I am going to purchase virtual drumline but want to make sure I get the right version. I am using a dual 2.5Ghz G5 Powermac system. I do a lot of video editing using Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Logic Pro 6, Sibelius 3, and I am using a Drum Kat turbo as my midi controller. I was reading the possible scenarios and they say that with Logic Pro 6 you should use the Giga studio version with the EXS24 mk II software sampler that ships with logic. Is that correct and are there any known issues with the setup of Sibelius, Logic, VDrumline, and Drum Kat that anyone is aware of? This looks to be a great set of sounds for writing drum parts and I am greatful to the guys at tapspace for doing all the hard work. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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about 17 years ago
EXS24 does a great job of converting the gigastudio formatted samples, and they playback great. Note: the giga and soundfont version are both included within the same Virtual Drumline disc.
Using Logic as your playback device (with Sibelius) isn't a very commonly used setup for writing marching charts, and honestly I'm not sure exactly how you'd configure it. It does work great for bouncing your recordings. Just export the midi from Sibelius, import it into Logic, load up your EXS tracks using the giga VDL samples to play the midi information, and you've got a pretty sweet way to have a lot of control over your recordings.
For the writing process, you might want to consider using something like Kompakt which is a much smaller program than Logic, and can be treated like a sound module that Sibelius sends its info to (via Apple's built-in midi drivers). Again, there may be a way to configure Logic to do this, but I'm not sure how to do it.
Using a DrumKat as an input device won't be ideal since Virtual Drumline uses several octaves worth of different sounds. I supposed it could be possible, but would take considerable programming. It's really best to use a keyboard controller for accurate notation entry/playback.