Stem direction on unison notes different when condensing

Stem direction different even though the notes are exact same rhythm, and ties and slurs, after condensing. How can I fix this? I don’t think I should have to make manual condensing changes, if all my rhythms etc are the same for all three staves.



You don’t provide enough context for me to be able to tell what’s really going on, but I guess the remainder of the system has music that requires the material to be split into two stems. If you’d like more help, please provide the information we need to help you effectively. A reminder of how to do that:

Ok, sorry, I didn’t know it was a standard of this forum to post a project instead of a picture.

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It’s because you have not applied the (hidden) legato playing technique to all instruments, so dorico considers those parts to be different.

Ok, that worked. It’s hard to see what’s going on because the staves are so crunched together. Outside of hiding staves, is there a way to temporarily expand the gaps between staves to more easily see exactly what’s going on?


You can try working in Galley view, of course condensing doesn’t work in Galley View, but in Notation Options/Vertical Spacing you can expand the gaps between uncondensed staves. If you want to work in Page View, simply make the page size bigger, you can always change it back. I will often have a Full Score layout which has a big height so that everything is spaced out and I can see what’s going on clearly, and then another Full Score layout formatted to my ultimate print page size.

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I’m really starting to see the value of what happens when you condense!

  1. It forces you to have your notation absolutely correct; otherwise, it will not condense.
  2. It helps manage the player numbers and what gets displayed, like “a 2” etc…

At first I was annoyed, but I can see how this will help me become more careful and thorough with notation and it saves time. I’m sure there are many pros that I’m missing, but I’m just getting started.