Steinberg Media Technologies have announced details of their highly anticipated music notation software, Dorico. It will be available from UCan Play from the autumn onwards at a highly preferential price for education customers.

You can find out a bit more about who Dorico was and why the software is named after him here. Whilst Steinberg have only released a few images of the new software, their recent press release tells us that:

With its perfect combination of power and simplicity, Dorico holds the key to unlock a whole new world of musical creativity. Its easy and straightforward single-window user interface comprises high-performance tools and versatile page layout options that place a clear focus on a smooth workflow.

Dorico provides the most flexible note input and editing functionality of any scoring application, including the ability to work entirely in open meter or to freely rebar existing music, while maintaining clear and unambiguous rhythmic notation at all times. Only Dorico allows composers to experiment freely with musical ideas, including seamlessly inserting music within an existing passage, or changing the durations of existing notes, and have correct notation produced automatically after every step. The application also provides unique capabilities for project management, allowing users to easily produce works with an unlimited number of staves and movements, sections or pieces within the same project. Dorico facilitates the creation of various score layouts with independent page size, staff size and system layout, powered by a desktop publishing-quality page layout engine.

Key features of the new software will include:

  • Next-generation 64-bit scoring software for OS X and Windows, designed by musicians for musicians;
  • Beautiful engraved output with unrivaled attention to detail;
  • Flexible note input and powerful editing, including ability to insert and change duration of existing notes;
  • Streamlined, single-window interface puts every tool at your fingertips;
  • Powerful score management features to handle multiple independent pieces of music within the same project;
  • Unlimited number of staves and movements, sections, or pieces within the same project;
  • Easily create layouts for full scores and instrumental parts with independent page size, staff size and system layout;
  • Use your computer keyboard or MIDI keyboard to input music quickly and efficiently;
  • Superior note spacing with optical kerning of adjacent elements, with tighter default spacing and no rhythmic distortion;
  • Import and export in MusicXML, MIDI and graphics formats;
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with flexible routing for virtual instrument and effect playback;
  • Compatible with VST 3 virtual instruments and effects processors;
  • Outstanding virtual instruments with more than 1,500 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2 workstation and complete HALion Symphonic Orchestra library;
  • Suite of high-end VST effect processors, including channel strip modules (compressor, EQ, limiter) and convolution reverb.

Steinberg describe Dorico as having five modes or phases: Setup, Write, Engrave, Play and Print. The idea is to create an intuitive, structured and organised workflow to allow the user to focus on the task at hand rather than being overwhelmed with everything all at once. There is an interesting opinion piece on the software here that provides some further details.

Dorico will be available from UCan Play on release. We’ll be able to offer a preferential price to our education customers so do get in touch to discus pricing and to place pre-orders for the software.