How to submit "Dorico"?

Is this a good way to submit one of those “Dorico” files that you get when Dorico crashes (presumably it’s a crash dump or some such)? I’m on Windows.

I’m pretty much always on the latest version of Dorico, but over the past say 6 months (at least), I’ve been unable to open more than one project at a time without my audio driver crashing (and I can’t close a project without a crash if I’m listening to a video in a browser).

My audio interface is an RME Fireface UCX (the first gen, not a UCX II), and here are the driver deets (and this is the latest driver you can get for this hardware):

ASIO Driver: ASIO Fireface USB

Windows Vista/7/8/10 driver

Windows WDM and ASIO 2.3 support

Driver date: 16.03.22

Driver version: 1.221

Hardware revision 48

My OS is Windows 10 Pro, 22H2.
Dorico (885.8 KB)

Welcome to the forum! Indeed this is the place to post these files and surely a team member will look at your diagnostics as soon as they can arrange it.


I was wondering when I’d be seeing you.

Welcome to the forum @Steven_White. If you can’t yet attach files because you’re a new member, just have a read through a few threads so your status upgrades.

Hi @Steven_White , welcome also from my side.
Thanks for the diagnostics. In the logs I can see that in your previous run the entries suddenly stop as if the audio engine crashed, however the diagnostics does not contain any crash file. So it as well could be, that the audio engine just deadlocks instead of crashing.
To find out, please download the free utility Process Explorer and run it. In the upper right corner of that window is a filter where it says “Filter by name”. In that filter field just type the three letters vst. Is there anything shown then, maybe as “not responding”. If so, do a right click on that item and from the pop up menu choose Create > Create mini dump. Please post the resulting file after zipping it up to a reply here. Thanks

2024.3.31 (704.2 KB)

My apologies, I neglected to read the error dialog closely enough. :slight_smile: It says “A serious problem has occurred: Please […] restart VSTAudioEngine5.exe. […] please contact […] and the created file <users/user>/Documents/Steinberg/CrashDumps/.dmp.”

So I’ve attached that file (a fresh repro from today). Repro steps: open a project, and then open a second project (that’s all). Wait for a second, and boom.

However, I also followed your instructions, and manually created a minidump for VSTAudioEngine5.exe (via the 64-bit build of Process Explorer). Even after zipping it, that file is 16MB, and uploading to here has a limit of 4MB. Incidentally, in Process Explorer, VSTAudioEngine5.exe’s CPU usage value was still fluctuating; I dunno whether that indicates it’s not hung. I guess its main thread could have been hung, with worker threads responsible for the ostensible continuing activity. :slight_smile:


Hi @Steven_White , thanks for the data.
I ran the dump file through my debugger and it clearly shows me a crash in the fireface_usb_asio_64.dll, so that is the audio driver of your RME device. So in this case we can’t do anything, you need to elevate that dump file to RME and ask them for a fix.
Also thank you for creating manually a dump file. That one I only wanted to have for the case that the VSTAudioEngine process is around and marked as “not responding”. Was that the case when you created the dump file?
When too big, you can send it directly to me under u dot stoermer at steinberg dot de.

Thanks, Ulf, it’s good to know that Dorico isn’t the issue here! :).

As for VSTAudioEngine5. exe, I didn’t see anything in Process Explorer about it being unresponsive. But tbh I wasn’t sure which column to look in. Certainly none of the default columns said so.

I clicked Ok in the error dialog, but then neither of the two projects (two instances of Dorico) were responsive. I ended up having to kill one of the instances, and the other went away. It’s actually after re-launching Dorico that I got a set of different dialogs indicating that the audio engine can’t be contacted (or some such), and then that third instance of Dorico fell over, and that’s when I got the Dorico file. Anyway, as you say, this is case for RME.

Thanks again!

Send me that manually created dump anyway, please.

Thank you, it’s on its way. :slight_smile:


Well, I was wrong again. While looking at RME’s website for a support contact, I realized that there is in fact a later driver. I really thought I was on the latest one. Anyway, installing the latest (1.249), I can confirm that the problem has gone away, and I can now have two projects open at the same time again.

Thanks for the support, everyone, and sorry for my noise and time-wasting! :frowning:


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Excellent, great to hear. Have fun with Dorico!