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Human Playback Preferences dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose Window > Playback Controls.
  2. Click on the Playback Settings button on the Playback Controls.
  3. Click HP Preferences.

What it does

This dialog box allows you to customize intricate details of Human Playback’s interpretation. Explicit performance techniques indicated on the score, such as the type of mute or bowing style, can be specified here. But this dialog box controls more subtle nuance as well. In an orchestral rehearsal, aspects of this dialog box would be equivalent to directions from the conductor scribbled on parts, such as how to approach a fermata, or the amount to exaggerate certain dynamic markings. In fact, even MIDI data you have specified manually can be intertwined with Human Playback’s interpretation using these settings.

In general, the settings here are program-wide, but a configuration can also be saved and “attached” to a specific document. Similarly, a configuration can be transferred across documents.


Note. An identical dialog box also exists to control regions to which Human Playback has been applied with the Apply Human Playback plug-in (program-wide, or “attached” to the document). In the Apply Human Playback dialog box, choose Preferences.

Preference Sets Management

HP maintains and stores multiple sets of preferences in a single file ("HP.dat") located in the Component Files folder. Human Playback overwrites the HP.dat when upgrading from Finale 2006 or earlier since the file format is completely different. However, Human Playback Preferences can be imported from Finale 2008 or 2009 to Finale 2012 using the Import function (explained below).

The default Human Playback Preferences set handles playback for SoftSynth, Garritan Instruments for Finale, Garritan Personal Orchestra, and other Garritan products including Jazz & Big Band (“JABB”), Marching Band, Stradivari Violin, and Gofriller Cello - all automatically.

See Also:

Human Playback Preferences - Instrument Techniques and Effects

Human Playback Preferences - Dynamics and Volume

Human Playback Preferences - MIDI Data

Human Playback Preferences - Glissandi & Bends

Human Playback Preferences - Ornaments & Tremolos

Human Playback Preferences - Tempo Variations

Human Playback Preferences - Garritan Specials



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