Steinberg Media Technologies has announced the release of the latest version of its professional music notation software, Dorico 3.5. The update covers the whole family of Dorico products: Pro, Elements and the free SE.
Pitch before duration input
Steinberg has introduced a new input method in Dorico 3.5 to provide convenient tools for trying out ideas during the composition process. It is now possible to specify the pitch of a note before its duration, allowing composers to try out melodies and chords without inputting them, and committing them to the score only when the duration is specified.
Richer, smarter VST Expression Maps
Dorico 3.5 introduces new tools for handling sample libraries through its expanded VST Expression Maps editor, with conditional switches, eg 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.
Dorico 3.5 expands its 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, quickly add figures to any bass part, and choose how they should appear with a complete set of engraving options. The figures adapt automatically to a change of bass note.
Condensing for divisi
One of the most time-saving features of Dorico Pro 3, the ability to automatically create a condensed conductor’s score with a single click, is further extended in Dorico Pro 3.5 with support for condensed divisi for string section players.
Product Marketing Manager for Dorico, Daniel Spreadbury, said:
‘We are excited to bring Dorico 3.5 to musicians around the world today. 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.’
For more information about Dorico, or to download the free 30-day trial version, visit www.steinberg.net/dorico.
Availability and pricing
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 €579; download only is available for €559
- Students and teachers can purchase Dorico Pro 3.5 at the discounted suggested retail price of €359
- Users of Finale and Sibelius can buy a Dorico Pro 3.5 crossgrade at the special suggested retail price of €299 (box) or €279 (download), and a further educational discount is available for students and teachers, allowing them to buy Dorico Pro 3.5 for just €179 (box) or €159 (download)
- The suggested retail price for Dorico Elements 3.5 is €99, and qualifying students and teachers can buy Dorico Elements 3.5 for €66.99
All mentioned prices include German VAT.
Dorico SE 3.5 is available free and can be downloaded from the Steinberg website.
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.