Scale 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 > Scale.
What it does
This dialog box’s function is to let you
scale the values of the specified MIDI data type gradually from one value
Times • Stop Times. These two radio buttons let you specify which
MIDI data type you want to scale from one value to another—either the
Start Time (the difference between the notated attack of a note and the
time you actually played it) or the Stop Time (the difference between
the notated release of a note and the time you actually released it).
___ to ___. In these text boxes, enter the beginning and ending
values of the gradual change you want Finale to effect over the selected
region (for the selected MIDI data type). The values you’re scaling are
Start Times or Stop Times. The Start Time is the difference between the
notated, or quantized, attack of a note and the moment you actually struck
the note in your performance. The Stop Time is the difference between
the notated release of the note and the moment you actually released the
note. The Start and Stop Times are measured in
EDUs (1024 per quarter note). Therefore, by scaling the Start Times from,
say, zero to –512 over a specific range, the notes will sound as though
they’re being struck more and more before the beat, until they’re an entire
eighth note (512 EDUs) early. If you scale the Stop Times from, say, 1024
to zero, the notes will sound as though they’re being sustained for shorter
and shorter amounts of time beyond their notated values.
• 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).