In a composition I’m working on, a bar switches from swing to straight eighths mid-bar. I noticed that this switch does not affect playback of the second half of the bar. However, if I put a hidden time signature to make the swing section actually in a new bar, the playback is affected:
But I think the reason Dorico was able to switch from straight to swing eighths was because the barline was mechanically there. That solution suggested makes everything one giant measure, so playback wouldn’t be able to switch between swing and straight.
I was surprised that swing could not take effect mid-measure, since tempo changes can, but when I tried the experiment, swing tempo did not implement until the measure following the signpost. Is the reason for that tied up with time signatures as well as tempo, or was there just an assumption that no one would want to switch to or from swing mid-measure?
That will not help. Dorico needs there to actually be a new measure for a feel change to take effect. You are suggesting how to make it look like there’s a new measure when there isn’t, when I’m trying to make it look like there’s no new measure when there is.