I’m enjoying using Dorico as a long time Sibelius user, and I’m generally adapting pretty quickly to the differences.
In terms of inputting notes, I think there are some great advantages to the way that Dorico is designed, particularly the implementation of the rhythmic grid and the ability to shorten or lengthen notes in rhythmic steps post facto.
I don’t love the default keyboard shortcuts for note entry. It’s important to me to be able to do note entry without looking at the keyboard, and I’ve already invested in keyboards with numeric keypads, which are a great tool for the job. Not a problem, because I can remap a few keys on the keypad, re-learn where the rhythmic values are, and I’m getting up to speed pretty well.
I do find myself looking at the midi controller buttons that are built into my midi keyboard and wondering whether I could do away with the computer keyboard altogether. It’s just a simple cross arrangement like a tv remote, with an up, down, left, right, and a button in the middle. It seems to me that with a couple of extra key commands, it could be pretty fast and simple to do all note entry using just those four buttons.
What I’d like is a keyboard shortcut for ‘increment input note duration’ and ‘decrement input note duration’. So basically a way of cycling through the numbers from 1 to 9 if you were pressing them on the keyboard, perhaps wrapping around if you exceed the boundaries. There are already increase/decrease commands to set the grid resolution, but not (as far as I can tell) the duration of the note that you’re about to input.
If I had that, then I could set the left and right buttons to move the caret through the grid, and the up and down buttons to select my rhythmic values. I think it would be pretty instinctive, having entered a minim, to do two down-presses to get to quavers, rather than have to find the right number on the keyboard (which, of course, you could still do if you wanted to).
A lot of keyboards also have rotary encoders built into them, so if you could add the ability to determine from a midi learn which way the encoder was being turned, then that would be another potential way to quickly select note durations and/or step quickly through the rhythmic grid etc.