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The Avid® Scorch® app transforms your iPad mobile device into an interactive music stand, score library, and sheet music store. Showcase your own music or purchase, practice and perform scores from world-class publishers.
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Sibelius Scorch is the free internet web browser plug-in that lets you play, transpose, change instruments, save and print your Sibelius scores.
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Score Exchange is the successor to The quickest, easiest way to buy digital sheet music of new arrangements and compositions. Powered by Scorch®.
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The Music Transcriber Plug-in Store features a number of plugins written by Roman Molino Dunn. Here you will find dozens of unique and useful plugins for Sibelius. Roman has also posted video demos / tutorials for a number of his Sibelius plugins on his YouTube channel.
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Bob Zawalich is a familiar name to most Sibelius users. An independent programmer and musician, Bob has authored over 200 Sibelius plugins, and frequently answers questions on the Sibelius tech support chat. Bob maintains an alphabetical list with links to all the plugins written for Sibelius.
Of Note - Sibelius tips and tutorials by music notation expert Robert Puff.

NotePerformer by Wallander Instruments. Create realistic orchestral mockups using Sibelius.

Sibelius Custom Search returns results specifically from the Sibelius family of websites : and It also searches the Sibelius Blog, Recordare (MusicXML), Neuratron (Photoscore), M-Audio, Score Exchange and SibeliusMusic sites.

This is a very useful search engine specifically tailored for Sibelius users. Quickly find topics posted in the Sibelius Help Center and user forums, plugins, scores on Sibelius Music and more. Try it!

SIBELIUS SOFTWARE BOOKS (see also the main books page)

Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials (Avid Learning Series)
by James Humberstone
ISBN-10: 1133788823   ISBN-13: 978-1133788829 Paperback: 458 pages 1st edition (February, 2012)

"James Humberstone’s substantial new book in the Avid Learning Series, "Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials" is a welcome resource. The extremely helpfully-illustrated book contains 450 substantive pages, which take those either unfamiliar with Sibelius 7 or those used to the Sibelius family but who have just upgraded through the basics to most of the essential skills necessary for even quite accomplished composition. And from first to last you know you’re in the hands of a sympathetic and experienced expert."

Read the complete review by Mark Sealey
  • Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials - by James Humberstone. Provides the most thorough introduction available to the fundamental operations of Sibelius 7 and lays the foundation for continuing studies at the more advanced levels. This book is built around five hands-on projects, including an introduction to the Sibelius 7 interface and basic editing operations; setting up a score and entering notes; importing MIDI, MusicXML, lyrics, and more; creating a worksheet; and scoring video.
  • Sibelius - a comprehensive guide to Sibelius Music Notation Software - Revised and Updated Edition (2011) by Tom Rudolph and Vince Leonard. Master Sibelius music notation software step by step with the most complete how-to guide available. Now fully updated with new examples and descriptions of features in Sibelius 6, this essential reference is designed for both novices and experienced musicians, composers, producers, and arrangers, containing a variety of examples – from single-line melodies to complex scores. Written by two proven trainers and expert authors in the field of music notation software, this book will be a constant reference for all of your Sibelius questions and needs.
  • Sibelius 6 Reference Manual - a comprehensive guide to all of the features in Sibelius 6. This is the complete printed version of the Sibelius 6 on-screen user guide.
  • Mastering Sibelius 6 - by Gabriel Cobas covers all aspects of Sibelius, including setting up simple scores, using MIDI input, working with advanced formatting, and using virtual instruments. The applications are discussed in a clear, concise way, offering simple steps and easy-to-follow tutorials
  • Mastering Sibelius 5 - by Marc Schonbrun (2008)
  • Learn Sibelius 6 in 1 Hour - Kindle Edition - by James Humberstone. The e-book is accompanied by 12 free online videos, each about 5 minutes long, which show you everything you’ll need to know to use Sibelius music notation software to engrave beautiful music scores. The book itself serves to flesh out the details included in the free videos and is the best way to learn Sibelius if you like a combination of video, narrative and text.
  • Mastering Sibelius 6 - Kindle Edition - by Gabriel Cobas covers all aspects of Sibelius, including setting up simple scores, using MIDI input, working with advanced formatting, and using virtual instruments. The applications are discussed in a clear, concise way, offering simple steps and easy-to-follow tutorials


