Steinberg has announced the release of the latest version of its professional scoring software, Dorico 3.5, with updates to the entire series of products — Dorico Pro, Dorico Elements, and the free Dorico SE — that build on the capabilities introduced in Dorico 3.0.
Dorico’s step input method previously required users to specify the duration of the note before its pitch, which is convenient when copying out existing music but not always convenient when composing. Dorico 3.5 allows specifying the pitch before duration, allowing users to try out melodies and chords without inputting them, only committing them to the score when the duration to be used is specified.
Dorico 3.5 also introduces new tools for handling sample libraries through its expanded VST Expression Maps editor, with conditional switches — for example, to use a particular sound when a note is shorter than a certain duration in real time — and improved handling for techniques that can be combined with other sounds without needing to define every possible combination in the expression map.
In addition, the new version offers expanded support for early music with comprehensive support for figured bass, complete with its own trademark musical intelligence. Figured bass is a shorthand notation for describing harmony that was in wide usage in European music in the 17th and 18th centuries, written using a system of numerals for intervals above the written bass note. Using a dedicated popover, users can add figures to any bass part and choose how they should appear with a set of engraving options. The figures also adapt automatically to changing the bass note.
Dorico Pro 3’s ability to automatically create a condensed conductor’s score with a single click is extended in Dorico Pro 3.5 with support for condensed divisi for string section players. Other new capabilities in Dorico 3.5 include:
• Users can design their own vertical and horizontal lines with a set of editors (Dorico Pro only).
• Expanded guitar notation, with support for vibrato bar dips, scoops, dives and bends, tapping, and hammer-on/pull-off.
• Quickly show a grid of the guitar chords used in a flow above the first system with a single click.
• Designed for easier slur editing, smarter slur placement, improved collision avoidance, and refined appearance.
• More flexible beaming, including beams that start and end with rests.
• The ability to create additional instrumental parts in different transpositions.
• Quicker navigation of Dorico’s options and properties with new filter and search features.
• Expanded MusicXML export designed to make it more practical to exchange music created in Dorico with users of other software.
“We are excited to bring Dorico 3.5 to musicians around the world today,” says Dorico product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury. “Everything we do is directed towards making it faster and easier to produce music notation that communicates exactly what you want, in exactly the way you want it. The improvements in Dorico 3.5 both allow you to shape your working environment more than ever before, and to achieve better results more quickly than ever.”
Go here to download the free 30-day trial version, Dorico is available from local resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for the boxed version of Dorico Pro 3.5 is U.S. $579.99; download only is available for U.S. $559.99. Students and teachers can purchase Dorico Pro 3.5 at the discounted suggested retail price of U.S. $359.99. Users of Finale and Sibelius can buy a Dorico Pro 3.5 crossgrade at the special suggested retail price of U.S. $299.99 (box) or U.S. $279.99 (download), and an educational download for Finale and Sibelius users is available for students and teachers, allowing them to buy Dorico Pro 3.5 for U.S. $179.99 (box) or U.S. $159.99 (download).
The suggested retail price for Dorico Elements 3.5 is U.S. $99.99, and qualifying students and teachers can buy Dorico Elements 3.5 for U.S. $66.99. Dorico SE 3.5 is available for free and can be downloaded from the Steinberg website starting today. Various downloadable updates and upgrades, crossgrades, and education versions are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop and the Steinberg website.
Customers who have activated Dorico 3 editions and earlier versions on or after April 22, 2020, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest respective version.