The Ride Cymbal playback sound in Dorico 2 is incorrect using Note Performer 3.
I have discussed this issue with Arne Wallander and he suggested I add it to the Forum hoping someone from the Dorico 2 team can take a look “under the hood” at the Midi mapping.
This is his response from our last email with permission to quote:
"Well, I can certainly confirm your issue. But the bad news is, I have
absolutely no clue as to why this is happening. There is not much
transparency in how Dorico selects sounds unfortunately, and the
feature is very new, and as far as I can tell, all looks fine in our
percussion mapping. The ride cymbal certainly works if I create a new
score, which suggests that it should work, although it doesn’t in
this particular score no matter what I do. The percussion map does
I would personally recommend asking about this on the Dorico forum
instead. You could probably strip down the file to only a few bars of
ride cymbal notes, if you want them to troubleshoot it. Daniel and the
Steinberg people are in a much better position to troubleshoot this,
since they can also see what’s going on behind the hood. I’d like to
help out, but from our end all I can see is that the wrong MIDI note
is being sent from Dorico."
I set up a new score from scratch, adding players for a Big Band. The Ride Cymbal is not assigned an instrument by default, I have to add it in the Play panel and this is the result:
The score is available from my Dropbox here: