I have observed that, when opening files from foreign sources, such as the seven example files (Drozdoff, Rameau, Winstead, etc.) provided with the first version of Dorico, I have no sound or the “mind-blowing synthesizer effect” referred to in Anthony’s video Troubleshooting Playback Issues in Dorico. On the other hand I had no problems with the files I had created myself. Shouldn’t Dorico itself do what is required to play any file that a user loads without further ado? After updating to 2.2 yesterday I attempted to play each of the example files and experienced several crashes when applying the default template. I could solve the problem by deleting the VSTAudioEngine2_64 directory. In some cases I also had to load a specific instrument before I could hear any sound.
I note that there is no visual feedback from Dorico itself in the form of a progress bar as the sounds are loaded. This happens in the HALion window, but this is partly hidden from view by Dorico, and the former’s skeuomorphic (and dark) interface is not as easy to read as a standard Windows interface or the custom Dorico interface.
Is it safer not to click anywhere in the program while this process takes place to avoid problems? Finally, I am wondering if having more than one file open is a potential source for disaster. I guess that, in such a case, the sounds already in use have to be discarded and the new ones uploaded.