Drum Pads panel

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The Drum Pads panel allows you to input notes for unpitched percussion instruments using a drum pads layout. It is located in the lower zone at the bottom of the window in Write mode.

During note input, the notes you press in the Drum Pads panel are input. Outside of note input, Dorico Elements plays sounds for the instruments and techniques you press but does not input them.

  • You can show the Drum Pads panel by showing the lower zone, then clicking Drum Pads in the lower zone toolbar.

Drum Pads panel for the Drum Set (Basic)

The Drum Pads panel toolbar contains the following options:

Advance Caret
Advance Caret button

Advances the caret by the currently selected note duration without inputting notes. Extends notations with duration, such as gradual dynamics and pedal lines. Only available during note input.

You can also advance the caret by pressing Space.

Delete Left
Delete Left button

Deletes notes at the previous rhythmic position and moves the caret back to that position. Only available during note input.

You can also delete notes/items during note input by pressing Backspace.


You can delete notes/items outside of note input by pressing Backspace or Delete.

Set Note Duration
Set Note Duration buttons

Allows you to select a note duration, both for the next notes you input during note input and to change the duration of existing notes outside of note input.

You can also select note durations by pressing the corresponding key command or by clicking note durations in the Notes panel in the left zone.

Reorder Drum Pads
Reorder Drum Pads button

Allows you to move drum pads in relation to each other; for example, to create a different arrangement for easier input in different circumstances.

Resize Lower Zone
Resize Lower Zone button

Allows you to change the height of the lower zone.