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Steinberg announces Dorico Music Notation Software release


Steinberg Media Technologies has announced the release date of its new score writer software, Dorico, scheduled for October 19, 2016.

Dorico offers an uncluttered single-window user interface for both laptops and studio machines, comprising high-performance tools and versatile page layout options that facilitate an efficient workflow. The graphical output gives attention to the finest intricacies of music engraving, fulfilling the aesthetic demands of the most discerning engravers and publishers. Built from the ground up, Dorico takes advantage of 64-bit multi-core processors to ensure seamless scrolling through the music at all times, and it has been designed with high-pixel density, high-resolution displays in mind. Based on Steinberg's audio engine, Dorico comes with a host of VST instruments and effects.

Anthony Hughes, UI/UX designer for Dorico, said, "Music is at the heart of our design philosophy for Dorico. We wanted to build something new and powerful for musicians everywhere that has an inherent musical awareness, is intelligently organized and adapts to your personal preferences. We are extremely excited to be making Dorico available and to see what people create with it."

Steinberg's Product Marketing Manager, Daniel Spreadbury, commented: "Putting this first release into the hands of musicians worldwide is a huge moment for our team, and it's only the beginning. Dorico is already remarkably capable, and we will continue to build on its foundations to make it better and better."

"I'm immensely proud of what our fantastic team has accomplished in creating Dorico. We've seized the opportunity to reimagine how notation software should work in the 21st century and the results you can achieve in the first release of Dorico are truly amazing, " said Ben Timms, head of UK R&D for Dorico.

Features at a glance:

  • 64-bit scoring software for OS X and Windows, designed by musicians for musicians.
  • Engraved output with 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Upcoming events

Steinberg is hosting two events around the release date of Dorico. The first will take place in London, UK, on October 18 while the second is hosted in Vienna, Austria, on October 20. The London-based event will be streamed live through Facebook, YouTube and the Steinberg website. For those who have not registered for the London event, taking place in the evening of October 18, watch the live feed through the Steinberg channels.

Availability and pricing

First announced in May, the full version of Dorico will be available from Steinberg resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop from October 19, 2016, for 579 euros including VAT.

Educational pricing for qualifying teachers and students will be 349 euros including VAT.

A special time-limited crossgrade offer for qualifying Sibelius, Finale and Notion users will be available for 299 euros including VAT.




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