Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of major new updates to its Dorico family of music notation and composition software. Every member of the family, from the free Dorico for iPad and Dorico SE, through the mid-range Dorico Elements, to the flagship Dorico Pro, is refreshed with powerful new workflows.

With Dorico 4, it’s quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. New features include the Key Editor in Write mode, smart MIDI import, polyphonic MIDI transcription, insert mode scope, melodic and rhythmic transformations, on-screen keyboard, fretboard and drum pads, revamped Play mode and Mixer, native Apple Silicon support, flexible new license management, and more.

Dorico 4 is packed with powerful new features that are designed to accelerate your workflow and make it quicker and easier than ever to go from inspiration to finished product. If you’re a composer, arranger or orchestrator, you’ll be delighted by the sophisticated new tools on offer – and there are improvements across the whole application, whatever your focus.

Dorico 4 features

  • Best automatic engraving of any software.
  • Easy note input using on-screen instruments, MIDI keyboard, or external keyboard.
  • Intelligently adjusts notation as you write.
  • Any number of movements or pieces in a single project.
  • Automatic layout of instrumental parts.
  • Expressive playback using included sounds and effects.
  • Supports VST 3 (Mac, Windows) and Audio Unit (iPad) virtual instruments and effects processors.
  • Revamped Key Editor, with piano roll, velocity and continuous controller editors.
  • Sophisticated chord symbols, unpitched percussion and drum set notation.
  • Unbarred music, tuplets across barlines, etc. all handled correctly — no workarounds.
  • Projects are fully compatible between Mac, Windows, and iPad.
  • Transfer to and from other apps via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.

Dorico Pro 4 is available for purchase for a suggested retail price of 579 EUR / $579.99 USD. Users of Finale and Sibelius can buy a Dorico Pro 4 crossgrade for 299 EUR / $299.99 USD. Dorico Elements 4 is priced 99.99 EUR/USD. Qualifying students and teachers can purchase Dorico at a discounted price.

Dorico SE 4 is available for free and can be downloaded from the Steinberg website starting from today. Dorico for iPad is available to download now for free from the App Store. Additional functionality can be unlocked by purchasing an in-app subscription for 3.99 EUR/USD per month or 39.99 EUR/USD per year. All EUR prices include German VAT.

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 3.5 editions and earlier versions on or after August 25th, 2021, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest respective version.

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