Avid Technology, Inc.
Oct 21, 2016

Avid Extends its Lead in Music Composition and Notation Software with New Version of Sibelius | First

Sibelius | First 8 delivers flexible cloud subscription and industry-leading enhancements, giving beginner and intermediate composers the best tools to create professional-quality scores

BURLINGTON, Mass., Oct. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avid® (Nasdaq:AVID) today announced the availability of Sibelius® | First 8, the "lite" version of Sibelius, the world's best-selling music composition and notation software. Delivering on Avid's commitment to innovation and customer choice, the new version offers numerous innovations, including flexible cloud subscription options as well as a host of timesaving features and software improvements. Integrated into Avid Everywhere™, Sibelius | First 8 expands Avid's growing portfolio of solutions that leverage cloud software delivery and application management.

Available as a subscription or perpetual license, Sibelius | First 8 features many of the same composition tools and is built on the same foundation as the full, professional version used by the world's leading composers. Powerful enough to produce richly detailed professional scores, yet simple enough for beginners, composing enthusiasts and musicians to use, the streamlined and affordable version makes it easy for anyone to create and share high-quality, professional scores.

"The continued innovation of Sibelius | First demonstrates Avid's commitment to offering customers even greater choice and flexibility, and giving composers of all levels access to the world's best music composition and notation software," said Dana Ruzicka, Vice President and Chief Product Officer at Avid. "With its industry-leading updates, Sibelius | First 8 enables music writing enthusiasts and beginners to use the same tools as the world's greatest professional composers."

With Sibelius | First 8 composers can:

Pricing & Availability

The new version of Sibelius | First is now available as a monthly or annual subscription, or can be purchased outright. Customers who own any previous version of Sibelius | First, Student, Instrumental Teacher Edition, or G7, can upgrade to Sibelius | First 8 at the special low price of $39 (USD) through December 31, 2016.

To purchase and learn more about Sibelius | First, visit: http://www.avid.com/sibelius-first.

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere™, Avid delivers the industry's most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption. Media organizations and creative professionals use Avid solutions to create the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, to the most popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, as well as a majority of today's most celebrated music recordings and live concerts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, Avid NEXIS™, Interplay®, ProSet and RealSet, Maestro, PlayMaker, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on FacebookInstagram, TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

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Sara Griggs