Dorico 5.1.30 update is available


Steinberg has released Dorico 5.1.30, a minor update to Dorico 5, and the third of 2024. The improvements in this release include more options for staff labels, barlines, percussion, repeats, and user interface choices, among other areas. In addition, more than 40 bugs have been fixed since the 5.1.20/5.1.21 release in February.

The version history documentation for this release thoroughly documents the improvements as well as the bug fixes.

Dorico 5.1.30


Here’s what’s new in Dorico 5.1.30, as provided by Steinberg.

Audio engine

Steinberg Built-in ASIO Driver

The Steinberg Built-in ASIO Driver has been updated to version 1.0.6 (Windows only).


Systemic barlines

In special circumstances it is necessary to hide the systemic barline and brackets at the start of a system, or at a mid-system gap for a coda. To achieve this, a new Hide systemic barline property has been added for system and frame breaks, and for codas (which produce a mid-system gap).

The opening system of Lassus’s Magnificat septimi toni, as engraved by Ben Byram-Wigfield, with the systemic barline hidden, and a coda gap width of 0 spaces

Repeat barlines

When creating a start or end repeat barline, Dorico now considers whether an end or start repeat barline already exists at that position, and if so, creates a combined end-start repeat barline, instead of replacing the start repeat with an end repeat, or vice versa.

Bar repeats

Handle positions. The position of the end handle for bar repeat regions has been adjusted such that the end handle of one region will not collide with the start handle for an abutting region. This makes it easier to adjust the end and start handles of abutting regions. The same improvement has been made to rhythmic slash regions and chord symbol regions.


Changing staff size

When activating the Space size property for a selected system or frame break, the default value for the property is now set from the prevailing staff size, making it much easier to determine the desired value relative to the current size.

Holds and pauses

Fermatas in slash regions

Fermatas now appear in slash regions if required.


Vertical position

It is now possible in Engrave mode to adjust the vertical position of lines of lyrics on condensed staves, on percussion kits shown using the five-line staff or grid presentation type, and in material cued from another instrument.

Reset Appearance

The speed of Edit > Reset Appearance on many selected lyrics has been significantly improved. This also correspondingly improves the speed of resetting the appearance of chord symbols and text items. Furthermore, after doing Edit > Reset Appearance, lyrics now remain selected.

Markers and timecode

Timecode components

New options on the Markers page of Engraving Options allow you to choose whether hours and frames are displayed in the timecode shown for markers and in timecode at the start of the system or on the timecode staff.

It’s about time


Bar rests in percussion kits

A new option Bar rests in additional voices in five-line staff presentation has been added to the Percussion page of Notation Options. This allows Dorico to show a bar rest in the up-stem or down-stem voice in bars where no notes are present in that voice, without having to show additional bar rests in all instruments (via the existing Bar rests in additional voices option on the Rests page).


NotePerformer expression map

At the request of the team at Wallander Instruments, the playback options overrides for the dynamic delta for accent and marcato in the NotePerformer expression map have been removed; this change affects only newly created projects.

Rehearsal marks

Custom infix

In addition to allowing a custom prefix and suffix to specify text that should appear both before and after the letter or bar number in a rehearsal mark, Dorico now allows a custom infix, which will be inserted between each character of the rehearsal mark. Some fonts, such as Finale Jazz and Finale Broadway Copyist, use a combination of characters to provide handwritten-style borders and brackets. You can now specify an appropriate prefix, infix, and suffix to automate the production of such bordered rehearsal marks. The new Custom infix option can be found on the Rehearsal Marks page of Engraving Options, along with a new option Insert infix between final pair of characters. Some of these custom fonts expect the infix to appear between every pair of characters, while others work best if the infix is not specified between the final two characters. Check the documentation provided with your custom font to determine whether this option should be activated.

