Finale 2012 and Layers

Hello all,

Is there a way to use a ";standard"; notation style on keyboard instruments and also have a ";percussion"; notation style on other layers?  I would really like the suspended cymbal parts for my keyboard players to look consistent regardless of the note that is being triggered (D for short roll, E for longer roll, etc).  I tried using the ossia tool, but the ties look weird when using this tool and it's not a great solution.  I would like to use Sibelius because the instrument change feature is so great, but Finale seems to be the program that everyone uses.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

I'm not sure this is possible. Any Finale users that can chime in?
Since there isn't a way to do this in Finale (that I know of), what I am going to do is create additional staves in my score for suspended cymbal parts (so that they playback), write them out on the middle line on the staff for the keyboards, change the note head, uncheck the playback box in the edit frame window for speedy entry (option click when speedy entry is selected), then hide the additional staves when I am ready to print the score.   
Since you're using Finale 2012, you have 2 options for suspended cymbals with keyboards. If you are using VDL 2.5.5 there is the Cymbal Rack Combo. Use this with the Instrument Change Utility to set both the percussion midi maps and layouts. If you'd like to keep using just the suspended cymbals mapped outside of the keyboard range, then enter the sounds you wish to be heard/read and apply a staff style to that region.

Let us know if you have any further questions. Also, consult the Finale Help guide for use of Staff Styles and the Instrument Change Utility.
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