Player, layout, and instrument names

In Dorico Pro, you can use three different names to refer to the same player in different contexts. This allows you to show relevant information in different places in the score.

The following names relate to players and instruments:

Player name

The name of each player in the Players panel. Player names do not appear in any layouts by default. Instead, you can use the player name as part of your own workflow, independently of what instruments and players are called in staff labels and layout names. You can refer to the player name in text frames using the {@playernames@} token.

Player names are automatically generated when you add instruments.

Layout name

The name for each layout in the Layouts panel. They are used at the top of individual part layouts by default. You can refer to the layout name in text frames using the {@layoutname@} token.

Layout names for part layouts are automatically generated when you add instruments to the corresponding players, and are linked to the corresponding players’ names until you rename the layout.

Instrument names

Used in staff labels. This means that the instrument label on each staff is relevant to the instrument or percussion kit currently being played by that player, rather than listing all instruments that player is playing in the flow. You can refer to instrument names in text frames using the {@stafflabelsfull@} and {@stafflabelsshort@} tokens.

For example, if a clarinettist is doubling bass clarinet, the staff label where the player plays clarinet automatically shows Clarinet, and the staff label automatically shows Bass Clarinet where the player plays bass clarinet.

All instruments in Dorico Pro come with a set of instrument names that you can change for individual instruments, independently of other players in the project holding the same instrument. You can change the language used for the instrument names of instruments you subsequently add to the project. You can also save changes to instrument names as default, which are then used whenever you add that instrument again in the current project and all future projects.


Changing the default instrument names does not change the instrument names of existing instruments of that type in your project.