NotePerformer on sale for 40% off through April


The plug-and-play NotePerformer sound library for music notation software is on sale this month from the Avid online store. Normally available for $129, Avid is selling NotePerformer at a special price of $78 (a 40% discount). The sale started on April 6 and runs through April 30, 2019.

Although the page on Avid’s store calls it “NotePerformer for Sibelius”, I confirmed directly with Avid that the product being sold is the same product that is available directly from the official NotePerformer web site and can be used not only in Sibelius, but in Finale and Dorico, too. Sibelius product manager Sam Butler said, “Indeed, it’s the regular version of NotePerformer. When customers buy it from us, we deliver them a code to redeem on the NotePerformer webpage.”

In the interest of full disclosure, Avid and Wallander Instruments (which makes NotePerformer) advertise on Scoring Notes. This blog post regarding the NotePerformer sale is a regular post, being of sufficient news interest to Scoring Notes readers. It is not sponsored by or paid for by Avid or Wallander Instruments.

NotePerformer originally only worked with Sibelius when it was first released more than five years ago. It is still the case that it is most tightly integrated with Sibelius, with the most number of articulations playing back and no need for a second mixer. But recent releases, especially the 3.1 and 3.2 updates, have added support for Finale and Dorico, albeit technically still in “beta” form for now. More information is at the NotePerformer web site.

NotePerformer 3.1 running in Finale v26
NotePerformer 3 running in Dorico Pro 2, in Play mode

Upon the release of NotePerformer 3.1, I said, “If you ever play back your scores in notation software, NotePerformer is the next thing you should purchase after purchasing the notation program itself. It gets our highest recommendation for its ease of use, price, and stellar results,” and when NotePerformer 3.0 came out I said, “For $129, having an orchestra summoned at will that sounds as good as it does without any such tweaking is the bargain of all time.”

Well, at least through the end of April, it turns out that $78 for NotePerformer is the bargain of all time.


  1. Derek Williams

    Does this discount apply also to network purchases for education institutions?

    1. Philip Rothman

      Derek, it doesn’t appear to be the case, but I don’t know for certain. Best to contact either Avid or Wallander directly on that one.

  2. Michael Serber

    I would love to use NotePerformer. I use Sibelius 6.2 on Windows XP. Will NotePerformer work with this configuration?

    1. Philip Rothman

      Michael, it’s best to contact NotePerforner support directly with that question.

  3. Mark Arnest

    I put off getting NotePerformer for several years out of spite; but once I got it, I was kicking myself for putting it off so long. Highly recommended.

  4. François

    i will forward this email to all the people who ask me do make them mp3 with my so beautiful sounds!!!

  5. Terence Jones

    Well that’s a bit awkward, I started Noteperformer’s rent-to-buy scheme a few months back, had i known this deal was coming I might have held off for a bit.

  6. Lu

    OK. So I thought, “Another software title making claims that don’t pan out in reality.” However, hope springs eternal, so I checked NotePerformer out. Again. Been down this road before. Or so I thought. First, I followed the link but there were no try-before-you-buy (TBYB) offers. Then I checked what it sounded like on YouTube. I was impressed. But then I Googled NotePerformer and found a TBYB link on the NP website. Now I was getting somewhere. Well, I downloaded it, installed it, and it didn’t work with Sibelius on the first try. Wound up making a directory change anticipated by NotePerformer and recommended on their getting started page and then fired up Sibelius again. I played a simple brass arrangement I put together of “God So Loved the World” by Stainer.

    I couldn’t believe the difference. It was so beautiful. I’m glad I checked. Minimal installation issues. Very happy.

    One more delightful result of using NP: Sibelius doesn’t do a real good job of interpreting slurs. NP does a truly wonderful job of interpreting them. I’m so very pleased by this: A free trial. A good bargain. Software that installs without drama. Software that works as advertised. It rarely gets any better than this. The only downside is that now I have to go through a slew of backing tracks I’ve made and re-do them. But worth it! :-)

    Thanks, Philip, for posting. And thanks to Wallander for NotePerformer. And thank God for making it possible for humans to make and enjoy the simple pleasure of music.

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks for this report!

