Avid acquires Sibelius

August 4, 2006

For you musicians out there, the company that makes all those nifty musical examples I post, Sibelius, has been acquired by Avid, the company famous for video editing, and will have its new home with Digidesign, the subdivision that makes ProTools, a staple of creating electro-acoustic music masters for music and film. The company was founded by twin brothers, Ben and Jonathan Finn, and it has risen to fame and passed up Coda’s FINALE in popularity among composers and arrangers. The Finns WILL stay on. (I made the switch 3 years ago.) One of the new features Sibelius included in their most recent upgrade was the ability to look as quicktime videos while composing, a real plus for film composers, and now that Avid has acquired them, I’m hoping Sibelius will incorporate even more useful tools.

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music4stage August 4, 2006 at 11:56 am

I also made the switch about three years ago, and never looked back.

Based on the press release, it sounds like there will be some interesting new educational packages as well as enhancements to the notation software.

It would be lovely to be able to synchronize audio within Sibelius, and say goodbye to other sequencing software. Perhaps that will be possible soon.

Roger Bourland August 4, 2006 at 5:48 pm

Right: a combo notation AND sequencing AND digital editing program would be fab. I use Logic Pro 7 and love it, but would never touch the music notation page. Why waste the time even learning it? Sibelius is such a great program. I used it today and realized how fortunate I am to have such powerful software, and to think it will only get better. Jeepers Batman.

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