Steinberg Dorico 5 Updates Enhances Playback features, Adds New Workflows and More

Steinberg Dorico 5 improves the music notation software’s playback and note input features, and the free desktop and iPad versions have also been updated.

Already one of the best music notation and composition software apps, Steinberg Dorico has now been updated to version 5 and even better. The new version offers improved playback features, new workflows and additional customisation options.

Having already included expression maps and an integrated key editor, Dorico 5 makes it possible to make your ‘virtual performances’ even more realistic with the addition of Stage Templates. These enable you to move instruments around the stereo field, automatically positioning them in the conventional places on the ‘stage’ depending on your chosen ensemble.

Space Templates focus on the environment in which the performance is taking place – for example a concert hall, a recording studio or a church. A number of convolution reverb presets are provided to mimic the sounds of these locations.

The Pitch Contour Emphasis is designed to aid realism by modelling the dynamics of human musicians, while the inclusion of Groove Agent SE, Steinberg’s virtual drummer software, would make it easier to create real-sounding rhythms.

Other features include Scrub Playback – use this to listen to all the instruments in an arrangement at a specific point and then scrub backwards or forwards to check the harmonies and identify wrong notes.

On the note input front, you can now add markings and notations to multiple instruments in a single operation, saving you time. You also get Key Editor-style editing in the notation view – click and drag notes to move them around and make use of new live editing features that can be controlled exclusively with your mouse.

Throw in new customisation options, more engraving tools and enhancements for the free Dorico and Dorico for iPad – these now enable users to write for ensembles of up to eight players (previously only two) – and the cutdown Dorico Elements, and there’s a lot to chew on.

“This release marks the beginning of the next stage of Dorico’s evolution,” says Product Marketing Manager Daniel Spreadbury. “Although the musicians who use Dorico, and the uses they put it to, are incredibly diverse, playback and note input are the two functional areas that every user relies upon, and Dorico 5 strengthens both.

“We are particularly excited about the expansion of the feature set in Dorico Elements 5, and hope that many new users, especially students, will take advantage of the additional value provided at a very attractive price.”

Dorico 5 is available now in several versions, priced from $29.99 to $479.99.

Dorico SE 5 is available as a free download from the Steinberg website, while Dorico for iPad is available for free from the Apple App Store.

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