• Dorico SE is free to download and use, allows projects with up to two players, and is ideal for beginning composers and arrangers. Dorico SE brings a number of unique capabilities to free music notation software for the first time, particularly in the area of sound and playback, including: • Sequencer-style Play mode, complete with piano roll editor, velocity editor, automation lanes for MIDI controllers, and a unique new dynamics lane that allows tweaking of the playback effect of dynamic markings written in the score. • Support for all VST 3 instrument and effect plug-ins, in addition to the included HALion Sonic SE 3 sampler with more than 1,000 production-ready sounds, and a suite of 30 effects plug-ins. • A full audio Mixer, with sends and inserts for effects, and a global effects channel. • The same award-winning, high-precision audio engine found in Steinberg’s leading digital audio workstation, Cubase. • Easy export of audio files in MP3 and WAV format.
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Very cool, thanks for posting this. I just finished installing it and it works great. You're allowed two instruments or voices so if you're scoring an ensemble you'll need the full version. My use for notation is for charts for bandmates so I'll see how well this works vs other programs I have like Musescore. Otherwise, it has everything described and no restrictions at all that I can see. It is it's own stand alone program. I had to agree to receive their newsletter and I'm sure I'll get some friendly reminders to upgrade to the full version but that's ok, I don't mind receiving stuff like that from the majors anyway.
Hammond SK1, Kurzweil PC3, Korg Pa3x, Roland FA06, Band in a Box, Real Band, Studio One, too much stuff...
I just downloaded it and yes, you can do chords. I own the full version, so I don't need it, but Steinberg only allows installation on one computer, so it'll be nice to have this on a second computer (my laptop) to be able to do some basic work when i;m away from my main computer.
If I'm understanding correctly, it will only do two instruments, right? For me, that's a deal-killer. Back to MuseScore.
That's for the free, unlimited time version, Dorico SE. Dorico Elements and Dorico Pro have 12 and unlimited instruments (or possibly players?) respectively, and there are also 30-day free trial versions of those.
Some folks seem to be missing my point. I'm trying to compare apples to apples, price-wise. I have yet to run out of instruments in MuseScore and it's free.
MuseScore may not be perfect--it doesn't seem to export MIDI files cleanly, for instance (or didn't, the last time I tried [older version])--but it does a pretty good job for my needs and I can't complain about the price.
I'm not interested in someone's ability to program. I'm interested in their ability to compose and play.
Well, you never made the point that you think people missed.
There's a 30-day demo of Dorico available. From what I've seen on the facebook group, they're pretty good about extending the demo period if someone can justify it. The full version of Dorico isn't cheap, even with a competitive crossgrade; and the Elements version has limitations in both the number of instruments in a piece as well as the layout options (there's no Engraver mode, where you do all the fine tuning), so if your older version of MuseScore pretty much does the job, maybe you should see if a newer version does better. But in my experience in using Musescore (as well as Notion, and the entry level version of Finale and Sibelius), you can only compare apples to apples so much, because MuseScore, while great for the price, is very much a Pontiac Aztec to Dorico's [fill in your favorite European luxury car here].