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Dorico Pro

Music Notation Software by Steinberg

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from Finale (Retail, Academic. Theological) Sibelius (Retail, Professional, Educational, Academic)

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Dorico Pro

Dorico redefines the gold standard in scoring software. Built from the ground up with today's multi-core 64-bit CPUs in mind, Dorico will take advantage of all of your system's horsepower while the intuitive workflows help you focus on each aspect of score preparation. The beauty and balance of Dorico's output is unrivaled, with hundreds of options to control every aspect of your music's appearance. And with Steinberg's award-winning audio engine at its heart, Dorico allows you to use your VST instruments and effects to produce great-sounding playback too.

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.


Dorico is the perfect tool for music engraving, publishing and copying. It automatically lays out pages of balance and beauty, with comprehensive collision avoidance and advanced algorithms that handle almost any musical context with ease. Music made with Dorico has the look of the finest traditionally engraved music, and the software provides tweaking tools to satisfy the most demanding professional. Producing high-quality, crystal-clear scores for selling or performance has never been faster or easier.

Exceptional engraving

Dorico engraves music better than almost any human can – producing beautifully clear results all by itself. And clearer results mean more accurate sight-reading, and shorter rehearsals.

We spent years consulting experienced engravers, leading music publishers, and hundreds of books and scores, to design the world's most sophisticated engraving algorithms. No other program incorporates anything like this level of expertise.

Attention has been lavished on every detail, from the meticulous design of the 3000 symbol Bravura font, to positioning rules for every notated element. Dorico can space music more tightly than any other program, tucking and kerning accidentals, etc. so that fast rhythms aren't distorted.

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.


  • Best automatic engraving of any software.
  • Easy note input.
  • Intelligently adjusts notation as you write.
  • Any number of movements or pieces in a single project.
  • Automatic layout of instrumental parts, including unique linked cues.
  • Stunning playback — nearly 1,500 sounds included.
  • Supports VST 3 virtual instruments and effects processors (30 included).
  • Sequencer-style piano roll MIDI editor.
  • DTP page layout.
  • Sophisticated chord symbols, unpitched percussion and drum set notation.
  • Unbarred music, tuplets across barlines, microtonality, etc. all handled correctly — no workarounds.
  • Transfer to and from other programs via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.


  • Accidentals: Normal, double, microtonal, custom.
  • Multiple format Bar numbers.
  • Bar repeats.
  • Normal, double, final, repeat Barline types.
  • 26 Clefs presets.
  • Custom note and rest groupings.
  • Custom brackets and braces.
  • 9 presets, fully customizable Chord symbols.
  • Cues.
  • Divisi for divided string sections.
  • Drum set notation.
  • Dynamics.
  • Fanned beams and stemlets.
  • Fully customizable Key signatures.
  • Holds and pauses.
  • Lyrics.
  • 30 presets, fully customizable Noteheads.
  • Fully customizable Octave lines.
  • Ornaments.
  • Ossia staves.
  • Change no. staves for instrument.
  • Customizable Page numbers.
  • Fully customizable Pedal lines.
  • Customizable Playing techniques.
  • Customizable Rehearsal marks.
  • Repeat endings.
  • Rhythm slashes.
  • Single- and multi-note tremolos.
  • Tempo markings.
  • Customizable Unpitched orchestral/band percussion.

Crossgrade Details
Users of Sibelius Ultimate, Sibelius, Finale, and Finale Print Music can crossgrade to Dorico Pro 3 at a reduced cost.

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Dorico Pro

Reviewed By Christian_R [all]
September 29th, 2023
Version reviewed: 5 on Mac

Dorico is a fantastic and revolutionary software to notate, engrave, play and print music. In every aspect of music notation the Dorico Team (that previously developed Sibelius) was able to invent a workflow that is perfectly suited for the composer who want to be able to compose in the fly directly into the software. The note input and editing functionalities are truly revolutionary. You can also use the Dorico SE version FREE! And then decide later to upgrade. I strongly recommend Dorico 5 to all composers, arrangers, music teachers, and also amateurs. You will love it.

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