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.