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When I export an MP3 or an AIFF from Finale the resulting file plays the wrong instruments. In Finale I have playback through MIDI and the instruments are all from SmartMusic SoftSynth 2 and all sound fine in playback from Finale. The exported files appear to be playing Audio Units instruments. I've exported both AIFF and MP3 files before from other Finale files and they have always used the correct sounds. I suppose I may have changed some setting somewhere inadvertently, but I can't think what I might have done. Any suggestions about what I should check? 

Finale 27.4.1.146

Mac OS 12.7.2

 

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IMHO, if you want a good mp3 from Finale export it as a wav (or whatever Mac calls it). Then use Audacity to convert it to a mp3. Better yet you can use Audacity to enhance the mp3 way better than anything Finale has. Audacity is free!

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BTW, if you don't already have them beside Audacity you need Note Performer 4, and further, the JW plug-ins that ship with Finale 27 along with Perfect Layout. They are in my opinion mandatory. A few lua scripts, too.

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Thanks Ernest, but I'm not trying to make a commercial-quality recording that sounds like live players. I just need something to share with some people so they get the gist, and I need trombones to sound like trombones—even clearly digital ones—rather than a piano with hi-hat. As I said, previous MP3 and AIFF exports have been fine for my purposes, and even a current export from a different file works. I just need to know why a specific file is exporting the wrong sounds and was hoping for some suggestions to rectify that. 

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Fritz,

I don't spend any addition time making an mp3 just export from Finale and have Audacity make the mp3. A couple clicks is all. Now if you wish to, Audacity has tons on settings you can tweak.

This is straight from Finale and to Audacity for the mp3. No editing or tweaking done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmLzU9YgIAk 

It is so easy and it is free except for Note Performer 4.

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Ok, you are doing something wrong but you've not given us enough information to go on other than you are on a Mac. If you are exporting AU instruments, then you have selected them. If following the exact steps outlined in the User Manual doesn't pinpont your error, then please post your exact steps in order. You can illustrate them with screen shots (Shift Command 4 will bring up a cursor that you drag across the area you want us to see — release and a picture will show on your desktop) if that will help. 

 

If you ran both installers, you have GIFF (Garritan Instruments for Finale) and the ARIA Player installed. Learn how to use them and this won't happen again. There are instructions and tutorials that you can access from within Finale as well as a ton of videos on YouTube.

 

I can tell you that it's a bad idea to export audio from Finale other than as a .wav file on a Mac. There's a long-standing bug (Finale or Apple? each blames the other) that can mess up Core Audio and AppleMusic if you export as .aif till you force-quit and reboot. To my knowledge, it's never been fixed. This has absolutely nothing to do with finding the wrong instruments.

 

Mac users do not need any 3rd party app to convert to mp3. QuickTime and iTunes/Apple Music can do this and are part of the macOS for the last 20 years, perhaps longer.

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