I’ve just used Dorico for the first time on film project where 45 odd cues coming from a DAW via midi to Dorico need to be scored in about 10 days. Below is a list of things that I’d love to see developed to make my workflow faster and more streamlined.
Just to say, I’ve found Dorico be great in almost all areas and I’ll now be using it as my preferred software when possible so these are not complaints, just helpful suggestions I hope made with the best intentions.
Sorry if there are already threads on some of these. Sometimes I know there are threads but there is no fix so I’m making it clear that it would be really good to change, for me anyway …
Adding dynamics to the start or end of long notes
I do this a lot in the course of a film score, adding hairpins over one or two bars etc. I wish there was a way to quickly select the couple of bars at the beginning or end of the long note to do this, like with bar select in Sibelius. It would cut my time down a lot!
Playback / sounds etc.
I don’t need Dorico to sound good, I need sounds that are very easy to hear for proofreading (listening!) like the General Midi I’ve been using in Sibelius (mac) over the last 20 years.
I also find Dorico sounds too heavy and slow when deleting adding instruments etc, changing voices etc. So I’ve taken to turning off the playback to make this quicker. It’s not a great solution.
Please integrate General midi playback if poss.
String Divisi …
Strings divisi in Dorico is great and I understand its logic if you are an engraver with time on your hands. But when you are scoring lots of music in a short amount of time it runs into problems. Some of them potentially quite serious.
The biggest being music can disappear for scores or parts if you are not careful (divisi changes in the middle of systems when the music doesn’t appear until the next system as mentioned on another thread). I work in gallery mode and don’t want to have to worry about music disappearing. I just want to close gallery mode, check the score looks ok and send it to the copyist without fear of error. For me music should only disappear from a score if it’s intended.
Secondly, I wish divisi staves with no music on them would hide automatically like any other stave, I don’t want to through the score hiding for example the g.a. if there is a big solo violin part and no tutti. It takes time and also you have the other problem that when you hide the stave you can make the error of not un-hiding it when the music comes back in, the same problem as before. Please, music should never disappear unintentionally.
Thirdly. I’d like a lot more control over what appears above the divisi stave, 1 - 2 etc and what appears on the left of the pages. Two different options would be good so they can be independent of one another. Also I would like an option for the unison to not have the text unison.
I often write, sul tasto, very light bow, very little vib. I can’t make a performance indication with that stacked, would like to. Also the order of stacking of single line indications should happen with the order you input them, that would be great.
When groups go down to one stave I no longer have a group name but a number, that’s not great.
I tend to work at 100% as I find it gives me the best overview and detail at the same time. I don’t have time to zoom in and out all the time. But selecting single objects (one note in a chords etc) is a real pain at this zoom. Please make the selecting more specific.
The diamond for string harmonics should not change style when semibreve as default please. I don’t see the reasoning. It’s just confusing.
String harmonics for speed of workflow
When adding artificial harmonics please make the default partial 4.
99.99% of the time it’s 4 … In a score with a lot of harmonics, that a lot of time saved
(Just to say, string harmonic input is a million times better than sibelius.)
Parts should be by default transposing, I don’t see when they are not. When you have little time it’s one of those things that starts to worry you
Dynamics too attached
I don’t a lot copy/paste/change for dynamics, but if I change one mf-mp etc, it changes the rest. I understand the logic and sometimes it’s useful, but when I’m working fast I don’t want to have to worry that I’ve just changed the dynamic of a flute part that I can’t see whilst working on a cello part which had a dynamic copied from the flute and then I forgot it was copied. Is there a way to turn that function off?
Standardised text size
String divisi text, alt X text, and performance indications should all be the same size as default. I don’t see why the string div. text is so small.
Hiding text in parts
The hide and show in score or parts like in Sibelius would be a very nice feature and save time.
Key sigs and midi import problem with accidentals
When importing from for example logic the midi file will come as default in C major (if no key sig was assigned) So Dorico adds C major, fine. But also all the accidentals in the score dissapear. I tried to correct this by changing to atonal but that didn’t work. Deleting the key sig property completely brought back the accidentals. I just find this a little worry even if it’s easily fixed. The accidentals shouldn’t really dissapear ever, unless desired …
Bass flute playback doesn’t work below G (alto flute G)
As it says …
I when I have a accel. (etc) from midi I have 100 tempo changes to delete before adding in an accel. line, how do I select them all at once seeing as they disappear off the top of the page.
Part spacing not perfect
I know this is a big subject and you can edit to your hearts content in edit mode if you have the time but I find the spacing of bars in a parts to be sometimes great and sometimes wanting. I just want the default to be great all the time. Or at least not putting two bars on the last system etc. Sorry if there are lots of automatic fixes for this but I haven’t had time to research yet.
Playback of pizz. canceled by performance div. marking
Player creation speed of workflow
I have a template with all my instruments set up for a project, all great.
But when I need for example the string section to overdub itself I create a new string section. I’d love an option in the creation of new instruments where you can proper-gate the the layout from another layout at this stage. It would save time and stop me forgetting!
I think that’s it for now. Thanks for all the hard work creating Dorico, it’s really amazing and getting better all the time, I’m definitely converted. I find now that I’m getting up to speed it’s fundamentally better on all fronts and definitely faster to work with in general.