Working with several choirs and arranging for them too. In one of my Choir projects I have 30 flows and I constantly have to go back to a flow and make some edits and print to my DropBox, so the new revision of the music is available.
This post is about this process, that I in contrary to many other features in Dorico,find is painfully slow!
Making the edits is straight forward - although Dorico insist on jumping to flow 1 all the time:
If I change layout, if I change zoom, if I switch between Page view and Galley view, but I kind of live with that - for now.
But the whole “export business” is a mess!
Let’s say, that I after some edits, need to export a layout - a choir score from a flow. Then I go to the Print page, select the choir layout from list to the left and then select the “Flows” button in the Print Range. Then I select the flow that I want. Ups I forgot that I also need to export the pno/choir layout from this flow, so I have to go all over the same commands again, select the choir/pno layout from the list to the left, click the Flows button, deselect all the flows and select the one I need.
So now the right flow are selected for both layouts, now to the naming:
I click on the Filename Options button and the dialog opens, with the name I used last time, so I need to change this to the right title, remembering that if I mistype I will end with 2 files instead of 1 updated file.
Now to the destination: Also here Dorico remembers the last path I selected, and that is kind of okay, because sometimes I will print directly to a dropbox other times to a local drive. And then I klick export and bang! that works.
Now to the audiofile creation for my choir! Here is the same scenario: Dorico doesn’t know which flow I’m working on so I have to select it, select file format - which is not remembered (!) - and finally the destination, where Dorico insist on creating a folder, Flows from “project name”, - which I don’t need, because I want Dorico to replace old audiofiles. So the I have to move the files OUT of the folder and delete the folder afterwards (!)
The naming process of the audiofiles would also benefit from some creative mind, because what I need is the sopran+pno, the alto+pno, tenor+pno, bass+pno, each on it’s own track, so the singers can learn their parts. I don’t know how that can be achieved, but the export dialog in Cubase 12 is excellent!
Yesterday I suddenly had a problem with a layout, and then I realized that there are NO link between the flow you are looking at in the Engrave page and the pages column to the right, other than the page number itself! And if you happens to have a project, where you DON’T want page numbers, but only page number within flow, you are kind of lost. Using the go to page function is not precise because you have several pages - depending on your screen size - and you have to guess which of the 3 pages is actually the one you want!
If there was a kind of “focus on flow” function a big part of this very time consuming and “accounting” work would be so much easier I think.
I imaging this scenario: With this function I wouldn’t have use the “Go to bar” function all the time because Dorico would know which flow I was working on. Maybe also the name of the flow, maybe the last file destination path for this flow, if it was saved separately and so on.
Let me emphasise, that I am a BIG fan of Dorico, I have been onboard from day one, been working as a music copyist for more than 20 years, know the “other two” VERY well, so this is not written to start a fight or discussion about ALL the fine things about Dorico, it’s ONLY because I really need these special - maybe not THAT special - features very much!