Sounds Load Twice

Article applies to:
  • Sibelius 5, 6, 7
  • Aria
  • Kontakt/Kontakt Player 2, 3, 4, 5


When selecting a playback configuration Sibelius immediately begins loading sounds. After exiting the Playback Devices dialog and starting playback or making a selection in the score, Sibelius loads sounds again which may cause delays, crashes, or instability.


This happens when using autoloading sound sets and a playback configuration is saved while sounds are loaded. The autoload function is such that Sibelius loads all patches 'fresh' from the hard drive as they are required and will ignore any sounds that are already in the plugin that were not loaded through this function. Sounds that are recalled with a Playback Configuration are recalled from a separate file and therefore Sibelius doesn't recognize them and loads the patches again.

To fix double-loading, open the interface for each plugin in your configuration that uses an autoloading sound set and delete all patches that are loaded. Save the configuration and restart Sibelius.

To prevent double-loading, avoid saving a playback configuration while sounds are loaded when using an auto-loading sound set. If you must make changes, it's recommended to do so prior to opening a score by starting Sibelius and opening the Playback Devices dialog first. After making your adjustments and saving the playback configuration, you can open the score and sounds will be loaded (once).

See also: Sounds Load When Sibelius Starts

Last Modified: April 9, 2012