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Percussion MIDI Maps: SmartMusic SoftSynth

This listing contains all the General MIDI percussion sounds used in the various SmartMusic SoftSynthA set of General MIDI sounds included with Finale. The SmartMusic SoftSynth is provided both as a soundfont for MIDI playback and as a plug-in for VST playback. percussion MIDI mapsA Percussion MIDI Map is simply a list that matches each percussion instrument in a sound library with a particular MIDI note number (e.g. bass drum = 36, snare drum = 38, etc.). These maps are required to properly assign the same percussion notation to various playback devices, and are also used to accommodate the many different percussion sound banks that can be used for input with an external MIDI device.. These percussion sounds are available when using Finale's SmartMusic SoftSynth VST device, or, for MIDI playback, if SmartMusic SoftSynth is chosen as the MIDI Out device in the MIDI Setup dialog box. Whether you are playing back through VST or MIDI, you must also ensure the desired Percussion MIDI Map is selected for the percussion staff under the "Perc. MIDI Map" column of the Score Manager (SmartMusic SoftSynth submenu). This setting in the Score Manager is set automatically when you choose a percussion instrument from the Setup Wizard or add it with the Score Manager.

For information regarding how these maps are used for input and playback, see Percussion. To see the relationship between MIDI Note numbers and pitches on a piano keyboard, see the MIDI note to pitch table.

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