Avid focuses on collaboration with Sibelius 7.5 music notation software

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ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NAMM (Hall A, Booth
#6400) -- Avid(R) (Nasdaq:AVID) today announced Sibelius(R) 7.5
software, continuing the development of the world's best-selling music
composition and notation software. For composers, arrangers, music
publishers, students, and educators, Sibelius 7.5 provides even more
ways to express, accelerate, and promote creativity than ever before.

"With Sibelius 7.5, composers can create professional scores more
quickly and deliver higher quality, inspiring content," said Chris
Gahagan, senior vice president of products and services at Avid.
"Sibelius continues to provide the fastest, smartest, easiest way for
professionals and students to write music for live performance, film
and television, and media entertainment."

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Today's composers are under relentless pressure to turn around
completed scores faster than ever before, as the complexity of projects
continues to rise and deadlines become ever tighter. Sibelius 7.5
provides innovative new features that accelerate workflows, allowing
composers to focus on the creative process and produce more compelling
scores, more efficiently.

New features in Sibelius 7.5 include:

-- Accelerated navigation--The new Timeline window allows for a quick view
of the entire structure of a score for faster editing and playback, no
matter how large or complex the score; composers can jump immediately to
any section by clicking on any bar in the timecode ruler or on any
landmark

-- More expressive playback--The fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature
delivers complete control over the customization of the rhythmic feel of
any individual part of the score, plus improved notation interpretation
adds more expressive and realistic feel, and can be customized for swing
rhythms

-- Improved notation interpretation--Sibelius playback has been greatly
enhanced, providing better interpretation of notation distinctions such
as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and
breath marks; composers can now hear every nuance of their score played
back in realistic detail, without having to hire an expensive orchestra

-- Easy collaboration and sharing--Sibelius 7.5 enables enhanced
collaboration and distribution of compositions through innovative score
sharing and social media features; scores can be shared through email,
uploaded and published as sheet music on ScoreExchange.com, or shared as
video or audio files on YouTube, Facebook, and SoundCloud

-- Full Scorch app integration--Sibelius scores can be exported directly to
Avid Scorch(R) on iPad for fully interactive playback, practice,
performance, and publishing; Sibelius automatically optimizes the score
for iPad display, paying special consideration to page orientation,
number of staves, margin sizes, and more

-- Localized for Brazil and Russia--Sibelius 7.5 includes local language
support for Russian and Brazilian Portuguese in addition to English,
French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese

Availability and Pricing

Sibelius 7.5 will be available worldwide in February 2014. Pricing will
be as follows:

-- Sibelius 7.5 (full version)--$599.95 USD, EURO486.56 exc. VAT, or
POUND479.95 inc. VAT
-- Sibelius 7 to 7.5 upgrade--$49.95 USD, EURO41.18 exc. VAT, or POUND39.95
inc. VAT
-- Sibelius Legacy upgrade (v6 and earlier)--$149.95 USD, EURO116.81 exc.
VAT, or POUND119.95 inc. VAT
-- Sibelius competitive upgrade--$199.95 USD, EURO158.82 exc. VAT,
POUND159.95 inc. VAT
-- Sibelius trade-up from Sibelius First--$399.95 USD, EURO318.49 exc. VAT,
POUND319.95 inc. VAT