If you read my blog it’s pretty clear what my notation software of choice is, Sibelius. The big reason, it just works for me. The way my mind views music notation and the thought process behind the creation of Sibelius are very much in sync. The reason that Sibelius is so intuitive for me is that is was designed by a group of software engineers who are musicians and think like working musicians and composers. All the research and development for Sibelius has been done at the office in London (Finsbury Park) by Daniel Spreadbury and his team. This is why the headline you see on this blog post is disturbing to me. What this means to the future of Sibelius is unknown at this point.
For details surrounding AVID’s decision, I would direct you to the blog of my good friend (and top notch music notation guru) Robert Puff. He has a written an a very thorough blog post titled “Sibelius UK Office Closes: AVID Selling Consumer Business” I urge you to read this article and then click over to the AVID Sibelius community page and read the official statement from Martin Kloiber of AVID. Please read some of the comments and add your own.
As always, my blog is here to give you tips, tools and information. If you use Sibelius please read the information at links above and come to your own conclusions.
Update (July 22, 2012): There is a group of users who have created a Facebook page called ‘Save Sibelius’ please click here and visit their page.
Derek Williams says
Please ‘Like’ our Facebook page, and join the protest!
John Hinchey says
Hi Derek, Yes, I have and would invite my readers to do the same!
Art Resnick says
I just read ALL of the comments referred to on the Avid website. I’ve been a user since 1.4 myself and of course totally agree with them. But since I could not leave a comment because 1) what else could I add? and more importantly 2) it required filling out a membership form to Avid’s club which I frankly couldn’t handle!
So really all I wanted to say to the powers that be at Avid is, “Boy, you are really some stupid shmucks.
John Hinchey says
Art, Unfortunately these sort of situations are in the eye of the beholder. If you are a corporation that focuses maximum profits for your CEO and stock holders, it’s probably a brilliant business move. If you are someone who makes his living with Sibelius it’s an extremely negative situation.