Inside the Sibelius 7 Sounds library

A trumpet, yesterday (courtesy Jamesongravity from Flickr)

The Sibelius 7 Sounds library that is included with Sibelius 7 includes more than 36GB of data, spread across more than 550 individual patches, and many hundreds of thousands of individual sample files. But what’s really inside the library?

Since Sibelius 7’s release back in July we’ve been promising documentation for the library so that all of you who want to dig inside and get all the details about all of the various playing techniques, adjustable parameters and so on can get your hands dirty. That day has arrived, and you can check out the documentation on the Sibelius web site.

The documentation has been expertly put together by Hugh Smith of The Write Score. Hugh is the person who designed the template for Virtual Drumline, and he also offers complete documentation and a template for the Sibelius Sounds Essentials library for Sibelius 6 from his web site, with more on the way.


  1. Chris Wimlett

    Brilliant – just what we’ve all been waiting for!

  2. Wheat Williams

    And there was much rejoicing.

  3. Peter Roos

    Nice – that is a very detailed user guide for the sounds.

    Quick questions:

    1. The guide refers to a new term “Smart Knob”, what is that, a shortcut key I can find somewhere on my keyboard, or a synonym for midi control messages?
    2. The Sound Charts, are those the boxes with Sound ID and dictionary item, on pages 14 and following?
    3. Does Sibelius 7 work the same as Sibelius with regard to Sound ID, and preferred sounds, etc?

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      1. Smart knobs are the additional knobs that appear to the right of the staff strip in the Mixer when you click the little >> arrow at the bottom of the fader.
      2. Yes.
      3. I assume you want to know whether Sibelius 7 works the same way as Sibelius 6, in which case the answer is yes.

  4. June

    One basic question is whether you can selectively install only certain components from those 36GB+ of sounds (either during installation or subsequently), or whether by installing Sib 7 you’ll just permanently give up that much space on your drive. I have already bought Sib 7 but I’ve back-burnered the installation for several reasons including wanting an answer for that question.

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      You can’t selectively install only some of the Sibelius 7 Sounds content, but you can of course choose to install Sibelius 7 itself without installing the Sibelius 7 Sounds content at all, so if you want to use Sibelius 7 but not use any of the content, that’s fine.

  5. June

    Okay, thanks for the response. Good to know it’s all or nothing. For future releases, I hope you’ll consider a more flexible implementation, because that’s quite a chunk of disk space for users with small drives (SSD in laptop, etc.).

  6. Glen Shannon

    Is it possible to edit the patches? For example, the staccato recorder patch is a sharp accented sound, louder than the surrounding notes, and I don’t want that, I just want a short note.

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