To begin, let me say that I love Steinberg. It is the reason why I have stayed with Cubase since 1999, and when an upgrade occurs, I’m there.
Over the years we have had our ups and downs - I recall my frustration shortly after the Cubase 8 rollout when my PC, which is by no means a lightweight, struggled to play even a few tracks. However, thanks to a couple of Cubasers who had been where I was, they gave me the info I needed to bring it back to speed. The Cubase community has been no less than kind and helpful to me - and they, above and beyond the product itself, play a great part in my staying with what I consider to the best multitrack software available!
Okay, I’ve said that - it’s time to put away the sugar bowl.
This afternoon after my nap, I logged on to see the announcement that the Dorico notation software is coming during Q4 2016. Lots of nice features, it looks like … perhaps I might be able to preserve my scores in the way they were always meant to be written. Well, almost.
Then I saw the price.
I’m sure that Dorico will be a very fine product, based on the high standards and reputation I have expected from Steinberg; however at €579 (or $654.99 US), it’s priced way beyond my budget. Perhaps if I get a deal in the future that provides some development money, I can set that aside easily - but I doubt that is going to happen.
And so for all of the hours that Steinberg invested to get it right - and I’m certain that they did - I will continue to write my scores the old-fashioned way: with my pen and score paper.