Creating tuplets from existing notes

Hi everyone,

When I highlight an existing eighth note and to create a 3:2 tuplet (eighth-note triplet), Dorico also grabs whatever is in the next two eighth-note positions and coopts this into the tuplet in order to complete it.

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In this case, is there a way I can highlight just the first eighth note, press “;” and then enter “3:2”, and only affect the music in this one beat without changing anything on the second beat?

Thank you!


I cannot replicate this (in D3.5). If I select the eighth and press ‘;’ to create the tuplet, I end up with

Hrm! I wonder if it’s a Dorico 4 thing, or maybe I somehow changed a setting somewhere… :thinking:

Tested in 3.5 and 4.0.10 – Yes, I reproduce these differing results.

The 3.5 way would be much preferred.

It took me overnight but now I remember why this has changed: Other times users have complained about the opposite problem, that Dorico ignored the gap after notes when creating a tuplet in Insert Mode.

So now Insert Mode has new features and behaves more consistently: For the OP’s desired result, select the 16th rest, type Shift-Alt-I to set the stop position, then create the triplet, and the following notes are protected from being subsumed.

Insert Mode Stop Position

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Ah of course! I thought I could only use that stop bar only in insert mode. Thanks!