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When ones loads an audio track into Finale file, the only way to adjust its positioning is via the "Audio Clip Attributes" dialog box. It takes time to find appropriate values for the start time of the audio clip.

It would be nice to be able to select/drag the audio track to the left or to the right with the mouse and/or to use the left / right arrow keys.

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I never import audio into Finale but I use that feature in DAWs all the time. I can see how useful that would be.

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And as we’ve said, if you need a DAW, get a DAW. That will do more than you should expect from Finale.

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Friends, there is a misunderstanding here. It is useful to import an audio track into Finale (the feature is available) to write an accompaniment over it, even a whole arrangement based on a basic track such as a rhythm section, vocals etc... The purpose is not to have a nice sounding mockup, but to write music under the track that really fits the audio and to print a score and instrumental parts for "real musicians". A Daw is not the tool for that. Finale is.

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In that case, I’ll withdraw my comment.

 

Sorry, Michel.

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;)

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Michel, my issue with importing audio into Finale is, the audio does not account for repeats, or Del Signo signs which causes the score to be off. Are you saying you don't encounter this issue when you input audio? How do you handle this? Have you ever ended up with 257 measures because of following the audio track? I believe I would love to use this tool in Finale if I understood how it would not waste my time with reorganizing the score. Thanks for your feedback.

 

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The only way to keep the Finale score in sync with the audio track is not using repeats, DC, DS... but "develop" the music  in Finale. The audio track is just continuous.

Later, you can make a copy of the score and review it to include the repeats, DC, DS etc...and to print the score and the parts.

I agree that the procedure is a bit intricate, but there is no other way at this point...

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There is one way that I found works for me. That is to listen to the audio using another source and format the audio. Step 2 is to go to finale with all repeats, Del Signos and codas, etc and develop the music based on the format. This saves a lot of time in the process. Once complete Finale is great for exporting MIDI files or even a wave file that can then be added to the audio track in another program. You now have your formatted music part and a wav file. Just make sure the BPM matches the audio file BPM. That has worked for me over the years. Thanks again for your input though. I respect everything you post. 

 

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