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Using Finale 25 on iMac with OS X "El Capitan".  

In scoring an arrangement, I want to have instruments be tacit while individuals solo during a repeat while having some portions of the repeat played (e.g. trumpet section "hits" or sax section "pads").  The best way I've found to do this is the approach suggested in the post "Tacit on Playback", which requires creating an "Technique" expression to set instruments to a blank midi channel, then resetting back to the correct instrument midi channel when you want to hear the instrument again.  This rapidly becomes unwieldy when there are multiple horns involved because each has to be reset individually, and it gets worse if you change to a different ensemble, because the midi instrument channels may have changed.  

It seems that the most simple solution (for us users, not necessarily your programmers) would be create an attribute of a selection of music that determines how midi output is handled.  

  - If the selection is designated "TACIT" THEN Finale sends any commands to a null channel output. 

  - If the selection is designated "PLAY" THEN Finale sends midi commands to the selected channel for that instrument.  

To handle multiple-repeat scenarios, the "TACIT" and "PLAY" attribute should permit selections like: 

           TACIT on repeat 1,3

           PLAY on repeat 2,4

Thanks for the opportunity to provide an input.

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Hi Bill:

I see your point and frustration with getting tacet to behave properly. We have a story to improve the playback affect of the term (FIN-4278). Thank you for posting.

Cheers,
Michael Johnson
VP, Professional Notation
MakeMusic

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Wondering if there has been any activity on this.  It's been 4 years and several software updates and I still have to use the awkward method described above. 

My request is that we be able to select a range of measures and define passes on which the notes actually play.  Default behavior would be that notes play on all passes, but an attribute of the measure could be set to "Play only on passes..." or "Tacit on passes...".  

That shouldn't be too hard to program (easy for me to say since I just use software and don't write it). Depending on the attribute set for the measure, select the appropriate behavior; either the default "Play", which allows output to go to the defined channel or the alternate "Don't Play", which would send output to a null channel.  

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There has been no action on this, and Michael Johnson is no longer with the company.

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Well, that's not encouraging news. 

 

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I too would like to see something better than the "technique" creation.

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While you're waiting, learn the other way. I'm despairing of any improvements being implemented.

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