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Dorico – the New Notation Software from Steinberg

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Dan The Man There have been 0 comments


For many years there were primarily just one or two major players in the notation software category. With Steinberg’s many years of expertise, and a whole lot of R&D, a new notation platform has been born. Meet Steinberg Dorico, the Advanced Music Notation System.

Dorico is set to redefine the standard in scoring software. With built-in musical intelligence it’s like having an expert assistant by your side, while its intuitive workflows help you focus on each aspect of score preparation. According to Steinberg ‘Dorico’s output equals the finest music engraving, and brings music to life through Steinberg’s award-winning audio engine’.


Here’s some of the highlights:

  • Next-generation 64-bit scoring software for OS X and Windows, designed by musicians for musicians
  • Beautiful engraved output with unrivaled 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, conductor 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
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz and flexible routing for virtual instrument and effect playback
  • Compatible with VST 3 virtual instruments and effects processors
  • Outstanding 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

Steiberg Dorico – How to Buy:

Dorico is available as both retail and education versions, where education pricing is available to eligible customers, including students, teachers and institutes.

There are also retail and education ‘crossgrade’ versions, that offer a discount for customers who already own a competing product, ie. those that hold a license of a full version (EDU or retail) of Sibelius or Finale. Proof of ownership is required to be eligible for a crossgrade version.


Education volume discounts are also available:

  • 5-9 licenses: 15% off

  • 10-14 licenses: 20% off

  • 25+ licenses: 25% off


Volume discounts can also be offered on crossgrades, so if you are an institution that already owns multiple licenses of either Sibelius, Notion or Finale, then you should take advantage of this, making the cost of moving over to Dorico quite affordable.

For more information on educational site licences, please contact [email protected]


Dorico Pricing (as of October 2016):

Software authorisation:

Dorico can use either a ‘Soft-eLicenser’ which allows the software to be activated on a single computer, or alternatively the license can be transferred to a USB-eLicenser that can be moved from computer to computer.


System requirements:

64-bit Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or macOS 12 Sierra.
Intel or AMD dual core CPU. 8 GB RAM recommended (4 GB minimum).
12 GB free storage space.
Display resolution of 1,920 x 1,280 or greater recommended (1,366 x 768 minimum).
DVD-ROM drive for software installation using included optical media.
OS-compatible audio hardware.
Internet connection required for activation, account setup and personal product registration.
Additional downloads will be required for installation.


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