D4 cues popover not responding

I guess you’re right, this is weird. What happens if you re-assign the instrument names, or re-define the oboes altogether (i.e. choose instrument in Setup Mode, and choose oboe again – don’t worry, you won’t lose the music)? Maybe there is a stray space or some other invisible character in your instrument definition? If that’s not the issue, maybe someone of the team might want to have a look.
I’ll try in one of my own scores if I can reproduce it somehow.

I think we need to see a file where this isn’t working. I haven’t yet found a case that doesn’t work for me.

Possibly part of the problem may be that I have added staves below both fl. & oboe and if I try to change the instrument I get a pop up telling me I can’t because and extra stave has been added.

This is also a 54 pg. orch score so if I set the playback template to silent it’s still going to possibly be too large a file.

I’ve tried addressing both a divisi staff and an extra staff with the cue popover, and they work here. Can you cut a version of your score down to a few bars that still exhibits the problem?

I’ll try a cut down version but it may be tomorrow.

I would like to add an oboe cue for the clarinets in the first bars of the page, but I still can’t get it to happen and I think it’s because of the added staves, which , if true would mean that you can’t add cues from and instrument that has added staves. ?
cue problems.dorico (1.2 MB)

It works fine, Richard. You need to type e.g. 3 ob into the Shift+U popover, then choose whether you want to cue from the first or second staff. Don’t forget that cues don’t appear by default in the full score layout, so if you want them to appear in the score, you’ll need to activate the option on the Players page of Layout Options.

Thanks Daniel. Is this new in D 4, as I never had to do this before?

No, there’s no change in the basic operation of cues in Dorico 4, but perhaps you’ve unwittingly had different options set in your projects that you’ve started previously.

Thanks Daniel

In the attached short file I’m having a similar issue to Richard. In Dorico 3.5’s cue popover I can type cello, and get a choice of solo violoncello or section cellos. But in Dorico 4, I must type solo, and only then the solo violoncello appears as a cue choice; I can’t access the section cello for cues no matter what I type.

It seems I can’t choose any string instruments (except double bass) as cues in Dorico 4, but they all seem to work in 3.5. Wind and percussion instruments works cues in both versions. Maybe I’m doing something wrong? Any ideas appreciated!

Cue-issue-strings.dorico (1008.1 KB)

Your string instrument names have white space prepended, e.g your violin is actually called " Violin", and Dorico is expecting that space to be there in order to match the instrument name. I’ll look into how we might change this, but for the time being, type an initial space into the popover and you’ll see the missing instruments/staves.

Would agree it’s a bit fussy

Thanks! I started this piece back in 2017 before divisi was implemented, so I was doing lots of hacks with staff labels. I had completely forgotten they are still there!

Still having a problem with this, while it works in a limited way. I want to use the trombones as a cue and I open the popover and type in 3 trombones and nothing happens. I tried 3tbns 3 Trombones etc. Trumpets and tuba show but no trombones.

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From the User Guide:

  • Cues show the music of a single staff, such as the top staff of a piano. If you want to show the material of multiple staves in cues simultaneously, you must input separate cues for each staff so they overlap.

Richard raises an interesting use case I hadn’t thought of: when the most likely thing to be heard is a choir of instruments written on separate staves.

Could someone suggest a method? The multiple-cue idea won’t work for this.

Richard, you have to enter the name of the instrument as it appears in the staff label. In the project you uploaded earlier in this thread, the trombone instrument is called 2 Trombones Bass Trombone so typing anything starting with “3” is going to get you nowhere. But if you type “2 trom” you’ll quickly see your trombone instrument appear.

What I do in cases like this is make a dummy “Cue” player, input the choir into that (quick with Paste Special > Reduce), cue from that and rename the cue label. Of course this isn’t coupled to the original parts anymore so you need to be careful in case the music changes.


Thanks for al the answers, I believe I have finally figured it out.