capella v capella start

capella  has no practical limits to the length or complexity of score it can produce, but if you only produce scores with 4 staves or less we can provide a less costly version of capella, called capella start,  which meets these reduced demands.

capella-start costs £54 (or £49 for the download only).
capella costs £195.

capella-start is suitable for a small ensemble arrangement, a four-part choir arrangement or uncomplicated piano works. Its limits are:
– 4 staves per line of music
– 2 voices per stave
– 100 bars score length.
capella has no practical limit to the size of score you can write. In addition it has plugin and export features not available in capella start. All missing features that are available in capella7 are shown grayed out so that you know that they are availbale if you upgrade.

capella8 costs £195. If you buy capella-start and find that you would like the full program – which has every feature you could wish for – you can upgrade for the difference in price.

For a full comparison of capella and capella start see the table below:

Main Features

Convenient window layout: Quick access with tabs; dock and undock windows yes
Symbol bars can be freely assembled yes
Powerful and easy score wizard yes
ScoreWizard supports polyphonic staves such as soprano/alto – tenor/bass or 1st/2nd/3rd flutes yes
Number of notes or chords per stave: unlimited yes
Number of lines per stave (usually: 5) 5 1-11
Number of polyphonic voices per stave 2 6
Number of staves per system 4 999
Number of systems per score: unlimited 100 yes
Small and large staves in the same score/system yes
Free toolbar positioning, symbols also appear in menus yes
Multiple split score windows. Page layout view (fully editable) in all magnifications yes yes
Powerful zoom function. An unlimited number of pages can be displayed next to each other yes yes
Numerous keyboard short cuts for almost all menu and dialog instructions; this makes work efficient and ergonomic for all including visually impaired users yes yes
Split-second movement across large scores using the navigation center yes yes
Undo and redo function, using list with clear instruction descriptions. Number of undo and redo steps: 5 999
Note values: Breve note to 1/128 yes yes
MusicXML import (i.e. import files from/to Finale® or Sibelius®) max. 4 staves yes
Midi import (Format Midi 0 and 1), Midi Export (Format Midi 1) max. 4 tracks yes
MusicXML export: capella files can be used by Finale® and Sibelius® users yes
Search function for finding melodies in the score yes
Search for rhythms independent of melody yes
Integrated programming language (Python) to create additional features as plug ins yes
Easy to use ready-made plug ins, downloadable free from this web site yes
Future-proof data interface on XML basis yes yes

Capturing Notes

Note entry via PC keyboard yes yes
Keyboard enter-and-listen function (listen to notes as you type them) yes yes
Midi real-time entry and Midi step entry yes yes
Notes entered directly into the score using the mouse yes yes
Mouse piano (size adjustable and fully customizable) yes yes
Support for entering and playing back percussion instruments using sound mapping yes yes
Percussion voices can be easily set in the ScoreWizard yes
Note entry using piano roll with metronome and comfortable quantizing option yes yes


Transpose the entire score with one mouse click yes yes
Transpose with or without key change: chromatic, true to interval and enharmonic transposition; diatonic shifting yes yes
Transposing: Individual parts of the score with automatic key signature function; all transposing functions with or without key change yes yes
Transposition of individual or multiple staves across the entire score (the other staves remain untouched) yes
Transposing instruments reflected during playback yes yes


All sound cards, 128 voices, each voice can be selected yes yes
Choose a different sound for each stave yes yes
Choose a different sound for each voice yes
Playback recognizes all performance marks (trills, upper mordents, mordents or turns) yes yes
Standard pitch a’ can be tuned yes yes
Automatic scrolling during playback; can be deactivated yes yes
Playback with any historic tuning, also pure adaptive tuning (Hermode tuning) yes yes
Tuned for perfect collaboration with capella Vienna orchestra yes yes
Playback reflects repeat signs: dal segno, al coda, etc. yes yes
Playback reflects user’s own playback instructions: pizzikato, col legno, stopped, etc. yes yes
Volta brackets are considered during playback (one octave up or down) yes yes
VST host: Support of VST samplers yes yes
Tempo change option within the score at any note; smooth transitions, tempo recording with slide control yes yes

