In the Cubase forum, people dreams about a Dorico-Cubase integration. It would be wonderful of course, but I think that the workflow in an engraving software like Dorico is so different to the workflow in a DAW that instead of “integration” it would be better (and easier) if they simply were able to work along each other, with some common things in sync like tempo, measures and video.
So this is my idea:
- Cubase and Dorico share the time measure track, the marker track, the tempo track and the video track. (Tempo track is different -but related- to the Tempo marks displayed in a score).
- Cubase and Dorico share the MIDI devices, so you can use your keyboard in both programs at the same time to input data.
- Cubase and Dorico share the virtual instruments and other inputs, to reduce the effect on RAM.
- You can copy data from Cubase to Dorico and vice versa (I think you already can drag and drop Midi events). You could achieve this also with some “integrated” MIDI track -for instance, the dorico instrument pointing to a midi track in Cubase which data is synced, however this may be more soffisticated-
This things would improve a workflow that already exists, the one that Alan Silvestri explains in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrDqGEQux7g
And will improve this workflow because you wouldn’t need to “change” the program, as you can have both programs working along. And I think these things are doable, as you already can do them in some ways. They just need to be improved a bit.
There are also some cool features in Dorico that the Cubase team should consider to implement, like flows, but this may be more difficult to do.
In my opinion, I don’t need a real Dorico integration in Cubase because the way you input data is actually very different. In Dorico, a violin is a violin, and it may have divisi but nothing else. Everything is going to be in the same part. On the other hand, when you’re working in a DAW like Cubase, you may have a lot of different tracks for that violin. A track for short articulations, another for long, another for legato, another for cool effect. You can even include the violin part in an ensemble track… So the total integration of both programs will be actually worse.
I prefer to manually adapt the tracks of Cubase into an instrument part in Dorico. Even copying manually the values, as usually you’re going to deal with latency (some VI are recorded with “latency” for more realism) or legato programing, etc…
I’ve been working in a score recently, thus I’ve been thinking in the features I would have liked to have, so I wanted to share with you in order to improve this great program. I though that Dorico forum was more appropiated than Cubase, however is a “multi” “feature request”. Well, actually it’s just an idea which may or not be useful. I hope it makes sense!