I am mew to Steinberg and Dorico but not necc to composing with the computer. What I do is write out a piece then come back to the computer, enter it, to be able to hear it. I have been away from the computer music world about twenty years, since my Mac + and hard disk broke down in 1997, but I am attempting to take up where I left off. At the time I used a program (VERY rudimentary!) called Deluxe Music Construction Set. It was mouse-based note entry, it required setting up the required number of measures for a piece before copying, but it was elementary and simple enough to work with, if requiring mucho patience (entry note-by note…). I am working on the piece I left off with, an eighteen-stave work for orchestra of some 422 measures (the first movement alone.) I figure once I work out the bugs and I get really going I’ll g o into the next two movements.) I do not want to sit here all spring just trying to get my gears going, I am hoping to get through copying the entire work by winter...
But I am encountering problems, at sometimes, so discouraging as to make me sit at the computer scratching my head… if the only stupid questions are the ones that don’t get asked, well, I’d like some help from the community here in getting started.
For one thing, I’ve found it quite hard to add measures- I would like to have the whole thing ready so all I need to do is throw in the notes. But it won’t allow me to add, for some reason…unless I am entering notes. It also insists on throwing in rests when I am working, or, more irritatingly, ties sixteenth and eighth notes together which should be discrete without top-bars between them (the 8ths and 16ths) . I want to turn off the rests and also to start with an empty 422 measures, but it seems only to add measures as it goes, and like I said, if I am working with a time signature, especially (I removed that), it wants to throw rests in ahead of my work as I go along.
Also, the tympani sound (supposed) in the Halion sounds sounds more like a synthesized trumpet than a tympani. One of the problems I had with DCMS was a similar one- I could never enter any midi channel on the percussion line because either there was no corresponding sound on the midi box I was using, or like Dorico, it gave me a synthesizer-horn sound. That is frustrating since I conceive all my work as highly percussion based and I thought Dorico would offer accurate sampled tympani. Or maybe I am just setting up something the wrong way?
In any case I would appreciate help from more experienced users of the software and tips on how to accomplish the various things that are hanging me up. Time has been wasted enough already in trying to get back to computer-assisted composing for me (due primarily to economics) but now that I have the tools again I hope to be able to get up to speed right quickly.