Finale Forum Store | Buy Sheet Music

External Sound Cards for iMac

General notation questions, including advanced notation, formatting, etc., go here.

Moderators: miker, Peter Thomsen

External Sound Cards for iMac

Postby eclipse4 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:10 pm

My favorite setup way back in the Windows 98 days was the current version of Finale at the time and a computer set up with a Western Digital Riptide Sound Card and a Soundblaster card. The former had the best sounding General Midi set and the latter allowed me to add sound fonts.

I am now using an iMac with Finale V25 and the Garritan libraries and want something better. I'd rather not mess with the internal working of the Mac (though the iFixit people help if that is necessary - I just restored my 2009 iMac to functionality and its better for Finale with its lower resolution screen). The Garritan for Finale doesn't come anywhere close to the sounds I once had.

Is there a good external sound card that folks could recommend or something that one can send Midi data to that would give me a great orchestral rendition for recording?

Casey Burns
Kingston WA
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:03 pm
Finale Version: 25
Operating System: Mac

Re: External Sound Cards for iMac

by Sponsor

Forum Sponsor

Re: External Sound Cards for iMac

Postby MikeHalloran » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:49 am

That’s not how Macs work.

You can get external units for audio in/out. They’re not going to make Garrittan sound any better. A monitor controller and decent pair of monitors. The 2009 Mac has excellent audio but you need to hear it. A monitor controller and decent pair of monitor speakers will give you the true sound of the instruments. Headphones will sound good plugged in.

You don’t say if you have an early 2009 (20” or 24”) or late 2009 (21.5” or 27”). Makes a big difference.
Mike Halloran

Finale 26.1, SmartScore X2 Pro, GPO5 & World Instruments
2017 iMac Pro 14Core, 128G RAM, OS 10.14.4, 2T; Ext SSD x2
Overture 5, Notion 6, Encore 5.0.7, DP 10.01, Logic Pro X
Legacy G4: OS 10.4.11/9.2, Finale 1998–2011
User avatar
Posts: 618
Joined: Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:56 am
Location: Sillier Con Valley
Finale Version: 26.1/25.5/PM2014.5
Operating System: Mac

Similar topics

Return to General Finale Help

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bill Reed and 9 guests

Music Engravers and Music Copyists
   Finale - Sibelius - Cakewalk - Archives - Finale Books - Contact

Copyright © 1994 - 2019 by C.M. Press, LLC