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Steinberg Dorico 4 major update

Smart MIDI import and powerful new workflow features added

Steinberg Dorico 4

Steinberg have announced the immediate availability of major new updates to its Dorico family of music notation and composition software. Every member of the family, from the free Dorico for iPad and Dorico SE, through the mid-range Dorico Elements, to the flagship Dorico Pro, is refreshed with powerful new workflows.


  • Easy note input using on-screen instruments, MIDI keyboard, or external keyboard
  • Intelligently adjusts notation as you write
  • Any number of movements or pieces in a single project
  • Automatic layout of instrumental parts
  • Expressive playback using included sounds and effects
  • Supports VST 3 (Mac, Windows) and Audio Unit (iPad) virtual instruments and effects processors
  • Revamped Key Editor, with piano roll, velocity and continuous controller editors
  • Sophisticated chord symbols, unpitched percussion and drum set notation
  • Unbarred music, tuplets across barlines, etc. all handled correctly — no workarounds
  • Projects are fully compatible between Mac, Windows, and iPad
  • Transfer to and from other apps via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.

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 thankfully introduces a powerful new MIDI import workflow that intelligently interprets incoming tracks, and remembers the user’s choices for future imports.

Polyphonic MIDI transcription
Whether using the new smart MIDI import workflow or recording music in real time from a MIDI keyboard, Dorico 4 now automatically separates the music played into separate voices, producing a much cleaner transcription than ever before. With melodies, bass lines and inner textures automatically captured.

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 music notation. The view is automatically kept in sync, so users will never get lost. Editing continuous controllers, dynamics and velocities in line with the music notation.

On-screen keyboard, fretboard and drum pads
The lower zone in Write mode houses the Properties panel, the new Key Editor, and the Mixer, plus three new on-screen instruments to make note input quicker than ever — and all of them are touch-enabled for Windows devices with touch screens, like the Microsoft Surface. You can click or tap notes into the score from the piano, input guitar tab directly by touching the string and fret on the fretboard or see all of the percussion instruments at a glance with the drum pads.

Revamped Play mode and Mixer
Play mode has been restructured to make it more streamlined. With the Key Editor now accessible in the lower zone, the track overview has been simplified, with the introduction of a new track inspector on the left providing quick access to routing, channel settings, and more. The Mixer in Dorico 4 has also been rebuilt from the ground up.

Native Apple Silicon support
Dorico 4 now runs natively on Apple’s new M1-powered Macs and some editing operations are now twice as fast on Apple Silicon than on in Intel-powered Macs.

Flexible new license management
Dorico 4 uses Steinberg’s new identity-based license management system and allows you to run it on three computers with a single-user license by signing in on each machine — no need for the USB eLicenser.

Availability and pricing
Dorico is available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for Dorico Pro 4 is €579 or $579.99. Students and teachers can purchase Dorico Pro 4 at the discounted suggested retail price of €359 or $359.99. 

Users of Finale and Sibelius can buy a Dorico Pro 4 cross-grade at the special suggested retail price of €299 or $299.99, and a further educational discount is available for students and teachers, allowing them to buy Dorico Pro 4 for just €179 and $179.99.

The suggested retail price for Dorico Elements 4 is €99.99 or $99.99, and qualifying students and teachers can buy Dorico Elements 4 for just €66.99 or $66.99.

Dorico SE 4 is available for free and can be downloaded from the Steinberg website starting from today.

Dorico for iPad is available to download now for free from the App Store. Additional functionality can be unlocked by purchasing an in-app subscription for €3.99 or $3.99 per month or €39.99 or $39.99 per year.
All Euro prices mentioned include German VAT.

Various downloadable updates and upgrades, cross-grades, and education versions are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop and the Steinberg website. Customers who have activated Dorico 3.5 editions and earlier versions on or after August 25, 2021, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest respective version.

For more information about Dorico, or to download the free 30-day trial version, visit the Steinberg Dorico dedicated site

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