The fix is in with the infix

Repeat markers

Coda gaps

The flexibility of gaps before codas has been improved. A new Default gap before coda section at start of system option has been added to the Repeat Sections section of the Repeat Markers page of Engraving Options, allowing you to specify the default gap when a coda falls at the start of a system, rather than in the middle of the system.

In addition, a new Coda gap width property has been added, allowing you to override the coda gap for a selected coda item.

Staff labels

Ranges for condensed staves

A new option Consecutive player numbers has been added to the Condensing page of Engraving Options, allowing you to specify that consecutively numbered instruments condensed onto the same staff should be shown as a range: for example, four horns condensed onto the same staff can now be shown as Horn 1–4 rather than Horn

Range rover

Instrument changes

When Instrument transition position is set to Before first note in new instrument on the Players page of Layout Options, Dorico will switch to the new instrument at the barline immediately prior to the first note in the new instrument. If this happens in the middle of the system, and the old instrument has no notes on that system, you might prefer the staff label at the start of the system to show the instrument that will start playing in the middle of the system, rather than the instrument that was playing on the previous system. If so, activate the new Show first sounding instrument on system option on the Staves and Systems page of Layout Options.

Smart quotes

A new Smarten quotes option has been added to the Case section of the Staff Labels page of Engraving Options. When activated, any straight quotes or typewriter apostrophes in staff labels will be replaced with curved versions.

User interface

Status bar

It is possible to choose which elements should appear in the status bar by right-clicking anywhere on the status bar. A context menu appears, from which you can choose to show or hide any of the controls shown for the current project window mode. The choices you make here are saved as application preferences, so affect all project windows. If you use a display in portrait orientation, or otherwise need to make the Dorico project window especially narrow, you will find it helpful to hide some of the items in the status bar, as this allows the project window to have a narrower minimum width.

A matter of status

Object creation panel

When reopening a project, Dorico now restores the object creation panel in Write mode that was visible when you were last working on your project.

Key signatures in the Hub

On the Create New page of the Hub, when creating a major key signature, you will now find G♭ rather than F♯ as one of the available root notes.

Recent files

The File > Open Recent menu no longer shows the names of recent projects prepended by numbers on macOS, as is conventional for that platform. (The projects are still prepended by numbers on Windows, as before.)

Diagnostic reports

Recent versions of macOS have started to move crash log files into a new Retired subfolder inside the DiagnosticReports folder. When you choose Help > Create Diagnostic Report, Dorico will now also look for crash logs inside subfolders of DiagnosticReports. Crash logs up to 96 hours old will now be collected for the report (previously, the threshold was 48 hours).

Dorico SE and Elements

Upgrade reminders

Dorico SE is available for free download, and allows the creation of projects with up to eight players. It has many of the powerful, smart features of Dorico Elements and Dorico Pro. To help Dorico SE users identify where they could further benefit from the additional functionality of Dorico Elements, the menus in Dorico SE now contain all the items that are present in Dorico Elements with a special lock icon, and when clicked, they provide a simple way to buy an upgrade to Dorico Elements from the Steinberg online shop.

Similarly, in Dorico Elements, some of the advanced customization options of Dorico Pro are excluded. These items, particularly in the Library menu, are now shown with a lock icon. When clicked, they too provide a simple way to buy an upgrade to Dorico Pro from the Steinberg online shop.


Dorico 5.1.30 for Windows and Mac desktop is a free update for current registered users of Dorico Pro 5, Dorico Elements 5 and Dorico SE 5 users, and is available now via the Steinberg Download Assistant.

For full coverage of Dorico 5, please read our comprehensive reviews of Dorico 5.0, Dorico 5.1, Dorico 5.1.10, and Dorico 5.1.21.

Dorico 5.1.30 for iPad is available in the App Store. If your device hasn’t already automatically downloaded and installed the update, you can find it in the Updates section of the App Store app on your iPad.

For the latest information about compatibility for Finale, Sibelius, Dorico, and MuseScore, as well as links to the latest news and reviews about product releases, please see the Scoring Notes Product Guide.

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