Randomize Note Durations dialog box
How to get there
Window > Advanced Tools. Click the MIDI tool . The MIDI tool menu appears.
- Select a region of measures. If
you’re in the MIDI tool split-window,
select the region you want to affect by dragging through the "graph"
display area or by selecting the handles of individual notes whose MIDI
data you want to edit.
- Choose MIDI tool > Note Durations.
- Choose MIDI tool > Randomize.
What it does
In this dialog box, you can direct Finale
to alter the duration values for all selected notes at random. This can
be a useful option if you want to give your playback a more imperfect,
"human" feeling; or, by very slightly randomizing the Start
Times of the notes in your piece, you can alleviate MIDI playback problems
caused by too much note information being sent at the same instant to
your MIDI instrument. (The Randomize command isn’t available if you’ve
selected Continuous Data from the MIDI tool menu.)
Times limited to ___ • Stop Times limited to ___. The numbers in
these text boxes represent the amount by which you want to randomly vary
the attack or release points of all selected notes’ playback (regardless
of their notated durations). You’re specifying the maximum number of ,
of which there are 1024 per quarter note, you want added to (or subtracted
from) the Start or Stop Times of the selected notes (see Start and Stop
Times for a discussion of Start and Stop Times).
You might enter an EDU value of 1/16 (or less)
of the predominant rhythmic values in the music, unless you want to produce
unpredictable, strange rhythmic effects. To subtly soften the rhythmic
precision of an eighth note (512 EDUs) passage, for example, you might
type 32 into the Start and Stop Times boxes.
• Cancel. Click OK to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the MIDI data
changes you’ve specified. You return to the MIDI tool split-window
(or the score).