How to Turn any Notes into Tuplets 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 Turn any Notes into Tuplets in Dorico 2″…


Hello, I’m Anthony Hughes, and in this video I’d like to show you how to turn regular unscaled notes into tuplets of any ratio, here in Dorico 2, the advanced music notation software from Steinberg.

Tuplet button in toolbox (00:18)

Firstly, in a rare display of madness, I would like to break from tradition and reveal that this is one of my very favourite features added in Dorico 2.

And it couldn’t be easier to use: I’m going to select these three eighth notes, which I can do quickly by clicking on the beam, and when I click the tuplet button in the Notes toolbox, it converts them immediately (and without fuss) to triplets.

The tuplet button in the toolbox always turns existing notes specifically into triplets, but you can select any number of notes to convert a whole run.

Tuplets popover (00:56)

You can also convert notes to tuplets using the same popover that you would use to create new tuplet notes.

With some notes selected,

press the semi-colon button on your computer keyboard to open the tuplets popover. Dorico will pre-fill the popover with a suggestion of the ratio you may wish to use for the tuplet conversion. In this case, it thinks you may be after a 3 to 2 ratio, in other words, more triplets.

And simply by pressing Enter, the magic is done.

Here I have a run of five 16th notes,

so Dorico makes an educated guess that I am going to want these 5 notes in the time of 4, which is exactly right.

Of course, you are completely free to specify your own ratio. This time I am going to replace Dorico’s suggestion with a ratio of 11 in the time of 8,

press Enter, and there you have it.

Unscaling tuplets (01:55)

Remember you can always unscale notes and stop them being tuplets simply by selecting the tuplet number

and pressing delete.

… I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.



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