Note: this input is not engraving-oriented, but for those who primarily will use Dorico for MIDI playback, to create convincing mock-ups.
I’ve been using another notation program recently that has CC editing and have discovered a few things that are exactly as they should be to be musically accurate. I’m not selling that program here, as it has it’s own limitations. All do. But this paradigm leaves very little room for flexibility, as this list works exactly how music does in the real world.
Example: Flute 1 & 2 on the same staff - The program I used has a dropdown to select voice 2. This illustrates the workflow once you select the voice you want to work on:
- working on v2 has unique CC lane and data
- v2 can be sent to a different MIDI channel
- v2 has it’s own expression map equivalent
- working on v2 greys out v1 in the CC lane and the notes. This is a huge UI win, making it very easy to focus and work.
- If you use a2, you can chose in each case (or by default) to have it send the same notes to both voice’s assigned MIDI channels.
- When adding hairpins, it should populate the CC data with a crescendo… on each voice’s CC lane for that staff.
I’m not saying Dorico should copy the feature list, but note that two instruments on the same staff can do two completely different performances. That’s all I’m saying here. These are just the variables in another program that lend to it. I realize Dorico is early days with CC data. I only bring it up now as some recent Dorico discoveries have made me realize Dorico is much closer to competing with the other software I use than I previously thought. I realize it will take years to get there still.