Inputting tuplets

You can input all types of tuplets using the tuplets popover. Tuplets are input like normal notes, and so can only be input during note input.

  • These steps describe inputting notes with the default preference of duration before pitch. However, you can also specify the pitch before duration instead.

    When inputting tuplets using pitch before duration, Dorico Pro determines the base value of the tuplet on either the first note you input after specifying the tuplet or the note value included in your tuplet ratio.

  • You can also input triplets by clicking Tuplets in the Notes toolbox. However, you can only input one triplet at a time this way.


  1. Select an item on the staff and at the rhythmic position where you want to input tuplets.
  2. Press Shift-N to start note input.
  3. Optional: If you want to input tuplets onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  4. Press ; to open the tuplets popover.
  5. Enter the tuplet you want into the popover as a ratio followed by the beat unit.

    For example, enter 3:2e to input triplets based on eighth notes or 5:4x to input quintuplets based on sixteenth notes.


    If you do not specify the beat unit, the tuplet is based on the note value currently selected in the Notes panel.

  6. Press Return to close the popover.

    The tuplet is entered.

  7. Optional: Change the selected note duration.

    For example, you can input a tuplet based on eighth notes but input a quarter note within that tuplet.

  8. Enter or play in the pitches you want.
  9. Optional: Press Space to advance the caret to continue inputting tuplets of the same ratio at later rhythmic positions.
  10. Stop tuplet input in any of the following ways:
    • To return to inputting normal notes, press : or move the caret with the arrow keys.

    • To stop note input completely, press Esc.


The pitches you enter or play in are input as tuplets, starting from the caret position.

If you want to input a different type of tuplet immediately after inputting tuplets, you must stop the first type of tuplet before inputting the second type. If you do not stop the first type, the second type is input as a nested tuplet.