Here some tips for preparing your XML file exported from Logic before importing into Dorico.
- First open an empty project in Dorico and then import the XML, don’t import straight by clicking the file.
- Name your tracks exactly like the instrument names in Dorico (e.g. ‘Eb Alto Sax 1’ and ‘Drum Set’), then you have a better chance that Dorico picks the right instrument.
- With one IMPORTANT !!! exception: don’t name your grand staff instruments any name that is an instrument in Dorico (e.g. piano). See this thread: https://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=246&t=142423&p=766180#p766098
- For drums make a mapped instrument in the environment that has the positions and note heads of the default Dorico drum notation (or send me a message with your email, and I’ll send it to you, unfortunately I couldn’t attach it here).
- Just enter slurs at the right position, doesn’t matter how it looks, might look terrible in Logic, but Dorico will fix that right up
- Only a selection of phrasing symbols export.
- Note heads won’t export except for one slash note head.
- Chords do not export/import.
- Text does not export/import.
- Lyrics will export/import.
- Repeat barlines export/import, repeat endings do not.
- Expect inconsistency; sometimes the same things export/import differently, try another export and import and results might change.
I’ve attached some files to demonstrate the differences between export and import.