Holiday deals on music notation software


In the past few years we’ve done a holiday shopping guide here. With Hanukkah over and only a few days until Christmas, there’s not much time to put together such a comprehensive list as in years past — although if you missed this year’s Black Friday post, there are some good ideas there, even if the deals have evaporated like the steam from a strong hot toddy.

Still, there are some deals to be had — but only if you act fast!


As part of its Festive Countdown, Steinberg is making Dorico available for 30% off, today only, Wednesday, December 20. The discount is a substantial savings off of the $560 regular price; however the deal does not apply to crossgrades, which are already significantly discounted. Visit the US site for the festive countdown or the European link for the festive countdown to take advantage.

Speaking of timely announcements: there’s another Discover Dorico tutorial session happening today at 4 pm GMT (11 AM EST).

And if you missed it, here’s part 1 of our review of Dorico 1.2 from earlier this month.

From the Steinberg site: 30% off Dorico – today only, December 20


Avid has a holiday deal going on where you can save $25 off of a purchase of $200 of Sibelius and all of their other products by purchasing directly from their web site. Various coupon codes are available on their site depending on your region of the world; the code must be used to obtain the discount. The deal is only good through tomorrow, Thursday, December 21.

Sibelius 8.7 came out not too long ago with its new Cloud Sharing service, and Sibelius 8.7.2 included very welcome improvements working with instrument changes.

We can’t promise you’ll be as stoked as this fellow, but Avid thinks you’ll like $25 off $200 all the same


Newzik is spreading some holiday cheer by discounting their iOS sheet music reader app by 50% — that means you get all of Newzik’s great features like file management, annotation, collaboration, synchronization and more for $5, through Christmas. Newzik has evolved quite a lot this year and we expect the pace of development to continue in 2018.

They have also begun producing a remarkably helpful series of how-to articles and e-books that go far beyond simply learning how to use their own product. It’s a smart strategy — they are making a valuable contribution to the overall availability of general knowledge, which, in turn, makes it easier for people to use Newzik, which relies heavily upon open standards like PDFs and MusicXML. Their latest offering, the Newzik Academy, covers score digitization, score optimization, and digital performance. The first book in the 3-month series is available now and well worth a read — I learned quite a bit. Nicely done!

From the Newzik Academy e-book series

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