MIDI Setup dialog box

How to get there

Choose MIDI/Audio > Device Setup > MIDI 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.

  • 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 dropdown menu.
  • MIDI In: Device. Use this dropdown 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.
  • Base Channel. Use this field to specify the first MIDI channel number for each MIDI driver selected. This number indicates the first of 16 channels. This field is available for all MIDI In options when the MIDI Setup dialog box is expanded.
  • Sync Master MIDI Sync. Select this option if you want Finale to transmit MIDI Sync signals any time it plays back your score through the corresponding MIDI driver and MIDI channels (specified by the Base Channel for that driver). This option is available for all MIDI In options when the MIDI Setup dialog box is expanded, and only one device can send MIDI Sync signals at a time. 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.
  • Show Advanced • Hide Advanced. Click this button to expand or condense the MIDI Setup dialog box. When expanded, you can specify which MIDI device you would like to use for inputting notes.
  • MIDI In. Use the dropdown menu to select the MIDI In device for your computer (for example, Sound Blaster MIDI Input). 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
  • 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.

  • Noteman says: The MIDI Out: Device, Base Channel, Match On/Off, Enable MIDI Sync, and Enable MTC options are available for each group of Finale channels when the MIDI Setup dialog box has been expanded.

  • MIDI Out: Device: Default MIDI Output Device • Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth • SmartMusic SoftSynth. Use this dropdown 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. Choose SmartMusic SoftSynth Playback to use Finale’s General MIDI sound font for instrument sounds during Internal Speaker Playback.
  • Base Channel. Use this field to specify the first MIDI channel number for each MIDI driver selected. This number indicates the first of 16 channels. This field is available for all MIDI Out options when the MIDI Setup dialog box is expanded.
  • Match On/Off. Use this checkbox to control how Finale handles simultaneous MIDI messages of the same pitch on the same channel. When this checkbox is selected, Finale attempts to match each simultaneous note on message with a corresponding note off message. For example, in a measure containing a whole note on middle C and a half note on middle C, the note off message at the conclusion of the half note applies only to the half note and the whole note continues for the full duration. If the MIDI output device supports matching on/offs, this option should be checked so that note off messages do not interrupt playback of the longer of two or more unisons on the same channel. If the MIDI device does not support matching note on/off messages, this option should be unchecked.

    To test if your MIDI output device supports matching note on/off messages, open a new default document. Enter a whole note middle C in the first measure in ClosedlayerAn independent overlay of music in the same measure. Each Finale document consists of four transparent layers, each of which can contain its own rhythmically independent inner voice. Only one layer can be active (frontmost) at a time, however; the layer selection buttons appear in the lower left corner of your Finale window, indicating which layer is active. Note that each layer may also contain 2 independent voices. 1. Switch to layer 2, and then in the same measure, enter a half note on middle C and then a half note on D. Play the measure back. If the whole note C gets cut off with the half note C (you can’t hear the C against the D), the MIDI device does not support matching, but Finale thinks it does - uncheck Match On/Off. If the whole note C continues to play over the barline, the MIDI device supports matching, but Finale thinks it doesn’t - check Match On/Off. If you can hear the C against the D, and they both cut off at the same time, Finale is set up correctly.

  • Enable: MIDI Sync • MTC. Use these checkboxes to synchronize Finale playback with another MIDI or ClosedMTCA 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.-compatible device. Check a box under the MIDI Sync column 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 Base Channel for that driver). 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. Check a box under the MTC column to send MIDI Time Code messages in order to sync with another device that is capable of receiving MTC.
  • OK • Cancel. Click OK (or press ENTER) to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the changes you’ve made and return to the score.
  • 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.
  • Reset MIDI Out. Check this option to send a key off message to all notes, on all channels when the port is made inactive. This checkbox should only be unchecked if your MIDI device(s) are responding with a MIDI Buffer Overflow message or MIDI Communication Error when receiving such a command.

See also:

MIDI

Click and Countoff

Configuring instrument playback

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