I posted a while ago about this, but have not found the answer and am at a total loss. I have Finale 2011, recently updated. I have an HP laptop PC running windows 7. I set up a new score using the ";wizard."; Next, I choose the VDLite marching percussion. After inputting all my music, it all sounds great...except...rim shots on the snare drums are the same sound as rim clicks. The exact same sound. I realize this is VDlite, and does not include everything of the full blown version - but certainly tapspace and/or finale doesn't expect vdlite to have rims/rimshots/cross sticks to sound the same. Rimshots are used often.
I clicked MIDI/Audio and went to Device SetUp---->Edit Percussion MIDI maps. Found something very odd. Under snareline, the ";MIDI note"; values are different, of course, for each voice. BUT...cross stick, rim, and rim shot values are all listed as 75. LH values for rims as well as rim shots are 73. Sure enough, during playback, all of the 75 notes sound the same, and the 73 notes sound the same...all rim clicks. Can these values be manipulated? I have a feeling rim shots should not be 75 or 73. But mine seem to be stuck.
This is a small issue...but it is absolutely driving me nuts. I am so happy with every other aspect of VDlite. I am waiting to pull the trigger on buying the whole program, but won't until I can resolve this problem.
I did everything listed. (download the zip, move the file). This time, there is no sound at all for rim shots. The MIDI value changed to 90 for rim shots, but it doesn't make a sound. Just to experiment, I changed it back to 75 and sure enough I was back to rim clicks.
As you can see Justin, there is no entry in the Percussion Layout Designer for the buzz roll sound (a commomon complaint), and there is a snare drum hit (supposedly on MIDI 72) that does not exist. I am not sure why or how the original poster manager to get an indication that sounds were available on MIDI 90, but he somehow managed to move things back to 75
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Also Justin, there does not seem to be anywhere in the Finale help file which indicates the actual sounds available in the VD Lite Library. I understand it to be identical to the ";award winning"; Rowloff Percussion Sounds, but nowhere does it say that if you look under Tapspace or VDLite. The problem is that there are sounds listed in the Rowloff Percussion list that don't seem to be in the VDLite list of sounds, and there are VDLite sounds that are not contained in the Percussion Layout Designer if you actually chose the Rowloff Percussion Sounds (such as Bass Drum 6).