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Default Garritan library templates! For GPO and JABB

Hi friends,

I've finally got around to putting together templates for Notation Composer that you can use with the ensembles that come with Garritan Personal Orchestra (GPO) 4, as well as the Garritan Jazz and Big Band (JABB) 3.

  • These templates correspond to the ensemble templates that come with GPO and JABB. The instrument names and the channel numbers have been set to make it easier for you to open the template in Notation Composer, load the Ensemble in GPO or JABB, and get going quickly. If you have a favorite ensemble that you’ve created, you can easily make your own template in Notation Composer by creating the appropriate staves and settings, and then using File/Save as Template. Next time you want to compose or arrange for that same ensemble, you’ll have the template ready!
  • All tracks have a default Mod. Wheel setting of 8000 (50%). You are encouraged to use the Graph Over Notes drawing tools, or MIDI recording features, of Notation Composer to change the Mod. Wheel settings for each instrument throughout your work to better emulate the dynamics of a live performance.
  • The templates are set up with the corresponding GM instrument patches selected (eg. Grand Piano in place of the Steinway), but the Mod. wheel setting of 8000 (50%) on each track means that if you're using a MIDI playback device other than a Garritan Library, then you'll want to delete the Mod Wheel, or you'll probably get a really wavery sound.
  • Parts: There is a “Conductor’s Score” which shows all staves, including KS (keyswitch) tracks. There is also a “Conductor’s Print Score” which does not have the KS tracks. All other parts are the print version only. Eg. If you are using a KS trombone, then there will be two “harp” staves in the file so that you can use one for the KS notes/events, but the “Trombone 1 KS” Part will only show the staff that contains the notes for the sheet music. You can use Parts/Define parts to create your own parts for working with.
  • Transposing Instruments: the default instrument transpositions have already been done for you. You can choose whether to show the Concert pitches or Instrument transposed pitches by selecting your desired option in either the Staff or Format menu. Please note that the corresponding “Track” is not transposed, so that you can enter the KS notes without having to think about any transposition.

To use the templates:
If you're using XP, then you can unzip the attached bundle of templates into
c:\Program Files\Notation\Templates\

If you're using Vista or Win 7, unzip the attached bundle of templates into BOTH (just to cover the bases) of the following:

c:\Program Files\Notation\Templates\
c:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Notation\Templates\

After unzipping the files and putting them in the above folder(s), you should see them show up when you use "Create new" in Notation Composer.

If you are unable for any reason to copy these template files into the above folders or they don't show up properly in Create New, you can always simply unzip them into any folder, use File/Open in Composer to open them, and then immediately use File/Save as Template to save it to the Template folder for future use. You can then continue to work with the open file, changing the key signature, etc, just as you normally would any .not file (which is really all it is). You'll have already saved a "template" copy for using again later.

If you find any problems, or have suggestions for improvements, please do let me know.

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