This dialog box is used in the creation of linear key formats and nonlinear key signatures; see Nonstandard Key Signature dialog box for a more complete discussion. In brief, Finale lets you create nonstandard key systems and key signatures, based on scales with any number of steps, and with accidentals placed anywhere you want.
In some of the key signatures you create—and for some nonstandard clefs you design—you may want to adjust the octave placement of accidentals on the staff. In this dialog box, you can adjust the octave in which each accidental appears in relation to each clef.
Clef(#): Previous: Next. In any Finale document there can be up to eighteen defined clefs, numbered 0 through 17. This indicator identifies, by number, the clef for which you’re adjusting accidental placement. Click Previous and Next to change the Clef (#) indicator and scroll through the eighteen clefs defined for the document.
Unit (#): Previous: Next. In Finale, an accidental that appears in the key signature is called a Unit. The Units are numbered in the order in which they appear; thus, in a standard key signature system, the first accidental to appear (the Fs in the key of G) would be Unit 1; the second (the Cs in the key of D) would be Unit 2, and so on. Flats are labeled with negative Unit numbers: the first flat to appear (the Bf in the key of F) would be Unit –1 (in the standard key system), the next (Ef) would be Unit –2, and so on. This indicator identifies the Unit, or accidental, whose octave placement you’re changing. Click the Previous and Next buttons at the bottom of the dialog box to change the Unit indicator, thus moving from one Unit to another in the key signature. (Note that in a nonlinear key signature, the Unit numbers are always positive. Because there is no progression of keys—only a single key signature—the Units are simply numbered sequentially as they appear in the key signature.)
Octave. octave are labeled with negative numbers: –1 is the first octave below Octave 0, and so on."middle C"The number in this text box tells Finale which octave the specified Unit should appear in. Octave 0 is the octave starting with middle C; Octave 1 is the octave above that, and so on. Octaves below the
Nonstandard Key Signature dialog box
Key Signature Tool
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