I am considering a Dorico purchase, but I would like to understand how the application handles (a) live recording and (b) MIDI file importing exported from Cubase. This ties into a specific workflow need. When I record in Cubase, I frequently record without a click track, because I want to capture a performance’s feel. Let’s set aside creating a tempo track in Cubase and align the free-style recorded tracks to the grid. This rarely works out as expected, and it requires a large time commitment, disrupting the workflow.
Suppose I record freely into Cubase, in combination with VSTi plugins and live recorded instruments. I realize that I will need to convert the live recorded audio into MIDI within Cubase first before I export all the MIDI tracks to a music XML file. What I want to avoid is the tedium of “fixing” the live performance in its MIDI form such that it makes musical notation sense. This typically requires quantization and MIDI note duration adjustments, which both suck the life blood out of a performance. The whole process is tedious and a giant weight around the neck of a creative workflow.
What feature set does Dorico offer to intelligently interpret these imperfections that are captured in MIDI so that the score does not look like a fly spilling ink on paper?
The second scenario is using Dorico to sketch out compositional ideas. At times I will want to work primarily in Dorico but do not want to spend time entering my ideas note by note. More often than not, I will have already sketched my ideas in pencil on score paper. I find this to be easier and more intuitive. However, I want to digitize my score/sketch with a professionally engraved look. Can I play my score/sketch into Dorico in real time and without being constrained by a metronome? Does Dorico define a set of rules to interpret the time and note duration imperfections of a live recording into readable music notation? If possible, I want to reduce the notation note-input tedium and focus instead upon using Dorico to detail articulations, dynamics and score instructions.
Your feedback is appreciated. Thank you.