Hi Daniel et al,
I’m new to the forum, and haven’t yet purchased Dorico, but I’m extremely interested in the program. I have a question about sketching music in Dorico without a meter. At present, I usually sketch on large multi-stave paper first, often leaving out barlines and even stems on notes. More horizontal space could mean a longer duration or more space; notes more closely spaced mean faster durations. After this initial sketch is completed, I’ll input into Sibelius, and figure out actual durations, barlines, and meters later.
In Dorico’s free meter mode, is it possible to sketch in a similar graphical fashion, perhaps using the mouse? Or does everything click on a grid first, and you have to know what the divisions of the grid are as you go along (eighths, triplets, quintuplets, etc.)? I know some composers also sketch this way in a piano roll in a DAW midi editor - if you want a longer note, you simply draw it longer, although the resulting music may or may not conform to the midi editor’s actual meter.
In other words, I’m hoping Dorico offers a compositional feature no current notation software has - a way to sketch loosely at the beginning of the composition process that mimics sketching on paper, and perhaps a way to play things back before deciding exact rhythms, barlines, meters, etc.
I hope this makes sense, and thanks for your input!