Most of the work I have done in Sibelius up to now involves scores for large orchestra. I have been asked by a client to trial Dorico, to see whether it will be suitable for a relatively long project we are planning. So far during the trial I have been very impressed by the sofware, and particularly value the separation of Write and Engrave modes.
However, when exploring Setup, and learning that Dorico works with players, each of whom may be “holding” more than one instrument, I became fairly certain that it cannot at the moment cater for the typical situation in woodwind and brass, where the staves contain the music for two players. Let’s take the instance with four horns, with two players on each of two staves.
I can, of course, enter two voices on each stave. But I don’t seem to be able to achieve the correct staff labellings. Dorico generates the numbering automatically, so it still appears as though I have two horns in the score. In addition, the fact that parts are not extractable means that I cannot produce parts for the individual players.
There may be elaborate workarounds for this situation, but it is so common, and so easy to do in SIbelius, that for orchestral scores I would rather stick with Sibelius. I imagine that this is no small change and wonder if it has been scheduled for development. I really would like to move to Dorico wholesale for a number of reasons. For instance, the handling of tuplets in Sibelius is awful and there seems to be no attempt to tackle bugs that have existed for a decade or more. I can already see that tuplet handling is immeasurably better in Dorico.
Knowing that Dorico has been largely developed by the former Sibelius team, that was so poorly treated by Avid, makes me even more keen to support it. If I knew that the feature I describe was around the corner, I would eagerly convert my trial of Dorico into a proper purchase.
Thanks for any insight you can give