Document Options-Tuplets dialog box
How to get there
The Document Options-Tuplet Definition dialog box can be accessed in two ways:
- CTRL+click the Tuplet tool.
- Choose Document > Document
What it does
When you create a new tuplet, Finale usually
places a number over it (such as the 3 above a triplet). In this dialog
box, you can change the default tuplet notation; for example, you could
tell Finale to display a slur or bracket in addition to the number. Thereafter,
each new tuplet you create will appear with all of these visual aspects
already in place.
• Stem/Beam Side • Note Side • Above • Below. When Manual is selected
in this dropdown list, Finale uses the settings from the Default Tuplet
Visual Definition dialog box to position the tuplet on the notes in the
score. Drag to reposition the tuplet in the score. When Beam Side is selected
and you create a tuplet on beamed notes, Finale automatically places the
tuplet on the beam side and matches the beam angle. If Beam Side is selected
and you create a tuplet on unbeamed notes, Finale places the tuplet using
the Default Tuplet Visual Definition dialog box settings. You can then
drag to adjust the tuplet in your score. Choose Above to place the tuplet
above the staff by default. Choose Below to place the tuplet below the
staff by default.
Tuplets. Check this box to enable Engraver Tuplets. Engraver tuplets
automatically reposition to account for raised or lowered notes in the
staff. They also update to avoid rests and staff lines. Bracket placement
and slope for engraver tuplets is determined by the stem direction of
the majority of stems in the tuplet (rather than the first stem in the
tuplet as is the case when this box is not checked).
Staff. Check this option to instruct Finale to always place tuplet
brackets above the top line, or below the bottom line of the staff.
Horizontal Drag. Check this box to enable the ability to drag tuplet
markings horizontally in the score. If this box is not checked, tuplets
can only be adjusted vertically in the score.
Bottom Note. If the first note in the tuplet group is a chord,
the numbers in the Position text boxes are generally measured from the
top note; if you transpose that note up or down, the entire tuplet moves
with it. Select this option, however, if you want these numbers measured
from the bottom note instead.
- Default Appearance:
Nothing • Number • X:Y, X:Yq, Xq:Yq. Use this drop-down list to
specify whether Finale should place a number, a ratio, or no mark on a
tuplet. If you choose, for example X:Y, Finale will display "3:2"
for triplet numbers. If you choose Xq:Yq for a quarter note triplet, Finale
will display "3q:2q".
Nothing • Slur • Bracket. Use the Shape drop-down list to display
the tuplet with no shape appearing over it, or with a slur or bracket.
Tuplets with slurs actually use slurs (with tapered ends), unless the
slur is "broken" (Break Slur or Bracket is selected) in which
case Finale uses curves (with non-tapered ends).
Slur or Bracket. If you’ve chosen a slur as the shape for the tuplet,
then select Break Slur or Bracket, to have Finale break a slur or bracket
to allow for a number to be placed there.
Use Specified Shape • Bracket Unbeamed Notes Only • Never Bracket Beamed
Notes on Beam Side. Choose Always Use Specified Shape to place
a bracket (of the shape defined above) on all tuplets. Choose Bracket
Unbeamed Notes Only to instruct Finale to place brackets on unbeamed groups
of notes only. Choose Never Bracket Beamed Notes on Beam Side to instruct
Finale to place brackets on tuplets defined to appear on the note side
of the staff (for example, if the beam appears above notes tuplets will
only contain brackets if placed below the staff).
Horizontal • Vertical. Enter values (in measurement units) to adjust
the horizontal and vertical position of the tuplet number displayed in
Number Using Duration. Check this box to position tuplet numbers
based on the rhythmic center of the tuplet (rather than equidistant from
the first and last note/rest of the tuplet).
Horizontal Number Offset. If you have specified a global sideways
shift for the numbers in your tuplets, select this option if you don’t
want it to apply to this tuplet.
Horizontal • Vertical. Enter values here to specify the horizontal
and vertical adjustments for placing the shape (slur or bracket) in relation
to the tuplet number. Enter a smaller or larger value for H: to change
the position of the entire shape in relation to the notes. To move the
shape closer to or further away vertically from the note, enter a smaller
or larger value for V:.
Flat. Check this box to instruct Finale to always use flat brackets
Bracket. Check this option to extend the right edge of the bracket
to enclose the full duration of the tuplet.
Lengths of Hooks. Check this box to always use same length for
left and right hooks. If the values for Hook Length are different, Finale
uses the smallest value for both hooks.
Hook • Right Hook. These options replace the Left Offset and Right
Offset text boxes that controlled the length of the left and right hooks
on horizontal brackets in previous versions of Finale. Enter a negative
value (in measurement units) in Left Hook or Right Hook to set the length
of the left-most or right-most hook. The value is negative because Finale
measures down from the bracket. If Match Length of Hooks is selected,
Finale updates the Right Hook text box with the new Left Hook value. If
Match Length of Hooks is not selected, you can enter different values
in each text box.
Extension • Right Extension. By default, Finale initially creates
a tuplet that surrounds the position of notes in the measures. However,
in some cases it’s easier for a musician to interpret the music if the
tuplet can encompass the visual space of the beat instead of just surrounding
the notes. You can accomplish this by using these settings to specify
how far the bracket or slur should extend beyond the notes. Enter a larger
value to lengthen the bracket or slur.
Slope Adjustment. Enter a positive value to specify the angle of
brackets or slurs when the right side is higher than the left. Enter a
negative value to specify the angle when the right side of the tuplet
lower than the left.
Horizontal Number Offset:
Side of Note • Downstem Side of Note. When Finale places the number
above a tuplet grouping (such as the "3" above a triplet), it
chooses a position that’s aligned precisely with the central notehead
of the group. When the number appears on the stem side of the triplet,
Finale follows the same rule—it aligns the number with the central notehead
of the group as shown here.
However, a few publishers feel that the
number appears to be off-center when positioned that way as shown here.
Some publishers prefer that the number be
aligned with the central stem instead of the notehead. These two text
boxes let you nudge the tuplet numbers in your piece to the right or left
(by entering a positive or negative number, respectively). The first text
box controls only stems-up notes; the second text box controls stems-down
notes. As an example, entering -14 (EVPUs) into the second text box would
nudge each tuplet number just enough to align it with a triplet’s central
stem. You can override this global tuplet-number positioning offset on
a case-by-case basis, using the Ignore Format Offset checkbox in Tuplet
Definition dialog box.
Thickness. In this box, enter the desired thickness for all tie
Slope_Degrees. Enter a positive value to specify the maximum angle
of brackets or slurs when the right side is higher than the left. Enter
a negative value to specify the maximum angle when the right side of the
tuplet lower than the left.
Tuplet Definition dialog box