Tuplets shortcut without having to choose ratio each time

Is there a way to use the Tuplets shortcut ( : ) without having to type in the ratio each time ?

For example, i’m working on a piece where all triplets are eighth note triplets (3:2). When i use the shortcut ( : ) to enable Tuplets, i have to type 3:2 each time, total workflow killer. Thanks

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If one selects the eighth-note value (5) before implementing the tuplet, on can type semi-colon + 3 and skip the ratio.

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Thanks for the reply, I’m aware about this…but still, 3 key strokes (semi-colon + 3 + return) just to turn on Tuplets is a drag and workflow killer.

Is there a way for Dorico to remember the chosen ratio so one can simply turn on Tuplets by hitting the key semi-colon ?

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Tuplets are reasonably sticky. If you turn on a tuplet it will continue the same pattern. But if you cancel it why should Dorico assume you want to return to the same tuplet when you re-invoke it?

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I have hacked my JSON file so that pressing ; triggers a 3:2 tuplet, rather than the tuplet popover:

“NoteInput.StartTupletRun?Definition=3:2”

I use other tuplets so rarely that I have assigned Shift+Y to trigger the tuplet popover.

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Now we’re talking…Thanks so much Daniel, i will definitely try out your suggestion!

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I use the macro program Keyboard Maestro to activate all the most common tuplets by a simple keypress (option 3-6 for those four tuplets).

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You can at least do a tuplet with one click, just by clicking on the tuplet icon in the sidebar.

(Shown here with the list of available choices.)

But it would be great if the tuplet button had a shortcut, so that whatever was selected would be actioned.

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+1 for the external macro solution works well. I have only two programmed, 3:2 and 6:4.

Remember that instead of typing a colon ( : ) you can just type a space, so instead of 5:4 you can type 5 4.

Much quicker for me.

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Another possible improvement would be for the popover to just assume that each single digit means something.
‘3’ already means 3:2, but ‘4’ doesn’t automatically mean 4:3, nor ‘5’, ‘6’, and ‘7’ mean anything.
It would be great if those were automatised and, if someone wanted anything different, they could just go ahead and type it.

I have mapped Create Tuplet and End Tuplet to the / and * keys of the numpad, respectively. It’s still three keystrokes ( /3Enter ) to create a triplet, but I don’t have to move my hand for it at all.

I use Touch Portal on my ipad or phone. I’ve defined several types of tuplets (3:2 eighths, 3:2 quarters, 4:3 eighths, etc.) which allows me to both enter AND exit tuplets in one “keystroke”. In note input mode, when I press the tuplet button, it selects the note value, defines the tuplet, and ends the tuplet before I enter any pitches. Rarely do I write a continuous string of multiple tuplets, so I prefer not to have to STOP tuplet mode manually.

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This is one of the things I use my stream deck for… Yes, it costs money, but it does a whole bunch of other things as well!

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I have the small 5x3 Stream Deck, but honestly don’t even have it plugged in right now as I wasn’t really using it. I found I could simply just program Dorico shortcuts directly that made it mostly obsolete. Tuplets seem like a great use for it though! (I already have a single key shortcut for 3:2 as @DanielMuzMurray described above.) Just curious, what other Dorico commands do you have programmed with your Stream Deck? Maybe I should dig mine out again …

I use the 5x3 Stream Deck all the time for note entry and rarely have to remove my left hand from it (RH on MIDI keyboard).
My 15 buttons include all the durations and the rhythm dot, space bar, 3:2 tuplet toggle on/off, 5:4 tuplet toggle, grace note toggle, staccato, accent, and slur.

On another window I include arpeggios, gliss, and pedal marks.

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I use a numpad, so have all the durations and the dot there, the grid durations I have set to Ctrl+numpad, numpad 1 is 3:2 tuplet, numpad 2 is tuplet off, numpad / is tie, numpad * accidental visibility, etc. Maybe I would use the SD for articulations or grace note toggle though. I’ll dig it out and play around tonight, thanks!

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Dorico seems to be very “English”. “,” (period) on NumPad does not work even if the keyboard setting in the OS is English. I have to use “.” on the “alpha-section”. Is there some setting in Dorico that I have missed? Stacc, ten etc. is very tedious to input using a Swedish keyboard. (This is on Mac by the way.) I can double-tap durations, but what is the “,” on the num-pad for? It does not activate rests, I have to use the “alpha-section” for that.

You can customize the keyboard shortcuts as you wish— I’ve developped a whole system on French keyboards so that I don’t need to press shift to get the rythmic values (but I need to press it for articulations). The default is the other way round, which is easier for documentation, but not for workflow. I suppose you can set the numpad comma to whatever you want. This might require some work on the json file (but it’s not that complicated).
IIRC, default numpad keys control the transport buttons.

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