I started scoring my first musical in Sibelius 5 about a year ago. Although I may run the premiere of it from backing tracks, I wanted to score it to learn something about scoring for a small ensemble. Anyway, after struggling to get the thing anywhere near what I wanted, I have about half of the first act done and a couple of the numbers from the 2nd act. As Dorico is now with us, it seems a better idea to start the thing from scratch in Dorico.
So, having dispensed with the idea of scoring it for orchestra, I’ve cut the musicians down to flute (doubling sop & alto sax), oboe (doubling alto) and clarinet (doubling ten. sax and bass clarinet), trumpet, trombone, electric guitar (doubling acoustic), bass guitar, piano, keyboard (for strings, harp and other synth pads) and drums. A band of ten musicians.
I have the main characters down as ‘solo players’ along with ‘male chorus’ and ‘female chorus’.
My question is, is there a way to change the voices in playback to match the keyboard doubling? I want the score to automatically add the correct patch if I change from ‘strings’ to harp etc.