How to Work with Tuplets in Dorico | Write mode

🎬  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 Work with Tuplets in Dorico”…


Hi, I’m Anthony Hughes and in this video I’ll be showing you how to work with tuplets in Dorico, the new music notation software from Steinberg.

First lets see how to input basic triplets. In Note Input, position the caret where you wish to start.

I’d like to input triplet eighth notes, so I’ll select the eighth note in the Notes panel first, then click this button to create the triplet rhythm that I can then enter notes into.

Dorico will continue to create additional triplets

until I click the button again to switch them off,

at which point I go back to entering regular eighth notes.

One powerful aspect of the way this works is that once the triplet has been created, you are then free to enter whatever note durations you need; in this case I can start with a quarter note and vary the note durations as I type. I can even start a triplet with a rest.

To enter tuplets other than triplets, you use the popover. Remember to start by selecting the unit value in the Notes panel, then press the semi-colon key to show the tuplets popover.

Now you can type any tuplet ratio that you need; I’m going to type 5 colon 4 to create 5 eighth notes in the time of 4,

and press Enter.

Again, the tuplets are ‘sticky’ meaning more will be created until you explicitly tell Dorico to stop by clicking the button

or you can always use the key command Shift+semi-colon.

It might help you to memorise the key command if you remember that the tuplet ratio is often expressed using a colon.

Dorico can handle very complicated tuplet rhythms with ease. This includes allowing tuplets to cross barlines, and being able to change time signature confident that Dorico will renotate the tuplets accurately and elegantly.

Nested tuplets are created by simply starting a new tuplet in the middle of an existing one.

Tuplets have several useful properties that give you complete control over how they look, including options to display the bracket or not, or how to format the number.

If you choose not to display the number then Dorico will show a signpost as a way of being able to reselect the tuplet and modify more of its properties.

Signposts do not print or export when creating a graphics file, and if you would rather not see them while you are working then you can switch them off via the View > Signposts menu. I hope this has been helpful to you.

…I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.



I very much hope you’ve found this video transcription to be helpful. If you have, please subscribe to OF NOTE and follow me on for ongoing music notation news and info. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Dorico YouTube channel to see many more excellent tutorial videos like this one. ~robert puff


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