I’ve imported an orchestral score from Finale via MusicXML. The import automatically consigned string parts to single player. The setup also automatically moved the string parts to the top of the score. I set about replacing the single string parts by adding section players for each and copying the data over. On trying to move the string parts to their rightful place at the bottom of the score (a few other players were in the wrong place from the import), I noticed that each time I added a player, the instrument list would re-align to the same incorrect configuration. It feels like I’ve either imported a buggy file or there is a new Dorico feature ( ) Wondering if anyone has experience with this issue.
The easiest way to change Single Players to Section Players is described here:
It’s also possible to edit the XML file in advance. I’ll see if I can fish out the details.
Dorico automatically sorts the Player list. See the icon with the down arrow? Hold it, and you get this:
Can you describe how the order is wrong?
Thanks for your response.
Just now I clicked on that Sort Players button for the first time. The tick was on orchestral, but upon release, the order again reverted to the following:
which as you will notice is a very odd arrangement. The original Finale file had standard groupings.
When Dorico can’t identify an instrument correctly it defaults to Flute. You should Change Instrument on the instruments held by those first few players; then you should find they move correctly to the percussion and string sections at the bottom.
The strings are the new section instruments. I’ve tried re-establishing their identity via Change instrument but they revert to the top of the score. I must be noted that all the strings have 2 or more staves per section.
The Bass Clarinet and Bass Trombone have gone to their correct places after using Change instrument. I guess being just one stave it was a simpler process.
As for the 2 percussion parts, they don’t permit alteration as the Change instrument selection is greyed out.
So now list looks like:
from then on it is now standard.
There’s a limitation on changing instrument for instruments that have multiple staves. You’ll likely want to create new string players and cut and paste their material across (which is easy in Galley View with Edit > Select to End of Flow), then delete the old players.
I’m not sure what’s going on with the Percussion players without seeing the file, but it really does look as though either Finale or Dorico has done a poor job of mapping instruments correctly.