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Windows, Finale 25.5.0.290

Hello.  It's not clear whether this should be under "Feature Request" or "Problems and Questions".

I'd like to use the tempo MIDI data more, but I haven't been able to find a way to accomplish the following... The Human Playback can frequently do a decent job with the tempo, but I've found that some tempo changes (like ritardandos or poco ritardandos) could use some customizing.  The MIDI tempo data, by default, is all clear - not even set to 0 - when looking at it using the MIDI tool, and if I set my own tempo over a small region (like with the Scale) feature, I get the ritardando I like, but then the last tempo in that section is what is used from that point forward. I tried doing a "clear" for the tempo past the section I customized, but it has not effect.  I tried setting the tempo to 0 also, but that has no effect, either.  It should not be the case that once MIDI tempo data is used, only MIDI tempo data is used from that point forward.  "Clear" should work whether before or after MIDI tempo data so that the tempo can default back to the regular hierarchy used for tempo control.

In the meantime, if there are any tips or work-arounds, I'm interested in hearing about them.  (I am aware of being able to creature expressions that control tempo, but I find that much more difficult to work with than MIDI data.)

Thanks 

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If you have mastered the Finale MIDI Tool, my hat is off to you. As someone who has used Finale since its inception, the primitive MIDI tool has never made sense to me, and I was using MOTU Performer thirty years ago with little problem.

 

But I agree that the change tempo routines (rit. accel.) could use better controls. I for one would love to have the ability to set the target tempo (explicitly rather than by trusting to a new tempo expression at the end) and be able to specify a straight-line or parabolic application of the change in tempo.

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I find the Expression "execute shape" logic to be much trickier for tempo changes, but aside from that, there are ways to provide MIDI data without using the MIDI Tool, like with Hyperscribe and Tempo Tap.  The same issue I mentioned earlier appears to remain a problem in these cases.

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