New Score Note Lengths


The Dorico default playback on a new score with zero articulation markings is, seemingly, virtually staccato. My extensive experience with other notation software is that default playback is virtually legato with full note lengths played and we would then add articulation markings such as staccato, martele, etc as needed.

For example, compare MIDI files of note lengths from new scores from Finale and Dorico with zero markings.

How can I change it so Dorico plays legato for new scores unless articulations are applied? I have a feeling that the answer will involve editing/creating Dorico’s expression map/s and I have no idea how to do this!


Play Mode → Playback Options → Timing Options - change default note lengths. The default is 85%.