Steinberg continues to amaze with THE notation program of the future by releasing TWO versions of version 2 (yes, you read that correctly). Dorico Pro 2 is the next level of the Dorico that we know and love already, while Dorico Elements 2 is a new version of Dorico aimed at students and those with less stringent needs in notation (e.g. it is limited to 12 players, NB not 12 instruments as each player can play more than one instrument).
This is yet more vindication for those few of us who foresaw the HUGE leap in music notation technology that Dorico represented way back before the first version was released. Every new feature has the fine-grained control and options that we have come to expect from Dorico, and which only Dorico provides.
What are these new features? By now you should know that Daniel Spreadbury has detailed information on his blog Making Notes which I suggest you start with. Since you should have the most information and since I don’t have the services of half a dozen gifted tech writers, I suggest that you read the excellent review page of Scoring Notes, Philip Rothman’s invaluable blog on the world of computer music notation. Finally, today’s (May 30) installment of Discover Dorico by John Barron demonstrates many of the new features and answers the questions of those who watched it live.
There’s a lot of information out and it might seem overwhelming. Right now I want to get this news to you, but I have some advice on reading it. Remember that you will forget much of what you read, so I suggest that you first decide on your focus. If you have Dorico already, then you want to see if the new features are worth the $99 upgrade fee (easy decision – they are). If you are considering buying Dorico, then ask yourself if you need the full version; in this case you can compare Pro and Elements and decide, so you will want to read Elements very closely. (A trial version will be available in a couple of weeks.) So if you use a full orchestra, 12 players may not be enough for you. If you write for strings alone then Elements may be what you need, unless you need features like micro-tonal playback for large orchestra, say. Daniel Spreadbury’s blog gives a long list of new features that are available in both, so you definitely want to read his blog.
Enough from me for now. Read the official news.