SIBELIUS COMPARISON

Compare music composer software

See how the desktop and mobile versions of our music composer software compare and decide which is best for you.

Sibelius | First

Compose simple scores with up to 4 instrument parts

(desktop + mobile)


FREE Get it now

Sibelius

Compose rich scores with up to 16 instrument parts

(desktop + mobile)

from
$9.99 USD/month Buy now

Sibelius | Ultimate

Compose scores with unlimited parts and custom layouts

(desktop + mobile)

from
$19.99 USD/month Buy now

Sibelius is always getting better with new features and improvements. And with your active plan, you get them as soon as we release them. See what's new in Sibelius.

Sibelius | First
Sibelius
Sibelius | Ultimate
Ideal for… Composing simple scores with up to 4 instrument parts (staves) Composing simple/moderate music with up to 16 staves Composing, arranging, and publishing scores and parts of any size and complexity; creating notation worksheets and exercises for education
Availability Available for free for anyone to download and use Desktop: Subscribe monthly or annually, or purchase and own a perpetual license

Mobile
: Included with desktop version or subscribe monthly to just the app
Desktop: Subscribe monthly or annually, purchase and own a perpetual license (educational discount available), trade-up from other notation software, or get network licensing

Mobile
: Included with desktop version or subscribe monthly to just the app
Software updates and support Download the latest update as it becomes available Desktop: Access all new releases and Standard support through a subscription or renewable 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan (included with new perpetual licenses)

Mobile
: Download the latest update as it becomes available
Included sampled sounds Desktop: General MIDI

Mobile: 900 MB
Desktop: 10 GB

Mobile: 900 MB
Desktop: 36 GB

Mobile: 900 MB
Instruments Common only Desktop: Common, jazz, and world instruments, with fixed number of staves

Mobile
: Common only
Desktop: Full customizable range

Mobile
: Common only
Note values 32nd to breve 512th note (7 beams) to “long” (double breve)
Additional notation Desktop: Limited bar numbers, fixed beam/rest groupings, fixed brackets and braces, limited chord symbol presets, basic guitar tab

Mobile
: Basic guitar tab
Desktop: Full range of bar formats, customizable beam/rest groupings, customizable brackets and braces, fully customizable chord symbols, full guitar tab

Mobile
: Basic guitar tab
Lines gallery (trills, slurs, hairpins, etc.) Some All
Voices per staff 1 and 2 only 4 voices
Keyboard shortcuts Fixed Desktop: Customizable

Mobile
: Fixed
Plugins None Desktop: 38 included

Mobile
: None
Desktop: Over 140 included

Mobile
: None
Manuscript papers (preset score layouts) Includes a few (can’t create your own) Desktop: Includes many, with the ability to create your own

Mobile
: Includes a few (can’t create your own)
Minimum requirements Desktop: Avid-qualified computer (get the details); the sound library is an optional installation

Mobile
: Any iPad running iPadOS 13.4 or later
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