Steinberg tells us that the future of scoring has got considerably brighter with the release of Dorico 1.1, which they describe as a significant update to their new professional music notation software. Here's all the details direct from Steinberg...
Dorico is the only scoring software that musicians can compose or arrange freely into: its deep knowledge of music theory ensures the music is always clearly and correctly notated, however complex it is and whatever changes are made to it. Dorico produces beautiful sheet music by default: designed by the most experienced notation software development team, Dorico is better at music engraving than almost any human. And Dorico is the only professional scoring program with an integrated piano roll MIDI editor and support for VST Expression.
The new Dorico 1.1 update provides a significant step forward in the application's capability, building on the nearly 500 improvements already delivered in three previous updates since its launch in October 2016.
This release introduces sophisticated support for chord symbols. While chord symbols are added by playing a MIDI keyboard or typing on the computer, Dorico automatically writes chord symbols in any of six pre-set conventions, and lets users tweak the appearance using dozens of options. Dorico is also the only professional scorewriter to support polychords.
Other new features in Dorico 1.1 include:
• Piano pedaling with comprehensive support for advanced techniques -- including partial pedaling, changing the pedal level over time and more;
• New repeat ending lines for 1st and 2nd time bars, perfectly positioned;
• Unique intelligent note spelling for MIDI step input, which automatically avoids common enharmonic errors during input;
• Expanded editing operations, allowing users to move dynamics, slurs, hairpins, octave lines and other notations easily with the mouse, intelligently snapping them to ideal positions;
• New selection features, allowing users to quickly select items of a certain kind for further editing;
• Comprehensive features for precise editing of rhythmic spacing, designed in consultation with experienced professional engravers;
• Expanded import and export features, allowing users to import music from other projects and MusicXML files into a current project, and export sections of a project in Dorico, MIDI, MusicXML and audio formats.
"We are excited to be delivering the features that are most often requested by our customers in this update, and we have done our best to ensure our implementations are better and easier to use than any other software," said Daniel Spreadbury, product marketing manager for Dorico. "Dorico is already being used by professional musicians around the world, and we expect its newly expanded capabilities to help establish it as the scorewriter of the future."
Key features at a glance
• Best automatic notation and engraving of any software
• Easy note input
• Clear user interface
• Excellent results by default -- saves time
• Intelligently adjusts notation as you write
• Any number of movements or pieces in a single project
• Stunning playback -- nearly 1,500 sounds included
• Sequencer-style piano roll MIDI editor
• DTP page layout
• Unbarred music, tuplets across barlines, microtonality, etc. all handled correctly -- no workarounds
• 3,000-plus symbol music font
• Transfer to and from other programs via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.
• Supports VST 3 virtual instruments and effects processors (30 included)
Pricing and Availability:
Dorico 1.1 is available immediately as a free update for existing Dorico users, and new customers buying Dorico for the first time will automatically receive Dorico 1.1 when they install.
Dorico is available from local resellers or directly from the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price is €579 including German VAT. Students and teachers can purchase Dorico at the discounted suggested retail price of €349 including German VAT.
For a limited time, users of Finale and Sibelius can buy a Dorico crossgrade at the special suggested retail price of €299 including German VAT, and a further educational discount is available for students and teachers, allowing them to buy Dorico for just €179 including German VAT. The crossgrade price is available until September 30, 2017.