I don’t want to start a flame war, but if I’m honest, I was a little disappointed with the new release. I don’t think I’ll be upgrading because what is offered in the release doesn’t really meet my requirements. It could be that the expression maps update would be handy, but it got me thinking on what the user base of Dorico is?
Personally, since jumping in at Version 1 I have been amazed at the part-production Dorico is capable of. So if I was in a role that needed high quality, quickly editable part production Dorico would be my first choice. Sadly, this doesn’t apply to me.
If I was an engraver (although I don’t specifically know what an engraver does) or someone being paid to produce printed music for retail, Dorico meets this requirement admirably.
If I was in full-time teaching, again Dorico’s ability to easily mangle the printed page would suit me down to the ground. I’m not.
I’m a composer / musician who trained in music therefore finds it second nature to think of music in terms of notation rather than piano roll, or any of the other myriads of display found in software. What I really want from a ‘DAW’ is a way of recording real audio that I can record live as well as reproducing audio that I can’t record live (like an orchestra or electronic sounds) BUT which allows me for the main, to think in terms of notation.
I’m surely not alone in this?
Do I need condensing? Probably not.
Do I need figured bass? Certainly not.
Do I need to be able to create ‘contemporary graphics’ possibly for contemporary music. Certainly not.
I hope this post isn’t take the wrong way. The main reason I’ve continued to buy the upgrades up until now has been to support the team, because I can’t think of one other company (apart from possibly Presonus) where the support from the guys who make the product has been impeccable. This has been without doubt the best forum for problem solving I’ve ever been a member of, so THANK YOU very much. I can’t imagine that your business plan hasn’t followed the footfall who need these functions, but if I think for a minute what would closer meet my needs, it might be:
A program that combines both PLAY and WRITE functions. So that you can see the notation and the playback of virtual instruments.
A program that creates notation from real audio (or attempts to).
A program that supports multi-output audio so that it can be mixed outside the computer.
A program that has high quality playback right out of the box and is an integral part of the programming to make it lean.
As I said, I may be quite alone in needing these kind of things.
As with most things in life, I often know what I don’t want or need.
Defining what I do want, is a little trickier.
With much respect to the team and what they have already accomplished, I really would be interested in knowing what the user base of Dorico presently is and what it is imagined it could be.