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Professionals and educators
- Professional composers and arrangers
- University/college students
- Professors and instructors
- Film/TV/game media musicians
- Engravers and publishers
Professional music notation
- Easy and fast to learn
- Input via mouse, keyboard or MIDI keyboard
- Unique popovers for efficient input
- Effortlessly create publication-quality music
- Friendly manual and video tutorials
- Write for unlimited instruments
- HALion Symphonic Orchestra included
- Hundreds of customizable options
- Built-in desktop publishing
- Automatic linked cues
- Divisi, ossias and extra staves
- Total font choice and control
- Tweak the appearance of every item
- Explode and Reduce arranging tools
Dorico: The music notation software for the 21st century - Dorico helps you to write music notation, producing printed results of exceptional quality — and plays it back with breathtaking realism. It is easy enough for anyone to learn, yet has hundreds of advanced notations, features, options and sounds to satisfy even the most demanding professionals. In the future, nobody will use anything else.
Music composing & writing with Dorico - Compose - Composing, arranging — or just writing and printing out music — is made much quicker and more efficient with Dorico. Thanks to its intelligent design, it automatically adjusts the notation as you write. With nearly 1,500 sounds included, arrangements can be played back with exceptional realism and, with no workarounds needed for advanced notation, Dorico produces excellent results much more quickly than has been possible before.
Learn - With its streamlined, natural user interface, students and those with less experience in scoring can compose and arrange straight into Dorico, making learning the language of music notation much faster and more intuitive. Editing and making changes — such as instrument, time signature or key — are straightforward, with the notation instantly and correctly adapting to include them, reinforcing the learning outcome. For teachers, producing teaching materials and hand-outs that mix music and text is easy, and it’s never been quicker to adapt arrangements for your band, orchestra or other school ensemble.
Publish - Dorico is the perfect tool for music engraving, publishing and copying. It automatically lays out pages of balance and beauty, with comprehensive collision avoidance and advanced algorithms that handle almost any musical context with ease. Music made with Dorico has the look of the finest traditionally engraved music, and the software provides tweaking tools to satisfy the most demanding professional. Producing high-quality, crystal-clear scores for selling or performance has never been faster or easier.
- 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.
What others say
“This software basically does most of the work for you besides actually writing music and it truly feels like you’re dealing with artificial notation intelligence.”
— Robin Hoffmann, composer, arranger and orchestrator
“I input and engraved three string quartet arrangements, printed them, and had them recorded live – all in 10 hours. I used Finale for 18 years, but after only three months I’m already faster in Dorico than I ever was in Finale.”
— Shane Mickelsen, composer, conductor, producer
"I have said it before but I must say it again; the output from Dorico is really extraordinarily beautiful."
— Goran Arnberg, pianist, arranger and composer
"Dorico has revolutionised the way I write music. It supports my creative process, allowing the fluid development of musical ideas. And the print quality is sublime!"
— Thomas Hewitt Jones, composer
What's new in Dorico 2 - Dorico 2.1 is a big step into the future, with powerful new features for composing to video, MIDI automation, smart staff management tools, rhythm slashes, repeat bars, and other improvements for producing scores, parts and mock-ups for film, TV, games, jazz, and other commercial music.
Music for media - Dorico 2 is packed with tools for composers, arrangers, orchestrators and copyists working in film, TV and video games. From seamless support for video to powerful new tools for tempo and MIDI automation, Dorico 2 is ready for its close-up.
Put your music in the picture - Dorico 2 introduces best-in-class support for composing to picture. Using the same powerful new video engine found in Cubase and Nuendo, attach a video to your project. Play it back via the dedicated video window and see thumbnails in Play mode. Add markers at crucial points in the action and display them in the score. Use the new tempo automation controls in Play mode to line markers up with beats or find a tempo for the whole cue.
Automation action - New tools in Play mode allow you to edit the tempo and dynamics of your music graphically, applying default curves to provide more nuance to gradual tempo and dynamic changes. Add lanes for MIDI controllers and draw data to bring your music to life. With Dorico 2’s new automation tools you can add realism and nuance to the virtual performance of your music, taking it one step closer to the stage or concert hall without leaving your music notation software.
Large time signatures - Dorico 2 introduces support for two conventions for time signatures: one for the scoring stage, and the other for the concert hall. It’s simple to show a time signature centered on every bracket, with a choice of using the traditional bold serif numerals, a narrower version of the traditional numerals, or tall thin sans serif numerals. It’s equally easy to show time signatures above the staff, with complete control over size, position, and typeface.
Rock, pop and jazz - Writing for your rhythm section has never been easier. Dorico already had the best chord symbols and fastest part layout tools of any music notation software – now Dorico 2 adds the best and most flexible rhythm slashes and repeat bars.
Rhythm slashes - Dorico 2’s unique support for slashes as a new type of voice on any instrument enables powerful new workflows: copy music from one instrument and paste it to another as slashes; change any melodic or chordal material into slashes; quickly input slashes with or without stems on any instrument. Furthermore, you can also select a range of bars and make Dorico fill them with slashes, dynamically taking into account the correct meter so that as your arrangement evolves, your slashes always reflect the current beat grouping without you ever having to touch them.
Bar repeats - Bar repeats are special symbols drawn in the middle of the bar that tell the performer to play the music from the preceding fully-notated bar or bars again. Dorico 2 allows you to quickly create bar repeats by clicking and dragging to fill bars with bar repeat symbols, with sophisticated options for grouping and numbering the bars.
