Just wanted to express my appreciation to the Steinberg folks and the community here for your help and especially patience with new users. Other than using LilyPond I’m not coming from any score writing software experience (I always wrote out by hand and programmed in a DAW), but within a short month or so Dorico feels natural and second nature.
My experience so far has been a sequence of, first “Why can’t I ?/How do I ?/Why is it doing ?” which after a bit of research and help, turns into “OK that makes sense”, and with further experience turns into “Damn, that’s genius”. I’m continually amazed at how deep and well thought out Dorico is. My workflow has been hugely transformed for the better.
Amaze me features
- While entering chord symbols you can play it at the keyboard and Dorico will figure out what you did and put it up. Whoah! I was just playing it to see what I did and this magic happens, didn’t see that coming.
- How much insanely sensible the humanizing Dorico does to the MIDI is. I’m used to DAW’s which don’t know the first thing about what the track is, all they care about is MIDI which is a PITA. Dorico knows and uses
- The music which is the intent of the playback (e.g. short, long, marks, etc).
- The instrument and it’s characteristics (note range, and you can actually set MIDI ranges in the expression map)
- Dorico smartly sets the defaults for me, for example default velocities. I never quite realized it before but yeah, velocity doesn’t matter much.
- It sets up all the CC’s for me by automatically outputting start values. In a DAW I have to send those out
- Best of all, it does this when starting from arbitrary playback points. Something I hate about DAW’s is that as you jump the playhead around as you’re working, you’ll often get some random CC being set in the sample from the previous session, leading to bad playback. With Dorico it all ‘just works’.
- Ultimately the basic output of Dorico is a great starting point, and leapfrogs me to the final output by a huge amount.
- Condensing - nothing need be said here about how great this is
- Figured bass - I use it a lot, preferring it over chord notation
- How intelligent all the dialogs are. They aren’t picky about the input, all you have to do is enter something musically sensible and Dorico will figure it out
on and on (not to even get into all the music formatting features!), I’m excited to see what else is in store for me in 3.5, and looking forward to the excitement coming with future releases