I’m looking to recreate in Dorico something I used to do in Sibelius to get a certain look and feel with note spacing, and I’m wondering if anyone has some tips - I can’t seem to find my specific question on the forum already, though this is rather idiosyncratic…
I sibelius I used to have a hidden staff with a common rhythmic unit written out continuously, usually the smallest practical value on the page, which would force the music to be spaced out evenly; long notes stretch out to be spatially equivalent to the shortest notes. I like this because in my own scores I like to represent time as evenly as possible. It looks IMO many times neater than the usual way of more elastic spacing relative to the written durations.
It might be an unconventional idea (or not?!), but I’d like to recreate it in Dorico, because I’m not satisfied with how it spaces things out (again, it’s not bad, it’s just that I’m a perfectionist or weird with my own music).
The approach in Sibelius won’t work in Dorico - if I add an extra staff to a flow, fill it with rhythms (notes or rest), for example, semiquavers, then it won’t matter, because once I hide a staff, Dorico ignores the content.
Below is an example to illustrate my point. The spacing here isn’t a problem visually (obviously it looks fine), this is just a simplified example to try to demonstrate the idea in principle and problem.
A = the musical content with default spacing
B = ‘A’ plus an extra staff with the rhythms across the page to achieve the desired spacing
C = When the second staff is hidden (after double clicking on the Staff Break), the musical content’s spacing reverts to as it was in A.
If anyone has any ideas on how I could make this work in Dorico I’d be very interested - or it would also be interesting to know whether what I’m doing is already a ‘thing’ historically in engraving-world, or just my own weird thing.
One possibility I considered was to make an instrument that is somehow invisible via scaling or opacity yet active (so it’s rhythm affect the spacing), but I haven’t yet got this to work.