Sibelius comes shipped with a basic sound library called Sibelius Sounds. It is not a particularly high quality library, but may be enough for reference audio recordings and proof listening your scores.

If you want to hear and export your Sibelius projects with a better quality sound, there are some options.

  1. Export the Sibelius file in MIDI format and import it into your DAW such as Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase and similar programs.
  2. Purchase additional sound libraries and/or Sound Sets.
  3. Use ReWire

This post focuses on number 2, above using other sound libraries within Sibelius.

Option 1: Create Your Own Custom Sound Sets

Read the Sibelius manual section 6.16 Virtual Instruments. The pages from the Sibelius 8 manual are attached. Sibelius Virtual Instruments Reference 6.16

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Option 2: Purchase NotePerformer

NotePerformer is a one-of-a-kind sound library, specifically created for notation program playback. Our software overcomes the shortcomings of basic notation playback, by analyzing the musical context and generating suitable articulations, note transitions and other performance features on-the-fly. NotePerformer handles almost any musical figure, without asking you to add special commands or to resort to uncommon notation. It’s the perfect companion when writing or arranging scores, as it helps you make better notational choices than a regular sample library would.

Option 3: Purchase Ready-Made Sound Sets by Jonathan Loving

The Sound Set project:

The Sound Set Project is the leading provider of Sibelius sound sets, integrations and related services for composers, producers and musicians using Sibelius notation software. We know the frustrations and challenges of working with quality sounds in a notation environment and recognize the importance of tools that help musicians of all backgrounds and aspirations work with the technology that is available today in a comfortable and familiar setting.

We believe solutions should extend beyond Sibelius, take into consideration computer farms, external hosting, compatibility with existing workflows, DAW integration and much more. This takes a special knowledge of the software and hardware, sample libraries and their programming, and, of course, Sibelius, which our team possesses at the highest level.

For more information on Jonathan Loving’s Sound Set project check out: