Percussion Maps

Hello again,

I have some questions regarding your template for finale 2005. I know that you have gone to great lengths to create percussion maps that correspond with the key maps of the instruments in VDL-2. I am confused, however how to get my score to appear correctly. For example if I load snare line auto RL into the player and then try to enter notes using the B3 key (the main hits sample), Finale 2005 notates anything I play on the ";B"; in the staff (treble cleff). It would make sense to me to have this sound appear in the normal C space with a normal notehead. When I play the C4 key on my keyboard (the key that usually corresponds to the conventional placement of snare drum notes in the staff), I get the rimshots sample triggered and a note with a slash through the notehead appears in the ";A"; in the staff. It would make sense to me to have this sound appear in the normal C space with an altered notehead (an ";x"; perhaps). I realize that I need help understanding the basics of how a percussion map works. I would like to be able to write and have a file that looks correct while playing the proper samples. If someone could help me make some sense of this, I would be greatful.

Andrew Anderson
You will also need to select the correct percussion map in the staff attributes tool. I'll post a detailed process in a couple of hours.

Thanks for your reply. I'll be looking forward to the tutorial.

Andrew Anderson

The process is fairly straight ahead.

- open the Finale template
- select the Staff tool
- from the Staff pull down menu select Edit Staff Attributes
- choose the staff (ex. snare)
- from Notation Style select percussion and click select (as long as you choose a battery instrument from a VDL2 template to edit it should already say 'Percussion')
- this brings up a box with all available percussion maps as well as the opportuntity to create new maps or edit existing maps
- click on the appropriate map (snare full, auto R/L, etc)
- click Select, this returns you to the main Attribute box
- click OK and you're back to the template


Hey Ted,

Thanks for the guidance - everything is working fine.

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