First introduced for macOS and Windows in October 2016, Dorico is now used by thousands of composers and arrangers all over the world to create music for the concert hall, the cinema and the living room. It is also used widely in education, from secondary schools to music conservatories and universities and by several of the world’s leading music publishers.
Dorico has now been ‘reimagined’ for the iPad, with adaptations that retain the same streamlined interface of the desktop version while making the application comfortable for use on a touch-first device. An on-screen multi-touch piano keyboard supports easy inputting and editing of music. Panels enable the quick addition of clefs, key signatures, time signatures, dynamics and tempos. The software can also be used together with a Magic Keyboard or other Bluetooth-enabled keyboard.
Dorico’s iPad version is fully compatible with the desktop versions that run on macOS and Windows. Projects created on macOS or Windows can be opened in the iPad version, and vice versa.
‘It has always been our ambition to bring Dorico to the iPad, and we can’t wait for a whole new range of musicians to — literally — get their hands on these tools’, said Daniel Spreadbury, product marketing manager for Dorico. ‘We have refined almost every inch of the application to make it feel comfortable on a touch-first device. It looks and feels like the same beautiful, powerful application already loved by musicians all over the world, but it is full of optimisations that make it feel right at home on the iPad.”
Dorico for iPad can be downloaded from the App Store for free, and allows users to create projects for up to two players that take advantage of almost all of its powerful features without time or other limitations. To write for larger ensembles of up to four players, users will have to sign in with their free Steinberg ID. For more power and flexibility, an optional subscription can be obtained via in-app purchase that not only expands the player limit to 12, but also adds Engrave mode, providing the ability to tweak the graphical appearance of every marking in the score.
Availability and pricing
Dorico for iPad is available to download now for free from the App Store. The free version allows users to create new projects for up to two players, and open projects created in any other version of Dorico — for iPad, macOS or Windows — with any number of players.
Users will have to sign in with a free Steinberg ID to create new projects for up to four players.
Additional functionality can be unlocked by purchasing an in-app subscription for $3.99 or €3.99 per month or $39.99 or €39.99 per year (or equivalent in your local currency).
Subscribers can enjoy additional features, including detailed graphical editing of every marking and musical symbol in Engrave mode, and the ability to write for ensembles of up to 12 players.
Dorico for iPad requires iPadOS 13.0 or later, and an iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd generation or later), or iPad (7th generation or later) is recommended. 570 MB free storage space is required.