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Introducing Dorico 3

Notation software has never been this smart.

Dorico 3 has arrived. The latest version of Steinberg’s state-of-the-art notation application brings with it many new capabilities and improvements. Available in two versions — Dorico Pro 3 and Dorico Elements 3 — it offers a comprehensive collection of music notation tools, including numerous “smart” features. Some of the highlights include:

– Automatic condensed scores: Condensed conductor’s scores put multiple related instruments, such as two flutes or four horns, on the same staff. The idea is that with fewer staves, more of the score can fit on a page, thus improving its readability. Other notation applications require you to manually combine instrument parts, which is both time-consuming and tedious; here, it’s done automatically. With Dorico 3, once you’ve entered the music for the various parts into the program, all it takes is a single keystroke to create a condensed score … and Dorico determines the most efficient way to condense it.

Sheet music.

Two flute staves (below) condensed to one (above).

– Tablature and Guitar Notation: Dorico 3 adds support for tablature for guitar and other fretted instruments, all dynamically linked to the notation: If you make an edit in the tablature, it’s instantly reflected in the notation, and vice versa. Dorico’s tablature support is also totally customizable, allowing you to create a tab for virtually any fretted instrument, including banjo, resonator guitar, dulcimer, and more. The number of strings and frets in a part can be completely customized, and you can add bends, slides and other guitar-specific performance notations.

Sheet music.

Dorico 3 adds support for tablature.

– Automatic notation of harmonics: Guitar and other stringed instrument parts often contain both natural and artificial harmonics, and Dorico 3 can notate them automatically.

Musical notation.

Notated harmonics in guitar parts.

– Improved classical-guitar notation features include left- and right-hand fingering, as well as string indicators.

– Smart harp pedaling: Harp notation has its own specific needs, particularly concerning pedals. Dorico 3 includes automatic calculation of harp pedal diagrams, as well as display of partial diagrams. It also marks notes that cannot be played with the current pedal settings.

Musical notation.

Smart harp pedaling.

– Customizable playback templates allow you to save setups that feature your virtual instruments. It’s a real time-saver because you no longer have to configure your instrument setup for each project. Just open the template and go!

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Create custom playback templates.

– New Play Mode editors allow you to edit pitch bend and note velocity.

– Greater flexibility for routing instrument voices. This is particularly important for orchestral scoring, where you often have vast banks of instrument samples. The ability to route instruments to different channels or even to completely different devices gives you much greater control over playback.

– Olympus Choir Micro choral samples from Soundiron bring enhanced vocal sounds to Dorico 3 via the HALion platform.

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Olympus Choir Micro choral samples.

– A new bar numbering option allows you to show bar numbers at multiple vertical positions.

– Improved control over chord-symbol location simplifies their placement in solo passages.

– User comments: You can now leave reminders for yourself or others with the new Comments Panel. You can also reply to existing comments and even export a formatted list for use in proofreading.

 

Click here for more information about Dorico Pro 3 and Dorico Elements 3.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Levine is a writer and editor who has covered the music industry for many years. He's the Technical Editor-Studio for Mix magazine and the former editor of Electronic Musician. Mike has authored four books and reviewed everything from DAWs to plug-ins to interfaces, in addition to interviewing top producers, engineers and musicians. He's produced podcasts and video tutorials and has also written music for numerous national commercials. His compositions have been used on television shows for CNN, the History Channel, A&E and more. A multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, pedal steel and dobro, he’s played concerts, sessions, TV and Broadway shows, in addition to releasing two albums of original music.

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