After recording a real-time performance in the Transcription window, you generally have to make a second pass, during which you tap in tempo along with the playback of your performance, telling Finale where the beats fall in relation to the notes you played. You don’t have to choose the Click Input command at all, in this case; if you’re recording Time Tags in a separate pass, Finale assumes that any key you tap is meant to be the tempo tap, provided that (1) you’ve remembered to click the Record button under the words Time Tag, and (2) that you’re transmitting the Time Tag signal on MIDI channel 1. See Transcription window.
If, however, you want to record the performance and the Time Tags simultaneously, use the Click Input command to help Finale distinguish between the notes of the performance and the note representing the tempo tap (for example, the highest key on the keyboard). If you plan to play a melody with one hand while tapping a key with the other, for example, use this command to tell Finale what key you’ll be tapping. If you’re transcribing a sequence being played by your synthesizer or another computer capable of generating a MIDI click track, once more you can tell Finale what to listen for. Finally, if you plan to transmit your Time Tags to Finale on any channel other than MIDI channel 1, use this dialog box to specify the new channel.
If the "Finale is listening" message doesn’t disappear when you play a key or pedal, then your MIDI system is not connected properly (and Finale is receiving no MIDI events at all).
The "second data byte" is the one that lets Finale know the qualitative value of the specified tag transmission—the key velocity of the Time Tags, for example. Therefore, unless you strike the key with precisely the specified key velocity, Finale won’t know that a Time Tag has occurred. Because a drum machine can generate a click track where every "tap" has a uniform key velocity, you can tell Finale only to register incoming Time Tag signals with that specific velocity by turning off this option; thus Finale won’t confuse the drum machine’s click track notes with notes of the same pitch you happen to play during your performance, because it will only register notes of the precise key velocity value you specified as Time Tags.
Tip. Click on Listen and play your MIDI note if you are unsure of the Input Code to enter.
Transcription dialog box
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