If you install Scorch, that will install the Sibelius Opus and Inkpen2 fonts automatically.
  • Finale Fonts - download MakeMusic!'s Notepad program which contains all the standard FInale fonts,and use these fonts in Sibelius!
  • Bayard-Nizet has developed a set of 12 new music fonts for Mac and PC (both Postscript and True-type versions are available). These fonts cover a variety of notational symbols from common to the more esoteric. Choose from Virtuoso, Charleston, Grupetto, Staccato, Vivace, Espressivo, Koechlin, Fingering, Ars Nova, Flamenco, Oratorio and Timpani.
  • Boulez font - is a freeware music font (suitable for use in Sibelius) provided by Phillip Gaskill that has short square beams instead of the usual curly flags on individual notes of less than a quarter note(crotchet) value.The following downloads are available: Windows .zip, Mac OS9 .sit, and Mac OSX .dmg. The fonts in all the downloads are in the TrueType format. Be sure to read the ReadMe file that is included in each download, for installation instructions.
  • DaFont - thousands of freeware and shareware fonts available for download.
  • Doremi is a shapenote font that has the shapes for the systems used by Aiken, Funk, Walker, The New Harp of Columbia, and The Sacred Harp. Aiken's system is the seven-shape system used by almost all of the modern songbooks using a shape note system.  Order from Karen E. Willard, Pacific NW Sacred Harp Singers, 15215 Tubbs Road, Buckley, WA 98321; Ph: 360-897-9545.
  • ExpressMusic is no longer supporting their three excellent music fonts with a distinctive hand copied look; Ashmusic, Leemusic and Russmusic.
  • FinalFontSolutions by Ansgar Krause - Font solutions for music notation software (used by Breitkopf & Härtel and other publishers). The fonts offer professional design and extremely quick entries. e.g. Figured Bass (Standard and struck-through numbers, accidentals, brackets ...), Piano Fingering (Stacked Numbers and round brackets, silent changes, square brackets for special thumb situations...) and more... For Macintosh and Windows operating systems through XP.
  • GoldenAge music fonts by Donald Rice. Anixter Rice Music Service - Suite 1410-D, 6309th Avenue New York, NY 10036
  • Identifont - this unique online service allows you to match an existing typeface, or identify a typeface you have seen in a publication. Most of the major type libraries are supported, including Adobe, Berthold, Bitstream, FontFont, and P22.
  • Matthew Hindson has created some very useful and unique music fonts for both Mac and PC. Clefs, Harp Pedals, Saxophone Fingerings, Recorder Fingerings, and more. Freeware.
  • Microtonal Font - Andrian Pertout has created two versions of this freeware font, with the first, 'MicrotonalFont' (TT, PS) originally intended for use in Finale,but which Sibelius users may find useful as well, and the second,'Microtonal FontText',(TT, PS) intended for use in any standard wordprocessor.Included are the five standard accidental signs of Western music;four common quarter-tone and three-quarter-tone symbols; twenty-three unique symbols based on Daniélou’s division of the whole-tone; Ali Naqi Vaziri’s notation system, or four accidentals of Persian music; Johnston’s system of notation, which contains twenty-three unique symbols for the notation of just intonation up to the thirty-first harmonic; as well as Fokker’s nine symbols for the notation of thirty-one equal temperament. All these symbols have been incorporated into a 238-character microtonal notation PostScript Type 1 (PS) or TrueType (TT) font, which is fully compatible with the Opus / Maestro fonts used in music notation applications. There is extensive information about these notation systems here.
  • MidiDesign - by Christian Texier (French language website). Six free music fonts: Acoustica, Concreta, Controla, Electronica, Microtona and Sonora. Includes lots of symbols for electronic music, microtonal sharps and flats, percussion etc. The fonts are very good quality, and there also is a free catalog explaining the usage. Available for Mac and PC.
  • MusiQwik, MusiSync, Bongos, FretQwik, and NoteHedz are free TrueType music fonts created by Robert Allgeyer. Use them in Finale, or a word processing document. The most recent version will be available for a limited time from the links here and here.
  • Nor Eddine Bahha (co-author of JAZZOLOGY) has created three different music symbols fonts for use with Sibelius™. These fonts are designed to produce handwritten music in a style similar to that of many jazz charts. NorMusic font set; NorMusic, NorText & NorText Extra. BopMusic font set includes a complete script font for text, chord symbols, and hundreds of symbols for jazz and commercial music. The BopMusic font set includes 7 accompanying fonts to help transform the overall appearance of the music and titles; BopMusic, BopMusic Script, BopMusic Chords, BopMusic Text, BopMusic Special, BopMusic Metronome, and BopMusic Time. The RealScore font set includes 11 accompanying fonts to help transform the overall appearance of the music and titles; RealScore, Metronome, RealScore Time, RealScore Marks and RealScore Title.
  • Numero font was created by Lars-Anders Calrsson, who works at the "Artisten, Huset for Musik och Teater" in Gothenburg Sweden. Freeware.
  • Realbook Chords, New Realbook Chords & Realbook Title are music fonts (Windows TrueType) in the style of the famous Jazz Real Books for use in Sibelius. Created by Jochen Pietsch. Freeware.
  • Really Loud Fonts by Arun Konanur. Music fonts include the Partitafont, which emulates the printed look of the Score music publishing program. Please contact Robert Puff at RPM Seattle if you have any information about where to currently obtain these fonts.
  • Salzedo Harp Font by Bill Duncan is based on Carlos Salzedo's harp notation standard, and is available for both Mac & PC. Contact Nick Carter at NPC Imaging.
  • Sonata, the venerable music notation font, is available from Adobe.
  • StMeinrad font and its auxiliary, StMeinradAux, contain the symbols necessary to reproduce Gregorian chant. Mac and PC.
  • The Virtual Conservatory has developed chord symbol fonts, available in both Unicode and TrueType formats, for use with both MakeMusic and Sibelius music-notation products: ChordSymbol 2 for traditional music and JazzSymbol 1 for commercial music.



