Like many composers, I like to work at the keyboard, and have always wanted midi entry that was designed to work better for an improv → notation process. (Followed by pulling out the good stuff, trashing everything else, and going from there).
The key for me being that all I really want to capture with midi is really the pitch material on the fly, and then to be able to go back and add rhythms later. (For myself, and I would imagine most people, rhythm is far easier to remember and work out from memory than pitch is).
I also want to be able to work without being required to follow a metronome. I just want to play, and worry about everything else later.
How I imagine this might work is:
- You hit record
- You play a midi keyboard hooked up to dorico. No barlines or time signatures!
- You improv, and what dorico records is just (black) noteheads on the pitches which it displays without stems, but with horizontal spacing implying relative durations.
- Once you’re done, you can then toggle into a mode to add rhythm.
- Once in rhythm mode, you can just move through the notes using the arrow keys and specify the rhythms for the notes using numbers. You’d probably also want to be able to move notes between different voices at this stage of the process.
- Then you can add times signature/s which inserts barlines where appropriate.
- Then you can move over to normal dorico mode to continue working with your material as per usual.
Hopefully the description is clear to other people.
Alternatively, imagine that when you improved in using a midi keyboard, dorico just recorded everything as quavers. Then you can go back and just adjust each quaver to the correct duration. You can do this currently with Finale for example, but the problem is in going back and adjusting the rhythms with how finale handles bar(lines). You end up having to insert lots of bars as you fix up the rhythm, and copy and paste stuff between bars etc. If it weren’t for the damn barlines it’d all be much easier.
I doubt this will ever be something that is introduced, but in the off chance that someone at Dorico might go “Hmmm, interesting idea. Let’s do it”… please and thank you.