Steinberg claims that Dorico is the only scoring software that musicians can compose and arrange freely into, providing the best automatic notation and engraving of any software. It is designed to intelligently adjust notation as you write and includes a 3,000-plus symbol music font. With nearly 1,500 sounds included, Dorico provides realistic playback. The latest update, Dorico 1.1, includes nearly 500 improvements, including piano pedaling with advanced techniques, unique intelligent note spelling for MIDI step input, comprehensive features for precise editing, and expanded import export features.
IK Multimedia’s pocket-sized iRig Pro I/O personal mobile interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, and Android devices lets musicians hook up all their gear to record 24-bit/96kHz pro-quality audio and MIDI tracks anywhere. It features high-quality 1/8-inch headphone/line out with level control and built-in device charging for extended sessions, using an optional power supply. iRig Pro I/O comes with around $500 worth of IK software including AmpliTube, SampleTank3 SE, and T-RackS Deluxe with Mic Room.
Radial Engineering’s North-Star combination overdrive and power booster was designed with rock-oriented country guitarists in mind, but its adjustable sonic characteristics and versatile overdrive circuitry make it suitable for any playing style. And no matter where the drive control is set, you will still be able to articulate every note. North-Star is equipped with a separate boost circuit that provides up to 24dB of clean gain to the signal. Players can connect other pedals for easy transitions from rhythm to lead tones. A true-bypass pedal, the effects loop can also be used to remove noisy, tone-sucking pedals from the signal chain. Powered by a standard 9V power supply, it’s built in a tough, pedalboard-friendly, 14-gauge steel chassis.