1. Press the Add Ensemble button, or type Shift+E. Type the instruments you wish to create, typing a comma after each one, and press Add.
  2. Dorico recognises orchestral shorthand to identify instruments, and you can specify how many of each instrument to add.
  3. Press Tab to ‘bank’ the current instruments and clear search field, then continue adding more.
  4. You can add entire orchestral sections at once, and even use numeric shorthand (e.g. 2222 for double woodwind).
  5. Double-click instruments in the list to switch between creating them as single or section players.
  6. Save your custom ensemble, giving it a name and category. It will now be searchable in the Build tab, and available in the Choose tab.

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