Steinberg “PSA”: Limited time discounted price for Dorico 4 upgrade path

News

Dorico 4 will be released very soon, and that news is no surprise to Scoring Notes readers. It will be the first Steinberg product to use new licensing system.

There is, however, more news about the upcoming release, and it is in the form of a “public service announcement” made today by Steinberg product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury on the official Dorico forum.

We’ll quote it here in full first, and then provide a little analysis for the smart shopper in light of Steinberg’s PSA about the pricing for the forthcoming Dorico 4 release and a limited-time money-saving opportunity if you intend to upgrade:

“Just a quick public service announcement here, especially for users running Dorico Pro 3 but who did not update to Dorico Pro 3.5.

Dorico Pro 4 is going to be released early this year, and when it arrives, there will be two different prices for users of previous versions of Dorico to update to the new version. Users who have the most recent version, Dorico Pro 3.5, will pay one (lower) price, and users of all previous versions – Dorico Pro 3.0, 2.0, and Dorico 1.0 – will pay another (higher) price.

If you are currently running Dorico Pro 3.0, then you should seriously consider buying the Dorico Pro 3.5 update now. If you buy and activate your Dorico Pro 3.5 update now, you will receive a free update to Dorico Pro 4 when it is released, and the cost of the Dorico Pro 3.0 to Dorico Pro 3.5 update is a lot lower than the cost of the Dorico Pro 3.0 (or earlier) to Dorico Pro 4.0 update.

If you are currently running Dorico Pro 2 or Dorico 1.x, then there is less of a price differential to worry about: the cost of the update from Dorico Pro 2 or Dorico 1.x to Dorico Pro 3.5 and the cost of the forthcoming update from Dorico Pro 3.0, 2.0 or Dorico 1.x to Dorico Pro 4 are pretty similar.

If you are a Dorico Elements user, running either Elements 3.0 or 2.0, there’s no particular reason to update to Dorico Elements 3.5 now, though if you choose to do so, you will also receive a free update to Dorico Elements 4.0 when it is released.

Dorico Pro 4 is a large update, even if you are coming from Dorico Pro 3.5: in terms of the sheer number of changes and improvements over the previous version, it is the largest single release we have ever produced. I am confident that whatever price you pay for Dorico Pro 4, you will get good value for money.

However, the price differential for Dorico Pro 3.0 users between updating to Dorico Pro 3.5 now and updating to Dorico Pro 4.0 later is sufficiently large that I wanted to at least mention it here so that any Dorico Pro 3.0 users who are planning to buy Dorico Pro 4.0 can save some money by updating to 3.5 now.”

Let’s break this down:

(TL;DR: If you have Dorico Pro 3.0 and plan to get Dorico Pro 4.0, you can likely save $100 by purchasing Dorico Pro 3.5 now, before Dorico Pro 4.0 is released.)

If you have Dorico Pro 3.5, and purchased that version on or after August 25, 2021:

  • You currently have the latest version of Dorico Pro.
  • Congratulations! Advance to “GO”. You will get a free Dorico Pro 4 upgrade, no strings attached.

If you have Dorico Pro 3.5, and purchased that version before August 25, 2021:

  • You currently have the latest version of Dorico Pro.
  • When you upgrade to Dorico Pro 4, you will pay an upgrade price that is less than that which users upgrading from Dorico Pro 3.0 or earlier will pay.
  • Steinberg has not announced what the upgrade price will be, but the price to upgrade from Dorico Pro 2 to Dorico Pro 3 was $99.99. So let’s assume the fee to upgrade from Dorico Pro 3.5 (pre-Aug. 25) to Dorico Pro 4 will also be around $99.99.

If you have Dorico 3.0:

  • The fee to upgrade now to Dorico Pro 3.5 is $59.99.
  • If you purchase this upgrade, you will get Dorico Pro 4 for free.
  • Therefore, the fee to upgrade from Dorico Pro 3.0 to Dorico Pro 4 is $59.99, but only if you purchase the upgrade to Dorico Pro 3.5 now, before Dorico Pro 4 is released.
  • If you wait until Dorico Pro 4 is released, you will probably have to pay the larger upgrade fee (currently $159.99).
  • So, you can likely save $100 by purchasing Dorico Pro 3.5 now, before Dorico Pro 4.0 is released.

