I'm on a 2.33 GHZ dual centrino with 2 GB of RAM. I'm running VISTA Business. I use FINALE 2008a with GPO, JABB, and the Concert Band libraries. I also have KONTAKT 2 and 3.
The percussion (mainly bass and snare drum) are very intermittent to sound and seem unresponsive to dynamics. They do sound as I'm entering them, but do not play consistently. I feel fairly comfortable with the GPO and MIDI constraints in FINALE.
My project is to demonstrate the sound of a 19th-century ensemble in comparison to my updating the same to a "modern" Sousa-style band. The percussion parts are mere filling as I believe that the players were expected to "realize" them using various rudiments. When I get around to this stage of my work, I'd really like to have these parts very prominent.