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Finale vs. Sibelius

Finale is without compare

Finale is the world standard for music notation software. Only Finale provides you with the flexibility and freedom to create any music you can imagine, from a simple lead sheet to projects that push the limits of notation.

Whether you’re capturing the inspiration of the moment, or efficiently producing commercial scores, Finale offers unique capabilities – not found in other notation software – to help bring your music to life.

See the top 5 reasons why you should own Finale, too:

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Compare Finale with Sibelius:

Compare Sounds

Which sounds better to you?

Venus, G. Holst

  

  

General Mixup, T. Allen

  

  

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, W. A. Mozart

  

  

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Now, for a limited time, owners of Sibelius (and other pro-level notation software) can own Finale 2014 too, for as little as $139! Buy now and enjoy better sounds today.

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Compare Performances

Both Finale and Sibelius interpret your notes just like a human performer. Which do you prefer?

Adagio and Fugue in C minor, W. A. Mozart

  

  

Mr. Natural Does the Dishes, D. Rasmussen

  

  

Badinerie, J. S. Bach

  

  

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Now, for a limited time, owners of Sibelius (and other pro-level notation software) can own Finale 2014 too, for as little as $139!

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Transfer Files

Finally Sibelius 7 allows you to import and export MusicXML—just like Finale.

Now you can take music started in Sibelius and make it perfect in Finale. Isn’t it time to switch?

For a limited time, owners of Sibelius (and other pro-level notation software) can own Finale 2014 too, for as little as $139!

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Compare Support

You talk. We listen—for free!

After 90 days, Sibelius support costs $99/year for individuals and $249/year for institutions.

Now, for a limited time, owners of Sibelius (and other pro-level notation software) can own Finale 2014 too, for as little as $139! Move up to Finale today and enjoy free tech support and so much more.

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Compare Creative Options

Total Flexibility with Finale’s Shape Designer

No notation software can anticipate every need of every musician. So what happens when your muse takes you in an unanticipated visual direction? Finale’s exclusive Shape Designer lets you create a variety of graphics, completely within Finale. You might use the Shape Designer to create an image like this for piano music for pre-readers:

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Or create a bassoon fingering in a textbook or worksheet:

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Feeling a little more adventuresome? What about something like this:

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Or this:

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The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Without Finale’s Shape Designer, you’d have to create these images in a dedicated graphics program, and import the result into Finale. And there may be times when that is a superior approach. But when it’s 2:00 AM, and you’re chasing your muse, and investing in Adobe Illustrator isn’t a viable option, it’s nice to know it can be done – completely within Finale.

Now, for a limited time, owners of Sibelius (and other pro-level notation software) can own Finale 2014 too, for as little as $139!

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More Finale Exclusives

Here are some more Finale features not found in Sibelius:

Record or Import Audio
Give arrangements authenticity and life with a real vocal or instrumental track. Only Finale lets you record or import a mono or stereo audio file for unprecedented realism.

Create SmartMusic Accompaniments
Only Finale can create accompaniments for SmartMusic, the acclaimed interactive music software for band, orchestra, and voice that is transforming the way students practice.

Finale NotePad®
Collaborate with others who don’t own Finale. With Finale NotePad, anyone can print, playback and make minor edits to your Finale file.

Jazz Improvisation Worksheets
More than 50 Jazz Improvisation worksheets that include jazz rhythm section accompaniment, play back with the free, downloadable Finale NotePad, and offer tips to beginning improvisers.

Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing
Automatically transform your melodies by creating up to 6-part hamonies in dozens of styles and voices.

Interactive Ear-training Worksheets
Students can print the worksheets, use the free, downloadable Finale NotePad to play the examples, and write the answers on the printed worksheets.

TempoTap
Control the tempo as you record, or adjust the beat placement after recording a rubato performance.

Exercise Wizard
Finale’s Exercise Wizard helps you create custom exercises or lessons – for your entire ensemble – in minutes.

MicNotator®
Enter notation into Finale simply by playing your brass or woodwind instrument.

Unique music characters
Finale includes a variety of fonts including the new Finale Numerics, Finale Percussion, Finale Mallets, and Finale AlphaNotes Font.

Human Playback®
Your music deserves to be heard with all the feeling, phrasing, and nuance you felt when you wrote it. Finale’s exclusive Human Playback plays your music as you would want it to be performed, even if you enter your notes with a mouse.

Linked parts control of divisi staves
Managing a score and individual parts is effortless with Finale and only Finale can create separate linked parts from a divisi staff in the score.

ScoreMerger
Consolidate multiple movements into a single document – even if they don’t contain the same number of staves, or have different instrumentation.

For a limited time, owners of Sibelius (and other pro-level notation software) can own Finale 2014 too, for as little as $139!

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Learn how easy it can be to transition from Sibelius to Finale today: