Layers not working with VDL 2.5.5 and Finale 2012

It is probably me. I am using the VDL update with Finale 2012a, but when I load and instrument in layer 2 of the Finale Score Manager, it is not playing back though I am able to enter in layer 2 and when it is set to layer 2 I can here the appropriate sound (castanets in layer 2 of Bell stave) when I play my MIDI controller. I don't know what I am missing.....

David Vita
Finale 2012a w/ VDL 2.5.5 on Windows 7 w/Oxygen 8 Keyboard
The advice about using the change instrument utility was right on. It is a shame that the configuration cannot be such that both layers and ";change instrument"; are equally effective. The big difference is that the change instrument utility creates a assignment timeline within the scoremanager while use of layers was static.

While I wish layering was as practical, the ";change instrument"; procedure ends up providing practical staff notation.

As I get used to the scoremanager, I am finding it effective as long as I remember to use it as a master module for all things to so with instruments and and their presence on the score.

I believe that you have to use the change instrument utility in Finale 2012 to combine a non-pitched percussion instrument and a pitched instrument on the same stave.  Far from being a problem, this was an enhancement to Finale beginning with 2011 that was not possible in prior versions.  Good luck!

I'm not 100% sure of this, but I believe this is a new problem with finale 2012.  It should work if both layers are the same instrument, but if you are trying to do different instruments on separate layers, I think there is a problem.

In order to use separate instruments on the same staff I would highly suggest using the new ";change instrument"; command under the Utilities drop-down.

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