Piano roll editor

The piano roll editor displays MIDI notes for pitched instruments in a continuous sequence, with the vertical position of note events indicating their pitch.

In Dorico Elements, pitched instruments are displayed in an individual piano roll editor for their instrument track. Their notes are positioned vertically according to their pitch, which is demonstrated by a piano keyboard on the left edge of the piano roll editor. Notes are positioned horizontally according to their rhythm and duration.

Figure 1. Piano roll editor

Each instrument is automatically assigned a color when you add them in Setup mode, so that you can tell them apart more easily in Play mode. This color is used for notes in the piano roll on that instrument track, as well as shown as a strip on the instrument track header.

You can edit notes in the piano roll editor, including moving and transposing them.

  • When instrument tracks have independent voice playback enabled, you can show notes in all voices or only in a single voice in the piano roll editor. By default, the piano roll editor shows all notes belonging to all voices for the corresponding instrument.

  • Editing the played duration of notes causes them to appear in a darker color in the piano roll editor to notes whose played duration you have not changed.