New features


Documentation for this new version is ongoing and will be updated regularly. We recommend that you also read the Version History for Dorico 5 for information about other new features not yet included in this documentation. You can download the Dorico 5 Version History from the Steinberg Download Assistant.

New Features in Version 5.0.20

Mixer panel
  • Channel strips are now shown in the Mixer panel when it is sufficiently tall. See Mixer panel.

Tie chains
  • Edits to tie chains in Write mode, including changing the stem direction of notes, now affect all notes and ties in the chain.

New Features in Version 5.0.0


Groove Agent SE
  • If you have installed Groove Agent SE, you can use new playback templates to load Groove Agent SE automatically when you add drum sets. See Playback templates.

Mouse editing
Multiple item creation
  • You can now input notations onto multiple staves simultaneously outside of note input. By default, Dorico Pro inputs notations at the first note on each staff. See Changing the item input position setting.

  • It is now possible to use scrub playback in Dorico Pro. See Scrubbing.

MIDI trigger regions
  • This new feature allows you to play back notes without showing them in the music, such as when using patterns in Groove Agent for playback. See MIDI trigger regions.

Space and Stage templates
  • These new features work together to make it much easier to produce realistic playback performances of your music. Stage templates allow you to position instruments as if they were on a real stage. Space templates emulate different rooms and concert halls by applying panning and reverb settings to instruments’ stage positions. The end result is playback that uses the stereo field more realistically, with deeper and more natural reverberation. See Space templates and Stage templates.

Pitch contour emphasis

More New Features

User interface improvements
  • The status bar has been given additional options, allowing you to switch the current layout between concert/transposed pitch and galley/page view more easily. See Status bar.

Middle C numbering convention
Instrument numbering
  • It is now possible to renumber instruments so that their numbering matches their default player order. See Renumbering instruments.

Staff label improvements
  • In simple cases, horizontal alignment and leading set for individual instrument names is now used in staff labels, overriding the settings from the corresponding paragraph style. See Edit Instrument Names dialog.

Rhythm dots
Text improvements
Playback improvements
  • Notes and items can now be muted in specific playthroughs, allowing you to hear selected notes only the second time around, for example. See Muting notes/items individually.

Mixer improvements
Music fonts
  • A variety of new music font families are now available by default. See Music fonts.

Hiding items
  • You can now hide clefs in layouts of any transposition, independently of other layouts. See Hiding/Showing clefs.