Tip: Shorten note durations to remove overlaps in MIDI imports


  1. Many sound libraries employ a legato feature which is triggered by releasing a note after the next one has started.
  2. When you import MIDI into Dorico that has used this legato feature, you may find that some of the the notes are overlapping.
  3. Fix this by choosing Write, Edit Duration, Shorten to Next Note.
  4. All overlaps are removed instantly.

Tip: Extend note durations to fill gaps left when recording


  1. When you record music in real-time using Dorico, it is quantised based on your preferences.
  2. Playing naturally can result in gaps between some notes, especially when using a sustain pedal.
  3. These gaps can be tidied up easily with the help of a simple command.
  4. Go to Write > Edit Duration > Extend to Next Note to extend the duration of notes followed by rests so that those gaps are closed up.
  5. The command can be run over any selection, meaning you can easily choose which parts of your recordings are affected.
  6. To make the process even quicker, set your own key command in Preferences to trigger Extend to Next Note.

Tip: Justify the final system in your layout


  1. Dorico spaces your music for you automatically.
  2. On occasion, you may wish to force the final system to be justified.
  3. Open Layout Options (by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+L), choose the Note Spacing category, and uncheck the option to Only justify final system in flow when more than n% full.
  4. If you prefer, you can leave the option checked, and just set the value to something higher – this may work better in projects with multiple flows.

Tip: Create new default layouts for missing parts


  1. Dorico creates part layouts for every player by default.
  2. Sometimes, layouts might be deleted by mistake, meaning they no longer show in the layout selector or the Layouts panel.
  3. Fix this by opening the Setup menu and choosing Create Default Part Layouts.
  4. This will create new copies of any missing instrumental parts that can be dragged to their preferred position, and be found in the layout selector once more.

Tip: Double or halve durations of selected notes


    1. Quickly double or halve note durations for selected music.
    2. Use the Write > Edit Duration menu items to double or halve the note durations instantly.
    3. With Insert mode enabled, lengthened notes will not overwrite each other, and no gaps will be left between shortened notes.
    4. Add your key commands to make these functions even more accessible.

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