Completely turn off tuplet brackets

How do I suppress tuplet brackets altogether for the duration of a piece?

This option confuses me:


What is ‘when necessary’? Do I have to buy a copy of Behind Bars to find out?

This is a Haydn String Quartet movement in 4/4. Dorico seems to deem it necessary to use brackets. Haydn did not. :slight_smile:


There’s page after page after page (!) of tuplets in this music, all notated with a simple 3.

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The “necessary” here relates, I believe, to whether just a beam is sufficiently clear about which notes are in the tuplet.

There should be an option to do with when tuplet brackets need to be shown when tuplets share a beam with non-tuplet notes or other tuplets, as in your example. If it’s not in Engrave > Engraving Options > Tuplets, check in Write > Notation Options > Beam Grouping.

I can tell you how I do:
Select all ==> Filter Tuplets ==> Disable brackets in Properties

Given what I’ve seen of some of the music Andro is engraving, getting rid of the brackets on all tuplets is not an option.

Try these settings:

That only affects hiding repeated tuplets, not the brackets in the OP’s example. Dorico is set up to use brackets to try to avoid any tuplet ambiguity, but it still places them in non-ambiguous situations like the Haydn example, which looks unnecessarily cluttered to me. In fact, I’ve never seen brackets used in this particular situation in commercial scores. Hopefully, a future version of Dorico will include a setting to avoid redundant brackets like these. In the meantime, breaking the beam for each tuplet will remove the bracket. BTW, how were the tuplets beamed in the original? Otherwise, you’ll have to select the sections of music with only the 16th tuplets whose beams you want removed and use the properties panel. It’d be really handy if we could program a key combinations for this!

It is the top option that removes the brackets, the second limits the times the tuplet is explicitly identified and the third prevents any later tuplet being marked.

So, the first instance of a semiquaver triplet and the first instance of quaver triplet will be marked. All subsequent ones are not. See below. Note that bar 4 does not re-identify the quaver triplets.

The OP’s point wasn’t the repeated tuplets but the use of unnecessary brackets, like in the third beat in b. 4 of your example. That really doesn’t need a bracket, and I would argue that a tuplet bracket in the 1st half of the 4th beat wouldn’t be necessary, even with the regular 16ths in the 2nd half, due to the broken secondary beam. This is how I’m used to seeing a passage like the one above. At the moment, there’s no setting in Dorico to achieve it without resorting to manual changes in the properties panel.

The OP wanted to eliminate ‘most/all’ triplet indications in a movement of a Haydn quartet. The setting I show achieves that, except for having to change the properties of just a single tuplet!

As a string player I find your ’

irksome. The beaming makes the passage perfectly clear and the repeated number is redundant - even in Haydn quartets.

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No Janus, the OP wanted to ‘suppress tuplet brackets altogether’, not ‘most/all triplet indications’. This whole post was about Dorico’s placing brackets whenever tuplets are beamed together with other tuplets or other note values. Sometimes a bracket is necessary to show the beginning and end points of the tuplet, but not in the OP’s example from Haydn, where the brackets are redundant. How many times the triplet -3- is repeated is something you introduced but which wasn’t part of the OP’s question.