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To export a MIDI file

  1. Prepare your Finale file. Keep in mind that any playback data will be retained in the MIDI file. This includes tempo changes (for those sequencers that support a tempo, or conductor, track), dynamics, pitch wheel data, MIDI channel assignments, in addition to Human Playback settings configured in the Playback Controls. To export a specific region, in the Playback Controls, check Observe Playback Region when saving to MIDI or audio file, and the specify the region you would like to export in the options above.

Be sure to specify other important playback options in the Playback/Record Options dialog box (choose Playback Controls from the Window menu; click the expand arrow; click Playback/Record Options). Remember that you are exporting a MIDI file, text and layout will not be retained in this format.

  1. Make sure that you have assigned Instruments correctly (one for each resultant sequencer track). When Finale creates a MIDI sequencer file, it places the music assigned to each Instrument in the ScoreManager in a separate sequencer track. Therefore, make sure the Instrument configuration is set up the same way you want the resultant tracks set up. See MIDI channels for further instructions.
  2. Choose File > Save As. The “Save Finale file as” dialog box appears.
  3. Click MIDI File, and enter a title in the text box. Instead of clicking MIDI File, you can also click the file icon (in the lower right corner of the dialog box) until it changes to the MIDI file icon.
  4. Click Save (or press RETURN). Finale now asks which type of MIDI file you want to create: Format 1 (multiple tracks), Format 0 (a single, multichannel track), or just a tempo map. Format 1 is by far the most common format. Also, choose whether you want to save any bookmarks you created in Finale as sequencer marks in your MIDI file.
  5. Select a MIDI file format by clicking the appropriate button.



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