Sibelius and Kontakt (or Kompakt) on Mac OSX (panther)

[b]Running Kontakt or Kompakt in “standalone” mode:[/b]

In order for Sibelius 3 to recognize Kontakt (or Kompakt) as a separate MIDI device, you need to set up your Mac’s MIDI settings to use the IAC Driver (Inter-Application Communication). This driver is built in to your Macintosh “Panther” Operating System (OSX 10.3 or above).

*To activate this driver, go to: Macintosh HD -> Applications -> Utilities -> Audio MIDI Setup.
*Click the “midi devices” tab.
*Double-click the IAC Driver. This should open the “IAC Driver Properties” window.
*Make sure the “Device is online” checkbox is checked.
*Click the “Apply” button and quit Audio MIDI Setup.

[b]Now, open Kontakt.[/b]
*In the “File” menu, select “Setup” and click the “MIDI” button.
*You may see a variety of input/output midi devices depending on your studio setup. At the very least, you should see “Apple IAC Driver Bus 1”.
*In the Input Interface column, be sure Apple IAC Driver Bus 1 is set to “ON”.
*In the Output Interface column, set this driver to “OFF”.
*Click “OK” to exit this window.

[b]Now load your Virtual Drumline sounds into Kontakt (or Kompakt). Use the Gigastudio versions.[/b]
*To do this, you should have already dragged and dropped the Gigastudio Vdrumline samples from the Virtual Drumline CD onto your computer’s hard drive (i.e. The desktop). If you haven’t yet done this, be sure to do this before proceeding.

*Using the Kontakt (or Kompakt) browser window, locate the GigaStudio Vdrumline samples on your computer. (Note: in Kompakt, you may need to click the "browser" button to see the browser.) You’ll notice each instrument is displayed as a folder (i.e. SNARE LINE SCV – gigastudio file), and within each folder is a “programs” folder, and a “samples” folder. Click once on the “programs folder. Now you’ll see the name of the instrument in the lower left-hand browser window (i.e. “SNARES SCV”).

*Drag this instrument from the lower-left browser window to the “rack section" in the Kontakt window (the open area on the right), or into slots 1-8 in Kompakt.

*Once you've dragged a giga instrument into the rack for the first time, you should save it. What you’re doing here is essentially converting the GIGA file into a KONTAKT file. Name the instrument something appropriate (such as SNARES SCV.nki), and choose a location to save the newly converted instrument. Also, be sure the “patch and samples” button is selected as Kontakt sounds use a “patch” (the instrument), and a folder of “samples” (that the patch must access to create its sounds). Don’t worry...once you’ve done this the first time, you won’t have to do it again. The instrument conversion process is only necessary when initially converting Giga files to Kontakt format.

*Find the little box in the rack that says “omni”. This is where you allocate the instrument’s channel. Set this first instrument to channel 1.

*Repeat the above “loading” process for the remaining Vdrumline instruments, and be sure to assign a unique MIDI channel for each instrument (I.E. Snares=1, Tenors=2, Basses=3, Cymbals=4).

*This is probably a good time to SAVE your Kontakt (or Kompakt) session as a “multi” instrument (which will save all these settings and instruments you’ve just created). Click the “load/save” button and go to Save -> Multi. Name your “MULTI” file something you’ll remember (i.e. VirtualDrumline.nkm), and be sure to save it to a location you’ll remember as well. By doing this, next time you open Kontakt, all you’ll have to do is drag this MULTI file into the rack, rather than each individual instrument.

*Keep Kontakt (or Kompakt) running.

[b]Now it’s time to open Sibelius:[/b]
*Launch the Virtual Drumline Sibelius template (available on the Vdrumline CD, or as a download from

*In the “Devices” window, you should see that the “Apple IAC Driver Bus 1” is active in the list of devices. Also, select your MIDI input device, by highlighting it. In the “input device” field. If you tap on your input device, you should see the input indicator light up in response. Click “OK” to exit this window.

*Open the “mixer” window, and click the “reset sounds” button. This is essentially calibrating Sibelius to reflect your own personal midi setup.

*Click the “Snare” button. In the “device” menu, select “Apple IAC Driver Bus 1”, then set it to channel 1 (which is what you set the snare instrument to in Kontakt.

*Repeat the above “snare” settings for tenors, basses, and cymbals, but be sure the CHANNEL for each corresponds to the channel number indicated in Kontakt.

*Note: Ignore the “sound” menu. You’ll probably notice it says something like “Accoustic Piano” or something. This won’t affect the playback of your Vdrumline sounds in Kontakt. This menu is more geared toward General MIDI devices such as the DLS Music Device (aka: Quicktime instruments).

*Once you’ve accurately made all these settings in the “mixer” window, you can close the window. Now when you enter notes on any of the staves (using the Vdrumline Keymap charts as a guide to sound locations), you should hear the sounds playback from Kontakt (or Kompakt)
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