News: ARIA Player now M1 native (and Finale)

This post is for anyone who isn’t using the latest version of Finale but does use Garritan libraries and the ARIA Player with Dorico on an M1 Mac! (Yes, all of you!)

You may not be aware that the latest version of Finale is now Apple Silicon-native; and that includes the ARIA Player too. This means that ARIA can be added to the list of VSTs that will run native on Dorico 4.

There’s now a VST3 with multi-channel output – the previous VST3 plug-in only having one stereo output.

MM has not yet released a standalone ARIA Player installer for the updated version, but hopefully they will, so that people who bought Garritan libraries but haven’t got F27 can benefit from the update. (It can’t hurt to submit a request to that effect.)

While the ‘usual’ demo installer for Finale doesn’t contain the ARIA Player and Garritan samples, it is possible for users with a MakeMusic account to obtain a demo installer of F27 that does include the ARIA Player, from within the labyrinthine bowels of the MM download pages.

Alternatively, the makers of ARIA, Plogue, have a cut-down VST player called Sforzando, which is also native, and which can play the Garritan libraries, if installed.



Is the VST3 Multiplayer only available for the Mac? I have the latest Windows 10 iteration of Finale 27. Where would I look for the updates VST3 player?

If you’ve installed F27.2, then you should have the VSTs. (Assuming that you’re on v2.001.)


In Dorico, you can block the ARIA VST2 plug-ins, and you’ll still see “Aria Player”, and “Aria Player (Multi)” in the VST Rack.

I’ll see what I can find. Thanks.

It looks like you can also download the new ARIA player here:
This installs the standalone version for me.
On that page, they also say that this version is for Mac only.

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Thanks for that. They keep things quiet, don’t they?

It will be interesting whether Windows users have seen any update.

I used the “Submit a request” link to ask. My latest download of the Finale software on a new computer did not even include the old VST3 Aria Player. Puzzling.