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Playback in Finale

One of the more common questions I hear from new Finale users is:

“Why does my music always play back from the beginning?”
“How can I control where playback starts from?”

The answer to these, and other related questions, can be found in Playback Settings. Get there from your Playback Controls: Windows users click on the little “speaker” icon, circled in red below:

While Mac users click the triangle, circled below, to expand their Playback Controls:

Either way, the results look something like this:

Under “Playback Region” you can specify that you’d like your playback to start from any specified Measure (the default setting is at Measure 1, bar 1), from the Leftmost measure seen on your screen, or the Current counter setting, which allows you to enter a measure number in the counter on the playback controls. Personally I most often choose “Leftmost measure” as I typically want to play back what I’m looking at.

A second playback tip is one I’ve shared in the past. If you’d like to simply click on any measure to play it back, or would like to quickly hear just one instrument of your score, check out my Scrubbing Playback post.

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  1. by Tom Johnson

    Hi John, You are right: Finale works great with these amazing libraries. While I have a tendency to focus on all that you can do with the tools that come with Finale, I agree we should write a blog addressing Finale’s amazing connectivity with other VST/AU libraries as well. Thanks for the great suggestion, Tom

  2. by John

    Hi Tom, I think it might be a good idea to present some of the high end libraries that work with Finale, ie Xsample and Vienna (SE). I use both and I think they would be a great selling argument for MM when presenting Finale for users that are interested in high quality playback. GPO is great and I use this as well but it’s not really comparable to Xsample or Vienna.

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