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Steinberg Dorico Pro 3.5 Academic

SKU: 328284
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Academic Edition for sale to K-12 Schools, Community Colleges, and Universities only. Non-Profit organizations and Churches may also qualify. Proof of eligibility required.

Includes USB e-Licenser inside the box.

Steinberg Dorico 3.5 — The next-generation music notation software.

Steinberg Dorico helps you to write music notation, automatically producing printed results of exceptional quality — and plays it back with breathtaking realism. It is easy enough for anyone to learn, yet has hundreds of advanced notations, features, options and sounds to satisfy even the most demanding professionals.

What you can do with Dorico


Composing, arranging — or just writing and printing out music — is made much quicker and more efficient with Dorico. Thanks to its intelligent design, it automatically adjusts the notation as you write. With nearly 1,500 sounds included, arrangements can be played back with exceptional realism and, with no workarounds needed for advanced notation, Dorico produces excellent results much more quickly than has been possible before.


With its streamlined, natural user interface, students and those with less experience in scoring can compose and arrange straight into Dorico, making learning the language of music notation much faster and more intuitive. Editing and making changes — such as instrument, time signature or key — are straightforward, with the notation instantly and correctly adapting to include them, reinforcing the learning outcome. For teachers, producing teaching materials and hand-outs that mix music and text is easy, and it’s never been quicker to adapt arrangements for your band, orchestra or other school ensemble.


Dorico is the perfect tool for music engraving, publishing and copying. It automatically lays out pages of balance and beauty, with comprehensive collision avoidance and advanced algorithms that handle almost any musical context with ease. Music made with Dorico has the look of the finest traditionally engraved music, and the software provides tweaking tools to satisfy the most demanding professional. Producing high-quality, crystal-clear scores for selling or performance has never been faster or easier.

Steinberg Dorico 3.5 – Benefits:

  • Best automatic engraving of any software
  • Easy note input
  • Intelligently adjusts notation as you write
  • Any number of movements or pieces in a single project
  • Automatic layout of instrumental parts, including unique linked cues
  • Stunning playback — nearly 1,500 sounds included
  • Supports VST 3 virtual instruments and effects processors (30 included)
  • Sequencer-style piano roll MIDI editor
  • DTP page layout
  • Sophisticated chord symbols, unpitched percussion and drum set notation
  • Unbarred music, tuplets across barlines, microtonality, etc. all handled correctly — no workarounds
  • Transfer to and from other programs via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.

Steinberg Dorico 3.5 Pro – Key Features:

Automatic engraving. Developed in consultation with experienced engravers working with some of the world’s most demanding music publishers, the automatic engraving engine at the heart of Dorico produces the most elegant, beautiful results of any scoring application. Attention has been lavished on every detail of the appearance of the music, from the meticulous design of every symbol in the Bravura font, to the precise placement rules for every notated element.

Automatic layout of parts. Naturally, Dorico allows you to originate both the conductor’s score and parts for individual players from the flows of music in your project as individual layouts. Changes made to the music in one layout are automatically reflected in any others in which that music appears, while allowing complete independence in terms of page and system appearance between every layout.

Condensed scores. Dorico can create an intelligently-formatted conductor’s score – where music for multiple players is condensed onto a smaller number of staves, reducing the number of staves on each page and allowing each staff to be larger – with a single click, while still maintaining complete and correct instrumental parts. Producing a conductor’s score in other notation software is laborious and time-consuming, with almost no assistance: but Dorico makes it simple.

DTP page layout. Dorico makes it easy to produce a consistent and attractive layout for every project, thanks to its unique page layout features. Switch to Engrave mode, and its power is instantly revealed to you: frames for music, text and graphics can be laid out in any arrangement for any kind of project.

Drum notation. Creating clean and precise parts for your drummer has never been easier. As you input drum notation, Dorico determines voicing and stem direction automatically, and provides complete flexibility for changing the composition of the kit and the allocation of notes to each drum in the kit. And when writing for orchestral percussion, only Dorico allows you to change the presentation of the music on the fly, instantly switching between showing each instrument individually, or combining them together into a grid or a five-line kit.

Easy note input. Inputting music in Dorico is fast and easy. Use your keyboard or mouse to input notes, and learn easy to remember key commands, or define your own, allowing you to fly through note input faster than ever before. Dorico has the flexibility to notate every note according to the changing musical context using its sophisticated understanding of the rules of meter, ensuring that the rhythm is always clearly communicated, even as notes are lengthened, shortened, inserted or removed.

