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Production and Sequencing Tools

Finale is able to open or save as a standard MIDI file to work in conjunction with the industry’s most in-demand production and sequencing programs. Video support and Finale’s built in mixer are just two of many tools inside Finale that help you prepare your score for final production.

Overview of Production and Sequencing Tools

Wish your sequencing software could print professional manuscript? Need the playback power of your sequencing software to hear what you’ve notated? Now more than ever professionals are using Finale’s production and sequencing tools to partner the genius of sequencing with the refinement of Finale notation.

  • Record or Import an audio file for even more realism
  • Transfer your music to and from Finale by saving as a MIDI file
  • Writing music for film? Working with DAW software, too? Use ReWire to sync Finale playback with other pro-level audio software.

Fine-tuning your Playback

But that’s not all. Finale also offers more features to fine-tune your music including:

  • The ability to edit MIDI files
  • TempoTap® to control tempo nuances
  • A mixer with integrated sequencer controls
  • Human Playback®, which makes even notes entered with a mouse play back with the nuance of live performers
Adding Audio

Record/Import Audio

Give arrangements authenticity and life with a real vocal or instrumental track. Record or import a mono or stereo audio file to enhance playback. No other notation software offers this capability.

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Hear the difference

Listen to how this Finale score is transformed when an audio file has been imported: New Orleans Blues, featuring jazz vocalist Debbie Duncan.

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A new world of possibilities

Finale’s audio support allows you to:

  • Record a vocal track to a soprano aria
  • Add a trumpet solo to a jazz chart
  • Import a stereo mix of a rock band and add a horn arrangement
  • Import audio for transcription/take-down
  • Create learning files for choir students with accompaniment and sung text
  • Import an audio recording of music, use the TempoTap® feature to line-up notation barlines and times, then add additional orchestration
TempoTap™

Create Tempo Nuances Effortlessly with TempoTap

Finale gives you complete control over rubati, accelerandi, and ritardandi. Perfection is just a tap away.

Import an audio recording, use the TempoTap feature to line-up notation barlines and time, and then add additional orchestration.

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TempoTap provides:

  • Simple Input – Just tap your tempo changes and Finale captures every nuance
  • Total Control – Define appropriate subdivisions on the Tempo Tap staff to accurately control ritardandi and other changes
  • Immediate Results – Hear music play as you tap. Your playback nuances are automatically retained for future performances.
Mixer

Integrated Sequencer Controls

Integrated controls for each staff enable you to set volume, panning, and patch as well as choose to mute, solo, or record. Adjust parameters for all staves – in real time – with Finale’s powerful mixer.

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Mid-Measure Playback Control

This offers more detailed feedback and the ability to resume your playback right where you stopped or anywhere you want. Playback controls also indicate elapsed time, time code and repeat pass information.

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MIDI

Import and Export MIDI files

You have the perfect MIDI file of your favorite song, but you don’t have the sheet music to arrange it for your ensemble. There is a simple solution. Finale can open midi files and display notation.

  • Finale recognizes the time and key signatures from MIDI information, and plots the pitches on the staff lines for you
  • Skip right to the editing stages and prepare the song for your next rehearsal

Save notation as MIDI and save time sequencing

You’ve notated your film score with hundreds of time changes and twice as many tempo changes. Now it’s time to create a background track in your sequencing program, before your soloist arrives to record.

  • Save your Finale file as a MIDI file, and open it into your sequencer
  • Your time and tempo changes will be written with MIDI information
ReWire Support

New in Finale – ReWire Support

The new Finale includes ReWire support making it possible to use Finale simultaneously with top digital audio software including Digital Performer, ProTools and Logic.

Imagine you’ve created a pop tune in Logic and want to add a live horn section. With ReWire you can create the charts in Finale, press play in Logic, and hear both programs playback simultaneously – and remain in sync. You’ll hear how your horn parts work against the existing audio tracks – before the performers come into the studio to play them.

ReWire will also benefit anyone writing for film as it also allows you to synchronize with the video support found in programs like Digital Performer, ProTools and Logic.