I downloaded the demo and had a few plays. I was disappointed that there were no demo scores in which I could guage what Dorico could presently do, and more importantly what it can’t at present. I bought the crossgrade as much to support the team for future development rather than what the program will currently do, as after working with it for a while, it soon becomes apparent that this is the beginning of the journey.
I think the foundations have been set out well and after watching Daniel’s presentation about where the program will venture I thought I’d add my own thoughts as to what I consider important.
My current setups (touchscreen PCs Quad Core Q8200 with 4Gb RAM, i5 laptop with 4Gb Ram & SSD) are not the latest kids on the block…but are no slouch either. I would expect a well written program to easily be handled with these specs. As it is, Dorico is slow on note input and lyric input, much slower than Sibelius 5 or Notion on the same machines. I don’t think this is down to the hit Halion puts on the specs, but if it is, then I’d like a way to limit the sound production in hogging processing power. When writing choral parts, it seems ridiculous to have any of the ‘ah’ or ‘ooh’ samples that are loaded in…even more ridiculous when the parts are singing words! For these occasions all I need is the simplest piano tone generator as a voice to confirm my pitch selections. Equally, if the actual score writing bit of the program can function quicker with a leaner sample playback structure as an option, then much better this is chosen when inputting. After the input has finished if a kind of ‘render’ type operation can then be performed, where the score data is made super efficient and then tweaking of playback can be refined, that to me would be the way I would do things…that is finish the ‘visual score’ and then tweak the playback. I am no programmer so I don’t if that is the way things are undertaken, but I buy a scoring package primarily to produce music I can give musicians, with the mock-up often done in a DAW or all-in-one solution like the Yamaha AW2400.
If anyone can give me advice on how to use Halion with respect to the above I’m all ears.