Dorico Glissando playback


When I write a glissando for piano I expect the glissando to be either all white or all black keys, but somehow Dorico plays a chromatic glissando. Is there a way to make the playback fit the glissando style?

Thank you in advance :slight_smile:

Not yet. A full implementation of glissando/portamento is still in the future.

Dorico does not have full support for glissandi yet. I would like string glissandi. I do understand it is a hard problem. We have to wait.

I don’t think string glissandi is a high priority. Only Sibelius with NotePerformer can do it.


which is just about the only reason (other than looking at scores from others) why I still have SIbelius installed. It does excellent brass glissandi.

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Others might disagree.


Glissandi, together with microtones, have been a liberating device in the late Fifties. They have been since an essential part of many contemporary languages.



I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, string glissandi is the single most critical feature missing from Dorico.


@eheilner although list etiquette suggests not posting simple ‘+1’ type replies I am compelled to say that I totally agree. It’s completely blocking me from producing the audio for a 300 page string quartet for a colleague, which is a great pity.


As I mentioned before, glissandi (with NotePerformer) is the main thing keeping me as a Sibelius user.


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One should never comment on the software difficulties and timeframes involved in implementing a desired feature, but I am heartened by the fact that if Sibelius can do it then it means at the very least that it is possible.

although I know it’s a matter of some debate but I would still draw a distinction between portamento and glissando. After all, libraries usually do and most support sampled portamenti – and therefore they are supported by Dorico – whereas that is not the case for glissandi. What I assume we’re looking for here is for Dorico to emulate glissandi which have not specifically been sampled through pitch bend or some other technique. I don’t underestimate the potential difficulty in doing this well but I can only echo the many other voices in saying just how important this is as a playback tool. Far more important than trills which have been supported for ages but don’t really need to be because again most libraries cover this with samples and the artificial ones are seldom pleasant (just my view – I know the additional options they offer have their supporters) .

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