New to Dorico from a very “hacked” Finale with tons of macros/scripts/metatools, I guess I’m getting a bit confuse with the way of inserting/adding meter changes in an already written score… The stop position, the popovers Shift+B and Shift+M, the pick-up menu…
Is it possible to “lock” the meter changes and add some meter changes “on the fly” with some macros/scripts like in the video below? It seems that Dorico always rebars everything perfectly but perhaps there is a way to tell him to stop calculating for a moment?
To achieve what’s happening in the video, first add a “redundant” 4/4 after the bar you want to alter, to prevent further rewriting. (ShiftM 4/4Enter) Then enter the new time signature where you want it, with Insert mode on. (I) However, if the new T.S. is shorter than the old one (e.g. 6/8 replacing 4/4) it will add additional bars padded with rests so no music gets deleted. To get rid of a bar, select it and press ShiftB- 1 Enter.
Yes, that’s what the “backstop” time signature is for. Keep in mind that once you’re familiar with the various keyboard shortcuts and with the way Dorico handles things like this, an action like this takes just a second and would therefore be hardly worth scripting.