      1. Lu

        I’ve been using the trial software a couple of days now. I think I’m conflicted about which feature I like about NP3 the best: the performance or the fact that there is no instrument pre-loading time. The latter, in Sibelius, has annoyed me for as long as there have been nice samples. NP3 has simply made Sibelius (I have 8.4.1) a whole lot better in 2 very, very important ways. That is no small accomplishment. Avid should hire Wallander.

  7. Brian Monroe

    It is truly one of the greatest pieces of software ever designed. Arne is awesome!

  8. Peter Hamlin

    Thank you very much for this post!!!! I just bought NotePerformer and am very happy with it.

    NotePerformer solves two of my very few issues with Dorico since I switched over:

    1). Frustratingly, the HALion editing screen does not scale to my very high resolution screen (Surface Book 2 15″ — 3240×2160) and is too small to be readable/usable. The only way I can edit HALion is when I’m in my home studio and drag that editing screen into my lower-res 2nd monitor.

    2). I’ve never liked how HALion sounds in Dorico — I prefer the way Finale and Sibelius sound when using default settings for score playback. Very happy to have Dorico sound playback that I enjoy.

    NotePerformer has solved both those issues!

  9. Ted Wiprud

    I bought the discounted NotePerformer based on Philip’s and another recommendation, to use with Finale 25. Unfortunately, it crashes Finale 25, when I select Note Performer as the source of a sound in Score Manager. This costs me 20 minutes of unresponsive computer time. One time it did work, somehow, for a string orchestra score where I was taking it for a test drive, and I was not wild about the sounds compared with the basic Garritan.

    That issue aside, any advice on making it play well with Finale? Do I need Finale 26? Or have I not introduced them properly?

    1. Philip Rothman

      Hi Ted. You will get better results from Finale 26 compared to 25. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to follow the instructions and information regarding Finale on the NotePerformer site, specifically all of the steps under “Mac Installation”.

      1. Ted Wiprud

        Hi Philip – Thank you, with some effort, the steps outlined at that URL have made it work and stop crashing Finale 25! I haven’t quite got the hang of the mixing board but will keep at it, and experimenting with sounds to see which I like.


        1. Philip Rothman


  10. Richard James

    Scoring Notes email arrived one day after the NotePerformer April discount expired!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Ah, that’s a shame, sorry, Richard. The newsletter goes out automatically on the first of every month with a digest of the previous month’s post. If you would like to be notified as soon as new posts are published, you can subscribe to the “Get Notified” list at the top right of this page.

  11. Ted Wiprud

    HI Philip! Continuing my efforts to upgrade over here, and liking NotePerformer, I’ve gone to Finale 26.1 – hoping to solve that annoying latency issue on entering notes, and on playback. However, Finale 26.1 doesn’t list NotePerformer among options in MIDI/Audio>Sound Map Priority. Surprising since the NotePerformer loading window opened as I opened a score to try out.

    How do I get Finale 26.1 to recognize NP?

    1. Philip Rothman

      Hi Ted, you’ve tried the steps here?

  12. Ted Wiprud

    Thank you, Philip, I did try that guide. It helped me make NP work with Finale 25. But now, Finale 26.1 doesn’t show NP in the Sound Map Priority dialogue (even though the noteperformer3 start-up window spends a long time on the screen). I feel like Finale 26 needs to be alerted to NP’s presence…

    1. Philip Rothman

      Maybe MIDI/Audio > Device Setup > Rescan for AU plug-ins ?

  13. Ted Wiprud

    Sadly, no. Clicking that, whether I’m own a document or not, does not introduce NotePerformer into the Sound Map Priority dialogue. Looking back at Finales 25, it’s right there. Appreciate any further thoughts. If none, would this be a Finale or an Avid customer service query?

    Many thanks –


    1. Philip Rothman

      Neither – probably a NotePerformer question. There is a contact form at the bottom of that page.

  14. Ted Wiprud

    You were right, Wallander Instruments provided this tip which you might find useful:

    Please run the NotePerformer installer again. Finale’s Sound Map folder is version-dependent, so we can only install NotePerformer for the Finale versions that are already on the system when running our installer.

    It worked. All best –


    1. Philip Rothman

      Excellent, thanks for following up, Ted!

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