I’m working an a very large project for voices and orchestra. An operatic act consisting of one single flow of 1332 bars.
I’ve put the wind parts in and I was starting to cast the condensed score, but Dorico is getting too slow.
Every single condensing change or a note change or an articulation takes 40 seconds.
And I didn’t put in strings, voices and percussion yet.
Is this a normal behavior? Please check the attached project. (The file was larger than 4 MB, so I had to shorten it a little bit). Rabaglia.zip (3.0 MB)
Is this beyond Dorico capabilities?
I know I could split the flow, but printing and putting together the single pieces can be very tedious and source of errors.
Any suggestion will be very appreciated.
Thank you very much in advance Stefano
It’s not beyond Dorico’s capabilities, but you’ll definitely want to edit the notes and articulations in “normal” (which is to say, “not condensed”) mode, and only turn on condensing to do the final graphical edits/layout.
I just tested your score on my m1 mac mini, and it did take a while to load, but I was able to insert a random condensing change and have it only take about 3 seconds. Note changes were instantaneous. So this could partly be that you are pushing your hardware to the absolute limit.
thank you very much. Really very kind of you!
I just find a bit strange that my hardware could be pushed to the limit.
I have a Windows system with an Intel Core i7 4792K CPU, 32 GB RAM, and NVidia GeForce GTX 970. Not exactly a wreck!
Thank you once again. Stefano
Indeed, it’s certainly not a slow CPU, and it was a high-end processor when it was released in 2014, but that’s quite a long time ago now.
There is a performance improvement for condensed scores coming in the Dorico 4.0.10 maintenance release, which will be released this week. I’m running that build, and on my own Mac (which is an M1 Pro, so a very fast computer with a CPU released just a couple of months ago rather than 8 years ago), I can make edits to the music in your project reasonably easily. Adding an articulation takes around a quarter of a second; repitching a note or a bar full of notes roughly the same; adding a condensing change can take a while (creating a new one at bar 204 took around 8 seconds). But it’s certainly possible to get better performance than you’re currently experiencing, I think.
That score is nowhere close to the size where editing should be an issue with that machine. Perhaps the update will help, but I can’t help thinking there is something else although I am no technician …
Double check that there is no “midi loop” going on as @claude_g_lapalme suggests; this has caused major slow downs for a few people recently. If you search “midi loop” a few threads should pop up including Daniel’s advice.
I can easily edit the score without any delay. Adding new notes takes about quarter of a second, so not really an issue. I did turn off Condesning. My iMac has only 8 GB ram so I was surprised that it wasn’t a problem after reading your computer specs.