I’d like to suggest some features. Most are very simple improvements. First, a quick side note… Dr. Crotchet, explosions, 90’s themes. YES!!! Now we need “Dorico for Windows 3.1” … “To install: insert floppy 1 of 60,943”. lol, I liked the Christmas video. Anyway, some suggestions to make Dorico almost as smart as Dr. Crotchet…
1) Not in Dorico
pt.user.sulc (and the other strings)
I’d add trills up to an octave for playing techniques by default. That covers every sample library and avoids users having to add custom symbols to inconsistently mark trills with ornaments and techniques. It’s messy is all.
2) Incomplete fallbacks (playing techniques)
Jete, ricochet, colle, sautille… if these don’t exist, Dorico should at least know not to do a default sustain patch when some bowings are more stac and some more spic. More fallbacks = a “smarter” Dorico, IMHO.
3) Editing velocity
In the Cubase manual, search “Controller Event Editor”. For velocity editing, tilt, compress, and scale features are desperately needed in Dorico. It saves tons of time as a genius editing feature. It would take Dorico up 100 notches (easily).
4) Playing Techniques
TBH, I’d much rather write from the play tab. If I could edit techniques and have all the notation be automatic, I’d die happy. Edit: My ideal workflow would be writing in the piano roll (for quick editing) and have the notation be automatic, like an information viewer. I can’t see a reason not to allow editing here, yet to allow drawing new notes. It either seems incomplete or arbitrary. Are you guys planning this at some point?
5) Piano Roll - Size & Zoom Oddities
- When I select multiple lanes (velocity, cc, techniques) and resize them, only one resizes.
- No mass track zoom/sizing? The Play tab is coming along. It’s just hard to control the layout.
- Shift + Mouse wheel in Cubase scrolls horizontally in both the sequencer and piano roll. Dorico is horizontal in the Write tab, yet vertical in the Play tab. I believe consistency with Cubase is important (just me) to make Dorico intuitive, but Dorico isn’t even consistent with itself. It’s easily a needed change for that alone.
- CTRL + Shift zooms in Cubase’s piano roll and sequencer. It’s fast, simple, easy. I often find myself “lightly annoyed” that I can’t do this in Dorico. It’s not huge, but I do tend to feel like I’m fighting the Play tab a bit cause of it.
- Select notes > Copy > move playhead to next bar > Paste > They show up on bar 1. Bug?
I hope some of these suggestions help! Good luck on Dorico 3.5… Can’t wait! I still can’t believe how packed full of features this is for a v3 release. Congrats again!
Edit: I removed a request for markers under play tab. I hadn’t found the marker track as I was initially thinking to right-click or add it some way within the play tab itself, not in a sub-menu. Alas, it’s there!