Limit - Key Velocities dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the MIDI tool icon. The MIDI Tool menu appears.
  2. Select some measures. If you’re in the MIDI Tool dialog box, select the region you want to affect by dragging through the "graph" display area or by selecting the ClosedhandlesA small square which appears on currently "selectable" elements in the score. Handles allow you to select, edit and adjust musical elements in the score. of individual notes whose MIDI data you want to edit.
  3. Choose MIDI Tool > Key Velocities.
  4. Choose MIDI Tool > Limit.

What it does

This dialog box allows you to limit the Closedkey velocityStrictly speaking, key velocity refers to the pressure or force with which a piano-style key is depressed. A key velocity value can be used in MIDI to denote the attack tone or the volume of a MIDI event (although MIDI CC 7, Volume, is more common for the latter). In Finale, key velocity is generally interpreted as volume, with one notable exception being several of the Garritan Instruments for Finale. values to within a specified range of values. For example, you can specify that no note in the selected region should be played back with volume above an dynamic level by limiting the notes in the region to a maximum MIDI velocity value of, say, 90. (MIDI velocity is measured on a scale of zero, which is silent, to 127, which is very loud.)

  • Minimum of ____ • Maximum of ____. In these text boxes, enter the minimum and maximum values permissible for the key velocities within the selected region. Any existing data values below the minimum value you specify will be boosted to that minimum value; any existing values above the maximum value will be clipped down to that maximum value.

    The numbers in these text boxes represent MIDI velocity values (which range from 0 to 127); using the maximum and minimum text boxes, you can confine the playback of all notes in the selected region to a certain dynamic range.

  • OK • Cancel. Click OK to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the MIDI data changes you’ve specified. You return to the MIDI Tool dialog box (or the score).

See also:

MIDI Tool menu