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Dorico Logo.png
Dorico 3.5 on MacOS 10.14.png
Dorico 3.5 running on macOS
Original author(s)
  • Andrew Dodman
  • Michael Eastwood
  • Stefan Fuhrmann
  • András Kéri
  • James Larcombe
  • Paul Walmsley
  • Graham Westlake
Initial release19 October 2016; 4 years ago (2016-10-19)
Stable release
3.5.12 / 23 February 2021; 6 months ago (2021-02-23)[1]
Operating systemmacOS, Windows, iOS (iPad)
Available in9 languages
List of languages
Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
TypeScorewriter (Music notation)
LicenseProprietary software Edit this at Wikidata

Dorico (/ˈdɒrɪk/) is a scorewriter software; along with Finale and Sibelius, it is one of the three leading professional-level music notation programs.[2]

It is developed by the company Steinberg who hired most of the original core development team from the competitor Sibelius after the development team were laid off in a 2012 restructuring by Sibelius' owner, Avid.[3][4][5][6][7] Dorico was released four years later, in 2016.


The project was unveiled on 20 February 2013 by the Product Marketing Manager, Daniel Spreadbury, on the blog Making Notes,[8] and the software was first released on 19 October 2016.[9]

The program's title Dorico was revealed on the same blog on 17 May 2016. The name honours the 16th-century Italian music engraver Valerio Dorico (1500 – c. 1565), who printed first editions of sacred music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Giovanni Animuccia and pioneered the use of a single impression printing process first developed in England and France.[10][11]

The iPad version was released on 28 July 2021; it was the first major desktop scorewriter application to be made available on a mobile platform.[12][13]


In designing features, the development team is influenced by user feedback, for example through its developers' use of the forum and Facebook group.[14][15]


Reviews have claimed that Dorico has become more efficient than other notation software.[16][17] For example, a signature time-saving feature is its automatic creation of instrumental part layouts.[17] Another signature feature is its automated condensing, where it combines multiple players' parts onto a single staff, such as for a conductor's score.[18][19]

Dorico is known for its automatic condensing. In this conductor's score, Dorico has condensed instruments into one stave such as Oboes 1 and 2.

Keyboard input[edit]

Dorico natively supports note input entirely from the computer keyboard, without the need to use the mouse. However, Pianist Magazine has warned of Dorico's learning curve; for example it may take patience to learn the keyboard shortcuts.[20] It also supports MIDI input from a piano keyboard.

SMuFL music fonts[edit]

The Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL) standard was created by the Dorico development team at Steinberg.[21] It provides a consistent standard way of mapping the thousands of musical symbols required by conventional music notation into a single font that can be used by a variety of software and font designers.[22][23] It was first implemented in MuseScore, then in Dorico's first release and in Finale.[24]

Version history[edit]

Version Released Description Ref
3.5.10 27 July 2020 Improvements made to Play mode, Setup mode, bar numbers, chord diagrams, condensing, expression maps, figured bass, lines, markers, mixer, music symbols, ornaments, pitch before duration input, playback options, playback templates, playing techniques, rehearsal marks, staff labels, tablature, tempo, text, and user interface. [25]
3.5.0 20 May 2020 Pitch before duration in note input; Enhanced expression maps; Line style editors; Figured bass support; Condensing for divisi and section players; Properties filter; Manual staff visibility changes; Clef and transposition overrides; Use chord diagrams grid; Graphic slices; Making part-scores in Hollywood style; Blank staves support, etc. [25]
3.0 2 September 2019 New condensing feature, full support for guitar notation and harp pedaling, custom playback templates, independent voice playback, velocity and pitch bend editing, Soundiron Olympus Choir Micro choral sound library, Comments feature, harmonics, grouped playing techniques, and multiple-stave entry; improvements to arpeggio signs, auto-save, bar numbers, chord symbols, clefs, dynamics, fingering, glissando lines, lyrics, multi-bar rests, navigation, note input, ossias, page layout, playback, print mode, project info, staff labels, tempo, text, trills, VST expression maps, user interface, installation and licensing, and platform support. [26]
2.2 23 November 2018 Features improved or added include MIDI recording, repeat markers, jazz articulations, tempo track import/export, flow headings, tacets, trills, staff brackets, and an editor for all music symbols. [27]
2.1 10 August 2018 Swing playback, Notehead Editor; improvements to audio export, accidentals, barlines, chord symbols, cues, divisi labelling, filters, flows, layouts, playback, rhythm slashes, staff labels, and video. [27]
2.0 30 May 2018 Support for composing to video, a range of time signature styles, MIDI automation, divisi staves, ossias, additional staves for instruments, rhythmic slashes, bar repeats, playback techniques editor, the inclusion of Petaluma handwritten music font, and support for NotePerformer. Many productivity enhancements and minor additions were also added. [27]
1.2 1 December 2017 Added support for fingering and unpitched percussion notation; improvements made to importing MIDI and MusicXML files, Play mode, Engrave mode, Print mode, articulations, barlines, bar numbers, chord symbols, clefs, dynamics, filters, flows, glissando lines, instrument changes, multi-bar rests, noteheads, note input, ornaments, page layout, pedal lines, playing techniques, rehearsal marks, rest grouping, scaling, slurs, staff labels, stems, tempo text, ties, time signatures, tuplets, user interface, performance, and localization. [28]
1.1 June 2017 New features include chord symbols, support for MIDI output devices, enharmonic spelling during MIDI step input, piano pedal lines, repeat endings, filters, casting off, added fonts, MusicXML import, tokens, troubleshooting; improvements made to editing in Write mode, Play mode, Engrave mode, flows, MIDI import, key commands, editing note spacing, accidentals, arpeggio signs, barlines, beams, brackets and braces, clefs, copy and paste, dynamics, fonts, font styles, instrument changes, key signatures, lyrics, navigation, note input, note spacing, option dialogs, ornaments, page layout, playback, playing techniques, rests, selections, slurs, staff labels, staves, text, time signatures, tuplets, voices, user interface, performance, and installation. [28]
1.0.0 19 October 2016 Initial release version. [28]


