Click Output Type dialog box
How to get there
- Click the HyperScribe tool . The HyperScribe menu appears.
- Choose HyperScribe > Transcription Mode.
- Click a measure in the score and choose Time Tag > Click Output.
What it does
There are two cases where you might like
Finale to provide a click track, or metronome, as you record in the Transcription
window. First, you might like Finale to provide a "click track"
as you record a real-time performance in the Transcription window, so
that you won’t have to record Time Tags in a separate pass. (The "click
track" is nothing more than playback of Time Tags that Finale has
Second, you might want Finale to drive
an external sequencer or computer using MIDI Sync signals, so that the
external device will play in tempo with Finale.
In either case, the Click Output Type dialog
box lets you specify various characteristics of the click: its pitch,
MIDI channel, length of a click, and so on.
MIDI Sync. Select this radio button if you want Finale to transmit
MIDI Sync signals instead of providing an audible click. If you have connected
your computer to an external sequencer (or another computer) that has
been configured to interpret this kind of MIDI message, it will wait in
"pause" mode until Finale begins play, at which point the two
will play in perfect synchronization.
MIDI, Channel:. Select this radio button if you want Finale to
send the clicks via MIDI (instead of transmitting MIDI Sync signals).
The number in the text box specifies the MIDI channel over which Finale
will transmit the click information. Finale will automatically fill in
this text box and all others in this dialog box if you use the Listen
to MIDI button.
Code: • Stop Code:. The codes in these two rows specify the MIDI
signals (events) to be sent at the beginning and ending of each individual
click, and are used to compensate for the idiosyncrasies of various synthesizers.
Finale will fill in these text boxes automatically if you use the Listen
When you select this checkbox, Finale goes into "listening"
mode. Finale will translate the next MIDI signal you transmit—by playing
a key, for example—into the MIDI codes. (Technically, Finale registers
the next two MIDI events—a note on and note off command, for example,
that constitute a single key strike.) You’ve just specified the key and
the MIDI channel Finale will play to create the clicks. (You might use
the snare drum or clave sound on a drum machine, for example.)
Duration. The number in this text box, in thousandths of a second,
specifies the exact duration of each click. In general, you’ll want this
value to be fairly small, so that the click sound will be short and sharp;
the default value, 500, produces a click that lasts half a second.
• Cancel. Click OK to confirm the click settings you’ve made and
return to the Transcription window. Click Cancel to tell Finale to ignore
any changes you made in this dialog box. The default settings (MIDI channel
1, Start Code = note on, Stop Code = note off, pitch = C above middle
C with a key velocity of 64) remain in force.
Transcription dialog box