NAMM 2020: Interview with Daniel Spreadbury on the release of Dorico 3.1 and Dorico SE


Note: All this week, we’ll be publishing posts from the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. It’s a huge exhibition, so we’ll focus on what we do best: covering the field of music notation software and related technology. Follow all of our NAMM 2020 coverage at Scoring Notes, and on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

In this post, we interview Steinberg’s product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury, and talk about the Dorico 3.1 update and the release of Dorico SE, a free version of Dorico. If you’re at NAMM 2020, you can find Dorico as part of Yamaha’s station in the Elite 2 ballroom of the Marriott Hotel, where there will be a Dorico presentation at 3:30 pm each day of the show.

Steinberg product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury is no stranger to Scoring Notes, or to the NAMM Show, for that matter. For many years he’s attended the sprawling exhibition in Anaheim, California, where industry veterans explore the latest offerings from music manufacturers.

Steinberg has released Dorico 3.1 and a new free version, Dorico SE, to coincide with the opening of the NAMM Show, and Dorico’s presence there this year is led by international product specialist John Barron. Here’s John yesterday, enjoying a fun moment with a NAMM attendee, in Steinberg’s product room in the Elite 2 ballroom of the Marriott Hotel:

Daniel, however, isn’t in sunny California for the first time in many years. Instead, you’ll find him today and all weekend at a brand-new conference in Salzburg, Austria, sponsored in part by Steinberg. Music Engraving in the 21st Century: Developments and Perspectives, hosted by the Mozarteum University, has an active a three-day agenda beginning January 17, 2020. On Saturday, January 18, at 3:00 Salzburg time, Daniel will be presenting a 90-minute overview of the new features in Dorico 3.1. (We plan to have coverage from the Mozarteum conference on Scoring Notes, following our NAMM coverage.)

In anticipation of Daniel’s travel schedule, I had the opportunity to speak with him at length just prior to the Dorico 3.1 release.

Our video interview covers the following areas:

I apologize for the audio echo on my end at approximately 28:00 and 1:13:00 in the interview; in each instance the problem resolves within about one minute.

If you haven’t yet read our extensive review of all that’s new in Dorico 3.1, by all means check it out either before or after watching the interview.

It’s been a busy time for the Dorico team, and in our interview, Daniel said, “The one thing I can safely say is there is no shortage of more things to do and we will be very busy for for the foreseeable future.” With that in mind, we’re grateful he took some time to speak with Scoring Notes.

Stay tuned to Scoring Notes for more NAMM 2020 coverage on the products you use and want to know about. Thanks for watching and reading!

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