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.
It feels quite strange to say, but this is the final instalment of the Dorico development diary before the first version of the software is released. As October begins, so too does the fourth quarter of the year, and Dorico will be available to buy before the winter solstice. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
As I stand here on the threshold, I find myself reflecting on what we have achieved since the last diary instalment at the end of June, and on what lies ahead.
When we finally announced Dorico’s name last month, and let you know when you will finally be able to use it for yourself, we were inundated with responses on Facebook, Twitter, on the new dedicated Dorico forum on our web site, and by email. Knowing that there are so many musicians out there waiting for Dorico and looking forward to adding it to their toolboxes is great motivation for us as we work hard to ready the application for release.
In the meantime, it’s time for another development update. I know that many of you are waiting for details about playback, and I will share some in (I hope) the next instalment of this diary. Our team in London and our colleagues in Hamburg continue to work very hard on the integration of Cubase’s audio engine with Dorico, but there is still much to be done. In this instalment, then, I’m going to tell you about Dorico’s page layout features, and also talk a little bit about lyrics.
At the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association conference in Helsinki, Finland this past weekend, I was honoured to be invited to give a presentation on our in-development application, and we chose this event to reveal the name, expected availability date, and provisional pricing information for the project we’ve been working on for the past three and a half years.
So it gives me great pleasure to announce that Steinberg’s new scoring application will be called Dorico, and it will be released in the fourth quarter of 2016. If you’re interested to find out more about the name and how it was chosen, read on.
Since the last diary instalment just before Christmas, another three months has very nearly sped past, and as winter finally gives way to spring here in London, we can reflect on the progress we have made over the dark and cold months now behind us, and look forward to the work that still lies ahead.
It’s been a long time since the last entry in this diary, and as the year draws to its close, I know there is an appetite for news on how our project is progressing. I hope this update will bring you some festive cheer and excitement for the year ahead.
After the last instalment’s detailed discussion of beam grouping and sloping, today’s development update is going to focus on some of the issues around laying out a page of music, in particular working in the horizontal dimension, including casting off and justification.
Very nearly two years since my last appearance on the SoundNotion podcast, hosts David MacDonald, Nate Bliton and Sam Merciers invited me to return this past weekend to give an update on how things are progressing. In the hour-long conversation we covered a wide range of topics, including how our new application can help with building an understanding of music theory as well as music engraving, and a variety of new tidbits about what we’ve been working on… plus how much older (and in my case, how much beardier) we all look two years on from our last conversation.
You can watch the podcast on YouTube, listen to the audio via the SoundNotion web site, or if you would like to listen to new episodes of SoundNotion weekly, search for it in your podcast application to subscribe. Enjoy!