I like Dorico, but I have questions

I know that my first few posts about Dorico would seem to indicate that I may not like the program. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m enjoying the heck out of using Dorico, I just have some issues that I need to get around in order to get the most out of it. Here are a few more questions I could use some help with:

  1. Can you put a dynamic marker in the middle of a tie chain?

  2. Can you put bar repeats in a part without them showing in the full score?

  3. Can you print parts that aren’t explicitly in the score, such as “Clarinet in A” when you’ve got Bb Clarinets in the score, or treble clef Baritone Horn when the score has a bass clef Baritone Horn?

If the answers to the above are simple No, No, and No, are there workarounds of some sort that wouldn’t make me feel like an idiot for asking? :sweat_smile:

Thanks for your help!

Absolutely yes, that’s what the caret is for – this is not only true of dynamics, but most things you might want to input, including playing techniques.

Not really, although you can consolidate bar repeat regions into multi-bar rests differently in each layout.

It’s been requested before by other users to be able to have e.g. bar repeat regions in a part, but automatically “expand” that to show the underlying notation in other layouts.

If you can say a bit more about the situation you’ve got, people might be able to offer more precise suggestions.

Yes, Dorico is very flexible in this regard. Take a look at the clef and transposition override options for layouts:


Thank you for your help with the first two questions. I take it that question 2 doesn’t have an answer yet - I’ll leave it for now. Moving on…

I read this, and I don’t understand how it applies. I don’t want to show an additional row in my score. I want to print off a differently transposed part than what I have in my score without changing what I have in my score - in other words, providing alternative tuning parts. For example, my finished score will show only three Bb Clarinet parts, but I want to print up PDFs of three Bb Clarinets and three A Clarinets without having to stick the rows for the A Clarinets in my score. The link you gave me doesn’t really show me how to do this, at least not that I can see. Can it be done, or am I just being dense?

Yes exactly – you can use the options in that dialog on a new part layout, to which you have assigned your existing Clarinet player.

If you’re not sure how to add a new part layout, look at the bottom of the page, where you’ll find a link to the page about “Creating layouts”.

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Thank you! The video was a little light on details at the start (pay attention to the left-hand side of the Setup screen, folks who follow in my digital footsteps), but I figured it out after a few watchings. Much obliged!