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Transcription Mode

Note. It is no longer necessary to use Transcription Mode to record continuous data. Continuous data (sustain pedal, pitch bends, etc) can be recorded in a standard HyperScribe session. See Record Continuous Data dialog box.

The Transcription Mode is another real-time transcription mode; you use it to record a live keyboard performance, which you can then turn into notation.

The Transcription Mode differs from the rest of HyperScribe, however, in that after you’ve played your piece, it retains your performance in a graphic sequencer-like window. (You can even save these performances as separate files on your hard disk and open them later.) See To transcribe a sequence. See also Quantization Guide. 

The Transcription Mode borrows certain elements from a sequencer, but it exists for the purpose of notating your performances. Unlike the rest of HyperScribe, in which you provide a tempo reference by tapping as you play or use a metronome, the Transcription Mode lets you provide these taps after you’ve recorded the performance (or before or during, for that matter). While Transcription Mode’s gratification isn’t instant, it offers you the chance to try various transcription settings, quantization levels, and so on, without ever having to rerecord your original performance. See Quantization Settings dialog box.

If you haven’t worked with a sequencer before, you may encounter some terms that are new to you; one example is quantization. Finale’s sense of rhythm is much finer than ours; it perceives subdivisions of rhythm down to 1024ths of a quarter note. Because Finale’s sense of time is so precise, the program can round off, or quantize, your performance to the nearest eighth note, quarter note, or whatever rhythmic value you specify. If it didn’t, your transcription would be much too accurate—it would be filled with 128th rests, hundreds of ties, and a forest of 64th notes.

Controllers are devices on your MIDI device that modify the music in some way: volume and sustain pedals, pitch and modulation wheels, and breath controllers are some examples. You can record any of this data when you use the Transcription Mode to transcribe your music; furthermore, using the MIDI tool, you can graphically edit these controllers. See Continuous data.

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