Very sadly I will never purchase Dorico

a music teacher?

here´s a solution: you can buy the EDU Version = half price = 2x Dorico!


Pricing & availability

€349 – Educational pricing for qualifying teachers and students* :bulb:

€299 – Special time-limited crossgrade pricing for qualifying Sibelius and Finale users* :bulb:


Thanks Daniel - fwiw, if you need to convince the folks at Steinberg you could use several arguments: 1. Sibelius has two licenses and you want Dorico to be at least as attractive as Sibelius in every way (including the licensing terms) so as to tempt current Sibelius users with a crossgrade; and 2. In terms of continuity, computers can break down for whatever reason (hard drive failure, a virus, etc.), and if they do and you’re in the middle of a project right before a deadline, you are dead in the water - unless you have a second machine and backup files.

I would think that providing 2 soft e activations would be a simple solution. VSL provides 3 activations for VE Pro and VI Pro

I can honestly say, this will not be a deal breaker for me. I am rather interested to see more in terms of functionality to decide, wether this program will be able to replace Sibelius for me with v1 already.
However, I do support the OPs request, as for a notation program, using a second copy on a laptop is kind of essential. With Cubase, I don’t mind it a lot, as this is a stationary PC in my studio and I am not too keen to using it on laptop (although I think many people will be …). But with a laptop - even, if Steinberg would decide to give the customer two licenses - a USB dongle is a big PITA, so it does put me off in some way.
On the other hand: While USB dongles have been cracked, they are much more likely to stay safe - at least for a long time, while pretty much every software protection gets cracked in no time … so I do understand Steinbergs reasoning. And if the lack of business loss due to piracy will somehow be followed by reasonable upgrade pricing … AND NOT EVER A SWITCH TO SUBSCRIPTION MODE :wink: … everything is ok with me.

One solution could be the possibility of buying a 2nd licence at a discount. That’s the one real issue I have with all of Steinberg’s pricing; there is no discount for 2nd licences. Hence me having to pay full price for all three of my Nuendo licences. :frowning:


Ok, one worry is eliminated! I read this from a Steinberg employee so it is save:
“It will be soft-eLicneser based. No dongle will be required.”
Alright, if they would decide to offer to licenses per purchase or a small fee for a second license, there is nothing to complain about.

The only thing to watch is the soft licence is tied to one computer. If you want to move it you ave to go with the USB eLicenser.


That wouldn’t be a problem to me, as long as I can move that license in between elicenser hard and software version back and forth as often as I want to. I have only used the hardware dongle, not the software version of licenser, so I am not sure, but I assume it should be possible.

You guys may want to shift to this thread to talk about possible alternative solutions in lieu of current eLc and soft-eLc:

Daniel has stated the moving the software license is not a quick and east thing to do.

I purchased Cubase Elements for my laptop since that’s all I would need there. Kind of a pain that I would have to but for a notation program I would need the full power of the program on my laptop.

Both of Dorico’s main competitors allow installation on two computers. As Dorico is a new player in the music notation market, I think it is a very poor decision not to be at least as flexible as their competition. As a working musician, I have my notation software installed on my desktop studio setup, but I absolutely have to be able to use the software on my laptop when I am on the road too. There are plenty of times when I may not have internet access on my laptop so some complicated transferring e-licence scheme is not terribly helpful either. Both other products simply allow product registration on two machines.

As a new player in the market, Dorico needs to be giving potential customers reasons to switch. The lack of chord symbols in the initial release will already eliminate much of the potential market, why unnecessarily eliminate more of it with a burdensome copy protection scheme?

Licensing is clearly an issue. Some things to consider:

Sibelius 8.3 and Finale 2014.5 allow 2 personal installations. Based on educational price, buying two Dorico licenses, even at a discount, is not cost effective at all. The problem I have (and it seems many other people have) with only one installation is that it is still only ONE person using the license. What difference does two machines make? On a side note, Pyware also allows two installations.
–Sibelius 8.3 Education Price $299.00
–Finale 2014.5 Education Price $350.00 Crossgrade Price $149.00
–Dorico Education Price $390.84 Crossgrade Price $334.84

A HUGE issue for me is AVID is requiring a fee of $89 each year to keep a perpetual license current. If it lapses, you can no longer update nor upgrade your software. I do not believe Finale is doing this. This is pretty much a deal breaker with me. When my perpetual license runs out next year, I WILL be switching to another program. Dorico looks promising. The higher price compared to Finale or Sibelius is understandable if it delivers AS INDICATED and without a ton of bugs. But there really is no reason not to allow two installations when it seems to be fairly common.


I refer you back to my previous response in this thread here:

As and when there is more news to share concerning this issue, I will provide an update as soon as possible.

It is not possible to move a license from a Steinberg key to a sofelicenser. It is a one way route, if you move it to a usb key it will never come back to a softelicenser.

I’m also hoping that there’s movement on the licensing situation, as the large pieces of software I own all currently allow installation on two computers. I move freely between desktop and laptop use, and sometimes just grab the laptop and head out, but still need access to demonstrate scores or make changes when I’m with musicians.

I’d like to see either a second licence included, or a significant discount on second (and other?) licences when bought for the same account.

