Oh, WHY did it take so loooooong for me to become a Steinberg Fanboy?
VIVA STEINBERG! You guys are the world’s music scholars and developed the art and skill of taking such a large subject (surpassing something like Office by a 100000 times), and enabling a computer not only to understand the principles of music (intricate rules -which may be correct here, but incorrect there), but actually contribute towards making a composer’s/arranger’s life easier in creating his/her project.
You have the BEST coders who understand not only coding but MUSIC-CODING! Like Daniel always said: “Built for musicians, by musicians”!
I can also code, but by my God, I am light years behind your abilities!
Soon, I’m going to replace the South African Defense Force’s current Software to Dorico. I just need to impress the procurement department the HUGE difference between Dorico and the other software. We have Finale 2011 and Sibelius 8.4…
Now, I’m waiting for the answer to: “So Warrant Officer Nel, WHY should we ditch Sibelius and purchase 10 to 20 Dorico Educational Licenses? Impress us”.
It was quite easy to move over from Finale to Sibelius. The students LOVE Sibelius and the teacher (that’s me) cannot impress THEM yet because, damn, I just cannot get a grip on the software. To me, Dorico feels like it has a MASSIVE intelligence going on “under the hood”, but it requires a connection to the user. Dorico needs to “speak” to the user through dialogue boxes or even better, a real voice that guides the user…something like “WOW! Stop right there, buddy! You cannot add that note because it falls out of the performer’s performing range. And you call yourself a musician!?”
No seriously, I can show my students some nifty stuff in Dorico already, but Dorico requires quite a paradigm shift. I actually stopped my project (which I decided a few weeks before to do in Dorico because the SS Mendi is a multi-movement performance with a Narrator, Sound fx, Video/Photo clips and of course the music - which includes the Navy Band, Choir and huge Pipe Organ…oh and a host of African Percussion). So I needed Dorico because of its amazing feature by using “flows”. But (as I mentioned before, my boss checkes my progress on a daily basis…I often wonder if Naval Officer actually HAVE jobs to do?), it’s a real battle to split my mind into two parts eg I need NOT to worry what WRITE MODE looks like…that is ENGRAVER MODE’S part. I add a tam-tam…it does not play. Copy and Pasting are not perfect yet and the lack of exploding and reducing notes is truly slowing the process. There are more little thingies I know will be fixed and I’m cool with that…but my boss isn’t. So I xml’ed the file and I’m back to Sibelius.
But, I know I will conquer Dorico. I just need time to watch all the movies over and over again.
I a year or so, Dorico is going to kick so serious butt!
THIS IS IMPORTANT:
We have to integrate:
- Music (including the abilities to adjust note’s properties and settings as well as the written aspect of it)
- Video syncing
- Adding audio capabilities to a track. (I cannot remember but it’s either Notion or StaffPad that can do that)
Anyway, GO Steinberg…GO!!!
Best regards from Cape Town