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Aria Player for Finale


How to get there

  1. Choose MIDI/AudioVST Banks & Effects.
  2. Click a drop-down menu for one of the channel groups and choose aVST plug-in, such as "Instruments for Finale 2012."
  3. Click Edit for that channel group.


  1. Choose WindowScoreManager, and ensure MIDI/AudioPlay Finale Through VST is checked.
  2. Under the Device column for an Instrument, choose ARIA Player.
  3. Click Edit Player in the slot to the right (under the Sound column).

What it does

Whenever you are using VST playback (MIDI/Audio > Play Finale Through VST) along with Finale's included Garritan instrument sounds, Finale assigns all sounds in the Aria Player automatically behind the scenes. For example, Finale does this whenever you start a new document with the Setup Wizard, or add or change a sound in the ScoreManager (as long as a Garritan Sound Map is prioritized highest in the Sound Map Priority dialog box–see Sound Maps).

You need to use the Aria Player to assign sounds manually if you are using a 3rd-party VST instrument library (since 3rd-party sound libraries do not have corresponding Sound Maps). You may also want to deviate from the Sound Map's assignment for a particular Instrument. Or, you may simply want to reference the Aria Player to identify the range or the keyswitches of a sound. In any case, the Aria Player for Finale allows you tomanually assign Finale's included Garritan instruments to Finale channels, and also view the range of each instrument, its keyswitches, and make adjustments to the properties of the instrument sound.

All manual sound assignments in the Aria Player are overwritten in favor of the Sound Map Priority whenever Reassign Playback Sounds is applied to the document. (See MIDI/Audio/Reassign Playback Sounds for details).

To load new Instruments, click empty (or the name of a loaded instrument) > GPONotation > then the instrument from the drop-down menu. The "Notation" instruments are specially designed for use with Finale's Human Playback feature.

If you load more than one Aria Player, channel 1 in each player window will equal the first channel in its channel range. For example, if you select Garritan: ARIA Player for Channels 17-32 in the VST Banks & Effects dialog box, channel 1 displayed in the Aria Player will equal channel 17 in Finale. The staff for this instrument will need to be set to channel 17 in the ScoreManager window.

Note. To apply reverb to playback, use the included Ambience Reverb option in the VST Banks & Effects dialog box.


See Also:

VST Banks & Effects dialog box

GPO and HP Tutorial



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