I’ve been thinking on this area for a few days … Reduce / Galley View / Dissimilar Instruments and coming at it from a Playback, rather than Notation angle. This isn’t a request, I may well be asking for the impossible …
One of the things I’m hoping I can get to with Dorico at some point is to build a comprehensive template of all instruments and load it as a default. The template would cover multiple libraries, instrument variations, solo/ensemble/grouped instruments (a la Symphobia and God only knows how that’s done), work in conjunction with other software (e.g. VE Pro) and have the majority of the work involved in setting volumes, panning, effects and entering articulations already done. In other words, the kind of template that many composers have as their default in Cubase and other DAW’s.
From that template I would then be able to able to select a particular instrument from a particular library and add it to the score. And it’s only when I select - activate might be a better word - that the samples are loaded and the instrument first appears in Galley View.
There would be times when I’d want to add an instrument but not have it appear as formal notation. For example, to improve the sound, I might want double an instrument - maybe have two different libraries playing the same 1st Violins part. Two distinct staves is needed in Galley View - I might adjust expression etc. for one of them - but back in Page View it’s still only one stave. It’s a different take on reduce.
If I’m working with Libraries like East-West, working with multiple variations of the same instrument, those would also need to be reduced down to a single instrument for notation purposes. And with so many variations possible, it could well be that some form of hiding/showing loaded instruments, or displaying groups of instruments, would be needed in Galley View.
Why am I hoping for something like this? Primarily to have all the donkey work done and yet have it appear as a blank page. All I’ll need to do is activate an instrument - and everything I might want to consider is already there - to start writing. I’m also hoping that I can beef up the sound, without compromising notation or cluttering up the display.
…Thanks to anyone who read this far. You can blame the dog for such thoughts btw - I walk her every morning and think of what I’m going to be working on during the day. Sometimes I find I’m thinking about process rather than what I’ll be writing - hence posts like this.
One final point that’s a bit more relevant to the previous discussion. Daniel, when you say “Completely Dissimilar Instruments” I’m hoping that SATB on two staves won’t be an issue?