Dorico is born
In 2011, a group of developers who had over 100 years combined knowledge working on the notation program Sibelius were acquired by Steinberg (makers of Cubase and a Yamaha company since 2006). They were given the opportunity to start with a blank canvas and design a notation program for the 21st Century.
They started with engraving tomes such as “Behind Bars” by Elaine Gould and “The Art of Music Engraving and Processing” by Ted Ross, building the details of those books and other sources into notation algorithms. In October 2016 they released their notation program Dorico, named after the 16th century Italian music typographer, Valerio Dorico.
As they had started with a clean slate, they were able to build in flexibility such as open meter (which enables the user to be more free to compose), and no penalties when you change your mind — for example, the algorithms in Dorico can correctly re-notate music that was in 3/4 into 6/8 for example.
They focussed on making sure the rhythmic spacing of the notes was not interrupted and spaced items intelligently to avoid collisions — the result being that without any tweaking, the printed page automatically looks more beautiful. A powerful desktop publishing engine was also added to enable multiple layout options and reduce publishers’ reliance on other graphics programs to help achieve the printed excellence they demand. Creating worksheets in a notation program has never been easier!
There are sequencer-style options so the user can make changes like never before in a notation program. No longer do they have to switch to a DAW (digital audio workstation) to graphically adjust the played note lengths separately from the notated view of the score. Users also have direct control over VST effects and sample libraries for added realism – enhancing the composition process and spurring creativity.