- I have learned how to isolate the parts of an orchestral score using the Setup Menu by clicking on the individual instrument from the pull-down menu at the top. However, it is not clear to me if, say, the flute part (which then appears on the screen) can be edited and then saved to its own file (or printed as a pdf) without damaging in some way the Full Score from which it has been “extracted.”
How should one deal with individual parts to assemble a parts folder for each separate instrument for performance purposes? In the Setup Menu, on the Layout side, it shows two “Full Score” listings (one of which shows up as a black screen), and at least three ”Empty part” listings? Where did these come from? When I started trying to isolate the parts, I pressed something that removed the flute part from the full score completely. I had to re-enter the flute notation all over again—which took hours!
- I do not know how to make a “short score” (or “French score”) in Dorico. Rather, I have made a full score that runs to 153 pages. Is there a way to eliminate instruments that are not playing from the printed score, using hash marks in between systems, so that only instruments that are playing appear? How does one do this, step-by-step? Is it some configuration of the Consolidation function?
I would be most appreciative if someone could point to any instructional videos where these specific matters are discussed. I have spent much time with videos that discuss notating an orchestra score, but fail to discuss how to extract and create the performance parts for each player.
Speaking as someone that has only started using Dorico three months ago, I think Steinberg has really dropped the ball by not preparing a “Dorico for Dummies” book, a step-by-step guide on how to use the program and especially what one needs to know for all phases of a given, complicated project. Instead, they only provide a 1,000+ page “Operation Manual” that contains all information but no guide for particular projects. The videos cover a wealth of procedures. but it is almost impossible to find instructions for the procedures I need. Plus, some of the instructors talk extremely fast and move through the operations @ 100 mph. With other notation programs that I have used, they all came with a Reference Manual /User’s Guide where one could look up and find exactly what had to be done to achieve a desired objective. In my judgment, Dorico fails this test—preferring instead to have customers play a long “Scavenger Hunt” game where every person is on his own to find the answers they need.
Perhaps the instructions are somewhere out there, but I can’t waste dozens of hours listening to videos that may or may not contain the answers.
At this point, all I can ask is whether someone, or some specific guide, addresses the two questions that I posed? I am confused among flows, master pages, layouts and separate instrument parts. Can these be independent files, or do they all have to be connected to the full score? Can they be edited separately without affecting the full score?
The manager of Steinberg’s Indiana office told me directly the Steinberg only supplies technical support (if the program isn’t set up right) but not instructional help. Great!
I would certainly appreciate any help that someone can provide.