> In the audio recording (provided via your webpage), I can clearly hear that crunching noise.
Yes, because it was recorded on another computer with microphone attached to that computer in order to bypass the audio system on the first computer where the problem existed.
> But “who” is actually playing there? With “who” I mean which program.
The “who” is Halion Sonic SE2 plugin’s virtual keyboard launched from inside Dorico. I am manually playing on it with mouse.
> So you have Dorico running and playing live via MIDI-keyboard, right?
You mean - external MIDI-keyboard and flexi-time recording or step-time input in Dorico? No, at least not yet. As I said, it was Halion Sonic SE2 plugin’s virtual keyboard played with mouse without inputting the notes in Dorico.
> Do you have any other application open at the same time?
No, but it doesn’t matter.
> What if you just have Dorico running and nothing else, same problem?
Of course, because Steinberg VSTAudioEngine is active.
> Further, the audio export of the “We Love You” project sounds just fine.
Yes, the problem is not reflected in audio file creation (exporting) and the noise is not incorporated in the exported audio file.
> What if in Dorico you press the play button and then listen to the audio, still that noise?
Of course, because Steinberg VSTAudioEngine is active, as I already said above.
Well, in the meantime I investigated the problem more carefully and isolated the cause. To resume: the problem is not in Halion SO/Sonic SE2 plugins or in their VST instruments, nor in any other VSTs on my system. The problem is even not in Dorico program itself, nor in any other host program (Studio One 3 DAW or Sibelius). Hence, to reproduce the issue, it is not necessary to start Dorico program at all. It is quite enough to start only VSTAudioEngine.exe solely and my entire audio system is screwed with that irritating crunching noise, regardless of the source from which the sound is coming (Groove Music, Media Player, Youtube video streams, Dorico, Sibelius, Studio One 3, standalone/plugin versions of Kontakt 5, XLN Audio Addictive Keys etc etc). The entire audio system is affected by VSTAudioEngine process producing the noise. When I kill the VSTAudioEngine process, the noise disappears and sound becomes perfectly clear again from any source (except from Dorico, as Dorico cannot be started without activating VSTAudioEngine).
BTW, I forgot to mention, my system is 64-bit Windows 10 Pro (Version 1607, OS Build 14393.447) and is up-to-date. Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP driver is Saffire MixControl 3.7 and is also up-to-date.
Now, I have two question for you:
Both Sibelius 8.4 and Studio One 3 Pro automatically discovered Halion Symphonic Orchestra plugin, because Dorico installation program put it in the location that was already in known search path. When I look at Studio One 3 screen, I see the plugin under the VST3 plugin group, not under VST2 group. But I also see the plugin in Sibelius Playback Devices window as ‘Symphonic Orchestra VST’. So, looking at Sibelius window, it is not clear whether it is VST3 or VST2 plugin. I am a little confused. As far as I know, Sibelius doesn’t support VST3 plugins. My question is: is the ‘Symphonic Orchestra.dll’ VST3 or VST2 plugin?
Unlike Halion SO, the Halion Sonic SE2 plugin was not discovered by the programs above. I also cannot locate it inside Dorico root directory, Common Files directory, nor in any other known and familiar locations for VSTs. As Halion Sonic SE2 has many modern instruments not included in Halion SO, I would like to try it with my Sibelius scores during this 30 days demo period. My question is: where is Halion Sonic SE2 plugin located (if it exists as plugin and is not 32-bit) and what is the name of the file?
Thanks a lot in advance.