Flexible chord symbols. Dorico is the only music notation software that supports six different chord symbol conventions out of the box, with dozens of options to customize their appearance, and further editing tools allowing you to adjust every aspect of their look. And inputting chord symbols couldn't be faster: simply play the chord on your MIDI keyboard, or type its name into the dedicated popover. Coupled with slick tools for rhythmic notation and bar repeats, creating lead sheets has never been quicker than it is with Dorico.

Efficient window management. Open as many windows onto the same project as you like: keep one in Write mode to allow continued input and editing, and another in Play mode to allow easy tweaking of playback, or switch back and forth within the same window with a single click. Switch between tabs for the conductor’s score and instrumental parts, or split the window horizontally or vertically to allow you to work on both at the same time. Dorico provides the environment to allow you to do your best work, and then gets out of your way.

Five modes. Dorico Pro’s workflows are divided into five distinct modes — Setup, Write, Engrave, Play and Print — that are all one mouse tap away from the toolbar, and can be freely changed at any time. Collapsible panels to the left, right and bottom of the window provide instant access to each mode’s features, and can be hidden with a single click or key command to show as much music as possible on your display.

Great-sounding content. To make your projects sound incredible, Dorico Pro includes the complete HALion Symphonic Orchestra library and more than 1,300 production-ready sounds from HALion Sonic SE 3. Dorico Pro also includes Olympus Choir Micro, beautiful choral sounds from Soundiron.

High-performance architecture. Built from the ground up with today’s multi-core 64-bit CPUs in mind, Dorico is fully multi-threaded, and will take advantage of all of your system’s horsepower, however old or new it is. Its unique modular architecture allows multiple operations to be carried out in parallel across multiple cores. Scrolling through even the largest of projects is always smooth and responsive.

Import and export. Projects often start or finish outside your scoring software. Dorico can import MusicXML and MIDI files from Cubase, other scoring programs and other DAWs. It can also export MusicXML files, allowing you to take projects started in Dorico into other applications.

Next-generation audio engine. The award-winning Cubase audio engine features crystal-clear, 64-bit floating-point resolution at a 192 kHz sample rate, delivering the pristine sound quality that is the hallmark of the Cubase music production experience to music notation software for the first time.

Bar numbers. Bar numbers can optionally display above the top staff, below the bottom staff, and above any instrument of your choosing. Control the size, font and appearance of bar numbers independently between score and part layouts, and determine their frequency. Restart or change bar numbers at any point, and use special bar numbers like 1a, 1b, 1c etc. for cuts and insertions. Bar numbers can also optionally take repeats into account.

Bar repeats. Quickly add one-, two- or four-bar repeat signs over a region of music. Dorico will not only play back the repeated music, allowing you to adjust dynamics etc. if necessary, but also ensure that both the full score and instrumental parts are correctly formatted – for example, it will prevent a system break appearing between the two bars of a two-bar repeat.

Beaming. Dorico produces beautiful beam slopes by default, following publishing conventions to automatically avoid wedges and always produce a pleasing result, with dozens of options to allow you to influence its decisions. Dorico includes full support for beamed rests, including stemlets, and fanned beams for accelerando and rallentando.

Bracketed noteheads. Quickly and easily enclose any note or chord in round or square brackets, ideal for editorial markings or showing optional chords or passages. Brackets are automatically positioned, expanding to enclose chords of any size, and always avoid collisions with other items.

Brackets and braces. Dorico automatically joins instruments in each family with brackets and braces as appropriate, automatically breaks barlines between bracketed vocal staves, following the conventions of the finest published music. Choose between one of several different bracketing approaches, each one suited for a different kind of music or ensemble, and if necessary, create your own custom brackets, sub-brackets and sub-sub-brackets in Engrave mode.

Cautionary accidentals. Dorico automatically displays cautionary accidentals to ensure that your players never hit a wrong note. A comprehensive set of options allows you to control the exact circumstances under which cautionary accidentals should appear, and also to determine their appearance – for example, whether or not they should be shown in parentheses.

Chord symbols (advanced). Dorico Pro provides presets for six different conventions for chord symbols, along with dozens of options to allow you to control the appearance of every root, every quality, every interval, and every alteration. You can even go beyond these options to edit the graphical appearance of every aspect of each chord symbol using the dedicated editor in Engrave mode.

Chord track. Chord symbols appear in their own dedicated track in Play mode, allowing you to assign a sound of your choice for playing them back. Use the chord track to provide simple playback of your chord symbols, making it a quick way to check your work and generate a basic accompaniment for lead sheets.

Dynamics lane. Dorico automatically interprets dynamics in the score, and the dedicated dynamics lane in Play mode makes it easy to tweak the performance of your music, or even add entirely new dynamics that do not appear in the printed score.

