The problem is me. I don't really understand how Finale 2011, the internal Garritan MIDI sounds, soft-synth and GPO4 are supposed to work together to create a score that even sounds.
My first score had to be abandoned after I played around with channels for each instrument: screwed up beyond hope.
My revision went better. I added the alto sax I wanted, so I am using the internal softsynth MIDI patches, or whatever they're called. All staves sound, except for the cymbal. I worked on this problem for hours, and I just cannot figure it out.
I have tympani, a glock, a snare drum, bass drum all working. The sax is a "jazz sax" and everytime I enter music on that line, the whole score wants to convert to Jazz notation. I worked on that, to no avail. It's just a quirk. It reconverts to classical engraving once you click on another system.
But the cymbals. I tried adding a percussion system/staff - the general line that Finale uses to employ several percussion items on one staff. No cymbals work. It says I am writing for various types of cymbals, but every sound but cymbals seems to be available to me.
I know there is a MIDI map, and I saw it. It mystified me, even more than how my orchestral score is playing at all. [For now, I am acting as if I do not own a copy of GPO4]. And yes, I tried to use GPO4 just for the cymbals, on several channels, all unused. No cymbals.
It would not matter usually, but I am orchestrating an organ piece that is having a section interpolated, which is a percussion section romp. In this case, the cymbals are essential.
I appreciate in advance wise advice from those who have more experience with PCs than I have. I do not use a DAW, so I'm notation bound, at present. -sylvester