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Almost every new user struggles with playback tempo settings, trying to do it all in playback controls. Which, of course, doesn’t work. Maybe what is needed is a line of text in the playback controls, next to the tempo marking:

THIS IS FOR INITIAL TEMPO. ANY ADDITIONAL TEMPO CHANGES MUST BE DONE WITH EXPRESSIONS.

 

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I would guess that the tempo option in the playback controls is just something left unattended from a more primitive stage (before HP?). Maybe the best solution is to remove the tempo facility altogether from the playback controls. With some kind of alert/redirection as you suggested.

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I like the ability to set the tempo on the main screen. I use it to find a tempo I like before I go into the expression tool and set it there.

 

Mike, I'd just settle for the sound of maniacal laughter from the speakers whenever anyone tries to set the tempo in that box--or perhaps a mesage screen that says "If this doesn't work for you, don't worry; we only wrote the User Guide for our own enjoyment."

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Noted.

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I'm an experienced Finale user (since Finale 98), and as I look over the posts on this issue of playback tempo, I'm glad to find that I'm not alone in having experienced difficulties on this issue.

I'm at a loss to understand why the Finale developers have chosen to make so many apparent changes to the playback tempo feature. And now with the latest new V26 release, to which I recently upgraded, developers have retired the Tempo Tool -- with an explanation that the same adjustments to playback tempi can be done using the MIDI Tool. And this may be so, but I'm finding that I'm investing way too many hours trying to figure out exactly why the software is not working for playback tempo changes -- according to Finale Help documentation on the MIDI Tool. And then way too many hours trying to figure out "work-arounds" to what should be a rather straightforward notation software function -- I.E., being able to designate simple tempo changes for a score and then being able to have those designated tempo changes accurately reflected in playback.

As a former software developer, I'm at a loss to understand why Finale cannot supply a user friendly interface for changes to playback tempi. The specs for this are simple enough:

For Exact Tempo Changes (i.e. no gradual change to the tempo):

User provides:

1) a range of measures and/or beats within the score to which the tempo change will be applied

2) a designated beat unit -- e.g., quarter note, dotted quarter, etc.

3) a Metronome Mark -- i.e., the number of unit beats per minute -- for the designated range of measures and/or beats for the desired tempo change.

Using this data, the software then creates the necessary MIDI data that will affect the desired tempo change.

For Gradual Tempo Changes (e.g., accelerando, rallentando):

User provides:

1) a range of measures and/or beats within the score to which the tempo change will be applied

2) a designated beat unit -- e.g., quarter note, dotted quarter, etc.

3) a Metronome Mark -- i.e., the number of unit beats per minute -- for the designated range of measures and/or beats for the desired tempo change.

4) a beginning and ending Metronome Mark.

Using all of this data, together with the designated beginning and ending Metronome Mark, the software then calculates the required gradual tempo change(s) and creates the necessary MIDI data that will affect the desired tempo change(s) during playback.

I know that Finale also involves "Human Playback" features. And this is fine. But Why? Why? Why? should these Human Playback features interfere with what should be a rather straightforward software algorithm -- which should be conveniently kept transparent to the end-user.

Having read many other posts on this topic, I'd like to add my feedback to Finale community. Perhaps an updated fix for changes to playback tempo can be prioritized as a fast-track upgrade for dedicated Finale users.

Until that happens, I do welcome constructive feedback on this issue from anyone who can offer it.

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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I would fully support your second request for a gradual tempo routine that accepted an initial tempo and a final tempo and calculated (in either a straight-line or parabolic gradual change in tempo as determined by the user). In fact, I would hope that the initial tempo could be pre-populated with the existing tempo setting.

 

As to your first (sudden) tempo change, I have no problem using tempo expressions to change the tempo and then a second tempo expression to change it back, if necessary. In other words, I am happy to use existing Finale routines to handle this situation.

 

(P.S. The Tempo Tool was withdrawn several versions ago. This is not a change that just appeared in version 26.)

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I could be wrong, but I believe that if you use an accel. or a rit. with a stated tempo at the end, Finale will do what you want. It’s a straight line, rather than logarithmic, IIRC.  And you can easily hide the expressions.

 

Try this: enter 5 or 6 measures of quarter notes, all on the same pitch. In m.1, give it a tempo of q=100, and place an accel. in m.2. Give it a q=200 in the last measure. See how it plays back.

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