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Dorico Elements

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Entry-level music notation

Dorico Elements is more capable than ever, with enough functionality and power for all but the most demanding professionals. If you’re using Dorico at home, at school, or at university, Dorico Elements has everything you need to make beautiful scores. Dorico Elements 5 brings many new capabilities that were previously only available in Dorico Pro.

Dorico Highlights:

  • Quick to learn - comprehensive video tutorials and on-screen help
  • Compose or arrange for ensembles of up to 12 players
  • Fully compatible with Dorico Pro
  • Best automatic notation and engraving of any software
  • Easy note input
  • Clear user interface
  • Excellent results by default - saves time
  • Intelligently adjusts notation as you write
  • Any number of movements or pieces in a single project
  • Sequencer-style piano roll MIDI editor
  • Transfer to and from other programs via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc
  • Supports VST 3 virtual instruments and effects processors (30 included)

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New in Version 5

  • Stage and Space templates - Dorico comes with dozens of powerful effects processors to sculpt your sound, and Dorico 5’s new Space and Stage templates make it simple to try out different configurations: use a simple visual interface to move instruments on the virtual stage, and Dorico automatically translates that into pan and reverb settings. Experiment with different rooms, and quickly recall any previous state by creating a mixer snapshot. Reorder and rename outputs, create send buses, and more.

  • Pitch contour emphasis - Dorico reads the notations in your score the way a human musician does, automatically switching to different articulations and playing techniques using whatever sample library you choose. Building on these foundations, Dorico’s playback is more expressive than ever, using sophisticated algorithms to breathe life into phrases in the same way human musicians do. No longer do you need great keyboard skills to bring your notated music to life.

  • Groove Agent SE - Groove Agent SE is the entry-level version of Steinberg’s creative drum software and is now included with Dorico 5. It includes a version of The Kit, an acoustic drum kit recorded in Berlin’s Teldex Studios, including its classic reverb chamber, and provides a choice of two mic positions. Not only can Groove Agent SE be used as a high-quality drum kit playback device for your Dorico projects, but it also includes more than 400 MIDI drum patterns, performed by top studio drummers, and mixed by Steinberg’s expert engineers. You can trigger these in Dorico using the new MIDI trigger region or drag and drop any pattern onto the track overview in Play mode to import that pattern.

  • MIDI triggers - Dorico’s new MIDI trigger regions play a note or chord that doesn’t appear in the score for a period determined by you. This is especially useful for triggering MIDI patterns in plug-ins like Groove Agent SE, or other pattern-based instruments such as TGuitar. If you’re writing for a real drummer or guitarist, you don’t need to write out their part in full: give them the structure of the piece, a few rhythmic cues, and chord symbols, and they’ll take care of the rest. But if you want to have some realistic playback without spending a lot of time and effort writing out music that won’t ultimately be played by your human musicians, pattern-based plug-ins can save a lot of time.

  • Scrub playback - Dorico 5 introduces a new scrub playback feature that makes it easy to audition the whole ensemble or a single instrument at any point and move forwards or backwards through the playback at any speed. This is invaluable for checking harmonies, finding wrong notes, and focusing on specific moments in your music.

  • Multiple item creation - Dorico 5 overhauls item creation from a selection: you can now create multiple items at the same time, on multiple instruments, and even at different positions on each instrument.

  • Live editing - Dorico 5 includes new features to quickly edit and copy music using the mouse. You can drag selected notes to alter their pitch, or drag them to new rhythmic positions, with a live overlay to show you where the notes will be moved to. Interacting directly with the mouse makes it easier and quicker to sculpt your music, whether you do it directly in the notation or in the Key Editor.

  • MusicXML import and export - MusicXML is the widely supported interchange format for exchanging music notation data between applications. Dorico 5 brings enriched support for importing harmonics, playing techniques, ornaments, holds and pauses, and more. MusicXML export is also improved, with page layout information now included, and basic support for encoding information about the music and text fonts used in the project.

  • New music fonts - Dorico 5 includes no fewer than eight new music font families to bring greater variety to the look of your projects: four new handwritten-style fonts, and four engraved fonts, all available at the click of a single button.

With Steinberg products, you always receive the most current program version available at the time of registration!

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  • macOS 10.15 or higher
  • Multi-core Intel or Apple silicon 64-bit CPU
  • RAM: 8GB (16GB recommended)
  • 12.0 GB free storage space


  • Windows 10 / Windows 11
  • Multi-core Intel or AMD 64-bit CPU
  • RAM:8GB (16GB recommended)
  • 12.0 GB free storage space

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