ReWire Playback Controls

How to get there

While in ReWire mode, choose Window > Playback Controls.

What it does

When using Finale in ReWire mode, the Playback Controls change to reflect this mode. The following options are available to control playback:

  • Re-Sync Score Data Button . Click this button to update your DAW's playback after you've made changes to your Finale file.
  • Rewind to Beginning . Click this button to enter the number 1 into the Measure text box, which indicates where playback begins. If the music is already playing back when you click this button, Finale stops playback for a moment, jumps to the beginning of the score, and resumes playback from there.
  • Rewind . Click this button and hold the button down to make the number in the Measure text box decrease rapidly. If the music is already playing back and you want to hear something again, click this button for a moment, then release; playback will resume from the measure number (that you just changed) in the Measure box.
  • Stop • Play . Click Stop to halt playback and reset the Measure text box to its original value. Click Play, or press SPACEBAR, to begin playback. If you press SPACEBAR again playback will stop. Press SPACEBAR again to resume playback from the place you stopped.
  • Fast Forward . This button makes the number in the Measure text box advance rapidly. If the music is already playing back and you want to skip ahead, click this button for a moment, then release; playback will resume from the measure number (that you just changed) in the Measure text box.
  • Fast Forward to End . When you click this button, the Measure text box shows the number of the last measure in the score.

    If the music is already playing when you click this button, Finale stops playback for a moment, plays the last measure of the score, and stops.

  • Playback Settings . Most of the time, the controls described above are adequate for controlling playback. If you want to use some of Finale’s more powerful options, click the expand arrow. The Playback Controls expand to reveal several other controls and options. If you again want to view the smaller version of Playback Controls, just click the expand arrow again.

  • Slave to ReWire Master Tempo. Choose this option to use your DAW's tempo instead of Finale's tempo map during playback. If this option is selected, your DAW ignores any marking that has tempo data in your Finale file.

    This option is deselected by default. It is important to note that playback will not work correctly if there is a tempo track in your DAW and Finale is controlling the tempo.

  • Noteman says: Hidden tuplets created while generating beaming over barlines may corrupt the Human Playback performance in regions where the Beam Over Barlines Plug-in has been applied.

  • Human Playback Style: From this popup menu, you can choose a playback style such as romantic, jazz, reggae, or classical. Finale uses the style chosen to emulate a human performance during playback. Adjustments to the MIDI performance data in tempo, note duration, key velocity, and other MIDI attributes are applied throughout Finale’s performance. When any Human Playback Style is chosen, all other MIDI data deliberately applied to the document, including data added with the MIDI and Expression tool, is ignored in favor of the Human Playback settings. The Human Playback performance includes existing expressions, Smart Shapes, and other markings in its interpretation based on the style chosen. These settings also apply to saved MIDI files (*.MID), audio files (AIFF), and SmartMusic Accompaniment files (*.SMPX). You can turn off Human Playback by choosing None from this list. Choose Custom to open the Human Playback Custom Style dialog box where you can configure custom Human Playback Settings.

    You can enable or disable human playback by region by adding expressions defined for Human Playback On and Human Playback Off in the playback tab of the Expression Designer dialog box.

    Also note that Human Playback interprets articulations for the note they are attached to. For Human Playback to interpret articulations and other compatible note-attached items properly, ensure they are attached to the appropriate note (and not attached, for example, to the previous note and dragged to the right as is the case with items such as breath marks and caesuras). See Articulations and Expressions for details. Human Playback also interprets certain words added as expressions. See Human Playback Dictionary.

  • HP Preferences. Click this button to open the Human Playback Preferences dialog box where you can control how Human Playback deals with existing MIDI data and make additional settings. See Human Playback Preferences dialog box.
  • Tempo: Whole Note • Half Note • Quarter Note • [etc.]. The Playback Tempo is used for playback only. The tempo used for recording is set in the Playback and/or Click dialog box. The Playback tempo controls let you establish the playback tempo for your piece. Of course, if you’ve set up the tempo in other ways—by placing tempo markings into the score, for example—then this tempo setting will have no effect. See Playback and/or Click dialog box.

    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 popup menu. 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.

  • Base Key Velocity. This number, on a scale from 0 (silent) to 127 (very loud), establishes the overall key velocity setting for the playback of your piece. (Key velocity is usually equated with volume, but not always. Finale calculates the effect of dynamic markings (expressions) based on this number. In other words, you can make the piece generally softer by decreasing this number (but individual dynamics within the piece will still override the playback control settings).

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