voices cutting out

The problem I am running into now is that when I play it from the beginning, it gets to a certain point in the piece and not all of the battery parts are playing. Quad buzz rolls and other parts are being left out. i don't know if this question can be answered with out checking out the music. I have a mac G4 and am running finale 2004 with kompakt. I wouldn't mind sending this chart to someone if they can give me some advice about what i did wrong.

Cymbals.....how do I get solo cymbal stuff on the staff spaces I want. If I have good kids playing cymbal parts 2 and 4 and weak people playing 1, 3 and 5, I want to avoid the weak people for the harder parts. Anyways, when I enter solo stuff in, I don’t know how to put it on the space I want it.

Last thing for today....How can I make this into an mp3 so I can burn it onto a disk for the kids to play along with using the virtual drumline sounds?
i forgot to mention that when i get to the part in the score where the voices are cutting out, I can stop finale and play it from that spot it and will play just fine.
You're using Kompakt, right? This may be a polyphony issue within that program. Do you know if you are using it with its DFD (direct from disk) feature active? Also, how much memory (ram) do you have in your computer?

Marching band scores typically eat up a lot of polyphony, so it's important to stream samples from the hard drive by making sure NI's DFD extension is active. You can also tweak with the DFD settings within Kompakt to get better (or worse) performance.


I made my own templates for solo cymbal parts.

It took a little time, but I am sure it will pay off for you. I set up a template percussion map in finale so that the sounds were the same on 4 different octaves, but notated on the F, A, C, and E spaces. I reserved the B line for unison cymbal parts. One of the universities I write for has more cymbal players (and parts) than 4, so I just use 2 staves if I need more than 4 "pitched" parts. I would be happy to send you my percussion map via email, but you will still have to map the sounds in Kompakt to correspond with the sounds.

I made the sounds in Kompakt by opening the cymbal sounds with the browser. I picked the sound I wanted from the samples (not programs), and drug it onto the keyboard on the note I wanted to use. I used identical sounds for four octaves (the solo ones) and used the section sounds for the top most octave (I have a 66 key midi keyboard).

You can do the same for an accessory percussion "instrument" using the samples in Kompakt and others you can find on the internet. DS Soundware makes some awesome samples, but they are a little pricey.

If you want me to email you the percussion map for cymbals, let me know.

Tom McGillen
Broken Arrow High School Percussion Instructor
Tulsa, OK
Where do I find the DFD settings in Kompakt?

I am using a 800 MHZ Power MAC G4 with 704 MB SDRAM. Is that enough?

Will the sounds cut out when i go to make this into an MP3? How do I make this into an MP3 with virtual drumline sounds to play in a standard CD player?
Since you're running on a Mac, it's possible you might need to update your version of Kompakt (I assume you're running OSX). I think they recently released an update. It should be version 1.0.2. If you have that, but have NOT downloaded the DFD extension, this is highly recommended. You can do this on the Native Instruments website at:

If by chance you're still using OS9, I think there's a different version to download (on the same page). Access that info by clicking the "options" button on the Kompakt window, then clicking the "DFD Active" button so that it's highlighted.

There's a variety of ways to record your playbacks. If you want to spend a lot of time detailing your mix, you should probably use a sequencing program like Logic. If your more in a rush, use something like WireTap discussed here: https://www.tapspace.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=143

You might try doing a search in the forum as I know there have been other topics on recording as well.

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