  • MLA - The Music Library Association is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in libraries. Founded in 1931.
  • The Music Notation Project - An international association exploring alternative music notation systems that improve upon traditional music notation, and providing resources for the wider consideration and use of these alternative notation systems.
  • MOLA - the Major Orchestra Librarian's Association was founded in 1983 primarily to help improve communication among orchestra librarians. The Association's other objectives include educating and assisting librarians, presenting a unified voice in publisher relations and providing education, support, and information to performing arts and other music service organizations.
  • MPA - Music Publisher's Association of the United States.
  • NEDCC - The Northeast Document Conservation Center was founded in 1973 to specialize in the preservation and conservation of paper-based materials, including books, manuscripts, photographs, and art on paper.
  • NMPA - National Music Publisher's Association.


  • The Sibelius Help Central plugin page features a number of useful freeware plug-ins for Sibelius written by Bob Zawalich, Neil Sands, Roman Molino Dunn, Gunnar Hellquist, Michael Kilpatrick, François Frère and others.
  • Bob Zawalich maintains an alphabetical listing with links all of the plugins for Sibelius he has written which appear on the Sibelius plugins download page.
  • Dolet for Sibelius is a file translation plug-in for Sibelius by MichaelGood of Recordare. Dolet uses a markup language called MusicXML to allow you to import music from SCORE, Overture, Igor Engraver, Finale and a growing list of music notation applications. Version 6 released August 3, 2011.
  • EditorsKeys for Sibelius - keyboard sticker sets designed to increase productivity with Sibelius, Editors Keys are made from over 40 micro- interweaved PVC layers and special adhesive which once applied to your keyboard have a 2 year guarantee. The Sibelius Keyboard set contains almost 70 color grouped shortcut keys which are easy to apply and are compatible with all standard keyboards, both black and white. Each Shortcut Key contains the keys letter, the Sibelius shortcut icon and also a text shortcut underneath for quicker shortcut access. Use our special code to save 15% when ordering: RPMSEATTLE.
  • Garritan Personal Orchestra - A comprehensive, inexpensive and easy-to-use orchestral sample Library.  Extremely high quality collection of orchestral instruments,and a great value. Garritan also makes the JABB sample library for jazz and big band.
  • Peter Hayter has written a number of useful Sibelius plugins found on the Sibelius Plugins Page, including Extract PhotoScore Lyrics.
  • Helpful Hints for composers - This free resource available from Wellington Music Preparation Services is useful for anyone composing or arranging in Sibelius, particularly if you are handing your work off to an engraver or publisher. The 6 page PDF pamphlet contains hints for those who can't be bothered to wade through the User Guide, and who would like to have the essentials laid bare. Email for more info.
  • Neuratron - Developers of the advanced music scanning software Photoscore which provides optical score recognition for Mac & Windows, allowing you to scan printed music into your computer. A version of Photoscore comes bundled with Sibelius.
