My name is Paco Viciana, I am a Catalan composer and pianist (www.pacoviciana.com).
I started to introduce my musical ideas inside the computer with FINALE 3.0, in the distant 1993 and later, in 2004 I was delighted to SIBELIUS 3 and I converted all my works quickly to this promising music editing software.
Since then I have used SIBELIUS to introduce music to the computer.
I saw with sadness the maneuver of AVID of 2012, the American company that bought SIBELIUS in 2006, of deciding to dismiss the creator team to date, located in London, and moving its offices to the USA.
Then I used the SIBELIUS version 6, and in this version I have stayed until today, since versions 7 and 8 have not convinced me. AVID does not cover the expectations generated by SIBELIUS until 2011.
But the digital industry forces us to change our hardware at the end, and this past December I have incorporated a new iMac in my studio of musical creation. So far I have used without problems a MacPro of 2007!
I have followed very closely the evolution of the team that emerged from London in 2012, led by Daniel Spreadbury, and hired by the company STEINBERG of Germany, of which I am a user with CUBASE. I have been subscriber to their newsletters called “Making Notes” while creating this promising new software that should be made its place among the creators and producers of the musical world. I’m talking about DORICO.
That is why the first thing I have done, once I have renewed the computer, has been to crossfade from SIBELIUS to DORICO at the end of this past February 2018. Trusting blindly in his team, I have not tested the program with the demo they offer, and this has been my mistake.
Let me explain: from the beginning I use to introduce music on the computer in 95% of the input format in real time with metronome, the FINALE 3.0 of 1993 and SIBELIUS 3 of 2004 already incorporated it. And I think that this system is what most of my professional colleagues use.
But to my perplexity, DORICO does not incorporate it yet!! And I find it incomprehensible that at this point, software that tries to make a place in the digital music publishing industry, does not incorporate this basic functionality from zero. I have sinned naïve. I recognize my mistake when buying the software without testing it before, and the truth, the rest of the features I see in DORICO are very positive, such as the structure approach in modules, or the freedom to create music without compass, among others. But for me it is absolutely essential to input notes in real time, it is much more practical, faster and adds features now impossible to renounce, as I feel as the new music enters the harmony and counterpoint of the other staves of the work I am creating .
Now I’m a DORICO user, and that’s why I have no choice but to ask the creator team to incorporate the entry in real time as soon as possible, since unfortunately I will have to go back and continue using SIBELIUS until they incorporate this functionality. For many virtues that DORICO offers me at this point.
I would be grateful if you could inform me of the plan you have to incorporate this functionality, and thus start using it. Meanwhile, DORICO will have to collect dust on my shelf.
With all my respect and congratulations for the immense work done in DORICO to date.