NotePerformer in Dorico

🎬  This article is a transcription of one of the excellent tutorial videos posted to the official Dorico YouTube channel.

Presented here in written form with the kind permission of its creator, Anthony Hughes, this tutorial is titled “NotePerformer in Dorico”…

Hello, I’m Anthony Hughes, and in this video I’ll be showing you how to use NotePerformer 3 for playback with Dorico 2, the advanced music notation software from Steinberg.

Purchasing and installing NotePerformer

NotePerformer is a virtual instrument produced by Wallander Instruments specifically designed to produce playback from music notation software. Dorico 2 introduces support for NotePerformer 3.

NotePerformer 3 can be purchased from and there is a 30-day trial available. Download and install NotePerformer 3 and then start Dorico.

Configuring NotePerformer 3 to work with your Dorico 2 project

In order to use NotePerformer for playback in Dorico, open your project and switch to Play mode. Then in the Play menu select Playback Template. Choose NotePerformer and click OK. Note that if you haven’t installed NotePerformer, then its playback template will not be included in this list.

You will notice the existing virtual instruments are replaced by an instance of NotePerformer, and once complete your project will now play back using NotePerformer. It’s as simple as that; no further configuration is required and Dorico and NotePerformer will work together to choose the correct sounds to use at the appropriate times. (listen to demo at 01:34)

Set NotePerformer as default playback device

If you would like Dorico to use NotePerformer as the playback device in every project by default, then open the Preferences dialog using the key command Ctrl+comma (that’s Command+comma on Mac), scrolling to the bottom of the General page and setting the very last option for Default Playback Template, to NotePerformer.

I very much hope you’ve found this video helpful. If you have, just for me, please click the thumbs up button below — that lets me know you’ve liked it—and subscribe to our Dorico channel right now to see many more videos like this one.

I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.

Wie man in Dorico NotePerformer 3 verwendet | Einführung in Dorico 2

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4 Replies to “NotePerformer in Dorico”

  1. Merry Christmas! Just sitting around on the computer, kids are still asleep, and I thought I’d point out that the second paragraph at the top in italics has the wrong title (about rhythm slashes) for this post.

    Thanks for doing these transcriptions, they are terrific!

  2. Setting the default ‘Playback Template’ in Dorico Pro 2.2.10 is now found as the first option under the ‘Play’ sub-menu of Preferences (at the bottom of the Edit menu.

    Edit > Preferences > Play > select NotePerformer as the ‘default playback template’ from drop-down

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