Loop Playback in Dorico

Having “Loop Playback” in the next iteration of Dorico will enhance the workflow of so many composers. It’s a necessary tool when working out ideas and variations on top of what has already been notated. We need to be able to set a marker region within the score and have it loop for however long we need it to while creating new parts. It’s annoying having to constantly scroll back to where we want the score to playback from while working out our ideas.


been asking that for a while too, with the possibility of accelerating/decelerating the bpm by a fixed bpm count or percentage every X loop cycles until a set limit ; we’ve had that for a couple of decades in Guitar Pro and it’s so much useful for the reasons you mentionned but as well just for practising some sections when you’re a multi-instrumentalist, I keep on hoping every update that it’s gonna come haha

There are so many threads about this - do we really have to have another one?


It’s worth searching the forum before posting using the very powerful built in search engine. There are dozens and dozens of requests for this sort of feature. Adding yet one more won’t accelerate anything I don’t think. It has been pointed out many times that this is hard, and different to DAWs, because DAWs have the MIDI directly available whereas Dorico has to generate it on the fly, a much more difficult proposition for looping functionality. But I am only repeating what has been given here in other topics.


Thank you for sharing your feedback, @KYRRHOF . The Dorico team is aware that loop playback is a feature a number of users would like to see, and it’s something they plan to implement at some point in the future (although they never promise timelines for features).

In the meantime, here are some alternative methods for starting playback, in case you’ve not come across them – Shift-Space to start playback from the previous start position (ie “go again from the same place as before”) might be of particular use to you?

And a gentle reminder to forum users that Daniel recently expressed a preference for hearing the same idea twice, rather than risk not hearing it at all. If you’re familiar with previous discussions on a topic, it’s helpful and encouraging to share a link to one of those discussions with the latest poster.


Where twice means twenty times. :slight_smile:

I didn’t include links because there are so many in this case.


@Lillie_Harris May I remind you that your own forum guidelines say:

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

On the Discourse forums I run I politely ask users to take heed of this.



Rude and condescending.

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Thank you Lillie! The alternative methods are new to me. Thank you for sharing that.

It’s unfortunate, but some people are wired with an extreme lack of compassion and respect for others.