Ability to create custom Playing Technique Categories and Subcategories

Hello Dorico team,
I hope you are all doing well during this hot summer time! :slight_smile:
I would like to ask for an option that will allow us to create custom Playing Technique
Categories, and Subcategories (to the existing ones).
Such function will allow us, for example, to divide the Keyboard instruments into separate Subcategories ( Piano, Harpsichord, Organ (this instrument itself really needs a separate category, or subcategory), etc…).

  • In case you decide to realize this improvement of Dorico, would be nice if there is an option to
    transfer Playing Techniques from one Category / Subcategory, to another.
  • Another important thing that we’ll need, in order to notify that the register should be “turned off”,
    is something like “X” over the number/name of the register.

Please, consider the request in this topic! :slight_smile:

This request is inspired by the VSL Molzer Organ, for which I’m thinking to create Expression Map
set. It’s a small with total amount of 25 registers and additional combinations. Of course there far bigger organs with much more registers and combinations… so, instead of flooding the main Keyboard PT Category, we could simply create Subcategory for the various organs that we are having on our computers. :slight_smile:

Best regards,
Thurisaz :slight_smile:


Agreed. It has been requested before by many users like me who handle lengthy lists of Playing Techniques, Playback Techniques, Expression Maps, and Expression Map entries, just to name the ones that come to mind. Anything where the lists get longer than a page.

I’m sure Daniel and the team have this on their radar, we just don’t know if it’s short or long range radar.


Gets my vote too.

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All of the above. I would like to be able reorganize the playing techniques and delete the “factory” playing techniques that I don’t use. And if the latter is not possible, then to able to create categories that I can organize as I wish.

I don’t understand the order of the custom playing techniques in the panel. Sometimes it seems to be alphabetical and sometimes in the order one adds them. And the order seems unrelated to the order of the techniques in the editing window.

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I agree. There are many areas of the UI where lists become unmanageably long. Sometimes it can feel like you’re taking an aircraft carrier to go on a days fishing.


Yes, we agree that there is certainly more that needs to be done to make working with the huge number of included playing techniques easier. It’s all a matter of time and priority, but we will get there.


I’ll add my vote to this. Working on this particular aspect right now and it’s the first thing that jumps up.