  • Notation Switchblade - universal Music XML translator that fixes anomalies (tuplets, notes, styles, articulations) occurring when converting from MIDI to notation software (Sibelius, Finale). For anyone who works with MIDI files in notation programs.
  • PDF TO MUSIC PRO is a revolutionary product from Myriad Software that translates PDF files created by other music notation programs into MusicXML format. It knows that staff lines are lines and that noteheads are noteheads because it reads the actual lines and font character information in the file, so it doesn't have to guess if some group of black dots on a page should be a slur or a notehead. The results are far more accurate translations than have ever been possible before. If you have files in Mosaic, Overture, Professional Composer, Logic, Cakewalk or other apps where MIDI has been your only option to translate into Sibelius, this is a must-have companion application.
  • Roman Molino Dunn has written a number of useful plugins for Sibelius. In addition to his contributions to the Sibelius Help Center PluginPage, he has a number of plugins available on his website.
  • Neil Sands has written a number of useful Sibelius plug-ins.
  • Sibelius Access - for visually-impaired composers and arrangers, Sibelius Access provides verbal feedback to Sibelius version 5.2.5 in conjunction with the Jaws screen reading application for Windows.
  • Sibelius Speaking - for visually-impaired composers and arrangers, Sibelius Speaking provides verbal feedback to Sibelius version 3.1 in conjunction with the Jaws screen reading application for Windows.
  • Simkin - a high-level lightweight embeddable scripting language developed by Simon Whiteside which works with Java™ or C++ and XML, and represents the origins of the ManuScript™ plug-in scripting language.
  • Simkin in Sibelius - detailed explanation of the Sibelius ManuScript™ plug-in scripting language. The ManuScript plug-ins language enables users to easily write scripts for extending Sibelius' functionality.

    1. Remote Control for Sibelius created by Mark Rosenberg turns your Android device into a Sibelius-aware touchscreen keypad. Works with all versions of Sibelius. Requires a compatible VNC server, such as UltraVNC, on the PC that is running Sibelius.
    2. Sibelius Control is a Custom Keypad Layout for the iPad app called Custom Keypad. Designer Tobias Escher (@NovatlanSound) designed the layout for quick access to any function you will need for regular work in Sibelius. You can even access Engraving Rules, Document setup and other layout Control features.

  • Drum Parts From Scratch - A tutorial video from Katie Wardrobe showing you step-by-step instructions how to create a drum part from scratch using Sibelius. (YouTube)
  • Sibelius 6 Essential Training - In Sibelius 6 Essential Training, author Jenny Amaya covers the ins and outs of creating, arranging, and publishing professional-looking scores using Avid's popular music notation software. Beginning with the basics of score creation and note entry, the course explains how to interface with a MIDI keyboard; edit note durations and pitches; and incorporate lyrics, tempo markings, and other text elements. Also included are tutorials on formatting your score and dynamic parts. Exercise files accompany the course. The course is available to subscribers to’s web site, with subscriptions starting at $25 US per month.
  • Sibelius 6 Movies - a series of 12 video tutorials to help you get started with Sibelius 6. Created by James Humberstone ( revoiced by Robin Hodson. (YouTube)
  • Sibelius Video Tutorials - by Philip Rothman of NYC Music Services (Youtube)

