I’m working on a temporary (but needed immediately for a publication) fix to the condensing issues spoken about in this thread https://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=246&t=186945&p=988665#p988665 by making each instrument have a solo part, e.g., Trumpet in C 1, Trumpet in C 2, Trumpet in Bb 1, Trumpet in Bb 2, Trumpet in A 1, Trumpet in A 2, etc. This means I have to add about 50 extra solo parts to my Dorico workbook project. My workbook also has about 50 flows. And, to compound the workload, I actually have to do this in four separate Dorico projects, as each chapter of my publication has about 50 flows, and early on in my engraving once I got to 80 flows, the processing speed slowed down enough that it made sense to split the chapters up into separate Dorico projects. (If you’re wondering, I’m working on an orchestration treatise-like publication with many short examples of orchestrations)
The “easiest” way to fix my condensing issue seems to be to create an Empty-handed Player, that I can then drag the instrument, i.e., Trumpet in A 2, and its music to. Seems easy enough. But in creating an Empty-handed Player, the player is linked to a random flows (not sure why it’s a random assortment of 18 or more of the 50 Flows). This is also an issue when adding instruments to a project with many flows, as the new instrument gets randomly added to random flows, which then have to be double checked and unlinked from.
Now we get to the crux of problem: I unlink the Empty-handed Player from all the the Flows, so that I can duplicate it 50 times, but the duplicate links to the random 18 Flows that I just unchecked! This would be fine in an empty project, but in a project full of music and many flows, unlinking a flow from an instrument takes a fair amount of time.
So: any tips on creating an Empty-handed Player that is not linked to any Flows?