I’m just in the middle of upgrading the RAM to a huge 8Gb and a 250Gb SSD. First impressions seem good. My PC was struggling to cope with Dorico and ten flows with 4Gb.
I’ve orchestrated parts of my musical. I haven’t completed the whole thing yet, but have about nine or ten numbers and cues, all done as separate flows.
The vocals in places stretch to 4-part harmonies and in the full score I have all singers (7) as separate parts, as they are sometimes in combinations doing ‘chorus’ lines and sometimes as solo characters.
For rehearsals I began giving each singer their part plus the piano part. As the piano part was playing in all flows, I had to manually uncheck the piano part from flows which different singers were not in, otherwise their copy would have just the piano part for that flow. Dorico warned me that removing a player from a flow would also delete the music from the flow. I made a copy of the ‘master’ project before saving these altered arrangements of players and flows in versions called ‘SINGER 1 VOCAL SCORE’. Is this the correct way to do this?
I then wanted to produce a piano vocal score which would include all of the different singers’ material in one lead line. Most of the time, there is one or a group of singers singing the same part (words) although they could be in harmony. I found that this could easily be achieved by starting with the main melody line, then highlighting any harmony part, one by one, using copy and paste, I could turn the ‘chord’ button on, highlight the relevant note in the main melody line, use ‘force stems up’ and paste the copied part in. If it was in three parts then just do the other part in the same way. This would really quick and effective…is there a merge facility that would have done the same that I haven’t found yet?
I also took some time to download the DORICO instructional videos so I could watch them when I didn’t have internet access. There is so much info on them that I’m glad I did so.