I followed the convention of the first page of the orchestral score I’m looking at and, in my Dorico project, had four Horn section Players (in two Condensing staves) and one Viola Section staff with Divisi later on into four parts.
When playing back, the (piano) horns pretty much drown out the (forte) Violas. (BBCSO Discovery version).
Naïvely, I assume this is because each of the four horns is routed to its own channel in the VST rack whereas the Viola section shares one channel.
And so it led me to wonder whether I should Setup more Viola section players (so each would have its own channel) and let Dorico worry about Condensing unison passages except that then my duplication in unison passages would inevitably introduce errors.
I’ve tried fiddling with both MIDI and VST Instrument sliders in the Dorico Mixer with little effect. What do you suggest?
As things are, their imbance makes it difficult to make decisions about arranging the piece.