Import video. Dorico uses the same powerful new video engine found in Cubase and Nuendo to allow you to attach a video to your project. Play it back via the dedicated video window. Add markers at crucial points in the action and display them in the score. Use the tempo automation controls in Play mode to line markers up with beats, or find a tempo for the whole cue. Dorico can also import and export a tempo track from and to a MIDI file, allowing you to transfer time signatures, tempos, and markers between Dorico and Cubase or another DAW.

Interpretation of notations. Dorico automatically interprets articulations, dynamics, trills, glissandos, arpeggios, pedal lines, playing techniques, tempo, repeats, and other notations, to provide a musical interpretation of your score. Use the Playback Options dialog to tweak the settings for Dorico’s interpretation, and use the editing tools in Play mode to make more detailed adjustments.

MIDI controller editor. Dedicated tools in Play mode allow you to edit MIDI controller data graphically, drawing data to bring your music to life. With these automation tools you can add realism and nuance to the virtual performance of your music, taking it one step closer to the stage or concert hall without leaving your music notation software.

Mixer. Dorico includes a true audio mixer with per-channel insert/send effects and routing control, plus an integrated channel strip with four-band parametric equalizer. Each output in each instrument plug-in is shown as a separate channel in the Mixer, and Dorico automatically creates a master effects channel fader with the REVerence convolution reverb applied.

Playback templates. Once you have set up your virtual instruments just the way you like them, loaded the sounds you need to use, and assigned the appropriate VST Expression Maps to each channel, you can then save that configuration for re-use in future projects. Build up templates combining sounds from different libraries and plug-ins, and when you start a new project, Dorico will automatically instantiate your chosen plug-in, restore its saved state, and connect each instrument to the appropriate sound in the loaded plug-in.

Automatic engraving. Developed in consultation with experienced engravers working with some of the world’s most demanding music publishers, the automatic engraving engine at the heart of Dorico produces the most elegant, beautiful results of any scoring application. No detail is too small, and every page of music produced by Dorico includes dozens of tiny adjustments inspired by the craftsmanship of traditional engraving. The result is that pages of music produced in Dorico simply look right, without you having to lift a finger to move or tweak position or placement.

Automatic rhythmic spacing. Dorico’s unique approach to rhythmic spacing allows music to be spaced more tightly than other scoring programs, without sacrificing clarity and legibility. Items are automatically tucked or kerned against each other to avoid the rhythmic distortion that disturbs the flow of the music. Dorico produces spacing of beautiful consistency and balance every time.

Automatic vertical spacing. Dorico considers the vertical placement of every item above and below or protruding from every staff, and automatically spaces staves and systems apart, leaving you with pages with beautifully balanced and spaced lines of music. You never need to adjust the position of staves unless you want to, and there’s no need to optimize the staff spacing: Dorico automatically produces the right result, all the time.

DTP page layout. Dorico makes it easy to produce a consistent and attractive layout for every project, thanks to its unique page layout features. Switch to Engrave mode, and its power is instantly revealed to you: frames for music, text and graphics can be laid out in any arrangement for any kind of project.

Edit rhythmic spacing. In addition to being able to specify the default values for Dorico’s note spacing, you can also create a note spacing change at any point in the music to tighten or loosen the spacing as needed. If you need to go beyond that level of adjustment, you can use the editing overlay in Engrave mode to adjust the space allocated to each rhythmic position, and offset individual notes left or right. A helpful read-out at the right-hand side of each system shows how full it is.

Edit vertical spacing. Engrave mode provides tools for making precise adjustments to the spacing of staves and systems. A helpful read-out shows how full each frame on each page is, and the editing overlay shows which staves and systems have been adjusted, allowing you to reset individual adjustments as needed. If you need to make a particular adjustment across many pages, a simple dialog allows you to copy changes from one page to other similar pages in the same layout.

Engrave mode. Dorico is the only music notation software with a dedicated Engrave mode focused on making graphical adjustments to your music, where you are protected from making any accidental changes that would change the meaning of your music. Engrave mode provides tools for individual graphical tweaks, changing horizontal (or rhythmic) spacing, changing vertical (or staff) spacing, and working with Dorico’s unique DTP-style page layout features.

System Requirements:

  • Operating systems (Windows) - Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Operating systems (Mac) - macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina
  • CPU minimum - 64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core
  • CPU recommended - Intel i5 or faster
  • OS compatible audio hardware
  • ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency performance
  • Internet connection for account sign up and product registration, installer download, license activation
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