NAMM 2018: Dorico demonstrated for SCL at the American Film Institute


Note: All this week, we’ll be publishing posts from the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. It’s a huge exhibition, so we’ll focus on what we try to do best: cover the field of music notation software and related technology.

In advance of today’s official opening of the show, Steinberg product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury gave an in-depth Dorico presentation to the Society of Composers & Lyricists at the American Film Institute.

When you travel thousands of miles from London to California to promote your music notation program, surely you want to do everything you can to maximize your travels. So even before the 2018 NAMM Show began, Steinberg product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury took the opportunity to demonstrate Dorico on Tuesday, January 23 at a gathering of the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

I caught up with Slanted Hall‘s Jeff Kellem, who attended the event and courteously provided the following photos and description of the evening. Jeff is a type designer providing quality digital fonts for retail and custom use, along with tools for typeface design workflow, and he will be present at the NAMM Show to discuss his music fonts and more.

Jeff said:

A lot has changed in the year since Daniel introduced Dorico to the SCL. Perhaps about a third to half of the audience attended the seminar last year. So, Daniel started with an overview of working with Dorico.

He showed off the expansive support recently added for chord symbols (entering, large variety of display options, customization), cues for orchestral arrangements, drum set and percussion notation, pedaling, playing techniques for both notation and playback adjustment, among many other features. A number of times, the audience responded with delight about how Dorico handled things. There were many more new features that Daniel would have liked to talk about, but there was not enough time.

I talked with film/tv and game composers, songwriters, and music educators both about my music notation fonts and some of what makes Dorico stand out. While Anton Riehl and I caught up, he mentioned how well Dorico helped him quickly produce the book for Tuba Christmas. Others were curious how it compared to Sibelius, Finale, and others, finding that Dorico is well on its way to becoming a preferred notation tool. Many expressed a strong interest in exploring Dorico further.

For those that were unable to attend the presentation, a full video is available.

If you will be at the NAMM Show, Daniel and product specialist John Barron will be present. Daniel will be giving a 30-minute demonstration today (Thursday, January 25), Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27 in the Steinberg room, off to the side of the Elite Ballroom 3 in the Marriott.

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