How to get there
Choose MIDI/Audio > Device Setup > Audio Setup.
What it does
Noteman says: When you install a new version of Finale on your computer, your audio setup settings are not copied from the previous version.
This dialog box allows you to set up options for recording audio and configuring audio output devices.
- Audio Driver. Here, you can choose an audio driver (DirectSound, WASAPI, or ASIO depending on your system) to use for audio recording.
- Enabled. Use this option to enable or disable the driver currently selected in the Audio Driver drop-down menu. When a driver is disabled, only the Audio Driver drop-down menu, Enabled check box, Device Error Log button, and Input Meter options are available. If an audio driver causes Finale to freeze or crash during launch, it can also be disabled by using the Audio Initialization Notification dialog box.
- Device Error Log. Click this button to view the Device Error Log dialog box. The Device Error Log lists information when an audio device causes Finale to freeze or crash.
If you are running into issues with Finale's performance and see events listed in the Device Error Log dialog box, contact and provide this information to the MakeMusic Customer Support Team.
- Mic Source
• Settings. Select an input source from this dropdownmenu for recording audio tracks. Click Settings to open the volume controls of your Windows operating system.
- Channel. From this
dropdownmenu, choose the pair of input channels (left and right) you would like to use for the selected ASIO device.
- Mic Level • Input Meter. When you play into the microphone, you’ll see colored bars in the Input Meter, indicating how loud Finale heard you. Adjust the Mic Level slider to change your microphone input levels so that your loudest note doesn’t hit the red levels. If the levels are too "hot," the distortion will cause poor quality recordings.
- Audio Recording Latency. Enter a value in this text box to delay Finale’s translation of audio information while recording in HyperScribe. The latency value compensates for the short delay it sometimes takes for audio information to travel from the microphone into the computer.
- Output: Source
• Settings. From the Source dropdownmenu, choose the device used to play sound coming from Finale. Click Settings to open the volume controls of your Windows operating system.
- Test Audio Output. Click this button to send a tone to the selected output source, allowing you to verify the output device is working.
- Channel. From this
dropdownmenu, choose the pair of output channels (left and right) you would like to use for the selected ASIO device.
- Sample Rate. This
dropdownmenu is automatically populated with the available sample rates for your selected audio device. If you are experiencing poor audio output at a higher sample rate while WASAPI is set as the Audio Driver, you have the option of selecting None from the Mic Source dropdownmenu, which may resolve the problem.
- Buffer Size. From this
dropdownmenu, choose the desired number of buffer samples. A smaller number will tend to reduce the amount of latency, but add to the possibility for choppy playback. A higher number will tend to remedy choppy playback, but may cause more latency.
- OK • Cancel. Click OK to confirm, or Cancel to discard, your settings and return to the document.
Noteman says: If a sample rate change is needed, make these changes either in the Audio Setup dialog box or in the ASIO device's Hardware Control Panel before launching Finale.