So, I’ve run into a funny behavior with beams on percussion kits in grid mode. I should point out first that this is not urgent, and I don’t necessarily need to find a solution (though if one exists, I’d be interested); I’m only using a kit in grid mode to save a little bit of space while composing, and I’ll likely switch to single lines for the final product. Perhaps this will be of help to others though.
The issue arises because I have three instruments on adjacent lines in a kit playing at once, and because of music in other flows, I need to have them be all separate voices. The top sounding line is then voice 1-stems up, middle is voice 2-stems up, and bottom is voice 3-stems down.
For a tldr of the issue, just take a look at the attached pic. So, when there’s the default two spaces between each line, beams from the middle line collide with stems from the upper line. I figure I can clean up the look by increasing the distance between the two lines, so I try 4, then 5, then 8 spaces between them. However, regardless of how many spaces go between those two lines, Dorico will stretch the stems for only the colliding beams so as to maintain the collision. I assume the algorithms are trying to avoid a collision between the beams and the noteheads (a noble goal, as it is), but at a certain point, I feel like they should snap back into place. See what I mean?