There are a few reasons why Finale may play your music back at a different tempo than what is shown in your Tempo Mark expression.

First, we'll want to check the Expression Designer for the Tempo Mark that you're working with in order to verify that it is set to the correct value:

  1. Choose the Expression Tool.
    Right-click (Windows) or CONTROL+click (Mac) the tempo mark and choose Edit Text Expression Definition.
  2. Select the Playback tab.
  3. Verify the value in the Set to Value field (or make sure that Match Playback to Metronome Marking Text is selected if the tempo mark has the value written out in the text). 

Expression designer window showing that Tempo is Quarter Note at 176 in the Playback tab

It's also important to know that MIDI data will always override Tempo Mark Expressions so we may need to clear that from your score if Finale is not interpreting your score correctly. You can clear MIDI data from a document by following these steps: 

  1. Choose the Selection Tool.
  2. Press CTRL+A (Windows) or COMMAND+A (Mac) to select the entire score.
  3. Right-click (Windows) or CONTROL+click (Mac) on the selected area and choose Clear Selected Items. The Clear Selected Items dialog box opens.
  4. Click the None button remove all checkboxes, then select MIDI Data. (The three items indented under MIDI Data will also be selected automatically, as shown below)
  5. Click OK.
  6. Insert your preferred Tempo Mark Expression and test your playback. (You can review the Adding Tempo marking and dynamics tutorial in the user manual for more details about this process)
  7. Test your playback
  8. If your playback is still not correct, please submit a ticket with the file attached for our team to review. You can select Submit a request above to reach out to the Customer Support team.

Clear Selected Items dialog window with MIDI Data selected