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Hi,

I recently re-transcribed an old song of the Andrews Sisters: Winter in Wonderland (it is the right moment for this… :-).

At the beginning of the song, the whole band, except the bass, the drums, and the piano whistles a melody as an intro and then, re-whistle quite the same during the song.

I, therefore, selected the instruments affected by this change and went to the change instruments menu.

First, I've never found among the tons of instruments available in Finale a whistler sound as proposed by the Vienna Symphonic Library. I don't pretend that we need it very often, but maybe in the future, Makemusic could consider adding it.

Second, and that's the reason for this post, each instrument where I made this change, lost its original name and settings. 

The first clarinet became a whistler, losing its transposition, its name, and so on.

So, almost all the band became a whistler group.

To solve this problem, I had to add an empty bar at the beginning of the song with the right settings (clarinet, alto sax, and so on), and change the instrument at bar 2.

I suggest that the change instrument option just affects the selected bars instead of the whole sheet.


By the way, it should be possible to select several instruments to apply the same instrument change. For instance, you can imagine that the two alto saxes could be asked to play the clarinet during some measures, and then, going back to the alto sax.

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The easier way to effect this change (considering the unusual instrument involved) might be (if you can set all your instruments--including the whistle--up in the same VST) to create an expression (called Whistle?) to change each instrument to the MIDI channel for the whistle sounds where necessary and then (multiple expressions) to change each instrument back to its native sound when required. That way your instrument names should not be affected.

 

(This is a variation on the way one switches to a blank channel when directing an instrument to play on only one iteration of a repeat, if you are familiar with that process.)

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I confess that I didn't know the latest part of your post.
About the first one, could you confirm that it works with the GPO?

I think that it works in MIDI mode.

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As long as your whistle and each of the instruments that change to it are in the same instance of Aria, it works.

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OK. I’ll check it asap.
Thanks.

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