There are so many things that I’m loving about Dorico right now, but I’m really getting bogged down with drum set notation.
Last night I had the snare drum sound disappear from playback seemingly for no reason and couldn’t figure out how to get it back. I copied and pasted the part into a new player, exported my drum set kit, imported it back into the new player and the snare sound came back. BUT - the mapping from my MIDI keyboard stopped working on the imported kit. In fact that last bug seemed universal, whenever I export a kit and import it, the MIDI keyboard won’t communicate the right MIDI notes to the staff any more. I’m using the “Use Percussion Map” option in the preferences btw; it seems to work ok when I switch it to “use staff position” though. Odd bug in my opinion, and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to reset everything to get it to work again. Ultimately, I ended up just rebuilding my drum kit from scratch and now it works fine. But… it all seems a bit unstable in my opinion, especially considering everything else in Dorico has been working like clockwork on my computer for quite a while.
And then there is this. Check out the 3 screen grabs. So, I finally understand the process of voices in the drum kits, you’ve got to choose up or down stems for each instrument in the kit setup and then if you want to override that in certain locations you use the Edit>Percussion>Change Voice>Down-stem or Up-stem Voice 1. Works great… except when there are tuplets involved… apparently.
The first image is what I entered, the second image is what I selected and the the third image is after selecting Edit>Percussion>Change Voice>Up-Stem Voice 1. Obviously I want an 8th note triplet in the snare with up stems and a quarter note in the bass drum. This is what Dorico gives me… and I have no idea why, and I can’t seem to finagle the program into giving me the proper notation here. As a test I also tried this in a fresh Dorico default file and got the same result. What’s going on here? I’m so close to being able to employ Dorico full time, but I got to have drum set notation figured out.