OT: Big news from Sibelius

It took all of my might to keep this to myself until today.  Now that it is released I can say HOLY CRAP!!!  Sibelius combined with M-Audio, Pro Tools and Avid will make one fierce competitor to rivals.  Congrats to Jon and Ben Finn as well as the entire Sibelius team!!!

Gabe Cobas

[b]Avid Acquires Sibelius, Expands Reach into Global Education Market
Company to offer exclusive product bundles that combine award-winning Sibelius and Pro Tools Academic software and range of M-Audio products[/b]

Tewksbury, Mass. – August 2, 2006 – Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced that it has acquired Sibelius Software Ltd., for approximately $23 million in cash. Sibelius – which is based in London – is a leading music applications software company with products for professionals, educators, and students who want to use computers to write, teach or learn music. The deal further expands Avid’s broad portfolio of digital content creation tools with leading software for music notation and composition, coursework, testing, playback, publishing, authoring, and e-commerce. As a business unit of Avid’s audio division, Digidesign, Sibelius will continue to develop and market its own line of software, and going forward, customers can expect to see exclusive and targeted product offerings that combine a range of powerful tools, including Sibelius software, Digidesign® Pro Tools® Academic software, and M-Audio® keyboards, microphones, and other audio peripherals.

“For years, Avid Technology and its businesses have focused on fostering an environment where educators and students can learn how to create digital media content with the same industry-standard tools that are used by Grammy and Academy award-winning professionals,” said David Krall, president and chief executive officer at Avid Technology. “In the short term, this acquisition will allow Sibelius and Digidesign to combine the strengths of their respective sales and education channels and reach a wider audience with offerings that cover the entire spectrum of computer-based music creation – including composing, notating, arranging, recording, editing, mixing and finishing, publishing, and distribution.  Over time, our Pinnacle Consumer and Avid Video divisions will also benefit from Sibelius’ channel expertise, as we explore new ways to expand distribution of any educational product developed by Avid Technology or one of its companies.”

Digidesign general manager and Avid vice president Dave Lebolt said, “Over the past decade, Sibelius has garnered an enviable reputation as one of the world’s leading providers of professional notation software.  With 180,000 users in 100 countries – and a diverse product line that provides professional composers, educators, students, consumers, and young children with easy-to-use scoring applications – Sibelius is well positioned for future growth across all of its key markets. The company’s connections with educational institutions worldwide will allow us to reach educators and students more directly with all of the pieces of technology we make – including Digidesign Pro Tools software and audio hardware, as well as M-Audio keyboards, microphones, speakers, and audio interfaces. Over time, we’ll also explore ways to integrate and optimize our respective toolsets so that customers can take advantage of powerful Sibelius features directly within Pro Tools. Working together, Sibelius and Digidesign can deliver an even wider variety of integrated products that will give our customers a cutting edge advantage when creating or learning about music.”

Sibelius’ core product line comprises software tools for editing and arranging music notation in both electronic and printed form. A wide range of customers use the company’s products, including professional musicians for composing and creating scores for film and TV, orchestral performances and recordings; educational institutions for teaching music at all levels; and individuals who need to provide musical notation as a means to publish their work. Entrenched in music education programs around the world, the Sibelius product line also includes applications for teaching and testing music in elementary institutions up through the university level.

“This alliance is an excellent cultural and technological fit for Sibelius. Both Avid and Digidesign are forward-thinking organizations that take great pride in producing innovative, high quality products, and we’re excited to be working closely with them,” said Jeremy Silver, CEO of Sibelius. “By combining our software with Digidesign and M-Audio products, we can provide valuable solutions that enhance music learning by putting the industry’s best music production tools in the hands of educators, students, and children. We also look forward to expanding our worldwide reach by distributing and selling Sibelius products through the Digidesign and M-Audio channels. Our customers will reap the benefits of this acquisition as we work to bring new and innovative products to market in the future.”
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There have been a lot of larger media companies buying smaller ones lately.  Avid has been purchasing a lot of good products but I worry that bigger isn't always better.  A lot can get lost in a bureaucracy.  Big business is often more concerned about profts than releasing a good product.  Sibelius is great because it improved while the big bloated Finale sat around, and now I'm a little worried.  I will wait to see what Sibelius 5 is like before I applaud another merger!
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that is  very good point that I had not thought of...
There have been a lot of larger media companies buying smaller ones lately.  Avid has been purchasing a lot of good products but I worry that bigger isn't always better.  A lot can get lost in a bureaucracy.  Big business is often more concerned about profts than releasing a good product.  Sibelius is great because it improved while the big bloated Finale sat around, and now I'm a little worried.  I will wait to see what Sibelius 5 is like before I applaud another merger!
All I care is that they make Sibelius ReWire2 compliant.  Then the ball game is over; it's all ";ease of use";, but the tools will be in place.  Frankly, it'd be really nice to be able to freeze synths within Sib.  All I want is a semi-decent midi editor function / piano roll within Sib, and rewire staff to track.  Once that happens, you can be audibly creative from within the sheet music.
I don't really think there will be much of an issue with Kontakt.�� Avid and Digidesign are very cool about partnering with smaller plugin based companies.�� Pro Tools comes with a lite version of Reason, Ableton Live (which could be concitered major competition for Digi), and Melodyne if you buy the bundle package.

As a daily user and Digidesign certified operator of Pro Tools, this could be very cool.
Holy crap is correct!!!!!
Actually, I quite think it will affect their cycle.  All of that Kontakt powered stuff, I'd assume, is up in the air. 
Not likely.  Sibelius will most likely still only release new versions when significant upgrades are made.  I do think that we will see some more updates as the software becomes more incorperated into M-Audio, Digidesign and Avid.  This is only what I think though.

GAbe
Wow....that is huge! I couldn't think of a better fit because I love the Digidesign/M-Audio products. I wonder if this will affect the Sibelius release cycle?
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