Dorico is so central to my workflow that it convinced me to finally pitch Logic in favor of Cubase, because it’s inevitable once Dorico->Cubase ‘integration’ is here*. So I made the leap by purchasing Cubase 11 which just came out and have been coming up to speed**. And now I can buy PC hardware for a fraction of the price! Here are the things I’m thing are the possible issues
- License Is the best thing to wait until the Web licenser is released? I assume moving the two licenses to a PC would be problematic otherwise. I have the Dorico license installed on this Mac and Cubase using the USB dongle.
- MIDI Virtual Ports In the meantime I’ve got a setup for Dorico to use Cubase as a VST host backend over virtual ports. There is a PC equivalent from some utility somebody wrote. Wish it was built in as with the Mac but that’s what we’ve got.
- Navigation Trackpads on PC’s really stink. The Apple trackpad is one of the things holding me back. But Dorico has the ‘z’, ‘x’ and ‘H’ (hand) keys which make this much less of an issue (good job on that guys!), so I think I’ll survive here.
- Audio The audio handling looks a bit clumsier on the PC (I’m testing with a trial license over there), but serviceable.
- Interfaces My Focusrite RED4PRE isn’t presently supported on Win (thunderbolt 2), but they say support is coming this month as it happens. My Apogee interface will have to get sold which is fine, it’s not that great. Going Focusrite all the way.
- Look and feel The Mac version - with Dark mode, looks better honestly. The PC window frame isn’t respecting Win10 Dark mode. This coul dbe improved but isn’t a deal killer.
- PDF Output Win10 has a built in PDF driver now I believe so no issue there.
- Rainbow wheel Hoping for greater stability overall
I think that’s it, anything else or corrections?
- The defining feature for me is all the MIDI writing Dorico does for me automatically via the Maps. I want to write music not MIDI!
** Bonus - so far Cubase is kicking Logic’s butt. Much faster and cleaner.