SOURCE: Sibelius - A part of Avid Technology, Inc.

June 25, 2008 13:00 ET

Sibelius Introduces "First" -- Music Notation Software for Songwriters

Easiest Way to Turn Songs Into Amazing Scores, Tab or Lead Sheets

WALNUT CREEK, CA--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - Sibelius, a part of Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID), today announced Sibelius First®, a powerful new notation and composition tool for singer/songwriters, keyboard players and guitarists. Sibelius First is powered by the multi award-winning Sibelius® 5 that has been used by winners of awards in film, sound and music, and makes it easier, more affordable -- perfect for home musicians.

"At some point in everyone's life they just need to write music! Sibelius First is that great first step into the world of professional score writing for aspiring composers," said Jeremy Silver, Sibelius Software's managing director. "If you're more comfortable composing while playing a guitar or a keyboard, then Sibelius First is for you."

Sibelius First features:

-- Friendly user interface;

-- Composing and arranging tools for up to 12 staves of music;

-- Easy input via MIDI keyboard, MIDI guitar, computer keyboard or mouse;

-- Dynamic Scoring for instrumental parts that automatically update as you work on the full score;

-- Ability to switch from guitar tab to notation and back again with ease;

-- Built-in general MIDI sounds, with 128 high-quality instruments for realistic playback of your music;

-- Exporting of your score ready to burn to CD;

-- Support for scanning in printed music for editing or transposition; and

-- Scorch® technology to publish, post and share scores on the web so your fans can see and hear your music.

Pricing and Availability

Sibelius First is available beginning June 25 for $129 (MSRP) from

About Sibelius

Sibelius is a leading music technology company for professionals, students, educators and enthusiasts. Sibelius was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in the UK, with offices in California, Australia, and Japan. Since the introduction of Sibelius music notation software, Sibelius has developed and delivered a complete suite of products for the professional, educational and home user, ranging from Internet publishing to guitar software. Sibelius software is used in many schools in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, used by most of the major music academies and colleges, and many of the world's leading music publishers. In 2006, Sibelius became a part of Avid Technology, Inc. For more information about Sibelius, please visit:

About Avid Technology, Inc.

Avid is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals -- as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign®, M-Audio®, Pinnacle Systems®, Sibelius®, Softimage® and Sundance Digital®. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid's products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar® statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company's Oscar, Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning products and services, visit

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