Condensing is the process of showing the music for multiple players on fewer staves than normal, usually by allowing multiple instruments of the same type to share a staff, such as Flutes 1-2 or Horns 1-4.

In Dorico Elements, you cannot enable automatic condensing as it is only available in Dorico Pro. However, if you import or open a project that contains layouts with condensing enabled, those staves remain condensed.

  • You cannot select anything on condensed staves.

  • Condensing is never enabled in galley view, so you can switch to galley view to see all staves separately. This does not disable condensing in the current layout.

  • Having condensing enabled in any layout in a project can cause Dorico Elements to operate more slowly, due to the large number of calculations involved.

Video tutorial about condensing (English)