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General featuresSibelius StudentSibelius 7Sibelius FirstMuseScore 1.xMuseScore 2.0 (still in development)

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Who's it for?School students at homeSchools, teachers, universities, colleges, university/college students, professionalsSongwriters, adult learners, church musicians, amateur composers/arrangers, instrumental teachersAnyone

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What's it for?Homework, composing, arrangingTeaching, learning, creating worksheets & exercises, composing, arrangingComposing, arranging, creating lead sheets, tab and simple exercisesAnything

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Types of music:Simple/moderate music of up to 12 stavesScores & parts of any size or complexity; worksheets & exercisesSimple/moderate music of up to 16 stavesScore and parts, unlimited number of staves

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Available as:Single copy onlySingle copy (educational discount available), 5-pack, site license, network licenseSingle copy onlyUnlimited

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No. of computers you can install a single copy on:12 (for use by same person, e.g. desktop + laptop)1Unlimited

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User guideShort on-screen guide (163 pages) plus 24-page printed installation guideFull (732 pages), on-screen only for educational copiesShort on-screen guide (about 200 pages) plus 25-page printed installation guideOnline manual, PDF (50 pages), MuseScore in 10 steps video tutorials

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Technical helpLimitedBy phone, email, fax & web siteLimitedExcellent community support

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ImportSibelius, MusicXML, MIDISibelius, MusicXML, MIDI, SCORE, ASCII tabSibelius, MusicXML, MIDIMusicXML, MIDI, Kar, MuseScore, Band in a Box, Bagpipe Player, Overture, Capella, ABC plugin+ GP3/4/5

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ExportSibelius, MIDI, ASCII tab, png, eps, tiff, aifSibelius, MusicXML, MIDI, ASCII tab, png, eps, tiff, aif, PDFSibelius, MIDI, ASCII tab, png, eps, tiff, aifMuseScore, MusicXML, MIDI, wav, flac, ogg, pdf, png, ps, svg, ly+ MP3

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SourceProprietaryProprietaryProprietaryOpen Source (GPLv2)

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Price€259.00 (EU) / $295.00 (US)€519.00 (EU) / $599.99 (US)€139.00 (EU) / $129.00 (US)FREE

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Notations

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AccidentalsNormal & double onlyNormal, double, quarter-tones, bracketedNormal & double onlyNormal, double, quarter-tones, bracketed

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ArticulationsCommon ones onlyFull setCommon ones onlyFull set

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Bar numbersAt start of system only; can't restart bar numberingRange of formatsAt start of system only; can't restart bar numberingRange of formats

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Barline typesSingle, double, repeat onlySingle, double, repeat, dotted, early musicSingle, double, repeat onlySingle, double, repeat, dotted, winged

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Bars, irregularNo, except pick-up barsYesNo, except pick-up barsYes

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Beams, cross-staff (in keyboard music)NoYesNoYes

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Beam/rest groupingsFixedCustomizableFixedCustomizable

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Brackets & bracesFixedCustomizableFixedCustomizable

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Change transposition of tranposing instrumentsNoYesNoYes

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Chord symbols (appearance and MIDI/text input)FixedCustomizableFixedCustomizable, text input

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Cue (small) notesNoYesNoYes

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Dotted notesSingle dot onlySingle / double / triple dottedSingle dot onlySingle, Double

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Guitar chord diagramsNoYesLimitedNoYes

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Guitar scale diagramsNoYesNoNo

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Guitar tabBasic onlyFullBasic onlyNoFull

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InstrumentsCommon instruments only, with fixed number of stavesFull customizable rangeCommon instruments only, with fixed number of stavesFull customizable range

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Jazz articulationsNoScoops, falls, doits and plopsScoops and falls onlyNofalls, doits

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Lines, customNoYesNoYes

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Multi-arc slursNoYesNo2 arcs

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Multirests (required in parts)NoYes?Yes

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Note values32nd (demisemiquaver) to whole note (semibreve)512th note (7 beams) to "long" (double breve)32nd (demisemiquaver) to whole note (semibreve)64th to "long" (double breve)

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Noteheads, customNoYesNoYes

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Ossia stavesNoYesNoNo

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Page numbersAutomaticCustomizableAutomaticCustomizable

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Repeat barsAutomatic numberingCustomizableAutomatic numbering

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SlursDefault appearance, manual adjustment onlyFully customizable?Default appearance, 4 control points customization

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Special symbolsNoYesNoYes

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Split multirest in partsNoYesNo

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StavesUp to 12 per systemUnlimited numberUp to 16 per systemUnlimited number

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Stemlets (half-stems) and ‘feathered’ beamsNoYesNoNofeathered' beams

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TupletsDuplets (2:3) to nontuplets (9:8)Any (e.g. 2, 7, 44:31, nested tuplets)Duplets (2:3) to nontuplets (9:8)Any, nested tuplet

