few quick questions for VDl and sibelius 4

ok I'm new to this whole VDL and sibelius thing, and I'm having some weird playback issues. I am using a midi keyboard to input, and when I input my notes, it places them correctly on the score, but the sound is incorrect, and multiple notes will have teh same sound. Also, when it plays back, it feels as if it plays everything back an octave higher on teh kontakt keyboard (I.E. A bass drum hit actually sounds like a rim shot)

Granted, I'm just fiddling with my VDL and sib. right now but I thought if I input rim shots and stuff, VDl would play them back as written...correct? Is their something I'm missing?
ahhhhhhhhhhh.....I see. thank you very much.
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ok sorry, yeah i wasn't very clear earlier. here we go:

I honestly am NOT using the template, i am using the drum corps battery template. That might be my problem

I am trying to write out a bass part, and my issue is that when I enter a pitch on my midi keyboard, or in sibelius (they both do the same thing) My pitch LOOKS like it is where it should be, but the pitch actually sounds like a rimshot, not a hit (the sound i'm going for  is a few octaves higher on the kontakt virtual kyboard.) any idea why I can't transpose the octave on VDL without writing the bass notes sky high in sibelius?

hope that helps clarify. thanks for the patience

*note* My sound I'm looking for is teh bass 1 hit. The sound I'm GETTING is the bass 1 rim/dread/rod on teh bassdrum lite keymap. The hit is two octaves higher than the shot/dread/rod)
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This info helps determine the problem. You should use the template. You are certainly free to customize it to your own needs. It's very important to use the template because it contains numerous VDL2 [b]staff types[/b] (check your sibelius reference material if you don't know what staff types are). These staff types contain percussion mapping that will help Sibelius interpret your input.

You are also incorrect in stating that entering via the midi keyboard, or via the mouse in sibelius are the same thing. When using these staff types the way they are intended, they are quite different, and this is the reason you are not hearing the correct sounds.

Use the template, set your desired staff types, then enter the MIDI pitch (via midi keyboard) of the [b]sound[/b] you want to hear. Do NOT simply enter where you want to [b]see[/b] a note. For example, if you're using the snareline ";lite"; instrument, and want to enter a snare drum RH hit, you should punch in a G#4 on your midi keyboard. If you're using the template, and the ";snareline lite"; staff type on that staff, you'll see that when you enter that G#, it doesn't look like a G#. It looks like a snare part. But as far as Sibelius is concerned, it's still playing midi pitch G#4.

So it sounds like you need to go about this with a different mindset. Once you get the rhythm of it, you'll be amazed at how quickly it starts to come together.

Good luck.
ok sorry, yeah i wasn't very clear earlier. here we go:

I honestly am NOT using the template, i am using the drum corps battery template. That might be my problem

I am trying to write out a bass part, and my issue is that when I enter a pitch on my midi keyboard, or in sibelius (they both do the same thing) My pitch LOOKS like it is where it should be, but the pitch actually sounds like a rimshot, not a hit (the sound i'm going for  is a few octaves higher on the kontakt virtual kyboard.) any idea why I can't transpose the octave on VDL without writing the bass notes sky high in sibelius?

hope that helps clarify. thanks for the patience

*note* My sound I'm looking for is teh bass 1 hit. The sound I'm GETTING is the bass 1 rim/dread/rod on teh bassdrum lite keymap. The hit is two octaves higher than the shot/dread/rod)
Are you using the VDL/Sibelius template? The description of your problem is pretty vague, but it sounds like maybe you aren't using the template. If not, you should download it (free) from:
https://www.tapspace.com/updates

When entering your notes into the template, be sure you're typing in the exact PITCH of the sound you want to hear (via your midi keyboard). If you do, Sibelius will place the notehead on the proper staff positioning.

You'll get a little better assistance if you can be a little more clear with [i]exactly[/i] what you are doing, step-by-step. Remember, we can't see what you are doing, so take an extra few minutes and make sure it's understandable when a stranger reads your posting, and you'll likely find much better suggestions here.

Good luck, and welcome to the forum!
ummmmm, my midi keyboard is a roland exr-5s (it's a keyboard by nature, but has midi capability) so it doesn't have an octave option,  and the system specs are as folows

windows XP
2.01 GHz, 1 GB ram

that help?
Check your keyboard to make sure it is set to the correct octave. I use a Keystation 49e and have it in the wrong octave by mistake ALL the time.
Could you be as specific as possible about your computer setup (speed, memory, VDL:2 template you're using, etc)?

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