Score Editing

Automatic beaming and beam slope function yes yes
Individually adjustable beam slope and stem length yes
Sub-group beams yes
Notation in adjacent staves, beams stretch across staves yes
Automatic chord symbols (with analysis of chord) yes
Automatic Lead-Sheet generation yes
Split system at any point in the score yes yes
Automatic wrap around (score division with optimized or selected number of bars per system) yes
Ties, crescendo hairpins, octave brackets are automatically taken apart/joined during system break yes yes
Automatic break (score division with optimum or freely selectable number of bars per system and optional combination of multiple bar rests) yes
Clefs, time signature, key signature, bar lines etc. changeable at any point in the score, including single staves in the current system yes yes
Course of bar lines freely adjustable including bar lines in the gap between staves yes
Live voice extraction: Switch from score view to voice extraction view with one mouse click. Note, graphics and text editing done during voice extraction will show in the entire score and vice versa yes
Irregular division (duplet, triplet … up to 15-tuplet) yes yes
Diverse range of note heads, stems and heads without stems yes
Forced accidentals (incl. in brackets), suppress accidentals yes yes
Appoggiatura and cue notes yes yes
Tremolo bars in note stems yes yes
Edit individual note heads in chord (accidental, head shape, mute during playback etc). yes
Automatic bar lines, fixed bar lines, individual-design bar lines yes yes
Staccato, Tenuto, Staccatissimo, hard/soft attack, normal/strong accent, etc. yes yes
Definition of own articulation signs yes yes
Cue notes, grace notes, place holders yes yes
Multiple bar rests in various styles (traditional rest, etc.) yes
Split polyphonic staves into separate staves within same system yes
Automatic filling of incomplete voices in polyphonic staves yes
Guitar tablature yes
Basso continuo function yes
Rest management: merge rests, fill staves with rests yes
Score synthesis: Combine several individual voices into one score yes
Convert chord letters to chord notes and vice versa yes
Sequence of staves in system can be changed at any time; ripple effect throughout the entire score yes yes
Abbreviations, tremolo bars and many more special functions available at a click of the mouse yes
Position two systems side by side: perfect for coda notation and cramped spaces yes yes

Text, Symbols, Graphics

Text import from other Windows applications yes yes
Graphic import function from other Windows applications yes
Text objects in RTF format with unrestricted character and paragraph formatting feature yes
Text objects and lyrics may contain any font of any language side by side (“Unicode “, for example Greek, Cyrillic, Chinese) yes
Text objects also in frames (round, square, oval etc.) yes yes
120 musical symbols available to insert directly from symbol pallets yes yes
Intelligent graphic objects: Text, symbols or graphics set in only one voice appear in one/several/all staves of score and voice extraction yes yes
Free positioning of graphics, including in front or behind notes; sequence selection of overlapping graphics yes
Fret Wizard for guitar, banjo etc. yes yes
Symbols can be transposed as you like (chord descriptions, frets, figures etc.) yes
Graphic objects: line, ellipse, polygon, repeat box, triplet bracket, sloping wavy line etc. yes
Wide ranging design options including dotted slurs yes
Administration of personalized graphic symbols using the gallery yes
Graphics export: Part of monitor display, current system or entire page; supported by almost all Windows applications: also includes pre-printing stage for all platforms (Mac etc.); supports web publishing yes
HTML-Export: One-click procedure to create web-document; select from different styles, include embedded player yes

Layout and Printing

Score layout is independent of the chosen printer yes yes
System brackets (curly brace and/or straight brackets), barlines across staves within system yes yes
System justification for each system separately including for the entire score yes yes
Footers, headers, page numbering yes yes
Unrestricted formatting feature for footers, headers, automatic page numbering, watermark (including graphics) yes
Vertical page adjustment yes
Comprehensive color options for all objects in the score (very useful for teaching purposes) yes
Choice of note fonts and note styles (software includes: six note fonts from renaissance to jazz, can be expanded) yes
Set print size as you like yes yes
Automatic bar numbering with dynamic refresh yes yes
Bar numbering in variable steps, e.g. numbers at every 5th bar yes yes
Printout on any printer supported by Windows and in all paper sizes and formats (letter, legal, A1 – 5, landscape, etc.) yes yes

For notation and computer experts, editors and publishers

Create a new empty score according to the layout/design of an existing one yes yes
Field commands in text objects for page numbering, instrument names or bar number yes yes

General Information

Manual as PDF file yes yes
capella must be activated within 30 days after installation. yes yes