Can I run Dorico 5 SE without Halion Sonic 7 and Halion Content SE 3? I know nothing about the Halion thing and I don’t know why I should use it. I would prefer to stay with my usual VST plugins for now. Is that configuration possible?
HALion Sonic is a recommended component, but no, it is not necessary. You can leave it uninstalled and then Dorico will come up with an alert warning about a missing component,
but you can simply ignore that alert, or even tick the option ‘Don’t show again’.
Oh, maybe that is because there is a component (instrument) missing and not just contents files. Maybe you could ask @dspreadbury for a feature request, that we show that option under any circumstance.
" An essential component used by Dorico for playback has not been found. This component is installed by the Dorico application installer. Please quit Dorico, run the Steinberg Download Assistant and reinstall the Dorico application installer "
Under this window I have another window when I can see:
Now from there, I have to say that it is an Offline Dorico installation and I have carefully followed all the steps stated online on the Steinberg website. Also it is impossible that I can use the Steinberg Download Assistant because for security reasons the machine is totally disconnected from any network.
That first alert message is probably a little too severe. “An essential component” refers to e.g. HALion Sonic. But in the end it is not so essential, because Dorico will also run without it.
On the other hand, for most Dorico customer it really is essential since otherwise they would not get any playback at all. So as I say, with this alert message also the “Dont show again” option should be shown.
The other alert message about missing content on the other hand is way more critical.
If you start a new project in Dorico also effect send bus and channel get created by default
and in the first insert slot of the send channel a reverb effect will get inserted, namely REVerence from the Steinberg plug-in set. Reference is a high quality, acoustic modelling effect plug-in. It therefore needs the impulse responses from real rooms and concert halls. That is what is found in the mentioned vstsound file and is missing on your machine. I can send you the files and you put them directly in, if you are using REVerence frequently. If you not going to ever try or use Reverence, then you can also ignore that error message.
Indeed I saw this reverb effect plugin when I loaded a demo song with a window reporting a problem. It turns out that the file FCPSMT005ReverenceImpulseLibrary01.vstsound is part of the Halion Sonic 7.0.10 Installer.
The message output is correct if this “essential component” is indeed the FCPSMT005ReverenceImpulseLibrary01 vstsound but in this case why is it not by default integrated in Dorico 5 SE software since the reverb effect plugin belongs to Dorico 5 SE.
Now I better understand the meaning of recommended.
I´m quite sure that that file is not only part of one installer but of many, also of Dorico. And if you install it several times via different products, subsequent installation will simply get ignored.
So do you have the file in the meantime or shall I send it to you?
I have just installed Dorico 5 Pro on my M1 Mac but I don’t want to use Halion Sonic, nor REVerence plugin.
As soon as I start the program, the same dialogs discussed in this thread pop up telling “An essential component used by Dorico for playback has not been found” and “Missing content: FCPSMT005ReverenceImpulseLibrary01.vstsound”.
I have only installed Steinberg Activation Manager and Dorico Pro 5 Application by downloading the installers from Steinberg Downloads page.
I have ticked the REVerence option during the installation process but the error dialog keeps popping up (I have not installed Steinberg Library Manager nor Steinberg MediaBay because I am not interested into using Halion Sonic libraries).
Is there a way to tell Dorico to not use REVerence and to disable/ignore it?
Can you check that the file FCP_SMT_005_Reverence_ImpulseLibrary_01.vstsound is located at /Library/Application Support/Steinberg/Content/VST Sound? It should have been installed by the Dorico application installer itself.