I observed that while we have many options to change Dorico’s default beaming system, there is one thing which cannot be altered: sometimes Dorico changes the beam angle, however it shouldn’t - considering the common rules according to staff line positions.
I’ve made 3 examples (using fixed upward stems):
1.) The two eights at g’-a’ get a different beam angle.
2.) The two 16ths again at g’-a’, and another at a’-b’ and b’-c’’.
3.) The two 32ths have the ‘normal’ angles (i.e. according to rules) only from e’-f’ to a’-b’, then they get a bigger angle for b’-c’, then return to the natural stem lenghts as they go out of the staff.
- Important note: there is no difference in this respect whether the “Use natural stem lenghts” option is turned on or off in Engraving Options. It seems that something happens when Dorico switches from inside-the-staff beams to above or below the staff beams. (And of course, the 32ths look odd even inside the staff.)
As I understand the rules, in this case the beam angles should not be altered, only their positions should be adjusted to staff line positions: one position when the starting note is on the staff line, and another when it’s in a space. Or am I missing something?