Human Playback Preferences dialog box
to get there
- Choose Window > Playback Controls.
- Click on the button on the Playback Controls.
- Click HP Preferences.
What it does
This dialog box allows you to customize
intricate details of Human Playback’s interpretation. Explicit performance
techniques indicated on the score, such as the type of mute or bowing
style, can be specified here. But this dialog box controls more subtle
nuance as well. In an orchestral rehearsal, aspects of this dialog box
would be equivalent to directions from the conductor scribbled on parts,
such as how to approach a fermata, or the amount to exaggerate certain
dynamic markings. In fact, even MIDI data you have specified manually
can be intertwined with Human Playback’s interpretation using these settings.
In general, the settings here are program-wide,
but a configuration can also be saved and “attached” to a specific document.
Similarly, a configuration can be transferred across documents.
Note. An identical
dialog box also exists to control regions to which Human Playback has
been applied with the Apply Human Playback plug-in (program-wide, or “attached”
to the document). In the Apply Human Playback dialog box, choose Preferences.
Preference Sets Management
HP maintains and stores multiple sets of preferences in a single file ("HP.dat") located in the Component Files folder. Human Playback overwrites the HP.dat when upgrading from Finale 2006 or earlier since the file format is completely different. However, Human Playback Preferences can be imported from Finale 2008 or 2009 to Finale 2012 using the Import function (explained below).
The default Human Playback Preferences set handles playback for SoftSynth, Garritan Instruments for Finale, Garritan Personal Orchestra, and other Garritan products including Jazz & Big Band (“JABB”), Marching Band, Stradivari Violin, and Gofriller Cello - all automatically.
The current Human Playback Preferences Set is displayed here. A Set is
simply a configuration of settings from all pages of this dialog box (similar
to the Document Options dialog box and Preferences dialog box). All
available sets are listed under this pop-up menu.
Use this text box to name the current set of preferences. Typing in this text box automatically changes the name in pop-up menu, as well as the dialog box title.
to Active File. When you check this box (and save), the current
set of preferences is duplicated and reserved for use with this file instead
of the program-wide set. To indicate a Human Playback Preferences Set
is attached to a file, “attached” appears in the Current pop-up menu as well as in the title bar.
When a set is attached to a file, changes to this dialog box apply only
to the attached set (for the active file only). If you decide to select
a different set under the Current pop-up menu (or uncheck Attach to Active
File), you are prompted to either save or discard the set. If saved, the
set appears in the Current pop-up list for all files, and is available
for program-wide use or to be attached to another file. If you discard,
the set is lost.
this Prefs Set Locked. Disables all dialog commands to prevent any accidental changes on a given preferences set, whether it is attached to a file or not.
Click this button to copy the current preferences set into a duplicate
set. Using Duplicate is a convenient way to begin designing new custom
sets if only some items require changing.
Click this button to reset all options in this dialog box to their original
Click this button to delete the current set of preferences.
- Import. Click this button to import Human Playback Preferences from an earlier Finale installation.
Temporary Score Items Adjustments. Check this box to allow HP to
adjust the horizontal position of score items while processing the score
for playback. Any adjustments made to expressions or other score
items return to their original position after playback.
Show Messages. Check this box to skip all static messages/warnings
that appear while working with the Human Playback Preferences.
and Close • Cancel. Click Save and Close to save your changes.
Click Cancel to discard changes and return to the active document.
Playback Preferences - Instrument Techniques and Effects
Playback Preferences - Dynamics and Volume
Playback Preferences - MIDI Data
Playback Preferences - Glissandi & Bends
Playback Preferences - Ornaments & Tremolos
Playback Preferences - Tempo Variations
Playback Preferences - Garritan Specials