Help with VD and Sibelius

Need help. I've exhausted the vd readme and help files and still having trouble getting soundfonts to play back on Sibelius. I am able to get the sounds to playback on the keyboard in Audio HQ (soundblaster live), though. I used a midi keyboard to enter notes on the vd template.sib file. Any advice? Thanks.
That's probably the problem. In using larger soundfonts such as the ones that come with Virtual Drumline, it's recommended to have 512mb RAM.

AB
I have 256MB of RAM.
Could be a memory problem. How much RAM do you have in your computer?
I am having a very similar problem, but mine is compounded. When I try to play the VD sounds through the Audio HQ keyboard my computer shuts down and even dumped my sound card one time. The sound fonts are loaded correctly so I don't know why I can't access the sounds. Can anyone help?
Your other sounds (pit, winds, etc) should be accessed from another bank in your sound card. The stock sounds that come on that card were likely loaded into bank 000, so as long as you loaded Vdrumline into a different bank (i.e. 001), all you'd need to do for a flute part (for example) would be to set it to the same device as your battery staves - BUT be sure to set "bank high" to 0 rather than 1.

AB
yep all set now! But one more thing, how will be possible for me to play my normal sounds in sibelius, because now when i try to playback melodic files, I get nothing
Great - I'm glad we're getting close. I'm not sure this will fix the playback problem, but try going into your Windows Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Audio. In Default MIDI playback device, set it to your soundblaster card.

Let me know if that helps.
AB
Adam,

Ok now when I compose I get the sounds! but when I do playback I get nothing... ALMOST THERE!!
Moldydrummer,
Don't get confused between BANKS and PROGRAMS in your soundfont bank manager. In most cases, bank 000 would be set to all the card's default general midi sounds, and bank 001 would host your Vdrumline soundfont bank. The rest of the banks can be empty, and that's not a problem.

About the sounds disappearing in Sibelius: I should have mentioned this before. Just ignore that "sound" field. It's really only there as a convenience, but if you manually alter settings below, it'll alter what that menu says. This won't have any affect on your ability to playback.

Don't worry about asking these questions. That's what this forum is for! :)

AB
Adam,

I really appreciate all of your help with this. Unfortunately, I feel as if I keep taking a wrong step while doing your instruction. I did change my Soundfont Device to SB Audigy Synth B [A400] for both the soundfont bank and the "Device" field in the Mixer window in Sibelius. When I try to load the sounds into my Soundfont bank, specifically bank 001, it erases ALL of the other sounds in my bank, so now 001 reads as "001 VDRUMLINE FULL" and the rest of the banks like 002, 003, 004 and so forth, read "EMPTY"
A second problem is when I go to the Mixer window in Sibelius. In the Mixer, I have a "Bank High", and a "Bank Low" If I were to change one of these from 0 to 1 (for example the snares) the "Sound" field becomes erased or blank, it doesn't say "Snare Line" anymore. This happens to all of the tracks when I try to change the Bank High or Low to different numbers.
Like I said I really appreciate your help, and I'm sorry to keep bugging you about this, but I just don't get it!
OK. Thanks for the detailed info molllydrummer. It'll really help us figure this out. It definitely looks like some of your settings are off. But first, I have a few more things for you to look into:

In your Soundfont Bank Manager, when you loaded the sounds, you should have loaded them into a specific bank. Oftentimes, your soundcard's default GM sounds will be loaded into bank 000. For this reason, it's recommended that you load your VDrumline.sf2 into BANK 001. This is especially important if you want to still have access to your other general midi sounds like brass and chromatic percussion.

Once you have verified that VDrumline is loaded into bank 001 in your soundfont bank manager, go to the Sibelius Mixer and change the following settings:
Snare: bank high=1
Tenor: channel=2, bank high=1
Bass: channel=3, bank high=1
Cymbals: channel=4, bank high=1

Also, click the DISPLAY button and make sure programs are listed as:
0-127. This may already be correct, but it's good to double check.

Make those changes, and let me know if you have any different results. There's a chance you may need to alter the "soundfont device" in your soundfont bank manager, so that it corresponds to the same "device" that's selected for each staff in the mixer window. Let me know how it works.

AB
Just making sure you know the last post was from me!

-moldydrummer
Where are your VDrumline sounds loaded? ---[b]in my Creative Labs Soundfont Bank Manager[/b]
What operating system are you using? [b]---Windows XP Home Edition[/b]
What version of Sibelius are you using? --[b]-Sibelius 2.0[/b]

In the Sibelius MIXER:
-Did you click "reset sounds"? [b]--YES[/b]
-What is each staff (track) set to in the DEVICE popup[b]?---SB Audigy MIDI Port [A400][/b]
-What is each staff set to in the CHANNEL field?[b] ---Each channel in each track is set to 1[/b]
-What is each staff set to in the BANK field? [b]---For all tracks, Bank High and Bank Low are OFF[/b]
-What is each staff set to in the PROGRAM field? [b]---SNARE: 0 TENORS: 1 BASS: 5 CYMBALS: 7[/b]

I dunno maybe I just need to do everything over but I would still have no idea what I'm doing, Thanks for your help!

-moldydrummer[/b]
mollydrummer - please let me know about the following settings in your system:

Please let me know the following:
Where are your VDrumline sounds loaded?
What operating system are you using?
What version of Sibelius are you using?

In the Sibelius MIXER:
-Did you click "reset sounds"?
-What is each staff (track) set to in the DEVICE popup?
-What is each staff set to in the CHANNEL field?
-What is each staff set to in the BANK field?
-What is each staff set to in the PROGRAM field?
-What is each staff set to in the BANK field

Thanks. We'll get this figured out.

AB
yes the "MIDI Thru" box has been checked, and still nothing...any other ideas?
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