I am working on setting up music on Elements, but am not sure if they can be accommodated, so sorry for these questions.
Firstly I wanted to know the limits of different parts in Elements, and wherever I looked it said - no more than 12 players: I was wondering about this, as some instruments - notably some keyboard players - use two staves, while in general only one is used. I tried this out, setting up a project with the unlikley combination of 12 piano soloists (shades of the Los Angeles Olympics, where there were many pianists !). I was able to set up this number, but there were problems when I tried to enternotes, especially either above or below the staves, owing to space problems.
Is it still possible to do this by having a larger page - say, A3 ? Does Elements have this possibility ? The point is that 12 players can indeed need 24 staves, and this would probably be a problem with Pro, but condensing could possibly simplify the problem by combining staves - I think.
I then looked at what I was actually trying to do: if I use only some of the staves, and having entered a theme on, say, violin 1, could I hear it while entering the Violin 2 part from my MIDI keyboard ? Could I go further, hearing all the parts I had entered Vl1, Vl2, possibly Cello - while entering the viola part ? Is this possible on Elements or Pro ? I know it is a bit like using the software like a multi track unit like Transam Portostudio, but is would give more flexibility ?
Lastly, I was wondering about soloists changing instruments. If I wanted to change a clarinet to a saxophone, it could be easy, as I believe that they are both Bb transposing instruments. I would also think it would be possible as they are both in the same instrumental group, especially if I was using elements and was a bit tight on spare staves, but what about an extreme possibility - a piccolo player who was able to play the tuba, or a bassoonist switching to a viola.? Not only would these need to alter key signature, but would need to move to another group, possibly reformatting the entire piece. Can dorico cope with this oddity, or should I go an lie down in a darkened room ?