We are pleased to announce that the third maintenance release for Dorico, version 1.0.30, is now available as a free update for all existing users (including users of the free 30-day trial version). This update doesn’t add many major features – though we are working on several, as described in my most recent development diary update – instead focusing on fixing bugs (of which more than 80 have been addressed in this update alone), but we have made significant improvements in a couple of key areas, specifically in playback, and in the handling of rests.
This is the first of a new series on Making Notes that will shine a spotlight on projects in which Dorico has played a part. If you have used Dorico for something interesting and would like to be featured in this series, please let me know.
Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin is a violist and composer of some renown. Having been born and spent his formative years in his native Moscow, he moved with his parents to the United States in 1990 at the age of 11. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree – his father is the prominent composer for Russian film and musical theatre, Alexander Zhurbin, and his mother is poet, writer and journalist Irena Ginzberg – and he started his studies on the violin at the age of four. Showing great promise through his childhood, he graduated from The Juilliard School of Music in New York, and has since forged a very successful career as both composer and performer, with dozens of works for the concert hall, the stage, and the screen.
Ljova’s latest composition, his Clarinet Quintet, was premiered in San DIego, California last week, and it was his first work completed in Dorico. I caught up with Ljova to find out more about the work, and about his experience of putting it together in Dorico.
We are preparing to release the next Dorico update, version 1.0.30, which focuses on improving playback, fixing bugs, provides new tools for working with rests, and adds a few other small features. At the same time, we are also working on the next update, which is still a little way off, but which will include some features that are larger in scope. I thought it would be fun to write a new instalment in my fabled development diary series giving you a bit of insight into what we’re working on.
Next week, I will be travelling across to California, both to attend the NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, and to give a demonstration with question and answer session at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, in association with the Society of Composers and Lyricists.
Dorico and Cubase Pro 9 at the American Film Institute
Along with my colleague Greg Ondo, Field Marketing Manager for Steinberg in the US, who will be showing off the amazing new features in the recently-launched Cubase Pro 9, I will be presenting Dorico in the beautiful auditorium of the American Film Institute, from 7pm on Tuesday 17 January, to be followed by a drinks reception (as a result, attendees must be over 21 years of age).
The number of tickets is strictly limited to the capacity of the AFI’s auditorium. Attendance is free if you are a member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, but because the event is very likely to be a sell-out, a limited number of tickets are available to students and non-members for $20 or $35 respectively. There is even the chance to win a full retail boxed copy of Dorico or a copy of Cubase Pro 9 in a raffle at the event.
If you would like to attend, act quickly to secure your ticket via Eventbrite.
I am really looking forward to meeting members of the professional music community in Los Angeles, and to answer your questions about Dorico in person.
Dorico at The NAMM Show
If you can’t make it to the event at the AFI on Tuesday, I will be in Anaheim for the NAMM Show on Thursday 19, Friday 20, and some of Saturday 21 January. I will be giving a short Dorico presentation at 12pm on each of the first three days of the show, on the main stage in Yamaha’s booth in the Elite ballroom in the Marriott hotel, which adjoins the Anaheim Convention Center.
If you would like to meet up during the show, although I will be in a number of meetings it should be possible to meet up, so please do get in touch if you would like to say hello or would like to discuss anything Dorico-related.
Two weeks into the New Year, a special Dorico event will be held at the La Scala Theatre Academy, or the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, in the heart of Milan, Italy, on Friday 13 January 2017 from 6.30pm.
The evening’s events will include a presentation of Dorico by Steinberg product specialist Franco Fraccastoro. A short concert will be given by the Ensemble Giorgio Bernasconi Accademia Teatro alla Scala, directed by Maestro Marco Angius, and Franco will also be discussing Dorico with Maestro Marco Angius following the performance. There will also be a chance to have your questions about Dorico answered by Franco and other Steinberg staff in attendance (though I will not personally be in Milan, as I am travelling to the US that weekend). Refreshments will be served upon arrival.
If you would like to attend this event, please register for a free ticket via Eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you there!
Following hot on the heels of the version 1.0.10 update, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the second Dorico update, taking the application to version 1.0.20. This update is of necessity more limited in scope than the first update, since the team had only a few weeks since the last release to work on it, but it contains a number of significant improvements and quite a few bug fixes.
We are pleased to announce the release of Dorico 1.0.10, the first update to our new scoring application. Our team in London and the audio engine team in Hamburg have been working exceptionally hard over the last six weeks to deliver an update focused on improving the overall application performance, fixing bugs, and adding some important new functionality.
If you’ve already bought Dorico, then you can download the update today by going to the download pages on the main Steinberg web site. If you have been waiting for the release of the 30-day trial version in order to test drive Dorico to see if it fits your needs, you only have a few more days to wait: the trial version will be available for download on Wednesday 30 November.
I will be travelling to the United States in a couple of weeks and during my visit I will be giving a couple of presentations about Dorico, and you can be there! Places at both events are strictly limited, though, so if you would like to attend, please don’t delay, and register for your preferred event as soon as possible.
It has been a whirlwind two weeks since Dorico was launched on Wednesday 19 October, and now that the dust is beginning to settle on the initial release, we can talk about what comes next.
Firstly, I want to thank everybody who has supported Dorico so far. It has been very humbling for me and for the rest of the team to see how many people believe in our vision for the future of scoring software enough to have bought in on day one, and we will work hard to repay your faith in us.
In two weeks, there will be two special events taking place at which you can get a closer look at Dorico.
On the evening of Tuesday 18 October from 7pm, we will be holding a special event at which I will be giving a public introduction to Dorico at Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush, London — and a limited number of free tickets are available if you would like to attend. You can only attend if you have a ticket, so reserve your ticket as soon as possible: the remaining tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The event will include a presentation of Dorico itself, given by yours truly, but most excitingly the event will also include the premiere of a short work for string quartet and piano that we have commissioned from Thomas Hewitt Jones, which will be performed by the composer and members of renowned chamber music group Ensemble Perpetuo. Thomas is writing the piece in Dorico, and on the night we will talk a little about how he has found using the software to put it together.
Two days later, on Thursday 20 October from 7pm, a German-language event will be taking place at the Synchron Stage in Vienna, Austria. Although I will be in attendance at the event, you will be pleased to hear that I will not be attempting to give a presentation of the software in German: instead, my colleague Sebastian Mönch will be capably handling those duties in his mother tongue. In Vienna we will be joined by the Radio String Quartet, who will be performing a new work that they are putting together in Dorico. As with the London event, a limited number of free tickets are available, so if you would like to attend, please register now to secure your ticket.
If you can’t make it to London or Vienna, don’t worry: the London event will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube, and available to watch after the event as well. Make sure you like and follow Steinberg on Facebook and YouTube to receive notifications about the live streams. But if you’re able to make it in person to either event, please do come along.