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Likelihood to Recommend

Pro Tools

Pro Tools is great for recording multiple different tracks of audio at the same time with live inserts that you can later remove/edit if they do not suit the track. It always makes a backup of any file you copy in which is essential when working with original copies of files for clients, and you can rest easy knowing that any changes made can be reverted without having to start over or having any work be lost. You can compile many different tracks for larger-scale projects and group or bus them together with ease. The software is very user-friendly for beginners and is a great tool overall for anyone looking to edit audio. The only instance it is less suited it would be if you're only making small audio edits with any adobe video software. Also if your business is not heavy on audio editing or recording it may be a costly investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sibelius

It is simply easy to use and serves the function that it needs to serve. Once you get the hang of the basic functionality and a few of the keyboard shortcuts, it will be extremely easy and quick to write out music. The option to go back and transpose to another key without writing the whole thing out again is crucial.
sam heminger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Pro Tools

  • Integration with UAD - I have used Pro Tools with a number of UAD devices over the years and it always integrates perfectly, and saves CPU resources by offloading effects processing to dedicated Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chips on external hardware. Plus, UAD effects sound great!
  • Multitrack Recording and Arrangement of Music - This is really the big one for Pro Tools. It's for recording and arranging, and that's really its focus.
  • Import and Export - Pro Tools is great for its ability to import and export multitrack files in a way that mimics traditional analog multitrack recording.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sibelius

  • User Friendly
  • Compatible with other software/music programs
Jennifer Stirling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Pro Tools

  • MIDI production
  • Pricey Add-ons
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sibelius

  • Barrier to entry could be a bit lower.
  • Options for types of arrangements are somewhat limited and the interface is a bit convoluted.
sam heminger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 7.0
Based on 1 answer
This is a hard question - I'd give it a 10 for having so many options but a 5 for being user friendly - as it has so many options.
JEFFREY HAZLITT | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sibelius

No score
No answers yet
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Support Rating

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 8.8
Based on 5 answers
They take too long to get back to you, but they try to answer your questions and fix your issues
Krisstina Hawks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sibelius

Sibelius 7.5
Based on 2 answers
Once Sibelius is purchased, the user is given one year of unlimited free customer service to help in using the product. After that first year, users can either pay to utilize customer service with questions or use online helps, which are very helpful. One of the bigger issues I had was getting the sounds to work properly because my Internet connection wasn't consistently working well enough to accommodate the large files, which were taking up to 10 hours to download. The download would fail, and then I'd have to start over. I wanted to get a CD sent to me but was told this would be very costly, and so I declined. I wasn't happy with the lack of customer service in that situation but was eventually able to get the files to download and the software working properly.
Jennifer Stirling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Pro Tools

In my opinion, ProTools is the best audio editing tool currently on the market. It's very user-friendly, incredibly intuitive and has so many different functionalities that would take weeks to learn how to use them all and well if you needed them. It is far better suited than Audition, Garageband or Audacity for single-track editing as well as multiple track music recording/ editing, and provides you with far more features and benefits. The only real downside to ProTools is its price- it's fantastic for what you get but may not be worth the cost if all you are doing is small audio edits along with side video projects made or edited in the Adobe Suite. For sound effect layering, creating music tracks (where the midi controls are far superior to its competition), or multiple track recording, ProTools is without a doubt the best software on the market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sibelius

I have not used Finale exclusively, but I know friends/colleagues who have. In the past, it was complicated to transfer and edit any of the music they created for me because it would not transfer to Sibelius. As a result, I would have to request the edits I wanted and ask them to make the changes themselves. If I wanted to make any changes later, it was extremely inconvenient to do so, and I often chose not to, as I did not want to bother anyone other than myself to do any edits after-the-fact. Though it is now possible to transfer Finale files to Sibelius through creating .xml files and then importing as .sib files, the files still do not entirely retain all of the integrity of the original composition (as completed in Finale). Sometimes text and markings are missing, microscopic, or shifted once opened in Sibelius. Text fonts must often be edited. When working with other major music publishers, it has been extremely convenient and helpful to have the same software.
Jennifer Stirling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Pro Tools

  • Positive - Industry standard, gives image of professionalism and reassurance to clients that they are in good hands.
  • Positive - Great integration with UAD means in certain configurations, you don't have to spend as much on a computer to get a large amount of processing power.
  • Negative - The cost and tie-in with hardware is prohibitive. Although it is possible to use Pro Tools without hardware, that is a less supported use case, and generally speaking, you will want to use the Pro Tools software with hardware together.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sibelius

  • Digital files are easily distributed to customers/no shipping costs.
  • Collaboration with other sheet music retailers has been established and maintained.
Jennifer Stirling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Pro Tools

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Pro Tools Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro Tools - FirstFree
Pro Tools29.992
Pro Tools - Ultimate79.992
  1. Per User / Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Sibelius

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Sibelius Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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