To practice with Dorico I’m by ear analyzing a Star Wars piece. People do these kinds of things on YouTube, what you want to end up with two bars usually showing the main parts, and then doing a “Add Staff Above/Below” for extra bits. All fine and Dorico is perfect for this kind of thing. Even better due to it’s powerful condensing feature you should be able to write it out full score, then have it do all the dirty work to condense.
So with this practice piece I picked a Hollywood orchestra template, got rid of the guitars and what not, added a Tuba (Hollywood orchestras don’t use Tubas??) and maybe one or two other missings. Then I created a condensed score with two custom condensing groups
- Flutes, Picc, Oboes, Clarinets, Horns, Trumpets, Violin and Viola
- Bassoon, Trombone, Tuba, Celli and Bass
This is the results I’m getting
It’s pulling out some horns (not others) and the trombone, but leaving the double bass up on the main bass clef. Can somebody explain the logic behind this, is there something I’m doing wrong? It looks like it will condense but it’s still trying to keep parts on their own line, I want it to use two staves only.