Dorico Notation Software Now Available For iPad As A Free Download

Steinberg has introduced Dorico for iPad, a music notation app that lets you write music, using traditional notation, and play it back using a built-in library of sounds.

Dorico for iPad comes with a new Key Editor that they say makes it possible to work seamlessly both on conventional music notation and detailed MIDI editing tools. An on-screen multi-touch piano keyboard makes inputting and editing music easy. You can also connect a USB or Bluetooth MIDI keyboard and input music both in step time and in real time. You can also add clefs, key signatures, time signatures, dynamics, tempos and other notation.


  • Automatic engraving
  • Easy note input using on-screen keyboard, MIDI keyboard, or external keyboard
  • Intelligently adjusts notation as you write
  • Any number of movements or pieces in a single project
  • Automatic layout of instrumental parts
  • Expressive playback using included sounds and effects
  • Supports Audio Unit virtual instruments and effects processors
  • Sequencer-style piano roll MIDI editor
  • Sophisticated chord symbols, unpitched percussion and drum set notation
  • Unbarred music, tuplets across barlines, etc. all handled correctly — no workarounds
  • Transfer to and from other apps via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.

Pricing and Availability:

Dorico for iPad is available now as a free download. The free download version is limited to writing for two players. You can write for ensembles up to four players if you register for a free Steinberg account.

An option subscription unlocks the ability to score for up to 12 players, and adds Engrave mode, which lets you tweak the graphical appearance of every marking in the score.

4 thoughts on “Dorico Notation Software Now Available For iPad As A Free Download

  1. What I want is software and hardware that can scan printed music, and then play the music with built in sounds. And the speed should be adjustable so it can be slowed down while looking at the notated music.

    1. There is a product called Photoscore that does exactly that. I have used it for about 10 years. It is a bit finnacky to use, but quite accurate. Not sure if it is still being enhanced.

  2. That fella’s boomy, resonant voice, and sophisticated script lends an air of fanciness to the rollout.

    Nice that they are providing a freeware point of entry, then a slightly invasive account-sign-in for the next step up, then an annoying-to-some subscription for more (but not all?) features.

    I does look quite nice and powerful. I wish these companies would just decide what they might want for a perpetual license and ask for it. But I guess that’s not how it works.

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