2008 Finale and VDL2

I finally got Finale 2008 and I have had VDL2 for a couple of years in a box. I need help. I have done everything I can think of and I can't figure this out.
Did you read the manual that comes with VDL?  Did you download the template and try using that?  You're going to have to be a lot more specific with your problems before anyone can help you.  We'll also need to know your computer specs to help narrow down your problem.
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Thank for the advice. Here are my specs.
1. VDL2
2. Finale 2008
3. Windows XP 2002
4. CPU- 3.06 GHz and 1.96 GB RAM
5. MIDI for Finale
a. Input-none
b. Output-Maple MIDI Out : Port 1
6. MIDI for VDL2
a. Input-Maple MIDI In : Port 1, everything else is off.
b. Output-All off.
7. I am playing Finale through VST
8. Sound Card for VDL2
a. Direct sound
b. Sample rate is set to 44100
c. Output is DS Realtek AC97 Audio

I was able to get Finale to play through VDL2. The problem is how to get the right snare sound for my snare part and so on. I am also having trouble with volume control. I have my computer all the way up but when I play my arrangements I can't hear them very well. I am also getting a box pop up saying, Default MIDI Output device with this message- The specified device is already in use. Wait until it is free, and then try again.
I guess I am confused as to why you are using the VDL in standalone mode.  You should be able to open this straight from within Finale by going to the MIDI/AUDIO MENU -->VST SETUP and then choosing ";Virtual Drumline 2"; here.  This way, you would not have to use the Maple Midi ports which should clear up any issue with your Default Midi Output device issue, as using Maple Midi: Port 1 seems to cause issues sometimes with this.

And just to clarify, you are using VDL 2.0 (only holds 8 instruments) not 2.5 correct?  This will make a difference in where to make some adjustments in the volumes.

OK I am getting the VDL sounds through Finale. I uninstalled Maple Midi. Yes I have VDL 2.0. I am still having trouble with volume. Also when I put notes on Middle C for any of the instruments they don't match the sound on Middle C for the Kontakt player.
If you're not already, you should consider using a MIDI keyboard for note entry. That way, when you enter that middle-C (via the midi keyboard), Finale's drum map for that staff will interpret the MIDI pitch and place the note on the correct staff location with the correct notehead.

Without a MIDI keyboard, you'll need to place the note on the correct staff line or space. You won't know what's ";correct"; until you view the drum map of the selected instrument you're working with. With that note entered in the correct position on staff, I believe you can use the '+' or '-' keys to cycle through various mapped sounds that are assigned to that note.

Either that, or possibly consider an on-screen ";virtual"; keyboard input device, but that may make your setup seem more confusing, and results in a much more cumbersome routine of mouse clicking.

Either way, the alternatives to a MIDI keyboard are less efficient, and because of the complex percussion mapping in VDL, it was designed to be used in conjunction with one.
OK That works. I will consider getting a MIDI keyboard. Thanks for your help. You guys have been very kind.
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