I’m a novice Dorico user but I am also a graphic designer and I’m kind of fussy about fonts. I’m not satisfied with the default Bravura font for chord symbols. But I’m having a hard time finding a way to change the chord font. I did find some instructions on the Steinberg site [see attachment], but can’t find my way to the screen shown.
When I go to Library > Music Fonts, there are only 2 options: Bravura and Petaluma. I suspect that my options are limited because I use Dorico Elements rather than Pro. I have a lot of music fonts on my computer from my Sibelius days, but don’t know how to access the,. I’d even be happy with Helvetica or one of the other non-serif fonts on my computer.
First of all, chord symbols are defined by the Chord Symbols Font and the Chord Symbols Music Font in the Font Styles dialog, not by the “Music Font”. The latter of these two has to be a SMuFL music font.
What’s SMuFL? I hear you say. The first thing that the Dorico team did was to create a Standard glyph layout for music symbols.
There are other SMuFL fonts, notably Sebastian. Finale 27 also includes SMuFL versions of all the Finale fonts. You can download the fonts separately.
The essential point is that each SMuFL font is accompanied by a JSON file that contains more metadata than font formats allow, e.g. stem anchor positions, positions for where repeating symbols, like trill lines, repeat, etc. If there’s no JSON file (and the font isn’t a SMuFL font), then it won’t work in Dorico.
So all your Sibelius fonts won’t work without some work.
Some guy wrote this article about how to make a SMuFL font.
Of course, those options are not available in Elements so he would need to get a trial of Pro and create some template files.
Ah: Good point. Yes, I’m afraid you can’t customize the Music Font, nor Chord Symbols in Elements, so “ignore what I’ve said”…!
Thanks to all who have taken the time to respond. I’ll have to consider an upgrade to D. Pro.
But I read that an upgrade path is coming from Elements 4 to Pro 4. Is that correct? Any idea when?
It was made available this past week.