Tap Source dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the HyperScribe tool . The HyperScribe menu appears.
  2. Choose HyperScribe > Beat Source > Tap.

What it does

When you use HyperScribe to transcribe a real-time performance, Finale needs to know where the beats fall in relation to the music you’re playing. One of the easiest ways to provide a tempo reference is to tap in time with your own playing by either playing a note on a MIDI keyboard or using a foot pedal. As long as your taps and your playing are synchronized, with this option, you can speed up or slow down and Finale still transcribes the performance correctly.

In this dialog box, you tell Finale what key, pedal, or controller you’ll be tapping to provide a tempo reference as you play.

  • Standard Sustain Pedal • Nonstandard Sustain Pedal • MIDI Note: • Channel: • Listen. If you’ll be needing both hands for your performance, you might opt to tap the foot pedal to provide a tempo reference. Standard Sustain Pedal is the standard MIDI instrument sustain pedal (Controller #64). Nonstandard Sustain Pedal refers to Yamaha sustain pedals and a few others, whose pedal down/pedal up polarity is reversed (relative to most pedals).

    If you’ll only be playing with one hand, you can use the other to tap a key to serve as the tempo reference. Click MIDI Note. Then type a key number into the MIDI Note text box (middle C = 60) and the Channel text box.

    Instead of typing numbers, you can let Finale fill in these text boxes automatically—click Listen to display the Listen dialog box, whereupon Finale prompts you to play a key. Finale then enters the correct information. (If Finale doesn’t respond when you play a key or pedal, then your MIDI system may not be connected properly.)

  • Other • Select. If the beat reference will be neither a pedal nor a key, click Other. Then click Select to display the MIDI Event dialog box, where you can specify any other MIDI signal to serve as the beat reference.
  • Beat equals • EDUs. Click the note duration you would like to use for your tap beat. Type in the number of EDUsEDUs, or ENIGMA Duration Units, are Finale's high-resolution measurement for the duration of notes and rests, defined as 1024 EDUs per quarter note. for any duration that is not available from the palette.
  • Tap States • Select. If there’s a meter or tempo change in the piece you intend to play, you can switch beat and quantization setups in midstream using Tap States. Click Select to enter the Tap States dialog box; see Tap States dialog box for a full description. To return to a single tap/quantization setup, deselect the Tap States check box.
  • OK • Cancel. Click OK to confirm, or Cancel to discard, your selection of tap signal and return to the score.

See also:

HyperScribe menu

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