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Hello,

I am running Finale 2014.5 on a 2017 MacBook Air running MacOS High Sierra with 1.8GHz processor and 8GB of ram. I developed the file I am working on using the default SoftSynth. All of the dynamics including hairpins played back as they were supposed to. When I switched to playback through Garritan Instruments for Finale, I assigned different Player variations to different layers.

Now, the playback does not follow any dynamics. I switch from "Play Finale Through Audio Units" to "Play Finale Through MIDI", and the MIDI playback does not follow dynamics. I try it with both HP set to "Standard" and set to "None" with no change. I have checked and the dynamics are written for every layer. HP Preferences are set to "Default" including "Optimize Attacks for Garritan Libraries". I have deleted the Finale Preferences file and restarted. I cleared all MIDI data. I have created a new document and copied everything from the old document into it, and there is no change. I open the file on a different computer and there is no change.

Can anyone think of how to resolve this?

Thank You,

Mike

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If you're using Garritan sounds you should switch back to "Play Finale Through Audio Units".

 

Also, what does this mean: "I assigned different Player variations to different layers."

 

After you initially played the file through the softsynth and everything worked, did you then assign the Garritan sounds and try playback before doing anything else to the file?

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Too often dynamics affect only one voice per staff.

 

Or perhaps I should say assigning separate dynamics to different voices holding different instruments (MIDI channels) is seldom successful.

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@Jeffrey Turner, sorry I wasn't clear. For example I would have Garritan's Flute Player 1 as Layer 1 on that staff and Flute Player 2 as Layer 2 on the same staff with both Layers having their own dynamics. When I want the Garritan sounds I have it set to "Play Finale Through Audio Units". Yes, the only change was going from Softsynth (dynamics worked) to Garritan (dynamics stopped working) but I have never found that changing from Softsynth to Garritan has affected the dynamic playback.

@J Adrian Verkouteren, Both layers 1 and 2 sharing the same staff have the same dynamics. When I click "Show Active Layer Only" Layer 1 has a pianissimo marking with a crescendo going to a forte marking. Layer 2 then has identical symbols. Do you think if I showed both Flute parts as two separate staves, it would work the way it is supposed to?

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I reluctantly started putting different [trombones] on separate staves in order to apply separate dynamics to the different voices/instruments

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There are two workarounds.

 

One, as hinted at by Adrian, is to have two versions of the score — one for publishing and another for playback. Many do this and it’s not hard at all.

 

The other is to export your MIDI or MusicXML to a DAW. Either assign all your playback in the DAW or sync to Finale using ReWire. All DAWs support MIDI import but not all support MusicXML import. For example, Logic Pro X and the current version of Reaper do while Digital Performer does not. The Garrittan Instruments for Finale cannot be used in a DAW.

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@J Adrian Verkouteren and @Mike Halloran, thank you both so much! I will try both strategies and let you know if either or both work!

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I separated every layer of each staff to its own staff, moved everything to layer 1, deleted all the dynamics, and then reapplied the dynamics. It is working now the way it is supposed to. It seems that two Garritan player variations cannot share the same staff even if the voices are assigned to different layers.

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