    1. Creating PDFs from Sibelius - this short tutorial from the Sibelius Blog shows how to create high quality PDF files on both Mac and Windows.
    2. Drum Set Notation - a series of great blog tutorials covering slash notation, repeat bars, rhythmic notation, using plugins to speed up workflow, combining cues into a drum part and much more from Sibelius expert John Hinchey.
    3. How and Where to Install Plugins - helpful short tutorial from the Sibelius Help Center.
    4. Sibelius sings with EWQL Symphonic Choirs - in this tutorial by A. Eric Heukeshoven, find out how to make Sibelius 6 sing lyrics during playback using the latest version EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs.
    5. Writing for the Saxophone Section in Sibelius, using the Arrange Feature - tutorial by guitarist and big band arranger David O'Rourke shows how to use the Arrange feature in Sibelius to create section voicings used by Neal Hefti, Sammy Nestico, Billy Strayhorn, Thad Jones, Claude Thornhill, Glen Miller and others. (PDF)


  • Sibelius Website - link to the official Sibelius software website home page.
  • SibeliusMusic - the official Sibelius Music website, where you can submit your scores for publication.
  • Sibelius Scorch - the free browser software plug-in which lets you view, play, customize and print Sibelius scores on the Internet. Change playback device, adjust the tempo, transpose, save and print.
  • Contact Sibelius - US and European office locations, product registration and technical support.
  • Sibelius Upgrades currently available from the Sibelius Help Center.
  • Hints & Tips page of the Sibelius Help Center, which supports all versions of Sibelius, and also has lots of information about related software such as Pro Tools.
  • Improvements to Sibelius - the official Sibelius policy on programming new features and bug fixes.


  • Sibelius Sound Set Project - is an ongoing effort by Jonathan Loving to help composers realize their music using Sibelius notation software. Jonathan has developed Sibelius soundsets for many of the major sample libraries. A sound set is a map of a MIDI device or sample library that tells Sibelius where it can find the sounds the device contains.
  • Sound Set Editor for Sibelius - download the Sound Set Editor application to create your own SoundSets for Sibelius. A number of templates are provided to help you get started: Alesis QS 8.1, E-mu Proteus 2, E-mu Proteus 2000, E-mu Virtuoso 2000, Korg Karma, Korg Trinity, Korg Triton, Kurzweil K2500, Kurzweil K2600, Roland JV-1010, Roland RD-700, Roland XP-30, Yamaha PSR-550, Yamaha Motif and Yamaha S90.
  • Sound Sets for Sibelius 6 - the Sibelius Help Center maintains current sounds sets for Garritan Jazz and Big Band 3, Garritan Personal Orchestra 4, Garritan Concert and Marching Band 2.
  • Vienna Sound Sets - establishes a connection between the notation symbols in Sibelius and the sample content of the Vienna Instruments Collections without having to add distracting key switches to your score.
  • Write Score, The - SoundSet templates for Tapspace Virtual Drumline (VDL).

  • Audiobro - LA Scoring Strings (LASS)
  • Audio Impressions - 70 DVZ Strings, Brillianti Philharmonic & Early Brass
  • CineSamples - CineOrch, Drums of War, VOXOS : Epic Virtual Choirs, Hollywood Winds, Deeo Percussion Beds, CineCrash, CineToms, CineSnares, CineHarp, Iron Guitars, CineBrass
  • EastWest - Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, Hollywood Strings, Symphonic Choirs, Pianos, Stormdrum, Voices of Passion, Accordions, Ethno World, Chris Hein Horns, Nexus, Ministry of Rock, Goliath
  • Garritan - Personal Orchestra, Jazz and Big Band, World Instruments, Marching Band, Authorized Steinway
  • Hauptwerk - massive library of virtually modeled baroque, classical, romantic and theatre pipe organ instruments.
  • IK Multimedia - Sample Tank, Sonik Synth, Miroslav Philharmonik
  • Native Instruments - Session Strings Pro, Razor Synth, Scarbee Funk Guitarist, Mikroprism, Abbey Road Modern Drums, The Mouth
  • ProjectSAM - Symphobia, True Strike, Orchestral Brass Classic
  • SampleModeling - French Horn & Tuba, Ms. Sax S. (soprano sax), The Trumpet, The Trombone, Mr. Sax A. (Alto Sax), Mr. Sax T. (Tenor Sax), Mr. Sax B. (Bari Sax).
  • SonicCouture - Pan Drums, Ondes, Xtended Piano, Novachord, Glass Works, Morpheus, Array Mbira, Tingklik (Rindik), The Skiddaw Stones, (Bowed) Piano, Balinese Gamelan, Guzheng (Chinese Zither), Tremors, Elbow Guitar, Abstrakt Breaks 1&2 (groove / loops), Konkrete 1&2 (Drums & Perc.), Scriptorium, Abstrakt Bass
  • Tone Hammer - Choirs: Requiem Pro, Requiem Light, Angelis. Percussion: Tuned Percussion, Untuned Percussion, Epic Toms, Epic Frame Drums, Marching Band. Ethnic instrument & Ethnic solo voice specialty libraries.
  • Vienna Symphonic Library - standard, extended and special editions.
  • Vir2 Instruments - Acoustic Legends HD, BASis, Electri6ity, Elite Orchestral Percussion, Mojo : Horn Section, Q, Violence, VI.ONE and World Impact : Global Percussion
  • Wallander Instruments - WIVI Band, Orchestral & Band Brass, Woodwinds & Saxophones


