Is it just me, or is Dorico’s approach to Drum Kits and inputting drum parts the clunkiest part about the software?
I’m trying to input drum parts for a project for rearranging and it’s a huge struggle to get them behaving the way I need. I find the restrictive nature of the use of voices/up-stem/down-stem system really hard to achieve an outcome that can satisfy each situation and be flexible.
For instance, at times I’ll want the Hi-Hat to be a stem-up voice and kick/snare down-stem (e.g. when they have a triplet passage under crotchet HH’s) and other times it makes more sense to have the snare voiced with the HH and kick/toms stem-down but there doesn’t seem an easy way to alternate between this because it’s set in stone in the ‘kit’. I’m managing to get around it (just about) by using two different kits in under the same player and hiding the instrument change labels - it’s so clunky. (PS: I have the settings to truncate to shortest note)
I’m also having trouble with slashes - despite whatever voice I set them to, or stem-up/down they are creating rests in the bar even when the preceding note is supposedly in the same voice (i.e. first half of bar slashes - second half of bar HH/kick/snare…I get rests appearing to fill the slash voice above the bar)
Another frustrating thing is not being able to octave-shift notes. If I input ‘A’ because I want a Crash Cymbal and it inputs a floor tom note - I either have to Alt-up all the way (yawn!) or delete it and use the silly grid system which takes just as long.
Maybe it’s just me - and I would be grateful for any advice on it - but I’m finding it dreadfully time consuming at the moment.