MIDI Setup dialog box

How to get there

Choose MIDI/Audio > Device Setup > MIDI/Internal Speaker Setup.

What it does

Noteman says: When you install a new version of Finale on your computer, your MIDI setup settings are not copied from the previous version. See Finale Installation Details to learn where these files are located and how to migrate the settings from one version of Finale to another.

Using this dialog box, you can specify your computer's MIDI configuration so that Finale can make use of connected MIDI devices. See Step 2: Setting up your MIDI system (optional) in the Get Started section to start using a MIDI device.

  • MIDI System: None • CoreMIDI. Use this pop-up menu to select the MIDI system you plan to use for communication within your MIDI setup. Choose CoreMIDI to use Apple’s built-in MIDI System. Finale lists the available input and output devices for each bank of Finale Channels.
  • Auto-Detect Input Devices. This checkbox allows you to assign MIDI Input devices to banks automatically. For example, if you unplug one external MIDI keyboard and then plug in a different model, Finale automatically detects the new device and adds it to the Input Device for Finale Channel 1-16. When checked, Finale disables the other Input Device pop-up menu.
  • Finale Channel: 1-16 • 17-32…113-128. Use the pop-up menu to select the MIDI In device for your computer. There are 128 Finale channels available for MIDI note entry and playback. They are grouped into eight 16-channel banks. Each bank represents one or more MIDI devices and their 16 available MIDI channels, depending on your MIDI setup. For example, each bank of Finale channels could be mapped as follows:
    • 1-16 Device One 1-16
    • 17-32 Device Two 1-16
    • 33-48 Device Three 1-16
    • 49-64 Device Four 1-16
    • 65-80 Device Five 1-16
    • 81-96 Device Six 1-16
    • 97-112 Device Seven 1-16
    • 113-128 Device Eight 1-16
  • Input Device. Use the Input Device pop-up menu to choose the port(s) available where you want to receive MIDI data. For details specific to each MIDI system, see Setting up your MIDI system.

    If an item from the pop-up menu is unchecked, it is not currently in use and you can select it; if an item is checked, it has already been selected for the current bank of channels; if an item is gray, it’s already in use as an input or output device for another bank of channels—and you must deselect it from the other bank of channels if you want to reassign it. If an item is italicized, it does not exist in your current Audio MIDI Setup. If you want to select more than one item, SHIFT+select for additional items.

  • Receive MIDI Sync From. Use this pop-up menu to select an input device that directs Finale’s real-time transcription and playback. When you use MIDI sync, Finale follows the tempo of another device, such as a drum machine. You can only receive MIDI sync from one device. For details specific to each MIDI system, see Inter-application MIDI routing.
  • MIDI-In Latency ___ms. Enter a value in this text box (in milliseconds) to correct for a late response from an external MIDI device when using HyperScribe.

    Delay is sometimes caused by the time it takes for MIDI information to travel from an external MIDI device to the computer.

  • Percussion Input Maps. Click this button to open the Percussion Input Maps dialog box where you can properly configure an external MIDI device for percussion input.
  • Playback To: MIDI System • QuickTime Playback • SmartMusic SoftSynth. Use this pop-up menu to select a MIDI Device and use its settings to tell Finale which MIDI drivers you’d like to use. You can specify up to 8 slots (using one or more MIDI drivers) to receive and send MIDI information. Select QuickTime Playback if you want Finale to play back your piece using QuickTime sounds through your Mac’s speaker instead of a MIDI instrument. Choose SmartMusic SoftSynth Playback to use Finale’s General MIDI sound font for instrument sounds during Internal Speaker Playback.
  • Enable Inter-Application Ports. Check this option to tell Finale to publish its virtual drivers and generate four Finale.app Input/Output ports, available in the Input Device and Output Device pop-up menus. You can select these ports in other MIDI applications that support inter-application MIDI. For more information, see To use Inter-application MIDI.
  • Send MIDI Sync To. Select Send MIDI Sync To if you want Finale to transmit MIDI Sync signals any time it plays back your document through the corresponding MIDI driver and MIDI channels (specified by the pop-up menu). Only one device at a time can send MIDI Sync signals. If you have connected your computer to an external sequencer, drum machine, or another computer that has been configured to interpret this kind of MIDI message, it will wait in “pause” mode until Finale begins playback, at which point the two will play together in perfect synchronization.
  • Send MTC To. Select Send MTC Sync To if you want Finale to transmit SMPTE ClosedMIDI Time CodeA type of signal that is used to synchronize one or more MIDI devices to another MIDI device, which generates the signal. This signal allows the devices to play "in time" with each other. signals whenever it plays back your score. Use the pop-up menu to choose the program you would like to receive MTC signals. If the program is not in this list, open it, and set it to receive MTC. (Consult the program’s documentation if you do not know how to do this).
  • SoftSynth Settings. Click this button to open the SoftSynth Settings dialog box where you can select the software synthesizer you want to use for output and change the volume. Changes in this dialog box apply to exported audio files.
  • Audio MIDI Setup. Click this button to open your Mac's Audio MIDI Setup dialog box where you can adjust settings for MIDI input and playback. For example, you might use Audio MIDI Setup to assign a name to the port used to connect your external MIDI device. (The port’s name will appear accordingly in Finale’s MIDI Setup dialog box.)
  • Cancel • OK. Click OK (or press RETURN) to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the changes you’ve made and return to the score.

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