It's sad when things get a bit heated but such is life and is normal in any community. It's always good when calmness returns.
I do so agree with Samantha regarding the default volume levels in Finale out of the box. Even with the mixer sliders at top, in my view the volume is still too low to be able to mix adequately. As Samantha said, when we go into the KP2 and move the slider fully to the right, the sound is louder but when we try playback the slider returns to its original positiion. From my own enquiries I have learnt how to override this.
To reset volume levels globally:
In KP2, Click the "outputs" tab at the top to view the outputs. Here you can increase the sliders for a higher output from the player keeping the individual patches as they are.
To reset volume levels individually:
You need to click the cog icon and
open up the 'Instrument Options' view. You need to go to the section that says controller. Here you can increase the sliders to raise the volume level for this individual patch. You will need to do this for each patch you want to raise the level.
Whether or not to actually save the new settings is another matter and depends if any other versions of the player are used.
I don't know why the powers that be have set the volume so low in Finale; there must be a reason. Whatever the reason, I agree with those who find the default volume levels too low to work with realistically.
Concerning our individual workflow. I am always unhappy when it appears that someone is putting down the workflow of another. We all work in different ways and find our own working environments in which we are most comfortable. As it happens, I work in the same way as Tom. I prepare my score in Finale putting in my performance data then work on the MIDI file in Sonar for the audio. It can and does touch sensitivities when we feel that what works for us seems to be under attack, even though this may be unintentional.
However, this certainly has been a learning experience. I'm glad Robert has cleared things up and the confusion is clearing .. err .. well .. I'm still confused so I'll reread all the threads and see if I can become less confused