Steinberg has updated its Dorico notation software to Version 1.2. The update, which is free for existing Dorico users, includes comprehensive support for drum set notation, with fast and flexible input from a MIDI keyboard or by using the mouse or computer keyboard. The software also handles non-pitched percussion notation. Composers can quickly move individual percussion instruments from one player to another and have the parts update instantly, as well as show the same source material differently in different layouts. Dorico is also the first scoring application to support the new Universal Indian Drum Notation for tabla and other Indian drums, developed by Keda Music Ltd.

“We are excited to see the Universal Indian Drum Notation supported by Dorico,” says tabla player and founder of Keda, Kuljit Bhamra, MBE. “The new notation system is designed to allow students, teachers, composers, and musicians to play the tabla and enjoy its rich, beautiful sounds. Having it built into a package like Dorico will encourage more people to write for this expressive instrument and share their written pieces with others around the world.”

User interface improvements include a more consistent use of user-chosen measurement units throughout the program, print preview improvements, quick hiding of signposts, and quick switching between the full score and the appropriate part layout with a single keypress.

New customers buying Dorico for the first time will automatically receive Dorico 1.2 when they install.

Dorico is available from local resellers or directly from the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for the boxed full version is $579. Students and teachers can purchase Dorico at the discounted suggested retail price of $349. Users of Finale and Sibelius can buy a Dorico crossgrade at the special suggested retail price of $299, and a further educational discount is available for students and teachers, allowing them to buy Dorico for just $179.

Find more information at www.dorico.com.

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