gigabytes free space) and make sure that you have a better hardware than the one specified on the minimum requirements section, otherwise it will either crash or freeze quite often.
I've only used it under Windows 7 and no compatibility mode was required. The audio configuration could be a little tricky, since the manual it's a little hard to understand if you're new with this type of software, so as the MIDI configuration.
Tutorials a little hard to follow, so basically you have to learn on the go.


SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

As regards the performance, it's pretty good, but it needs some improvement. I've been using it for a couple of years and showed a few crashes and freezing, but mainly because I've been trying other MIDI programs at the same time. As long as you use it alone with no other programs running, you shouldn't have any problems of stability.
At the beginning caused me trouble when I was trying to setup my external audio card, since it didn't want to recognize it, so that needs to be improved as well. As regards the MIDI controller, it works like a charm.
Unlike other MIDI notation software, NEVER use it for live playing/performance, not due to stability problems, but it may stop recognizing the external audio card on the go (like happened to me a few times) and you'll spend some time in order to get it working again.

OVERALL OPINION

First of all, if you're looking for a program that will replace a real orchestra, you're looking at the wrong place.If you are new to this type of software, I'll suggest you trying a simpler one first. Sibelius 7 is a really good notation software, specially designed for orchetral composition, but one of the major turn-down's is the quality of the samples, specially due to the price of the software. Of course, there are certain turn-arounds that will let you play the composition with a better quality and more realistic sound, but don't expect any miracles, since the human-like instrument play it's still really hard to achieve by any computer software. Maybe it's a little expensive for what it really offers, but certainly it's a great option for the serious composer who looks for a preview-like of the sound of his/her composition.
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