How to Work in Setup Mode in Dorico

🎬  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 Work in Setup Mode in Dorico”…

Hi, I’m Anthony Hughes.  I will be showing you some of the key concepts around setting up and managing your project by taking you on a tour of Setup mode here in Steinberg’s new music notation software, Dorico.

I’m going to start a new empty project by pressing this button.

When I do that, I’m presented with this screen, which is where I setup the instruments I’m going to use, the musical structure of my project and the scores and parts that I will eventually print or export as graphics.

So let’s take a look at the panels around the edge of the screen. Along the top is the Toolbar and among other things, this is where I can choose which mode I want to be in. And you can see that I am currently in Setup mode.

Moving round, Players are the real-life human beings who play the instruments that are involved in the piece. There are two types of Player. Solo Players and Section Players.

Solo Players are individual musicians who can play one or more instruments during the piece. So this might be a trumpeter or a guitarist or a singer; but they can also double on other instruments, so for example you might have a flute player, who switches to play piccolo at various points in the piece.

Section Players are groups of humans who are all playing the same instrumental part at the same time; a good example being First Violin section of an orchestra where you might have 10 or 12 people playing the same music.

You add players by clicking these buttons at the bottom of the Players panel.

When you click the button a Player is added, and then you choose them an instrument from the list, or just start typing in the search box to filter the list.

For transposing instruments, the most common variant will be selected by default, but you can choose from other variants in the list on the right.

Flows are separate sections of music in your project. They can be related like movements of a symphony, a set of piano preludes, the numbers of a musical show. They could be individual songs in an anthology or even a collection of drafts and sketches that you use while you compose.

You add a new flow by pressing this button.


Layouts are where Players and Flows come together to form the scores and instrumental parts that you print out or export and give to your human musicians to play from.

By default, Dorico creates a Full Score for your project and adds all players and flows to it. And, individual parts are created for every player you add.

Additionally, you are able to create and define your own layouts to fit your exact needs.

And that’s Players, Flows and Layouts here in Dorico.

I hope this has been helpful, and please subscribe to our Dorico YouTube channel to see more videos like this. I’m Anthony Hughes; thanks for watching.


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