After spending some time having to deal with assigning instruments over and over again/copy & pasting imported instruments onto my playback template instruments, I am beginning to wonder: when will we be able to create our own Playback Templates?
From what I can tell from the files I have found the playback templates in Dorico use a mysterious “Playback Template Generator” (comparable perhaps to Sibelius Sound Set Editor). The first file seems to tell Dorico what the VST is, and where to find it.
In a separate file you find the information telling the VST (through program changes in this case) which instrument to load.Celesta Keyboard xmap.user.noteperformer.default 34 0 0
This is of course an example through Noteperformer and limited though it might be it makes me curious whether us users might be able to create our own Playback Templates following this model. For now we would be limited to VSTs that load instruments through Program Changes, but in the near future perhaps instruments may be loaded in other ways, like .FXB or VSTPreset files, or at least some way that will allow easier use of Kontakt or Vienna Ensemble Pro, etc. I’d love it if someone were able to tinker with this and see what they can get working!