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Likelihood to Recommend

Cubase

While Cubase is great at editing audio, and songwriting, it's a champ at creating music to video. It's easy to import the videos into a session, and syncing up the music to the video is very easy for even a beginner. And Cubase can be used all the way through the process - writing, recording, mixing and mastering, and exporting back out is practically a one-step process!
Cubase is also really adept at MIDI, something that was lacking for me in Pro Tools at the time, and allows you to render MIDI to audio in place at a high speed rate, saving you tons of downtime.
Rob Gokee | 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

Cubase

  • Writing music to video
  • Quick rendering
  • Easy learning curve
  • Moderately priced for anyone starting out in the industry
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sibelius

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

Cons

Cubase

  • Shortcuts aren't easy to learn
  • Can be a bit of a resource hog
  • Upgrades don't necessarily have enough features to make the worthwhile
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

Support Rating

Cubase

Cubase 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Any time I've had to reach out to customer support, they've been fast to respond and answered my questions to the best of their ability. Authorization of the software is easy, and the company is great about emailing you promptly. Overall, they do a great job.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sibelius

Sibelius 7.4
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

Cubase

While Pro Tools is the industry standard when it comes to recording and audio mixing, I've found Cubase to be superior when it comes to writing with MIDI. Also, it comes with a lot of features (MP3 exporting, time code) that Pro Tools charges you extra for. They're both about the same price to buy, but learning Cubase is much easier than Pro Tools, which can be a bit cumbersome because it does so much.
Rob Gokee | 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

Cubase

  • Overpriced upgrades
  • Can be a resource hog with RAM when you have a large session
Rob Gokee | 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

Cubase

General

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

Cubase Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$579.90
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    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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