I was hoping to start a thread about people’s experiences in using VDL:2 with applications other than Sibeleus/Finale. I’m new to this forum and so I don’t know how often this topic has been discussed, but there seems to be a lot of effort expended on getting VDL:2 to work well during playback with Sibelius/Finale. If you are not interested in printing charts, but want to compose music using the awesome sounds of VDL:2 and want to make really killer sounding recordings, then in my mind you should really be looking at a true sequencing application or DAW (eg. Cubase, Logic, Sonar, Traction, Live). You can use VDL:2 as a VST plug-in, use other instruments and sounds, add reverb and mastering effects, and get a really professional sounding result – and in a much more efficient and intuitive way than using a notation program.
I want to know if there is anyone else out there who is using VDL:2 as primarily a sound source for recording and not as an adjunct playback device for a notation program. I see so much more potential for VDL:2 in a DAW environment than partnered only with Sibelius/Finale. Jim Casella’s Zildijian and ESPN2 spots exemplify that beautifully.
I’m running VDL:2 as a plug-in with Ableton Live 5. I’m also using Izotope’s Ozone 3 as a mastering plug-in. VDL:2 works great in Live 5 and Ozone 3 makes it easy to get loud, punchy sounding results. You can try it out for yourself -- both Live 5 (www.ableton.com) and Ozone 3 (www.izotope.com) have fully functional downloadable demos.