Playback is quiet

I’ve started trying to create a simple composition in Dorico. Unfortunately, I’m finding the playback to be very quiet. To test things out, I created a new piece with a flute, trumpet, harp and piano and then entered random notes into the score. When I tried playing it back, I could barely hear it. Even marking each of the parts as forte doesn’t help much. The sample pieces that come with Dorico don’t seem to have this problem, so I was wondering if there was a master volume control somewhere that I needed to boost the volume?

I tried playing with things in the mixer too. While I can boost the volume there, it seems like the wrong place to do it. Also, all of the sample pieces I looked at had default mixer settings, so it seems that is not the solution.

Could you please post your test project here? Before posting, please zip it up because an attachment with the ending .dorico will get rejected.

Here’s a file I’ve been working on. I find the playback to be very quiet relative to my other programs.
phantomForest.zip (1.01 MB)

When I load your project then it does sound on a normal level here with me. Well, it is not particularly loud, but also not quiet, it is in the expected range.

Also, I copied all the notes and set up a new project with the corresponding players, then just pasted in the notes and the result is basically the same. And I really only used standard settings, no fiddling with the mixer or anything.

What if you do an audio export (File > Export > Audio), is it also quiet compared to other exports?

I don’t know what the solution was to kitfox’s problem, but I’ve had a similar problem myself.

I started a project with a soprano and piano. I wanted to change the soprano program from “Aah to Ooh ChoirNoteExp” to, say, “English Horn Combi.” When I did, the volume on the soprano track dropped to the point I could hardly hear it. The same happens with other Combi instruments but not with GM ones. I can raise the volume by adjusting the volume wheel next to the keyboard in Halion, but when I play from the start the volume wheel reverts to its original low setting.

Any insights?

I had a similar problem. The main cause was that I had all of the wrong expression maps set in the Endpoint Setup dialog, which is the dialog you access by clicking the cog icon in the VST Instruments rack. Once I corrected this, my volume levels corrected themselves. Hope this helps.

I’ve had this exact issue, as well. I set up the score to use a voice, but the vocal samples are, well…So, I substituted a flute by selecting it using the Halion interface in Play Mode. The flute is inaudible - I have to open up the Halion sampler, and fiddle with the Mod wheel (lower left, next to the keyboard); for some reason, it wants to set at nearly zero. I think it has something to do with designating the part as one thing, and using a different sample - in all the other instances where I have wanted a flute, the flute patch has never been a problem. This won’t solve the OP’s problem, but your description of the problem is the same as mine. You’re not alone, if that helps.

Hmph i’m having the exact same problem, one year later. Any chance there’s an update on this?

See pizzarco’s reply above. If you have changed the sound to one that requires a different controller to set the dynamic then you will need to set the expression map to the Mod Wheel one (sorry, I can’t recall the exact name)

Ah, I couldn’t find the right dialogue before this. Solved and thank you! I might even tear up a bit after this ordeal