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, such as in staff labels and at the top of part layouts.

The following names relate to players and instruments:

Player name

The name of each player in the Players panel. They can be used in staff labels instead of instrument names. You can refer to player names in text frames using the {@playernames@} token.

Player names are automatically generated when you add instruments, and are linked to the corresponding instrument names until you rename the player.

Layout name

The name for each layout in the Layouts panel. By default, layout names appear with borders at the top of pages in part layouts that use the First page template. 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 by default. 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 instrument names. 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.

  • You can change various aspects of how instrument names appear in staff labels without changing instrument names, such as whether instrument transpositions are shown before or after instrument names.

  • Abbreviated instrument names are used in player labels on condensed staves containing instruments with different instrument names.