Hello Dorico team and colleagues,
Some thoughts about Dorico passing through my mind and I decided to share them…
I hope something positive may come out of them!
Let’s imagine that Dorico Pro becomes open source and (or at least) free… Why not?!
We already have enough successful examples for that…
- Muse Score owned by Ultimate Guitar - the core team is well paid and in addition they have volunteer programmers who help them. I suppose the core team isn’t smaller than the one behind Dorico.
- They have paid cloud service where people share scores and the download costs money.
- Also they have donations.
- Cakewalk which is owned by BandLab, and the DAW became free.
- The team behind Cakewalk is surely much bigger than the one behind Dorico.
- Most probably is well paid
- BandLab looses nothing.
I believe Yamaha and Steinberg are enough powerful and successful companies to afford to make one of their Pro products free, or even open source.
- Surely many volunteer programmers will join and help the development of this great app.
- Donation option could be added, and surely many people will donate.
- Once Dorico has serious integration with Cubase/Nuendo, which are paid, some Dorico users will invest money for a DAW
- Surely much more educational and other musical institutions will be interested to adopt Dorico as their main notation software, which will also open the doors for the other Steinberg and Yamaha products.
- For the institutions could be some obligatory donation.
- An online store, where Dorico users can sell their works could be opened and Steinberg could earn from small commissions. For sure many people will be interested in selling their works that way. Just somehow copyrights should be guaranteed to the authors of the music, arrangement, or orchestration… That way Steinberg could even help many people to get paid for their musical work and to establish contacts.
I suppose all these things would even increase the Steinberg’s income from Dorico.
I hope that we could start some fruitful discussion on this topic with the Dorico team, and the head of Steinberg!