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Dorico Elements

Music Notation Software by Steinberg
Dorico Elements
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Dorico Elements

Dorico Elements is the entry-level member of the Dorico product family. Dorico Elements includes many of the powerful and time-saving features of Dorico Pro. With a simple user interface that is quick to master, Dorico Elements provides fluid input and editing, beautiful graphical notation, and great-sounding playback, delivering results that maintain the overall standard for which Dorico is renowned.

Composing, arranging — or just writing and printing out music — is made much quicker and more efficient with Dorico. Thanks to its intelligent design, it automatically adjusts the notation as you write. With nearly 1,500 sounds included, arrangements can be played back with exceptional realism and, with no workarounds needed for advanced notation, Dorico produces excellent results much more quickly than has been possible before.


With its streamlined, natural user interface, students and those with less experience in scoring can compose and arrange straight into Dorico, making learning the language of music notation much faster and more intuitive. Editing and making changes — such as instrument, time signature or key — are straightforward, with the notation instantly and correctly adapting to include them, reinforcing the learning outcome. For teachers, producing teaching materials and hand-outs that mix music and text is easy, and it's never been quicker to adapt arrangements for your band, orchestra or other school ensemble:

  • Home users and students.
  • Amateur composers and arrangers.
  • Secondary students.
  • Instrumental teachers.
  • Church/worship musicians.
  • Songwriters.
  • Entry-level music notation.
  • Easy and fast to learn.
  • Input via mouse, keyboard or MIDI keyboard.
  • Unique popovers for efficient input.
  • Effortlessly create publication-quality music.
  • Friendly manual and video tutorials.
  • Write for up to 12 instruments.
  • Basic sound library included.
  • Beautiful output by default.

Key Editor in Write mode

With the introduction of a dedicated Key Editor in the lower zone in Write mode, it's now easier than ever to shape the MIDI performance of your music notation. The view is automatically kept in sync, so you'll never get lost. Edit continuous controllers, dynamics and velocities in line with your music notation – produce mock-ups and rehearsal tracks more quickly in Dorico 4.

Smart MIDI import

Bringing MIDI data into music notation software from a large orchestral template in a DAW can take hours, meticulously copying and pasting music from one staff to another, deciphering track names to work out what instrument and playing technique they might represent. Dorico 4 changes all this at a stroke, introducing a powerful new MIDI import workflow that intelligently interprets incoming tracks, and remembers your choices for future imports.

Polyphonic MIDI transcription

Whether you're using the new smart MIDI import workflow or recording music in real-time from your MIDI keyboard, Dorico 4 now automatically separates the music you play into separate voices, producing a much cleaner transcription of your input than ever before. With melodies, bass lines and inner textures automatically captured, you're several steps closer to your end product as soon as you have finished recording.

Melodic and rhythmic transformations

Common melodic and rhythmic transformations such as rotation, inversion and reversal are now all just one click away – and unlike plug-ins or add-ons in other music notation software, these tools are deeply integrated, and work not only on notes themselves, but on all other notations, including slurs, dynamics, playing techniques, and so on. Transform music from one scale to another, or perform complex pitch mapping. And everything can be driven from a popover in just a few keystrokes, too.

Flexible new license management

Dorico 4 uses Steinberg's new identity-based license management system: simply sign in with your Steinberg ID, and you're up and running in moments. Run Dorico 4 on three computers with a single-user license by signing in on each machine. Say goodbye to the eLicenser forever.

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Dorico Elements

Reviewed By bagelfish [all]
April 25th, 2020
Version reviewed: 3.1.10 on Mac

I really didn't want to invest in another notation program. After trying the free version for a short time I realised just how quickly I could enter and compose scores. Elements does restrict some of the layout functions and the number of instruments. I am using the downloaded version which doesn't allow use on more than one computer. The electronic licensing felt a bit complicated but so far it has worked ok.

With any comprehensive program there is a learning curve but the logical design makes this fairly painless. I'm still learning but really enjoying the process. Somehow the controls seem to encourage experimentation during composition. Halion and the provided instruments produce a reasonable sound but it is easy to use alternative VST libraries.

I feel a further investment in the pro version, maybe to celebrate the lifting of lockdown.

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