I apologise in advance, but I’m going to do the sandwich thing again. This program has me giggling like a schoolgirl (or schoolboy) to the point that when I talk to colleagues (that don’t have Dorico) about it, the say I sound slightly mad… I mean I have never been this productive and a big part of it is not only the easiness of inputting music, but also of editing and moving things around. I mean seriously, this program is insanely good and truly lives up to the “creativity first”. It even performs out of the box better than most musicians I hire! Take this for example, I sent it to my usual pianist-for-hire and he actually said “huh, that’s really nice playing, who did that?” https://www.dropbox.com/s/a498bkduicxirkw/XIX.mp3?dl=0 what a compliment, right?
But… If you have to do any performance editing, as some times is necessary with real people too, then this program falls so flat on its face it feels like it’s a completely different program, made by a completely different set of people/developers. I can’t believe how unintuitive it is and I’m not talking just about the navigation and zoom, not to mention the lack of shortcuts for the tools (which should be on a right click menu anyway), but the lack of selectable edits, the fact that if you want to edit the right or left hand you have to click a switch, indicate a thing called upstem (as opposed to stave or hand) then unclick said switch in order to be able to edit it. And why oh why when you try to edit velocities of notes close together does it always edit the one you DON’T want to edit? Why have every conceivable controller in the menu as opposed to the usual “suspects”? e.g CC1, CC11, PB, CC2, etc. Why does it always $%&*£!"ing re-set the view??? I need velocity/CC lanes extended to maximum, but if I replay it just resets to default. And since we’re talking about that, why is the default so small? Controller lanes should be default to using maximum screen space and why are the last two vertical zoom options so far apart that you either can’t determine anything or you’re missing most notes?
Usless (zoom 1)
Missing most lines (AKA Zoom 2):
Please, please… Pretty please, with a cherry on top! Balance this out, it makes no sense to have a state-of-the-art program, that is inspiring and actually conducive to creativity and at the same time have a main feature, that is so hair pullingly frustrating, it nearly derails the achievements of the good bits. I understand that there are thousands if not a million things in music that need implementing and you’ll probably be busy till version 20 until you feel satisfied, but don’t let something so central fall so far behind that it gives the rest of the program a bad reputation…
So to finish the sandwich: a few months ago I won a composition contest but lost some points due to the illegibility of the score (made with Dorico 2.2). I made a condensed version with version 3 and sent it to the judges who replied “oh my, this must have taken you ages and it wasn’t necessary” to which I replied “no, I just clicked condense score in Dorico”… I am pretty sure they have all just bought a copy… Or at least they said so