Dorico shall use the Soft-eLicenser, which is a virtual license container on the hard disk. Further details are available at following link:

It will be possible to use the same Dorico license on several Digital Audio Workstations by moving Dorico’s license from Soft-eLicenser to USB-eLicenser.
A transfer back in the opposite direction - from USB-eLicenser to Soft-eLicenser - is not possible. Once the license is stored on an USB-eLicenser, the USB-eLicenser must be connected whenever you use the software.
Further details:

I know; that’s why I’m lending my voice to the calls for either a second licence or discounts on further licences. If I transfer my licence to a USB licenser, it’s instantly much more vulnerable to loss or breakage, and I need to have it with me at all times. I’d just like Steinberg to make it easy to use the software on the move and at home, which a lot of musicians will need.


The most obvious solution is to give people multiple licenses. I gave up on Cubase this year for several reasons. I bought a DAW that I felt was better for my film scoring needs. It came with 5 soft licenses. It’s brilliant.

If Steinberg simply did the same thing, but with the e-Licenser, then you’d at least have less complaints. I still wouldn’t like having things tethered to a USB stick. But the UX would still be far far better.

I’m keeping a close eye on Dorico. I flipped out when Daniel said early on that the focus was engraving and midi playback wouldn’t get attention until later. However, a video of our English friend surfaced on Youtube showed me otherwise. While I understand the desire to keep things hush hush, it actually hurt my view of Dorico in a large way up until the point where I saw the video. All I’m saying is that Dorico has already seen a rocky start… and it didn’t need to.

If you want this software to succeed, look at what other companies are doing right. Then do better. Every time I’ve ever argued UX with people who don’t get it, I often feel like I’m arguing with 5 year olds having a tantrum. The fact is, people buy what they enjoy using and if it serves their needs well. It really isn’t complicated. The only thing complicating it is when people feel so insecure about sales that they start chaining up their loyal users.

Who here enjoys dongles? Anyone?

Now, there are defenders who don’t mind, and some might even make a preposterous claim that they enjoy the dongle somehow or it gives them a sense of security. But just ask yourselves if anyone… anyone at all ENJOYS a ball and chain. Soon enough we’ll look back at the companies that tried to impose restraints on their users and we’ll say “yeah, that didn’t work for long did it?” Steinberg isn’t just making a decision that affects it in this moment. It’s making decisions which I believe affect its reputation. While I’m a Spitfire user I still own VSL products because their legato is always worth coming back to and dry samples are sometimes very useful. But if someone made an equally good product without the dongle, I’d switch just out of convenience alone. I respect the VSL folks a great deal. But it has to serve my purpose first, otherwise why buy it?

In short, my biggest factor in UX is whether I can use Dorico at all. A test drive will help me know that. But after that, the dongle is very relevant to that same factor. And for all those disagreeing, I’m sorry but you are absolutely wrong. There isn’t even a debate here. It may work for you… fine. But it’s obviously causing poor UX for many others. So whether you like it or not, our views are just as valid. And that fact alone is enough to say that the dongle was a bad move. Even then, I knew a couple guys in college using Cubase without a dongle on their laptops, which I assume meant that they hacked it. Where there’s a will, there is a way. So what’s the point in protecting a vault that has a backdoor?

On every account, this is such a worn issue. It’s time to break the shackles! If not, then I won’t promise this will deter me. I’ll at least give Dorico a fair chance based on what it does. But it does affect me. It does leave a taste in my mouth. And even if I jumped on board, the moment someone else fills enough of the same needs without a dongle, I’d jump on their train.

I hope this post is seen as respectful. I tend to not hold back, but not to offend as much as to make it very clear what my positions are.

Thank you,


Yes, I’m absolute with you guys on this one. I have a Sibelius copy in my studio at Naval Base Simon’s Town and a copy at my home PC to continue my work at home in the evening. Sibelius’ new Application Manager takes care of tracking the seats.

I also have a copy of Sibelius on my laptop, so IF I go on tour with the band, I only have to de-activate one of my 2 PC’s copies, which releases a seat. Then I activate the copy on my laptop…thereby constantly having only 2 seats activated. This works GREAT for me!

Steinberg could do the SAME! Instead of the Application Manager, the iLoc does the same thing in principle. You can have copies of Dorico on 10 PC, for all I care, but only ONE (but hopefully 2) can be activated at any given time. But, IF Steinberg decides to allow for only ONE PC at a time, that should be OK with the iLoc. When you activate your PC at work, Steinberg then automatically de-activates the other PC…activating the PC you are working on at THAT given time. Once back at work, inserting the iLoc, de-activates the home PC…simple as THAT!

So, it’s not really HOW MANY COPIES of Dorico is installed…they are ALL in Demo mode until activated by an iLoc. The ONLY drawback, I see, is if one do not have an active internet connection in order for Steinberg Licensing Server to handle the activations (and de-activations)…unless you first de-activate you home copy and the ILOC stores that de-activated seat. Then your work’s copy detects that open seat and activates your work’s PC. Then no internet connection is required.

And, lastly, don’t think for one moment Dorico is cheap (the same counts for Finale and Sibelius). There ARE countries where Software purchases in insanely high due to their bad exchange rates. $299 might be nothing for someone, but for ME, it is R6000+ (EDU pricing) and more than R10 000 (normal pricing). So please don’t talk for me when you say “Aw! Just purchase a second license”! That’s high hopes. I’m not being rude here, but Dorico is currently NOT running at it’s planned optimum potential…which will take a few more years. I don’t see why we cannot pay again, in a few years, for a MAJOR upgrade again. Or…if Steinberg does bring forth fantastic new features, why not offer it to purchase…so, at first…now this year, we purchase a core functional software, and purchase major (not 1.xx) upgrades. Bug fixes should be free because that is programmers’ “errors”/solutions for THEIR code to fix. I pay only for operational code. :slight_smile: Do you agree?