Petaluma handwritten music font - Included with Dorico 2 is a brand new handwritten music font family called Petaluma. Inspired by the hand-copying style of a famous series of jazz standards books, Petaluma includes more than 1350 musical symbols, and more than 500 alphanumeric characters. Loose yet precise, casual yet clear, Petaluma gives your charts a relaxed and familiar look.
Swing and repeats playback - Dorico 2.1 introduces comprehensive support for swing playback, with the amount of swing varying with the tempo: swing is more pronounced at slower tempos, and straighter when the music is faster. Change the swing feel anywhere in the project, or even have just one player swinging while everybody else plays straight. Repeat structures now play back automatically, making it easy to follow the musical structure of a song or number with multiple repeated sections.
Workflow - Dorico 2 handles more demanding score preparation tasks than ever without breaking a sweat: its unique features for handling divisi passages will save you countless hours. And the most flexible input and editing tools of any scoring software have been further enhanced with fast and powerful new arranging tools.
Smart staff management - The most demanding score layout tasks are transformed with Dorico Pro 2’s new smart staff management tools. Complex divided string sections are easy to manage with the introduction of support for divisi. Add or remove staves from any instrument at any point, making laying out even the most complex music for keyboard and mallet percussion simple and fast. Add ossia staves above or below any instrument, to show alternatives, ornament realizations, and more.
System track - Introducing a new tool to add and delete bars, select and copy music. The system track appears unobtrusively above the top staff of the system, only coming to the fore when you need it.
Essential tools for arrangers - Being able to quickly distribute music between different numbers of players is an essential tool in the arranger’s tool box. Explode and Reduce allow you to quickly paste music to more or fewer players, and multipaste allows you to paste material to multiple instruments in a single step. You’ll wonder how you lived without them.
Support for NotePerformer 3 - NotePerformer from Wallander Instruments is a unique virtual instrument specifically designed for use with music notation software. Dorico 2 and the new NotePerformer 3 are ideal companions: for users who want great playback direct from the markings in the score without doing any MIDI programming, NotePerformer is a great choice. More details on NotePerformer and a 30-day trial can be found at www.noteperformer.com.
And much more
- Dorico 2 also includes a number of other smaller improvements, including:
- Export each flow to a separate audio track, or export stems by exporting each player to a separate file
- Comprehensive support for playback of microtonal music, with nothing to configure and set up
- New tools for part preparation include improvements to multi-bar rests, and a feature to propagate formatting from one part layout to others in a single click
- New Shift+R popover for single- and multi-note tremolos and repeat endings
- Multipaste allows you to paste multiple copies of notes and other items in a single operation
- Make any selection of existing notes into a tuplet with any ratio of your choosing
- New dialogs for editing and creating playing techniques and noteheads
- Dynamics, playing techniques and text items can erase their background, to improve their appearance when crossing barlines and staff lines
- Text items can now have a border, with customizable thickness and padding
- …and more.
|Accidentals||Normal & double only||Normal, double, microtonal, custom|
|Bar numbers||Single format||Multiple formats|
|Barline types||Normal, double, final, repeat||Comprehensive|
|Clefs||7 presets||26 presets|
|Custom note and rest groupings||•|
|Custom brackets and braces||•|
|Chord symbols||Single preset||9 presets, fully customizable|
|Divisi for divided string sections||•|
|Drum set notation||•||•|
|Fanned beams and stemlets||•|
|Holds and pauses||•||•|
|Key signatures||Up to 7 flats/sharps||Fully customizable|
|Noteheads||30 presets||30 presets, fully customizable|
|Octave lines||Limited||Fully customizable|
|Change no. staves for instrument||•|
|Pedal lines||Limited||Fully customizable|
|Playing techniques||220 presets||Customizable|
|Single- and multi-note tremolos||•||•|
|Unpitched orchestral/band percussion||Limited||Customizable|
|Includes sounds||1500 (2GB library)||2000+ (8GB library)|
|General MIDI sounds||•||•|
|HALion Sonic SE production sounds||•||•|
|HALion Symphonic Orchestra||•|
|VST Expression Maps||•||•|
|Supports third-party VSTs||•||•|
|Interpretation of notations||Fixed||Customizable|
|Playback of repeats||•||•|
|Playback of dynamics||•||•|
|Playback of tempo changes||•||•|
|Edit automation data||•||•|
|Add page and system breaks||•||•|
|Dedicated Engrave mode||•|
|Edit vertical spacing||•|
|Edit rhythmic spacing||•|
|Tweak individual items graphically||•|
|Customizable engraving options||•|
|Set defaults for beaming, voices, etc.||•|
|Use other text fonts||Limited||Fully customizable|
|Use other music fonts||•|
|Automatic collision avoidance||•||•|
|Multiple staff sizes||•||•|
|Note spacing settings||Limited||Fully customizable|
|Staff and system spacing||Automatic||Fully customizable|
|Change page and staff size||•||•|
|Custom page layout||•|
|Custom note spacing||Limited||Full control|
|Custom key signatures||•|
|Custom playing techniques||•|
|Custom text fonts||Limited||Fully customizable|
|Custom music fonts||•|
|Custom chord symbols|
|Input & Editing|
|Explode and Reduce||•|
|Paste into Voice||•|
|Import & Export|
|Export audio (WAV, MP3)||•||•|
|Print multiple copies||•||•|
|Booklet, 2-up, spreads||•||•|