Create gradual tempo mark?

Is it possible to create a gradual tempo mark? I need a tempo mark with a less dominant font - the gradual tempo text font e.g. would fit.

Yes, any tempo mark classed as a gradual tempo change will use the gradual tempo font. You can use the Properties panel to customize the text after inputting it (e.g. if you wanted to add “e cresc.” after “accel.”)

Yes, but how can I create a new (individual) gradual tempo change mark?
And where can I edit / add / delete existing tempo marks (displayed at the panel)?

AFAIK you cannot add new items to the tempo panel. But you can edit any of them in your score to suit your need using the properties panel.
So, add a gradual tempo mark (eg. rit.), then edit the text property to (eg) slow down now!. If you need to use it more than once in your piece, just copy and paste it.

Not very intuitive though … Thank you for the information!

It’s neither documented nor supported, but it’s fairly easy to add them to the panel with a doricolib file if you don’t mind some manual editing. I can never remember the accents and other diacritical marks in a lot of Latin grooves, so I originally added a bunch just so I wouldn’t have to look them up, and then ended up expanding a bit.

They work with the popover too.

If interested, here’s a little sample file to get you started that creates a “Testing” style in each of the Absolute, Gradual, and Relative panels. Feel free to duplicate the entries and rename as needed. Just a little warning, if you get the syntax wrong, Dorico won’t start, so be prepared to undo some edits and experiment a bit. Worst case scenario, you can delete the file and start over with your edits. Unzip this doricolib file and add it to your user DefaultLibraryAdditions folder. (443 Bytes)


Thank you, great!

Could you please explain me how to do so? Where can I find the corresponding doricolib-File and edit it? I am on MacOS.

On Mac:

  • Hold the Option key and choose Go > Library. (This is normally hidden, but the menu command is revealed when you hold Option.)
  • Go into Application Support/Steinberg/Dorico 5/ (or 4 if that’s what you’re using)
  • Create a new folder inside there, and name it DefaultLibraryAdditions (no spaces)
  • Move Fred’s file (unZipped) into the DefaultLibraryAdditions folder
  • Relaunch Dorico
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This is what I did. However nothing happened… no “special” tempo marks showing up in the panel…

Sorry, just got back home and saw this. I’m on Windows so I don’t really know where it goes on a Mac, but it looks like @Mark_Johnson already gave you a pretty complete answer. In Windows it lives at Users\yournamehere\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Dorico 5\DefaultLibraryAdditions. Make sure you are copying the TempoTest.doricolib file to the DefaultLibraryAdditions folder, not the zip file. All the file currently does is give you 3 “testing” tempo indications in the Absolute, Gradual, and Relative panels as below:



You can then duplicate and edit the code in the doricolib file to create whatever tempo indications you want.

Once again, Todd, this works like a charm…Thanks! Great fun being able to make up your own custom tempo markings. I also have Page Template Sets in my defaultlibraryadditions folder, but they don’t seem to automatically come into new projects like say all my Expression Maps. I can easily import the Page Template Sets when needed, but am I missing something in order to have them all automatically appear?

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I set these up in D4, so unless something changed with D5, I’m pretty sure you can’t add additional Page Template Sets and have them automatically load when starting a New project. You can however redefine the factory sets to be your own custom sets. If I’m right about that, the only two entityIDs that Dorico looks for under pagePairDefinitionSets are pageset.fullscore and pageset.part. I simply redefined those to be all my own custom Page Template Sets with a doricolib file. This of course overwrites the factory sets in any New projects.

Here’s the lead in info for the Default Full Score set. I think I had experimented with changing the name too, but couldn’t get it to work. The important thing if you want them to be automatically imported into any New file is to have the entityIDs match the two that Dorico is looking for.

Here’s the Part set.

If you still can’t get it working, feel free to shoot me a PM.

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Thank you - I think for Page Templates then, it is safer to just stick with importing my custom sets when I need them.

If you feel like attempting it, it does work fine though, is non-destructive (the factory templates still exist if you remove the doricolib file), and saves the hassle of having to import all your custom templates. Admittedly, this isn’t really much of a hassle. Conveniently, it also allows you to update older files to your “User library” Page Template Sets quickly in the Library Manager too.

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