How to Quickly Add Several Players to your Project in Dorico | Setup mode

🎬  This article is a transcription of one of the excellent video tutorials 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 Quickly Add Several Players to your Project in Dorico”…


Hi, my name is Anthony Hughes. I will be showing you how to quickly add several players to a project, building an entire orchestra in just moments using Steinberg’s new music notation software, Dorico.

I am starting with a completely empty project and that opens here in Setup mode which is where I can add and remove the players and instruments I would like in my score.

As well as adding players individually, I can build up an entire orchestra in just a few steps by clicking this Add Ensemble button.

This brings up a popover where you can see the various instrument families you find in a conventional orchestra and with Woodwind selected I can then choose from single, double or triple woodwind sections. This list on the right shows me which instruments are included in the ensemble.

I’m going to choose Triple Woodwind and click Add Ensemble to Score and you can see that all of those instruments are added at once.

I’m going to repeat this to add some brass. I can always find the Add Ensemble button at the bottom of the Players panel here.

And there a number of brass configurations for me to choose from. I’m going to add this 4431 configuration which gives me 4 Horns, 4 Trumpets, 3 Trombones and a Tuba.

Let’s also add some percussion; some pitched percussion and a string section.

And there you have it; a very large orchestra built up in just moments, here in Dorico.

Of course I can always add individual players as well. I’m going to click on this add solo player button,

…or I can use the key stroke Shift+P and then start to type Saxophone. I’m after the Alto Sax so I can double click it to add it to the score, or while it’s selected I can simply press Enter.

I want my solo sax above the string section, so I simply drag that to above the 1st Violins and I’m done.

I hope this has been helpful. Please subscribe to the Dorico Youtube channel to see more videos like this. I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.


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