  • Font Lab - software tools for font design, font conversion and font editing. PC and Mac.
  • Quickeys from CE Software is a Macro tool for Mac or Windows.
  • Transcribe! - shareware to help transcribe recorded music for Windows and Macintosh, including OS-X. Transcribe! includes the ability to slow mp3 audio files down without changing the pitch, and to analyse chords and show you what notes are present. Newest version has excellent audio quality.
  • Tunefinder X - Tunefinder is a Melody Index for Mac OSX. It will show you the name of the composer and composition for any of over 13,000 melodies from classical and popular music when all you know is the melody itself. The database includes themes and melodies from scores of composers, including Arlen, Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Bizet, Brahms, Bruckner, Chopin, Corelli, Debussy, Donizetti, Dvorak, Elgar, Gershwin, Gluck, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Joplin, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer, Milhaud, Mozart, Offenbach, Prokofiev, Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Rodgers, Rossini, Saint-Saens, Scarlatti, Schubert, Schumann, Sibelius, Smetana, Sousa, Strauss, Strauss, Sullivan, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Vivaldi, Wagner, and Weber.


  • Archival Products provides solutions for preservation for colleges and universities, museums, historical societies, art and music libraries, medical schools and government officesas well as for the private conservator.
  • Paper Weight ConversionChart - explains terminology used in the paper industry, and crossreferences Book, Bond, Cover, Bristol, Index and Tagpapers by weight in bothUS pounds and grams per meter. Compiled by Micro Format, Inc.
  • Extremes of Conventional Music Notation - Donald Byrd, of the School of Music at Indiana University has compiled this entertaining and informative resource.
  • Music Engravers - if you are a Sibelius engraver or copyist, you can be listed at no charge in this directory.
  • Music Notation Links - this excellent collection of notation related links includes: Comparisons of Music Notation Applications, Music Braille, Common Music Notation, Shape Note, Tablature, Early Music, Non-Western Notation, Byzantine Music Notation, Kinko Ryu Shakuhachi Notation, Extra-terrestrial music notation.
  • Music Notation Software by Dr. Gordon Callon is a comprehensive list of music notation applications for Macintosh and PC, including Encore, Finale, Graphire, Igor Engraver, Nightingale, Opus, Overture, Score, Sibelius, SmartScore and Turando are just a few of the notation software titles. Many of the listed resourcesare freeware or shareware.
  • NPC Imaging - online retailer of music notation products and sheet music. Contact owner Nick Carter.
  • Programming Languages used for music. A list and description for a number of music programming languages, including the Sibelius ManuScript™ language.
  • Sibelius 7 Review - this comprehensive review of Sibelius 7 on by Mark Sealey gives Sibelius 7 a 10 out of 10 rating!
  • Vital Presentation Concepts - binding machines especially for printed music parts and scores.
  • West Wales Music - offers a unique Sibelius to MP3 conversion service using high quality synths, samples and real live musicians! Contact Clive Raymond for more info.

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