I’m right now working on a huge arrangement project, 26 christmas songs for choir, rythm section, brass and strings - all in one project.
This involves lots of transcribing stuff from recordings.
Just want to share one of the real time-savers that makes working with Dorico great: The ability to work with video tracks.
Of course, when transcribing songs i don’t actually need video, just audio playback - but until we can work with audio background files in Dorico, this is my workflow:
- Convert the mp3 that I want to transcribe to a .mp4 video file (using ffmpeg tool for this, with a single .jpg file as “still” picture)
- Attaching the video file to the current flow in Dorico’s setup mode, and adjusting the Video Start offset so that playback begins at first playback beat. (This is a bit tricky - some kind of graphical interface where you could see the actual waveform would be great…!
- Mapping out the whole song with bars, rehersal marks, tempi and tempo adjustments etc. so that the notation playback stays in sync with video playback.
- Just start playback, listen and transcribe - without ever having to mess with playback from another application or device. Always in sync!
As said, this saves lots of time. Still, things could be easier:
A. The ability to directly import background mp3/waw/* as background track as alternative to video. The ffmpeg conversion described above is a bit fiddly and takes time.
B. Easier, more intuitive adjustment of Video Start offset.
C. Midi Playback Controller (Mackie Control etc) interface for controlling playback using jog wheel, levels etc.
All thumbs up to the great Dorico team! Looking forward to future featurest for making transcribing even easier.
What about you guys, what’s on your Transcribing with Dorico wishlist?
Best! / Jonas