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More Quantization Settings dialog box

How to get there

The Quant Settings button appears in a number of related dialog boxes.

To open this window manually:

Choose MIDI/Audio > Quantization Settings.

What it does

The More Quantization Settings dialog box provides more detailed control over how your MIDI input will be transcribed.

Key Velocity is the MIDI information that describes how hard you struck each key; in other words, it’s used mostly to re-create your dynamics when you play the piece back. Note Durations refers to Start and Stop Time Data—small rhythmic deviations from the beat that result in musical "feels" such as swing, rushing, rolled chords, and so on. If you select both of these options, Finale’s playback of your transcription will very closely resemble your original performance (but your document will be slightly larger when saved).

Tip. Retaining Key Velocity will allow you to automatically apply dynamics to your score using Auto-Dynamic Placement plug-in. Retaining Note Durations will allow you to further edit your MIDI information if you wish.

If there are few places where you’ll be needing an inner voice, however, don’t select this option. This will prevent Finale from creating secondary voices where you didn’t intend them—for example, where two successive notes were accidentally overlapped in the sequence. The status of this option can have a dramatic effect on the "cleanness" of your transcriptions. Use the Retranscribe function in the MIDI/Audio menu to correctly place Voice 1 and Voice Two in the few places you want them.

Check Allow Dotted Rests in Simple Meters to apply this setting to all portions of your score in a simple meter (e.g. 2/4, 4/4, 2/2, etc). Check Allow Dotted Rests in Compound Meters to apply this setting to all portions of your score in a compound meter (e.g. 6/8, 9/8, 5/8, etc). When this option is selected Finale notates a quarter rest followed by an eighth rest as a dotted quarter rest.

When copying and pasting, if it is necessary to rebar the music (see Rebarring Music), these settings apply to the target region. For example, if Allow Dotted Rests in Compound Meters is checked, Finale will combine quarter rest/eighth rest figures into dotted quarter rests when music is copied into a region with a compound meter and rebar music is applied.

The Sensitivity is measured in EDUs (1024 per quarter note). To change the Sensitivity value, you can either enter a new number in the text box, or choose a value from the pop-up list.

For many situations, the default Sensitivity value (Sixteenth Note) works well. If, however, you’re using HyperScribe to transcribe small tuplets (like quintuplets) and you discover that Finale isn’t notating note values as fine as you’d like, or that it’s creating many grace notes, you need to choose the next smaller Sensitivity value, and try the transcription again.

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