How to Add Swing to Playback in Dorico | Getting Started with Dorico 2

🎬  This article is a transcription of one of the excellent tutorial videos posted to the official Dorico YouTube channel.

Presented here in written form with the kind permission of its creator, Anthony Hughes, this tutorial is titled “How to Add Swing to Playback in Dorico | Getting Started with Dorico 2″…


Hello, I’m Anthony Hughes, and in this video I’ll be showing you how to apply swing to the playback of your projects in Dorico 2, the advanced music notation software from Steinberg.

Setting Rhythmic Feel in Playback Options

I have a project here, and when I press Play, you will notice that the music is played back straight, with no swing.

Now, in Play mode, open the Play menu and choose Playback Options,

or use the key command Ctrl+Shift+P (that’s Command+Shift+P on Mac) from anywhere in the program.

Select the Timing page in the sidebar

and at the top of the page you’ll see the Rhythmic Feel section. From here you can select the level of swing you would like to apply.

There are several presets available. The first two apply a fixed amount of swing to playback, regardless of the tempo. Let’s try this 3-to-1 fixed swing preset.

Returning to Playback Options, we can also choose from Light, Medium or Heavy swing. The swing effect in each of these presets is more pronounced at lower tempos, with the effect being reduced as the tempo increases, just as is often the convention in performance.

It is possible to edit the presets to your liking, or even create new ones.

Setting Rhythmic Feel using the Tempo Popover

Back in Write mode, you can use the Tempo popover to add Rhythmic feel events to specific moments in your music.

Make a selection and press Shift+T to open the Tempo popover. Note that this can be at any rhythmic position in the score.

Now you can type to enter any of the swing presets.

And by creating a subsequent Straight Rhythmic Feel event, you can tell Dorico to play only portions of your music swung.

In fact, if you select a range of notes before you create the swing event, Dorico will automatically create the straight feel event for you…

…I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.


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