Sibelius 8 Professional Annual Upgrade Activation Card

£238.80 £229.00


Sibelius 8 Professional with Annual Upgrade Activation Card – Including 1 Years Support

Please note: This product purchase includes Sibelius Full Version Activate Card which is sent by post. The software will continue to work as normal after that period but you will have to subscribe to an annual subscription fee to receive any new updates.

Sibelius 8 Main Screen

Get easy access to the world’s best-selling music notation tool

In addition to Sibelius being available to own and upgrade as before, you can now subscribe on a low-cost monthly or annual basis, enabling you to access the latest version of the software affordably at any time and pay only when you need it. And you’ll have access to all future Sibelius updates and upgrades as soon as they’re available through the included Avid upgrade plan, as well as to expert help.

Write music with a pen on a Surface Pro

Sibelius 8 Professional has been optimized for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, enabling you to add and edit notes quickly with just a tap of the pen, as well as play music in real time using the tablet’s onscreen keyboard and fretboard. Use the Surface Pen’s buttons to select, erase and edit your music. You can even drag the score around and resize objects while inputting notes.

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Sibelius 8 Professional

Add notes and comments directly on the score

With the new Annotate feature, you can create reminders for yourself about music changes as you’re composing, or communicate edits and feedback to others, streamlining collaboration and review. Draw directly on the score using a mouse, trackpad, USB tablet, or Surface Pro 3 Pen. Circle items and write or type comments or instructions to arrangers, players, or students. Because annotations are grouped intelligently and always attached to the bar you add them to, you needn’t worry about losing your notes. Plus, annotations can be switched off so they don’t appear when printing.

Interact with scores using multi-touch gestures

If you’re working on a laptop with a trackpad or using a Surface Pro 3, you can quickly zoom in and out of your score by simply using a pinch-zoom gesture, making navigation and editing easier. You can even set predefined zoom levels to zoom in and out with a quick double-tap.

Music Score Gestures

System requirements for Sibelius 8 Professional


  • 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1 or later) or Windows 8.1 (not Windows RT)
  • 1+ GB of RAM
  • 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only
  • DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
  • Internet connection required for software download and activation


  • Mac OS X 10.9 or 10.10
  • 1+ GB of RAM
  • 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only; 36 GB additional hard disk space for the Sibelius Sounds library (optional installation)
  • DVD-ROM drive (only for Media Pack)
  • Internet connection required for software download and activation

Recommendations for the Sibelius Sounds library*



  • 4+ GB of RAM
  • 36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred)

Using external hardware MIDI playback devices with Sibelius

If you have an external hardware MIDI playback device that you wish to use, please check that a compatible sound set is available: see the list of sound sets supplied with Sibelius.

* You can use Sibelius Sounds if your computer doesn’t meet the recommended requirements, but you may find that you cannot use as many sounds simultaneously, and that sounds take a long time to load.

What’s included with Sibelius 8 Professional

Sibelius software license with download access to

Avid upgrade plan (includes all upgrades for 12 months with a perpetual license purchase, renewable annually, or throughout the duration of an active subscription)

Avid Standard Support for Sibelius

Sibelius is available as a software download. An internet connection is required for software activation and for downloading the installers. A high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended for downloading Sibelius and the Sibeilus Sounds library.

Network licenses

Sibelius’s network licenses operate on a client-server model. The Sibelius program itself is installed on the local hard drive of each of the client workstations, and a separate License Server program is installed on a single designated server or workstation. The License Server program is supplied with your copy of Sibelius and enables the designated number of licensed client copies to run on the network simultaneously. In conjunction with Sibelius’s Classroom Control feature, the License Server also lets you send messages to users of the client copies, send and receive Sibelius files between client machines, and close copies down from the server machine.

License Server requirements

Sibelius requires a network using the TCP/IP and UDP protocols. (Your network may use other protocols in addition to TCP/IP and UDP, but TCP/IP and UDP must be present in order for the License Server to communicate fully with the client copies.)

The Sibelius License Server and the License Server Control Panel will run on Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Mac OS X 10.9 and later. It will also run on a virtual server running VMWare using a qualified Windows operating system, as listed above.

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