Dorico has been eagerly anticipated since it’s announcement in May. Our friends at Steinberg tell us it will be shipping next week. Here’s what to expect.
Cubase has always had a strong scoring element. It used to have it’s own version above the regular version of Cubase. But being contained within a DAW is not necessarily the best place for it. Scoring requires some different approaches and workflows to other forms of music production. Steinberg have been working on Dorico for a long time. They’ve brought all their expertise to bear upon it, including the original core developers of Sibelius, and worked with musicians and composers to ensure that Dorico “raises the bar for scoring software.” Sounds like fun!
They have the opportunity to start from scratch rather than building upon an existing legacy and so they can do things differently. There are five distinct modes within Dorico – Setup, Write, Engrave, Play and Print. The interface is designed to keep the focus on the tools you need for what mode you are currently using. Toolbars all slide out of the way, conductor and instruments scores can be tabbed and split to show both at once.
The layout has been designed with the help of engravers to ensure the correct spacing between notes and the most elegant results. Also, within Play mode, you have a Cubase-like view with piano roll editor and arrangement possibilities that you don’t usually find in a notation program.
Dorico comes with the complete HALion Symphonic Orchestra library. It covers all the usual instruments and combinations, with common articulations, expression and playing techniques. There’s also a over 1300 sounds from the more general palette of HALion Sonic SE 2.
Overwhelmed by features
There’s far too much in Dorico to talk about in a short article. For the full list of features, videos, tutorials and detailed information then please head over the Steinberg website.
Dorico will be available on the 19th October for MacOS and Windows for £468 or £281 for the educational version and there’s a crossgrade offer from Finale, Notion or Sibelius for £241 or £144 educational.