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Playback Controls

How to get there

Choose Window > Playback Controls.

What it does

Playback Controls is a docked toolbar or floating window that give you a console for controlling the playback of your score. Click on the Playback Settings button to open the Playback Settings dialog box where you can specify a number of playback options, such as the tempo, range of measures to be played, overall volume level, and so on. Also, Playback Settings give access to the Playback Options dialog box, where you can further specify Finale’s playback behavior.

Playback Controls supports Finale’s HyperScribe recording and playback functions as well. To start recording, you can click Record in Playback Controls after selecting “R” for a staff in the Mixer, Staff Controls or ScoreManager.

Note. As a shortcut you can click a measure in your score to start recording, instead of using the Record button. Finale will start recording into the measure you clicked, according to the click and countoff settings, just as if you clicked the Record button. If Multitrack Record is selected in HyperScribe’s Record Mode submenu, you must set up the ScoreManager to specify the recording information (which staves or layers to record into, and which channels to receive from).

If the music is already playing back when you click this button, Finale will stop playback for a moment, play the last measure of the score, and stop.

If Current Counter Setting is selected in the Playback Settings dialog box, you can click the up and DOWN ARROWs to adjust the measure. To specify a start point within the measure, simply enter the desired measure, beat, and EDU separated by “|”s [measure]|[beat]|[EDU]. (See Equivalents for an explanation of EDUs). Note that when you do this, the beat and EDU may temporarily disappear from the display.

Not every tempo is measured in quarter notes per minute, of course, so you can select the basic unit of the tempo pulse (Half Note, Dotted Quarter Note, and so on) from the Tempo drop-down list. To set the number of beats per minute—the actual tempo—either type a new number into the text box, or click the arrows to increase or decrease the displayed number.

See Also:


Playback/Record Options

Click and Countoff

HyperScribe Tool



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