If you have Dorico Pro 2.0 or earlier:

  • Purchasing the Dorico Pro 3.5 update now costs $159.99.
  • We can expect that the cost to upgrade from Dorico 2.0 or earlier to Dorico 4.0 will be “pretty similar”.
  • So, you can take a wait-and-see approach, if you like.

If you’re a Dorico Elements 3.0 or earlier user (not Dorico Pro):

  • This is clear: “There’s no particular reason to update to Dorico Elements 3.5 now, though if you choose to do so, you will also receive a free update to Dorico Elements 4.0 when it is released.”

So, there you have it. Because of Steinberg’s offer to purchase Dorico Pro 3.5 and get Dorico Pro 4 for free, users coming from Dorico 3.0 effectively can take advantage of a $100 discount for a limited time.

Although Steinberg has not explicitly revealed pricing nor an explicit release date, kudos to them for giving users fair warning of forthcoming changes and the eventual expiration of this opportunity upon the release of Dorico 4.

They also haven’t exactly said what features Dorico 4 will bring, but we have every reason to expect a plentiful number of substantial new features and improvements. For all of those details, stay tuned to Scoring Notes for forthcoming coverage of the Dorico 4 release, whenever it may appear!

Comments

  1. Adrien de Croy

    Seems like people who upgraded to 3.5 when it came out are left a little bit in the cold.

    These are arguably the most loyal of all the Dorico customers.

    People who didn’t and just stayed on 3.0 now have a $59.99 upgrade path to 4.0
    But people who paid for the upgrade to 3.5 prior to Aug will have a presumed 99.99 upgrade path to 4.0

    On top of the already paid $100 upgrade back in Nov 2020.

    What message does this send? Did they think this through?

    1. Philip Rothman

      If you upgraded to Dorico 3.5 some time between when it was released on May 20, 2020 and before August 25, 2021, I suppose you can ask if you got your $100 worth use of those updates, and I would suggest that the answer is probably yes.

    2. Philip Rothman

      A point of clarification: “On top of the already paid $100 upgrade back in Nov 2020”; If you upgraded from Dorico 3 to 3.5 at that time, you would have paid $59.99, not $100. So if you upgrade to Dorico 4 when it is released in the near future, you will pay another $100. Effectively, $159.99 total for the two releases (3.5 and 4) since Dorico 3 came out in September 2019.

      1. Adrien de Croy

        I paid 164 NZD at that time. About $110 USD.

        I still find Dorico a bit obstructive to use so no I didn’t get any value out of it yet but I still hope that will come.

        1. Philip Rothman

          Thanks. That is interesting as I was not aware of the price discrepancies although with GST added perhaps it accounts for the difference. Although it’s surprising to hear it was that much higher even after factoring it in.

          I suppose “YMMV” as they say, regarding the value of the upgrades, but it seems that many users feel they received the value they paid for the 3.5 update by being able to use it for the last year and a half compared to 3.0.

          1. Adrien de Croy

            Yes, I’m sure most people got a lot more use out of it than me.

            I am sitting here thinking though, that it shouldn’t be cheaper from this point to go from 3.0 to 4.0 than from 3.5 to 4.0.

          2. Philip Rothman

            Yes, they are having much the same conversation at the Steinberg forum and the rationale is well-explained :-)

          3. Adrien de Croy

            hmmm, turns out that $164 was for a Cubase update. Still looking for the invoice for my Dorico update.

            oops.

          4. Adrien de Croy

            it was $98 NZD. So, that clears that up at least.

          5. Philip Rothman

            Oh, good! I appreciate the follow-up. Yes, that does make a lot more sense.

  2. Joseph M. Thrower

    In light of the new Security, will my dongle work with the new version?

    1. Ben

      You won’t need a dongle with the new licensing scheme. You get 3 seats per licence.

  3. Rainer Stemmermann

    I feel the same way as Adrien. I bought Dorico right at the beginning and went through every upgrade, but very rarely used it. As a Sibelius user from the beginning, I feel much more comfortable there at the moment, but I don’t really agree with Avid’s reluctant upgrade policy for many years now. My decision to buy Dorico is a mixture of respect for Daniel Spreadbury and his team as well as the hope to get the market moving again with a strong competitor.

    Despite some outstanding features, I am still missing a few things to finally switch from Sibelius to Dorico. I hope for a moderate upgrade price from 3.5 to 4.0 and the possibility to use templates in Dorico soon.

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