I am a regular Sibelius and occational Finale user and have purchased Dorico at the earliest oportunity as I am a great fan of Daniel Spreadbury and expect the product to develop into something really special.
My experience with it so far has been somewhat mixed. As a first project I am trying to trancribe a classical overture for clarinet choir.
Looking up clarinet sounds I am presented with four choices,
Bass Clarinet Combi
Warm Clarinet Solo
[GM 072] Clarinet
The range of the first two (from HBO) is so limited they would not be suitable for a normal orchestral score let alone a clarinet choir ranging from Eb at the top to Contra bass at the bottom So I tried the latter two. They both had a large range but a jazzy tone with build in vibrato but I settled on GM 072 as the better of the two.
When it came to playing the score, grace notes did not reproduce at all.
As an experiment I output the fragment to musicxml, read it into Sibelius and played it using both Garritan and Sibelius 7.1.2 sound sets. In both cases the sound was significantly superior to Halion and all notes, including grace notes reproduced perfectly.
I hope it’s not too long before other sound sets can be used.