Me and some fellow composers are contemplating switching from Finale to Dorico 3 when it’s available.
We’ve all been working together using the same score template and simulation engine I developed (Kontakt, custom-libraries and scripts). The transition means I have thousands of midi-responsive Finale expressions to import to Dorico and we require total flexibility with the Midi data and score layout.
Finale Midi system was incredibly powerful but the interface is prehistoric. However since Finale 2014 their Midi-Tool window has more bugs than the whole Amazon rainforest, and they simply won’t fix them. Their tech support towards this matter is non-existent.
So I am aware that Dorico 2 does not have velocity control, this is why we’ve been waiting for Dorico 3 to switch.
I was a Sibelius user from version 1 to 6. I’ve extremely comfortable making sound sets and setting percussion maps, etc. I think that aspect of the transition is going to go fine.
I do have some questions and I would be so grateful if I could have answers for them:
Can Dorico support multiple version of the same symbols or expressions? Example: Is it possible to have a Forte that has a velocity value of 80, another one which does not affect playback and a third version that sends a controller value?
Can we have hidden symbols sending midi messages in the score, for example a Forte that won’t print but that will affect playback?
Is it possible to have staves used only for the playback (hidden on the score)?
For the sequencer window, are there some functions available for the note duration (Percent alter, randomize, add, set to, etc.) ?
Many thanks again!