547: Installing Sibelius Sounds products on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard

Due to an incompatibility between the Vise installer technology and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard, you will need to download the installers for your Sibelius Sounds libraries.

You should also ensure that you have installed the update to Sibelius 5.2.5 before you proceed. Do Help > Check For Updates and check that you are told you are running the latest version of Sibelius.

To install the Sibelius Sounds libraries on Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard click the link below for the appropriate sound library you want to install and save the dmg file. When the download has completed, double-click the downloaded icon on your desktop and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

IMPORTANT: Once the installation has completed insert the original installation DVD for the sound library you are installing and copy all nks or nkx files into the installation folder:

Sibelius Sounds Essentials:

  • Go to Sibelius 5 DVD/Other Applications
  • Copy both Sibelius Sounds Essentials_001.nkx and Sibelius Sounds Essentials_002.nkx files into /Applications/Sibelius Software/Sibelius Sounds/Essentials

Sibelius Sounds World Music:

  • Copy the Sibelius Sounds World Music_001.nkx file into /Applications/Sibelius Software/Sibelius Sounds/World Music

Sibelius Sounds Rock and Pop:

  • Copy both Sibelius_RockPop_Ext_1.nks and Sibelius_RockPop_Ext_2.nks files into /Applications/Sibelius Software/Sibelius Sounds/Rock and Pop

NOTE: Sibelius Sounds Choral does not need a new installer

Older Sibelius Sounds libraries:

If you are upgrading your old sound libraries from Sibelius 3 and 4 to work with Sibelius 5 on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, please go to this page. These products include:

  • Kontakt Gold (from Sibelius 3 and 4)
  • Rock and Pop Collection (from Sibelius 4)
  • GPO Sibelius Edition (from Sibelius 4)

Other Kontakt Player 2-powered sample libraries

Additionally, the following third-party sample libraries resold by Sibelius need to be patched manually to be installed on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Further details about the compatibility of these and other Native Instruments products on Mac OS X 10.5 are available here.

Related Helpcenter articles:

Updated Sibelius 5 sound sets
How to use the Sibelius Sounds libraries with Reverb
Sibelius Sounds updates
for Kontakt Gold, Rock and Pop and GPO Sibelius Edition


5.1 - 5.2.5
09 Apr 2010

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