Sorry for long post.
I couldn’t get Dorico to play chord symbols back to me (the chart had no notation, only chord symbols). Unfortunately I started the process below before opening a project with regular piano notation to see if that type of playback worked.
I use a Steinberg UR12 interface and all my audio (Cubase, browser audio, Youtube etc) comes through the UR12.
I opened Device Control Panel and tried to choose the UR12 as the output device but It wasn’t present in the menu. I saw the Steinberg ASIO driver in the drop down but when I went to choose it, a box just flashed at me and I couldn’t get the change to stick. I found a post here that suggested unchecking ‘Allow ASIO host application to take exclusive control of selected port configuration’. I really didn’t want to break my Cubase setup but I went ahead. Suddenly the UR12 appeared in the Output Port list! Great. So I checked that and tried chord playback again, no luck. I then saw the UR12 in the list of Input Ports. It felt wrong but I checked that as well. Nothing.
Then I went to the Youtube video which explains how to troubleshoot playback issues. I discovered that Dorico is indeed outputting audio through the UR12 because when I open an instance of HALion SE, and the editor box pops up, I can drag my mouse across the keyboard and hear sound.
The Youtube video then suggests that sometimes I have to go into my App Data folder in Windows and delete VSTAudioEngine_64. It says to exit Dorico then restart.
But in the meantime I decided to check to see if Dorico was working when I ask it to play back a piano track. And here’s where my problems start. I closed Dorico and tried to relaunch it. It didn’t seem to work. Then I tried again and the launch process hung with an error message in the splash screen that said ‘Audio process died’ or something similar. So I ended the task and tried again… and this time Dorico launched!!
So with Dorico launched I tried to play a regular piano score and sure enough it works. There are chord symbols in this project too and they’re not playing back but playback is working for notes.
The problem now is - what in the heck was that weird event when the launch hung and I got the message that ‘Audio engine died’? Obviously this is user error.
I have just purchased Dorico with the discount (and I’m so excited about making the big switch from Finale). I am waiting for verification of my Finale install. Should I just wait and then uninstall the program and reinstall? That weird behaviour scared me because Dorico was totally stable until I tried all of this.
Another thing I should mention is that when I installed the trial version I didn’t install either of the large sound libraries because I wanted to see if my existing install of HALion sounds for Cubase would automatically be ‘seen’ by Dorico.