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Playback

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Edit MIDI dataNoYesNoLimited (velocity, noteon, noteoff)

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Built-in soundsLimited - included GM soundbankFull range of professional-quality sounds in Sibelius 7 SoundsLimited - included GM soundbankGM soundfont, customizable

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Live Tempo (conduct playback by tapping)Limited - playback onlyRecord, edit, clear and playback Live TempoLimited - playback onlyNo

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Playback markings on specified repeatsNoYesNoNo

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Playback of hairpins, rits & accelFixedAdjustableFixedNoYes

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Playback of fermatasFixedAdjustableFixedNoYes

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Words which affect playback (e.g. legato)FixedEditableFixedLimited (arco, mute)

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ReWire (sync with your sequencer/DAW)NoYesYesJack support

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Supports VST/AU virtual instrumentsYesYesYesVia Jack

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Supports VST/AU effectsYesYesYesVia Jack

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Supports HyperControl for M-Audio keyboardsYesYesYesNo

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Utilities

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Arrange - automatic arranging & orchestrationNoYesNoNo

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Auto page breaksNoYesNoNo?

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Comments (‘sticky’ notes)NoYesNoNo

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Copy and paste to Word and other programsNoYesLow resolution (96dpi) onlyNoYes

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Display timecodeSingle formatCustomizable formatSingle formatNo

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Display duration of scoreNoYes?Yes

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Dynamic partsNoYesLimitedNoYes

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Edit word menusNoYesNoNo?

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Export a log of changes to a scoreNoYesNoNo

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Export lyrics as text fileNoYesNoNo

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Export to previous versionYesYesNoNo

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Explode & reduceNoYesNoNot directly but possible

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Filters (for editing similar objects)NoYesNoYes

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FindNoYesNoYes measure number

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Focus on stavesNoYesNoNo

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Graphics export (for e.g. creating worksheets)NoYesNoYes, PNG export or Snippet pluginYes

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Hide markingsNoYesYesYes

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Highlight musicNoYesNoNo?

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Ideas HubLimited to 300 presetsOver 2000 library ideasLimited - no libraryNo

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Join scores togetherNoYes?No

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Import MusicXML filesYesYesYesYes

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Instrument changes?YesNoYes, for a part onlyYes, anywhere in a score

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Keyboard shortcutsFixedCustomizableFixedCustomizable

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Lyric verses allowed5Unlimited5Unlimited

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Lyrics from text fileNoYesNoYes

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MenusFixedCustomizableFixedFixed, except plugins

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MIDI file exportType 1 GM onlyType 0 & Type 1 for any deviceType 1 GM onlyType 1 GM only

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Note input options (various)NoYesLimitedCustomizable

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Panorama (scroll view)YesYesNoNo

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Paper & desk texturesLimited to 6Over 60Limited to 6shipped with 4, illimited

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Part extractionNoYesNoYes

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Paste As CueNoYesNoNo

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Plug-ins (over 130 of them)NoYes8Yes, a dozen

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Properties window (to edit individual objects)LimitedFullLimitedYes

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Rehearsal marksDefault only Fully customizableDefault only Fully customizable

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Reinput pitches of existing notesNoYesNoNoYes

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Repeat structuresDefault only Fully customizableDefault only

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RulersNoYesNoNoYes

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Scanning printed musicNoYes?No

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Special page breaksNoYesNoNoNo

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Swap voicesNoYesNoYes (measure based)

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Transcribe single-line acoustic instrumentNoYes?No

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Undo/Redo historyNoYesNoYes, unlimited

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VersionsSave, view and print onlySave, export, edit, delete, comment , compare and create logNoNo

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Viewing options for page margins, note colors, full screen, etc.NoYesNoSome (hide frames, hide invisible elements)Full Screen

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Worksheet CreatorNoYesNoNo

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Publishing

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Advanced layout featuresNoYesNo?

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Auto layout optionsNoYesNoYes

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Edit fontsLimitedFullLimitedNo

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Edit staff typesNoYesNoYes

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Edit text stylesNoYesNoYes

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Engraving rules, edit hundreds ofNoYesNoYes

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Headers/footers?YesLimited - no footers

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House Style import/exportImport onlyYesImport onlyYes

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Magnetic Layout?Fully customizableFixedno collision detection

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Manage Dynamic Parts?YesNoNoYes

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Manuscript papers (preset score layouts)Few; can't create your ownMany; can create your ownFew; can't create your ownYes (templates)

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Note spacing rulesFixedCustomizableFixedCustomizable

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Reset position/design of objectsNoYesLimitedYes

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Set default object positionsNoYesNoYes

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Staff spacingManual adjustment onlyYesManual adjustment onlyCustomizable, manual or full score

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Linkhttp://www.sibelius.com/products/sibelius_student/features.htmlhttp://www.sibelius.com/products/sibelius_first/features.html

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