No sound from Halion Sonic 7 in Dorico 5

Hello everyone,

I am very new to Dorico 5 but not computer novice.
I have installed Dorico 5 elements demo for testing. I have put a few notes in a standard template and tested the sound output, which was fine.

I then fiddled around with Kontakt, changing the default HSO instruments with Kontakt ones, and at playback, the Kontakt instruments did play back but the Halion ones stopped. I reverted to Halion instruments everywhere and there was no playback.

I removed the Kontakt instruments, checked the ASIO device and configuration, even uninstalled and reinstalled both Dorico Elements and Halion Sonic 7, rebooted (I work under Windows 10) to no avail. I also checked other templates just in case.

The only sound I can now get is from Kontakt instruments.

I have extensively researched the web on this issue. If somewhat can help me with what is wrong here, I would greatly appreciate it. I spent nearly a day on this.

Best regards to all.

Welcome to the forum @pyl

Have you tried reapplying the default Playback Template yet?

Perhaps you could upload your project? Or some screenshots of the VST information from one of the instruments that doesn’t work? Also, the windows that appear when you click on the cogwheel (Endpoint) and e (actual VST)in the diagram?

Thanks a lot for such a quick answer.

I had already found the VST and MIDI menu, but I was not aware yet of the possibility of resetting the playback template. It did solve the issue after some fiddling around with the various possibilities (choosing an Iconica template in the end did the job; the score template I used is string orchestra, btw).

However, here is a message I get when (re)setting a playback template. I have some kind of an idea of what it means, but if you could clarify it further, I would appreciate it.

Thanks again for your help

PS: actually, not so much clarify (the message is sufficiently explicit) as knowing what I may do to avoid this or correct for this.


I’ve never seen that message in Dorico myself – obviously it comes from HALion Sonic rather than from Dorico itself. I assume you’re applying one of the factory supplied playback templates? What version of HALion Sonic 7 are you running?

Thanks for the feedack.

I downloaded Dorico and Halion Sonic only a few days ago, so I assume both are the latest version. The interface says Halion Sonic 7 but I was unable to find a subversion number, if any. Dorico is I am indeed using a factory template (string orchestra), just for testing.


Do you have other Steinberg products and sound content installed on your computer, in addition to the things you installed for Dorico?

Thanks for your feedback.

A few years back, I had already downloaded demos of Cubase and Dorico but I did uninstall them. But you may be onto something here, as uninstalling tends to leave things in various folders (the two programs folder on the root directory and Appdata in the user root directory, in my experience). I did not check if everything was uninstalled, and with the new installation, I would not be sure of what to look for.

An option here would be for me to uninstall all Steinberg products, manually remove all remaining Steinberg folders (and registry keys ?? But I would need some cue here as to where to look and for what, although a registry search for “Steinberg” might do the job) and then reinstall afresh Dorico 5 and Halion Sonic 7 demos.

I do not really need to save my projects as, really, I just inputted very few notes and fiddled with articulations, expressions and the like to get a feel of the audio playback. Recreating this or something else to go on with simple tests would take very little time.

This being said, if you have a cue as to what to look for and remove instead of going through this drastic step, I would appreciate the gain of time (especially that this message is not so annoying in itself, but it does indicate that there is indeed some conflict somewhere, and it would be better to find its origin and correct it).


PS: I currently use Overture as a notation program. It is quite fine for my needs and actually rather simple to use once one has some familiarity with its logic (and bugs). However, it looks like the development (and bug correction) is stalled, and possibly indefinitely stopped. Dorico is the closest analog in my view in terms of logic, although somewhat less intuitive to use (quite a few playback options, in particular articulations and expressions, are much easier to access and configure to one’s taste in Overture, but this may only betray my lack of familiarity with Dorico). However, Dorico is clearly a much more developed and prospective tool, which is why I consider to switch. I was a bit disappointed to find that there is no crossgrade offer for Dorico pro from Overture, but I guess that Overture’s user crowd is too small a target. Hence my choice of the Dorico Elements demo version for testing, as it is much more affordable.

I did locate a couple of Dorico 4 leftover folders in Programs and Program data. Removing them seems to have resolved the problem.

Thanks again for the tip.


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