Steinberg Dorico 1.2 Update Brings Intelligent Cues and Percussion

Steinberg Dorico 1.2

“Not only are the features for cues, percussion and fingering sophisticated and more capable than anything available in other software, but we have designed them with the musician in mind; they are quick, easy and efficient to work with,” said Daniel Spreadbury, product marketing manager for Dorico.

Steinberg today announced the release of Dorico 1.2, the sixth significant update to its new professional music notation application, introducing several new features to make producing beautiful sheet music easier and quicker than ever.

Creating cues in instrumental parts has historically been one of the most time-consuming aspects of part preparation, and Dorico 1.2 introduces a new approach to cues that radically cuts the required time investment. Cues are not only beautifully formatted automatically, and allow users to choose what notations should be shown to the player and which should be excluded from the cue, with automatic choice of clef. Crucially, they are dynamically linked to the source material: any revisions made to the source material are automatically reflected in the cue.

Dorico’s unique approach to handling instruments and players has been extended to handle unpitched percussion notation. Composers can quickly move individual percussion instruments from one player to another and have the parts update instantly, and show the same source material differently in different layouts. Dorico 1.2 includes comprehensive support for drum set notation, with fast and flexible input both from a MIDI keyboard or using the mouse or computer keyboard.

Dorico is also the first scoring application to support the new Universal Indian Drum Notation for tabla and other Indian drums, developed by Keda Music Ltd. at

Internationally renowned tabla player and founder of Keda, Kuljit Bhamra MBE, commented, “We are excited to see the Universal Indian Drum Notation supported by Dorico. The new notation system is designed to allow students, teachers, composers and musicians to play the tabla and enjoy its rich, beautiful sounds. Having it built into a package like Dorico will encourage more people to write for this expressive instrument and share their written pieces with…

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