More Time for Music: Dorico 3
Condensing: Exclusive to Dorico Pro 3The headline improvement in Dorico Pro 3 is the ability to produce a condensed conductor's score automatically. In a condensed score, music for multiple players — for example, two flutes or four horns — is written on a smaller number of staves, reducing the number of staves that must be included, allowing each staff to be larger relative to the page, and making the score easier to read. However, in existing music notation software, the process of producing a condensed score is extremely laborious, and always involves maintaining a separate document from which the individual instrumental parts are printed, meaning that editorial changes need to be made in two or more places. Producing a correct and clear condensed score has always relied on the judgement of an experienced human editor. With deadlines ever shorter, and budgets ever tighter, the cost in time and money of producing a condensed score is simply too great for many projects.
Tablature and guitar notationDorico 3 also introduces tablature for fretted instruments, and greatly expands its capabilities in guitar notation. Dorico is the only professional music notation software where notation and tablature are dynamically linked, so that edits made in one representation are automatically reflected in the other. You can edit the number of strings, number of frets, and even the fret spacing for any fretted instrument, allowing Dorico to handle writing tab for unusual instruments like banjo and dulcimer with ease. Common guitar notations such as bends, slides, and harmonics are all included and are easy to input and use. Dorico 3 also brings chord diagrams for guitar and other fretted instruments, with a library of common shapes and an editor to quickly and easily define one's own chords.
For classical guitar, Dorico 3 introduces comprehensive support for left- and right-hand fingering and string indicators. Guitar music is challenging to lay out because of the density of annotations on every side of each note and chord, but Dorico 3 handles all of this automatically, producing layouts that closely match the most refined traditional engraving, and saving an enormous amount of time.
All of these guitar-focused features are included in both Dorico Pro 3 and in the entry-level Dorico Elements 3, putting comprehensive support for tablature and guitar notation into a well-rounded package for the guitarist who also wants to write for other instruments.
Even more new featuresOther new features and capabilities in Dorico 3 include:
- Comprehensive support for harp pedal changes, including automatic calculation of harp pedal diagrams, displaying partial diagrams, and even marking notes that cannot be played with the current pedal settings.
- Customizable playback templates, making it easy to configure Dorico to use one's own virtual instruments and reuse those settings in future projects.
- New editors in Play mode for note velocity and pitch bend.
- Independent routing of individual voices on an instrument to different channels or even completely different devices, bringing much greater flexibility in how music can sound.
- Olympus Choir Micro choral samples from leading virtual instrument developer Soundiron, who have brought their beautiful vocal sounds to the HALion platform.
- Users can leave reminders for themselves or for collaborators using the new Comments panel, easily reply to existing comments and export a formatted list for proof-reading.
- Group playing techniques together and show arrows or other lines to indicate a gradual transition from one technique to another.
- Show bar numbers at multiple vertical positions in the system.
- Easily control where chord symbols should appear for solo passages.
- Automatic notation of natural and artificial harmonics for guitar and string instruments.
Availability and pricingDorico is available from local resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for the boxed version of Dorico Pro 3 is US $579.99; download only is available for US $559.99. Students and teachers can purchase Dorico Pro 3 at the discounted suggested retail price of US $359.99. Users of Finale and Sibelius can buy a Dorico Pro 3 crossgrade at the special suggested retail price of US $299.99 (box) or US $279.99 (download), and a further educational discount is available for students and teachers, allowing them to buy Dorico Pro 3 for just US $179.99 (box) or US $159.99 (download).
The suggested retail price for Dorico Elements 3 is US $99.99, and qualifying students and teachers can buy Dorico Elements 3 for just US $66.99.
Various downloadable updates and upgrades, crossgrades, and education versions are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop and the Steinberg website.
Customers who have activated Dorico 2 editions and earlier versions on or after August 8, 2019, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest respective version.
- 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.