Default mixer volume seems too low

There doesn’t seem to be any mixer volume default preference setting so I’m always having to increase the volume of instruments in the mixer. The present default seems to be -6.02 which is far to quiet for many instruments. The present default is a bit to low in my opinion.


It is. I just whack it up to max (11?) . I recall Daniel saying it would be set to a higher initial level in a future release.


We set it to -6dB because this is a safe default for larger ensembles, but I agree that it is really a bit too soft for smaller ensembles and I normally end up boosting it myself. Perhaps we will be able to provide a means of specifying a default for new projects in Preferences or similar in future.


That makes perfect sense. Ensembles can be rather overpowering if the mixer setting is too high. Nevertheless if you can add a preference setting in a future update that would be well received. 4.2 is amazing, so well done to you and the rest of the Dorico team.

Related to the mixer, can you please make sure that “Dorico Beep” is not playable. I’ve almost given myself a heart attack on several occasions while checking to see if sounds had loaded, and Dorico Beep kicks in.

It’s trickier than you might think to prevent this. Dorico Beep is a standard VST instrument, and indeed it’s the only one that’s loaded if you have a project using a playback template that isn’t compatible with your current setup, so Dorico does its best to play back. But I agree it’s undesirable!

Thanks Daniel. I understand, and will just be more careful from now on. It’s a small thing really.

You could set the bleep volume to 1 in playback options?

On a related note, once one has set the channel strip faders and the Master Output fader in Dorico’s mixer to zero dB, what is the best approach to further increase the audio output level? Should I raise the channel strip faders a little, or raise the Master Output fader a little, or maybe a little bit of both?

Hi @hamhm3 , instead of fiddling with the faders, I would add a brickwall limiter as insert in the master output and let that one automatically do the job. Here is for example a page which explains about the use and working of limiters.

Thanks, Ulf. I appreciate your advice and the link to the very helpful article.

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Related to this, I’m trying to increase the volume of a single instrument. I’m using Noteperformer.
I have three instruments (two cellos and a double bass), and all the audio is coming through just one track in the mixer, that being violoncello one. So obviously I cannot increase the double bass, since nothing happens in the double bass track.
How can I get the audio come through separate outputs and why is it doing like this on default?

Hi. Two different solutions to your problem.

  1. Open the NotePerformer mixer by clicking the round e next to its instance in Play mode (left panel). Yes, that means you have to deal with two different mixers. This is how NotePerformer is built, so don’t hold Dorico team responsability for this…
  2. Use @David_Tee’s NotePerformer (so) playback template. Each instrument will receive a single instance of NotePerformer. Then you deal everything from the Dorico mixer. Thanks to David for making our lives easier.
    NP (so) playback template

to be fair – nearly all virtual instruments have their own mixer and it can be a matter of experimentation to see how they work together with Dorico’s inbuilt one. On the whole, I tend to prefer setting the levels in the mixer of the player of the library but admit I’m not entirely consistent.

Thanks, I used the NotePerformer’s mixer and it did the trick!

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