Music Notation And Composition Software For macOS, Windows, And iPad

Dorico helps you to compose music and write it in music notation, automatically producing printed results of exceptional quality. It also gives you sequencer-style tools for editing the playback of your music, without compromising the beauty of the score. With hundreds of unique, smart time-saving features you won’t find anywhere else, Dorico is easy enough for anyone to learn, but powerful enough to satisfy even the most demanding professionals.

Fast, flexible workflows

Ideal for teaching and learning

Unrivalled musical intelligence

Beautiful, modern design

Now available for iPad – free from the App Store

Dorico is now available for iPad, and you can download from the App Store free of charge. Experience the same powerful, beautiful composition software, carefully refined for a touch-first interface, and with the freedom to make music wherever you are.

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Dorico is by far the best and most advanced music writing software.  It has everything you need and more. The support for Dorico and the Steinberg Forum are fantastic. You won't regret getting these products.
Herbie HancockPhoto ©Douglas Kirkland
Composing with Dorico


Composing, arranging — or just writing and printing out music — is made much quicker and more efficient with Dorico. Thanks to its intelligent design, it automatically adjusts the notation as you write. With nearly 1,500 sounds included, arrangements can be played back with exceptional realism and, with no workarounds needed for advanced notation, Dorico produces excellent results much more quickly than has been possible before.

Use Dorico to learn music notation


With its streamlined, natural user interface, students and those with less experience in scoring can compose and arrange straight into Dorico, making learning the language of music notation much faster and more intuitive. Editing and making changes — such as instrument, time signature or key — are straightforward, with the notation instantly and correctly adapting to include them, reinforcing the learning outcome. For teachers, producing teaching materials and hand-outs that mix music and text is easy, and it’s never been quicker to adapt arrangements for your band, orchestra or other school ensemble.

Use Dorico fpr publishing


Dorico is the perfect tool for music engraving, publishing and copying. It automatically lays out pages of balance and beauty, with comprehensive collision avoidance and advanced algorithms that handle almost any musical context with ease. Music made with Dorico has the look of the finest traditionally engraved music, and the software provides tweaking tools to satisfy the most demanding professional. Producing high-quality, crystal-clear scores for selling or performance has never been faster or easier.

Composition Software For Every Musician

Dorico is a complete family of products suitable for musicians of every experience level, budget and device.
Every member of the family produces beautiful music notation, and projects are fully compatible between every version.

Find the right product for you:

Dorico SE

Write for one or two instruments – completely free

Dorico for iPad

Write for up to four instruments for free, or for ensembles of any size with an optional in-app…

Dorico Elements

Write for up to 24 instruments, with more and better sounds.

Dorico Pro

Write for ensembles of any size, with all of the tools you need to produce work of professional…

The Whole World Of Dorico

Alan Silvestri, Scoring a Blockbuster, Part 1: From Cubase to Dorico | Artist

Alan Silvestri, Scoring a Blockbuster, Part 2: Working in Dorico | Artist

Preparing "The Piano": Music from the Motion Picture, from Page to Stage

Pianist Gemma Turvey on Composing with Dorico

Arranging in Dorico Pro with the Baltic Soul Orchestra



Best automatic engraving of any software

Easy note input

Intelligently adjusts notation as you write

Any number of movements or pieces in a single project

Automatic layout of instrumental parts, including unique linked cues

Stunning playback — nearly 1,500 sounds included

Supports VST 3 virtual instruments and effects processors (30 included)

Sequencer-style piano roll MIDI editor

DTP page layout

Sophisticated chord symbols, unpitched percussion and drum set notation

Unbarred music, tuplets across barlines, microtonality, etc. all handled correctly — no workarounds

Transfer to and from other programs via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.