A few years ago Steinberg established an R&D center with a new development team in London — many of whom came over from Sibelius. Their task was to develop a next-generation professional scoring software for composers, arrangers, engravers, copyists and educators.
Now, Steinberg has provided an overview of the powerful feature set to be included in the initial major release of Dorico.
Designed to combine power with simplicity, Dorico sports a single-window user interface that comprises high-performance tools and versatile page layout options that place a clear focus on a smooth workflow.
Dorico has an impressive list of features including the ability to work entirely in open meter or to freely rebar existing music, while maintaining clear and unambiguous rhythmic notation at all times. Dorico allows composers to experiment freely with musical ideas, including inserting music within an existing passage, or changing the durations of existing notes, and have correct notation produced automatically after every step. The application also provides capabilities for project management, allowing users to easily produce works with an unlimited number of staves and movements, sections or pieces within the same project. Dorico facilitates the creation of various score layouts with independent page size, staff size and system layout, powered by a desktop publishing-quality page layout engine.
Dorico’s graphical output is intended to uphold the centuries-old craft of fine music engraving, with attention to even the smallest of details. Taking every subtlety into account, Dorico aims to fulfill the aesthetic demands of the most discerning engravers and publishers, providing extensive capabilities for graphical tweaking and editing.
Building on Steinberg’s award-winning audio engine, Dorico comes with a host of sumptuous VST instruments and effects, including HALion Sonic SE and the entire HALion Symphonic Orchestra library.
Steinberg’s Product Marketing Manager, Daniel Spreadbury, commented: “After working on Dorico for more than three years, we are excited to finally announce its name and forthcoming availability. All of us on the Dorico team are dedicated to building the best, most beautiful and most useful tool for working with music notation, and we will continue to work hard over the next few months to refine the application before the first version is available for everybody to try for themselves. This is just the beginning of the journey, and we look forward to working with our user community to continue to shape Dorico into the ultimate tool for composing, arranging and publishing music.”
“We are pleased that such a highly respected team of developers joined the Steinberg family. By combining our expertise we shall be able to provide an even wider range of powerful solutions for our customers,” said Frank Simmerlein, marketing director for Steinberg.
Dorico will retail for 579 Euros or 349 Euros for teachers and students.