Composite Time Signature dialog box
How to get there
- Click the Time Signature tool , and double-click the measure in which you want to change
the meter. The Time Signature dialog box appears.
- Click Composite. Or,
click the Options button and select the Composite button in the expanded
options section of the Time Signature dialog box.
What it does
This dialog box allows you to create complex
Groups: _ + _ + _ + _ + _ . Enter up to five numbers that you want
to appear as the upper half of the composite time signature, specifying
the number of beats per measure. Finale treats each number and its corresponding
Beat Duration as a separate component of the composite time signature.
You can use + signs between numbers within a text box if you need time
signatures such as 3+2+2 over 8 You can also use decimals, such as .75.
Duration: _ + _ + _ + _ + _ . Enter up to five numbers you want
to appear as the lower half of a composite time signature. These numbers
specify the rhythmic value of the beats in the measure. Each number appears
below its corresponding Beat Group number. You can use + signs between
numbers within the Beat duration text box.
EDUs for Beat Duration. Select this checkbox if you need to enter
beat durations for dotted notes. When this checkbox is selected, Finale
uses the specified number for the beat duration. When this checkbox
is not selected, Finale displays the number you enter in the lower half
of the composite time signature.
• Cancel • Clear. Click OK to save new settings and return to the
score, or click Cancel to cancel any changes you made to the settings.
Click Clear to remove the current composite time signature settings.
For example, to specify a dotted quarter as the beat duration,
enter 1536 (1024
= quarter note, plus 512 EDUs = eighth note for the dot value).
Time Signature dialog box