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Avid  releases newest version of the world’s best-selling music notation  software, with full MusicXML interchange support, exclusive  professional-quality sample library and a new task-oriented user  interface

Burlington, MA., Jul. 27, 2011—Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced the release of Sibelius 7,  the newest version of the company’s flagship musical notation software.  Combining a deep, sophisticated feature set with an all new  task-orientated user interface -- putting all of the software's features  at the user's fingertips -- Sibelius® 7 enhances music writing through  intuitive and flexible workflows and improved tools for increased  collaboration. Compete with a newly recorded professional-quality  sampled sound library, native 64-bit performance, full MusicXML  interchange support, and advanced typography and grahics features,  Sibelius 7 is more powerful and versatile than ever before.

"  Whether you're a composer, arranger, copyist, publisher,  instrumentalist, teacher or student, Sibelius 7 enables you to write  even more quickly and easily -- no matter your level of experience,"  said Chris Gahagan, Avid Senior Vice President of Products and  Solutions. “Sibelius  7 offers a completely redesigned user interface and technology  architecture, providing incredibly fast performance and improved  workflows designed to help you create beautiful scores faster and more easily than ever.”

What’s New in Sibelius 7?

  • New and exclusive professional-quality sound library - Unique to Sibelius, the new professional-quality sound library delivers  stunning musical realism to scores during playback. It includes the  Avid Orchestra, a specially recorded full symphony orchestra, a  collection of rock and pop sounds from the Avid virtual instrument team,  a 27-stop church organ from leading virtual organ creator Hauptwerk,  and a selection of sounds from Sample Logic Rumble and Fanfare featuring  14-time world champion Drum and Bugle Corps, The Blue Devils.
  • Completely redesigned task-oriented user interface - Optmised  for single-display systems, the new user interface employs a rich  graphical toolbar and dockable panels that don't obscure the working  area, putting all of the software's features at the user's fingertips.  The redesigned mixer also allows finer control of playback than ever  before, delivering more balanced mixes.
  • Full MusicXML interchange  - Complete  MusicXML import and now export makes sharing files with hundreds of  music applications, including Finale®, easier than ever.
  • 64-bit performance - Sibelius  7 is the world's first native 64-bit notation software, and has been  completely rewritten to take advantage of the performance of today's  incredibly fast 64-bit hardware and operating systems. 
  • Powerful text, graphic and sharing options -  Publisher-quality typography and graphics import/export capability  delivers finished scores with professional-quality text and graphics.  Publish and export demanding layouts and text-heavy scores with advanced finishing options, including direct PDF and EPS export. Also sync with or import  notation from Pro Tools®, or export scores as Scorch® files, then share  or publish them on the web or via Avid Scorch for iPad®.

What Customers Are Saying

"Sibelius  7 clearly demonstrates that the design team is not content to rest on  their laurels,” declares Bill Holab, engraver and winner of 57 Paul  Revere awards for graphic excellence in music. “They have completely  revamped the interface, made it easier for novice users, yet retained  all of the familiar shortcuts. On top of that, they have redesigned the  display system so that we get a far more accurate view of the music  onscreen, and added in extensive text features that are essential to  some of the complex projects we work on, like opera vocal scores.  Sibelius 7 is an intrinsic part of our production workflow and will  continue to be the main tool we use to prepare high-end music  publications and performance materials."

“The striking thing about Sibelius 7 is the new user interface – the startling thing about Sibelius 7 is how much faster the new user interface allows you to work,” explains John Murdoch, music director of Lehigh Valley Presbyterian Church in Allentown, PA. “Are  you arranging a score for a choral performance? Sibelius 7 makes you  faster. Are you creating music for live playback with virtual  instruments? Sibelius 7 makes you faster. Are you simplifying a score  for Broadway musical auditions? Sibelius 7 makes you faster. And that  was just my day yesterday.”

Availability and Pricing
Sibelius 7 is now available  for £459 GBP / €549 EUR. Current Sibelius customers may take advantage  of upgrade options of £119 GBP / €140 EUR, with multi-seat upgrade  pricing from £47 GBP / €60 EUR per seat.
Customers looking to crossgrade from another notation product can purchase a crossgrade for £149 GBP / €170 EUR. Avid  also offers individual educator and student pricing for £219 GBP / €249  EUR. In addition, students receive four years of complimentary  upgrades.  This price and four years of complimentary  upgrades also apply to Avid’s leading audio and video software, Pro  Tools and Media Composer.  Educational multi-user pricing is offered at £95 GBP / €95 EUR per seat. To learn more or to watch a video overview of Sibelius 7, visit Sibelius online.  For purchasing inquiries, please visit the Sibelius Store.

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