I would love the option to be able to specify system object positions with more flexibility. Case in point: the opera I’m currently engraving, with the following score order:
- Woodwinds (5 pl.)
- Brass (5 pl.)
- Percussion (2 pl., both on pitched as well as unpitched instruments)
The last 3 instruments here function as a kind of string section, and consequently I would like to have system objects appear above the harp. With the current setup this is impossible to achieve consistently, as for some reason it’s classified as “pitched percussion” and sometimes a marimba appears in the percussion section. I’ve resorted to checking “Keyboards” and dragging everything up from the accordion staff. In a 340-page score…
Surely others can think of further examples as well of mixed-instrument grouping and unorthodox score orders where Dorico’s current system is too rigid.
Don’t get me wrong, I know why the current, semantic, intelligent system is in place. But please, would it be possible to add a (possibly semi-hidden) layout option to ditch this intelligence and just put system objects above a specific player (or player group), regardless of instrument types or bracketing?