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Using Finale 25 on Windows 10.

I would like to make the playback of my score less mechanical with subtle tempo changes. So I create a ritardando (or use the rit that comes with the program) and then reset the tempo with "a tempo", specifying the original metronome speed. That seems to work. However, if I then use another ritardando later in the score, the effect is much exaggerated, as if the reset didn't work. I don't understand why this happens or how to fix it.

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The number of beats between your rit and a tempo will affect how much slowing you experience. I have not found that the number of times you use the combination affects tempo.

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I looked up the instructions on assigning or designing a shape to control the playback of the expression and I have good control over the rate of slowing - the first time around. I also manually set the beats per minute in the a tempo, and it then plays at the correct speed. I don't understand why I seem to lose control over the ritardando when I use it again.

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Hi Nanette,

 

Just a suggestion - Human Playback can sometimes intersperse some MIDI data when playing back at points in your score to help achieve a more natural playback interpretation. That being said, these interpretations are not always the result you would like. In those circumstances, one thing you can do is  apply what Human Playback is doing to your score (in most cases at least) and then use the MIDI tool to edit the granular playback information in your score to help refine the interpretation.

 

There is a lot of information in this article, but it may help you in your goal to finely tune playback in Finale: Having trouble with Finale's playback interpretation (Human Playback®)?. There is a lot of information in this article, but hopefully the information will help.

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Thank you Lawson that is most helpful. I have bookmarked that article.

 

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No problem, Nanette. Glad to hear this helped!

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