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The dynamics preloaded into the Maestro Font Default file (as well as those in the Text Expression Library) have already been defined for playback. You can use these steps, however, to alter such definitions (to make a forte louder, for example).

To define a dynamic marking for playback

  1. Click the Expression tool  image\Expression_Tool.gif. If the marking hasn’t yet been placed in the score and you simply want to edit its definition from within the Selection palette, double-click any measure or note; when the palette appears, click the marking in question, click Edit, and skip the next two steps.
  2. Double-click the marking’s handle. The Expression Selection dialog box appears.
  3. Click Create. The Expression Designer dialog box appears.
  4. Click the Playback tab. The playback options appear.
  5. Choose Type > Key Velocity. Enter a velocity value in the Set To Value box. The value you enter here is the MIDI key velocity value that Finale will apply to all the music, beginning at the point where it first encounters the dynamic marking and ending only when it encounters another marking. MIDI velocity is measured on a scale from 0 (silent) to 127 (very loud). If you’re editing a dynamic that came with Finale, you’ll notice that a velocity value has already been defined; feel free to change it. The changes you make apply throughout this document only, although you can store this document’s set of modified dynamic marks in a Text Expressions Library, ready for use in other documents, by choosing File > Save Library. Then you can “borrow” the modified markings for use in other documents.
  6. Click OK (or press ENTER).



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