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Very unstable playback

Postby frmars » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:57 pm

Playing a score via finale has been an ordeal so far.

- playing thru Midi usual does no sound.

- I have to "Play thru audio units" and choose randomly some sound bank I have on my mac. Results are erratic.

- Sometimes, I come back to the score later (I am learning a voice), and poof, no sound. Didn't change a thing though. I need to change again the sound bank.

- I need to change the tempo. Seems like basic stuff. But though i change the number in the playback palette, nothing happens. [would really like to solve that one]

- I had to edit the score in Garage band to remove sound volume automation, save it and load it again in finale to be able to adjust volume of tracks separately.
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Postby Peter Thomsen » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:25 pm

frmars wrote:… playing thru Midi usual does no sound …

If I understand you correctly, you never get playback when you select “Play Finale Through MIDI”, right?
Attach a Finale document here, and let the gurus examine the document.


frmars wrote:… Sometimes, I come back to the score later (I am learning a voice), and poof, no sound. Didn't change a thing though. I need to change again the sound bank …

That is a tough one - since you can not provide exact steps to reproduce the problem.
Have you contacted the folks in MakeMusic’s Tech Support?


frmars wrote:… I need to change the tempo. Seems like basic stuff. But though i change the number in the playback palette, nothing happens …

Three things control the tempo in Finale:

MIDI Tool (= the recorded tempo changes)
Expression Tool (= the expression tempo changes)
Playback Controls

And they work in a hierarchical fashion.

The tempo in the Playback Controls is overridden by an Expression that sets a tempo.
This is overridden by the MIDI Tool, which is at the top of the "Tempo Hierarchy".

Since you want to use the Playback Controls to set the tempo, you must
- clear all Tempo Changes from the document (Edit menu > Clear Selected Items…)
- make sure that the score does not display any expressions with playback effect Tempo.
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