Windows 10, Finale 26 (ver. 27 on-hand)
I use external hardware sound modules with Finale, as well as time-dependent drum machines and effects processors.
Relying on the Windows clock to sync the modules, drummers and effects, based on the Beats Per Minute specified in each Finale score, is inadequate due to the imprecision of the Windows clock.
The Expert Sleepers USAMO is an external clock designed to solve this problem for DAW users.
USAMO’s VST plug-in sends an audio signal to its hardware unit which converts the audio to a precision MIDI clock signal.
This signal is sent back upstream to the DAW and downstream over a MIDI DIN cable.
The great advantage of this is that it’s transparent to the DAW. The DAW's native transports are in control.
It seems that VST plug-ins are accessible to Finale only when Finale is set to Play Finale through VST.
My playback configuration is through hardware MIDI - Play Finale through MIDI.
I need to bridge the divide between two rather unambiguous statements:
Finale – “It’s either one or the other – you must choose either MIDI playback or VST playback.”
USAMO – “The USAMO requires the USMO software, which you can download from here.”
If it weren’t for the second statement, a score might send an audio track to USAMO via an interface, and USAMO would do its thing oblivious to the audio’s source. *
I’m going to post this question to the Expert Sleepers forum, too.
Searching the Finale forum, I’ve seen mention of Note Performer, Kontact, Vienna Ensemble, Rewire, etc.
Frankly I don’t have a good reason to think any of these would help.
I have MIDI-OX and VST is not even mentioned.
I also have loopMIDI, so if someone thinks it might play a role, I’d appreciate that being considered in addition to suggestions for making USAMO work or any other clocking alternative you might be aware of.
* I believe E-RM’s multiclock would in fact run off of an audio track from Finale, but it’s a bit out of range at $600.
In the meantime, I have set Finale’s Sync and Video Options to MIDI Sync and am sending clock to it from the Roland A-800PRO.
This requires pressing Play in Finale and then reaching around to press Play on the Roland.
It also requires sending a STOP CC to the drum machines at the end of every score.
Even if not a major inconvenience, this is a constant inconvenience, nonetheless.
Thanks very much,