Spitfire Audio and Sibelius Ultimate!

Paul Del-Nevo
Paul Del-Nevo
Last Update January 1, 22
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About This Course

Spitfire Audio and Sibelius Ultimate work really well together and Spitfire’s LABS samples offer some wonderful sounds that you’ll be able to use with Sibelius.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is stunning, and in this course, I’ll show you how to use the ‘Discover‘ version with Sibelius, but if you have either the Core or Professional versions of these samples, the techniques shown in this course will work with those libraries too.

As no sound set exists to link either version of the Spitfire samples to Sibelius, the LAB’s player uses a basic score that’s ideal to check how everything works, how it sounds, and sketch ideas with.

For the BBC Discover section of the course, I’ll go over in detail how to set up hidden key-switch staves, allowing you to use every key-switch for each instrument.

For this, I’ve set up a score for an orchestra with a really nice selection of instruments and I’ll take you through how to set it all up so you can use these samples whenever you like.

I’ve included downloadable Sibelius files to help you set everything up, but to follow along, you’ll need either LABS or the BBC Discover samples, so if you don’t currently have them, you’ll need to jump over to Spitfire Audio for more information. 

So, if you’d love to use some lovely Spitfire Audio samples with Sibelius Ultimate, join the course, and learn how to set up your own template today, and this course comes with Q & A’s so you can contact me directly from your lesson plan too!


Learning Objectives

Use Spitfire audio with Sibelius Ultimate
Learn how to set up key switch staves
Understand how to 'Focus on Staves'
Know how to set up BBC Discover to change articulations

Material Includes

  • Detail video lessons showing every step
  • Downloadable Sibelius files to help you set up your own BBC Discover and LABS Sibelius score template
  • Q & A right from the lesson plan.
  • Certificate of Completion


  • Sibelius Ultimate. (I used the 2021.2 updated for this course.)
  • Spitfire Audio LABS
  • Spitfire Audio BBC Discover

Target Audience

  • Anyone who has either BBC Discover or some LABS samples from Spitfire Audio, and who'd love to learn how to set up and use a score with hidden key-switch staves to change articulations when ever they want.


11 Lessons

Spitfire LABS and Sibelius!

First we'll look at setting up a basic template with the LABS sample player. we'll look at the playback devices dialogue, the manual sound-set area, check out the playback and at the end of this section you'll find your Sibelius Template file to have a go yourself.
How to navigate around the software and mark as completed.00:05:00
Let’s start with LABS, an introduction.00:01:43
The ‘Playback Devices Dialogue’ box00:04:25
The ‘Manual Sound Sets’ section00:05:48

Setting up BBC Discover

In this section, we'll look at setting up instruments and key-switch staves in your Sibelius score, and we'll revisit the playback devices dialogue and manual sound sets area too as there is something you need to be aware of! We'll have a detailed look at the mixer, as this template doesn't use a bespoke sound set, there are somethings you may need to do here. We'll take a detailed look adding keys-switches, on two different staves (the Piccolo and Violin 1) and I'll explain how the 'Focus on Staves' feature works and more about you Sibelius Template Files.

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Paul Del-Nevo

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Hi I'm Paul and welcome to my website. If you didn't realise already, I'm mad on Sibelius and I absolutely love the software. I've used it for ages and wouldn't use anything else! Please feel free to review the courses (you'll find the review link at the bottom of every course page) as it's a great way to let others know your thoughts on them. Thanks so much got taking the time to check the site out, I really do hope that you enjoy it.
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Paul has been very helpful. Not only with this course but on follow up questions that I don't always have the time to deal with. One email to Paul and he clears the fog of studentitus in such a courtious manner.

I've been using Sibelius for years and always wanted to know how to do many of the things that this course teachers you. I could not find the answers anywhere until I did this course. This has helped me so much and now I can do so much more and get a better sound out of my compositions.

This has been really helpful, its quick to follow and I'll look forward to having a go myself! that plugin looks amazing, I'll check that out!

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11 lectures

Material Includes

  • Detail video lessons showing every step
  • Downloadable Sibelius files to help you set up your own BBC Discover and LABS Sibelius score template
  • Q & A right from the lesson plan.
  • Certificate of Completion