Sibelius 7 shows sounds cannot be found error

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I recently purchased and installed Sibelius 7 on my computer. The installation completed smoothly without any issues. However when I try to start Sibelius 7, it gives me ‘The library Sibelius 7 Sounds cannot be found’ error message. I reinstalled it and the outcome was the same. I even attempted manually pointing it to the correct folder. But this too did not give me any different result. I did not change the sounds folder or anything soon after installation, I tried launching the software and I get this error. I attempted to verify that I have installed all four DVDs by running the Sibelius 7 sounds installer from Sibelius 7 program DVD. And even now the same error is reported. Please can anyone help me fix this issue? Many thanks in advance.



The library Sibelius & sounds cannot be found. Would you like to specify and alternative location?

Answered By 70 points N/A #183803

Sibelius 7 shows sounds cannot be found error


This problem has occurred may be you have recently moved the Sibelius 7 sound library to a different location on your hard drive or you have not fully installed the Sibelius 7 sounds library of all four DVDs that means Sibelius is not able to find all the samples. To solve this move the Sibelius 7 Sounds library to a different location. Quite an easy and simple way you can do that. No need to uninstall or reinstall process.

1. Quite Sibelius, if Sibelius is open.

2. Navigate to the Sibelius Sound folder

  • Sibelius 7

Mac: Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Avid/Sibelius Sounds

  • Sibelius 6

 Mac: Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Sibelius Software/Sibelius Sounds

3. Don’t move the Libraries folder as this needs to stay in this folder.

4. Start Sibelius.

After starting Sibelius, you will get a notice to locate the library. Once specified, Sibelius can look at that new location for the sounds and load and play them as usual.

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