(Good lord, you don't use a forum for a while and the whole world changes)
Hi, I'm having a weird issue that I can't figure out. I've been upgrading Finale since I started using it in 1994 (Windows); I've been Mac since 2005, and currently running v25, recently upped from 2014.5. (Before that there was 2012, 2006d, etc.)
I just opened a piece that was written in 2006d. It opens as untitled (that's normal). It's a simple ensemble: violin, clarinet, accordion, trombone.
When I try to re-assign instruments, it assigns Garritan for violin (top voice) and trombone (bottom voice). Defaults to smartmusic softsynth for the middle two. But only the Garritan ones make sound.
Thinking this could be an issue with the MIDI setup, I checked that out. The only thing that looks weird is that where the synthgms.sf2 (or whatever it is, it's late now) file used to be no longer exists. Perhaps that location and name was saved with the file based on the 2006d configuration? I can't get anything using softsynth to make sound. I have not tried outside of this file since upgrading to 25, though I know that playback did work in 2014.5, because I recently converted everything up to .musx format in 2014.5. (Though playback has always been annoyingly too quiet, but that's another matter.)
In addition, when I use all-Garritan sounds for all four voices, the volume levels are ridiculously quiet. I can really only hear the top voice (violin) even though all staves are using the same dynamic level (mp, set to 62 velocity on playback). I cranked the other voices and they're drowned out by the top voice at 50%.
So I'm unsure if what I'm experiencing is:
a) because of the migration of this file from the original authoring environment (2006d)
b) because of something about how softsynth is set up in MIDI (not sure how much there can be to that)
c) because of something else on my computer (I don't really do a whole lot with this, mostly notation, web, and just starting some recording, but I'm not a VST fiend or anything)
d) because of a general lack of knowledge about how to handle sound assignments in Finale.
I've looked at all the obvious things, like nothing is set to Solo or Mute, no volume sliders are down in mixer, etc. But I certainly haven't checked what I don't know. And burning an evening on sound assignment for playback is seriously Finale 101, so it's making me feel extremely stupid right now.
All help is appreciated. And nice to know that there's still a functional forum somewhere.