Well … I appreciate the spirit of your comments, but I’m not sure that “Digital Scoring Workstation” actually is a compliment. In my view, the goal should be to advance the productivity of composers, arrangers, and producers across the entire spectrum of what they do. Certainly recording is a big part of that.
Dorico is a first rate concept today, with a significant part of that concept already committed to code, most of which works rather well. It appears the concept anticipates the convergence of the various fields represented by today’s DAWs and notation products, and I look forward to seeing this convergence proceed. We know Dorico 2 is not ideal for playback and has no recording capability, even for MIDI. I am of mixed minds about how much of this belongs directly in the notation program and how much could be accomplished by more seamless integration with DAW products.
Regardless of how we get there, it is about productivity and quality of output (both printed and audio/video). This will be a long journey. It took about 20 years to realize the full potential of DAWs beyond simple sequencers or audio recorders. I think it will come faster this time because it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. Many of the key technologies are already in place.
But the technologies are not all good enough yet. There is a new generation of MIDI coming. And I hope we will see solutions that practically eliminate the latency issues that frustrate real-time MIDI note entry. There is a whole frontier of productivity possible by integrating touch & pen input. Beyond that there are opportunities for the software to recognize harmonies in recorded material and assist the composer in “scoring around” previously recorded material. See the new StudioOne for some hints in that direction.
We are in a good place. First things first. The immediate priority must properly be on finishing the basic notation foundation.