  1. ^ Steinberg. "Dorico 3.5 Updates and Downloads". Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ Cliff, Tony (1 December 2019). "Tech Reviews: Dorico Pro 3". Music Teacher Magazine. Rhinegold Publishing. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  3. ^ Kirn, Peter (17 May 2016). "This is the next-gen notation tool from original Sibelius team". CDM Create Digital Music. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  4. ^ Stevens, Alex (21 April 2016). "Applied Theory". Rhinegold. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  5. ^ Rogerson, Ben (22 February 2013). "Sibelius team working on new Steinberg notation application". MusicRadar. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  6. ^ Wherry, Mark (February 2017). "Steinberg Dorico [Preview]". Sound On Sound. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  7. ^ Shapey, Rachel (18 February 2019). "Interview with Dorico creator, Daniel Spreadbury |". Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  8. ^ Spreadbury, Daniel (20 February 2013). "Welcome!". Dorico. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  9. ^ Spreadbury, Daniel (1 November 2016). "Dorico is available now, first update coming November". Dorico. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  10. ^ Spreadbury, Daniel (17 May 2016). "Meet Dorico, coming in Q4 2016". Dorico. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  11. ^ Wright, Katy. "Steinberg announces new scoring software". Rhinegold. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  12. ^ MacDonald, David (28 July 2021). "Dorico arrives on iPad". Scoring Notes. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  13. ^ Di Prodo, Yuri (30 July 2021). "Dorico, l'app di Steinberg per comporre musica con iPad". Macitynet (in Italian). Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  14. ^ Cap, Andrew Noah; Gibson, Douglas; Kretlow, Florian; Lapalme, Claude; Nicholson, Leo; Partridge, Ian; Rothman, Philip (5 September 2019). "Dorico 3 changes the score". Scoring Notes. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  15. ^ Vanacoro, Matt (22 October 2019). "Review: Steinberg Dorico 3". Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  16. ^ Deller, Tony (7 February 2019). "What's the score?". Rhinegold. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  17. ^ a b Nowakowski, Mark (February 2020). "Steinberg Dorico 3". Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  18. ^ Kretlow, Florian; Lapalme, Claude; Nicholson, Leo; Partridge, Ian (5 September 2019). "Dorico 3 feature: Condensing". Scoring Notes. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  19. ^ Hess, George (1 November 2019). "Steinberg's Dorico 3". School Band And Orchestra Magazine. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  20. ^ Palmer, Ellie (20 January 2020). "Dorico Pro 3 overtakes scoring rivals". Pianist Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  21. ^ "SMuFL: Standard Music Font Layout". Steinberg. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  22. ^ MakeMusic, Inc. "Finale User Manual: SMuFL". Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  23. ^ "SMuFL | Standard Music Font Layout". SMuFL. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  24. ^ "Software with SMuFL support". Steinberg. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  25. ^ a b "Dorico 3.5 - 3.5.10 Version History" (PDF). Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  26. ^ "Dorico Version History (3.0–3.1.10)" (PDF).
  27. ^ a b c "Dorico Version History (2.0–2.2.20)" (PDF).
  28. ^ a b c "Dorico Version History (1.0.0 - 1.2)" (PDF).

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