Friday, July 8, 2011

Fermata Friday: Creating Big Time Signatures in Finale

If you’re a Film Scoring major, you’ve most likely had to create a large time signature in your score at one point or another. In order to do this, there are a few steps you have to take.

First, determine which staves you want the time signature on (this is usually a group of three or four). Next, you’ll want to hide the time signature on all but the top staff of this group. To do this, select the staff tool and double click the first measure of one of the staves. Now check the box under “Independent Elements” and uncheck it under “Items to Display”. Do this for each of the remaining staves as necessary.
Once you’re done with that, go to the Finale menu and select Preferences followed by Document Options (shortcut: ⌥⌘A) and go to the Fonts category. Click the drop down menu next to Notation, select Time (Score), and hit Set Font to choose which font you want to use and just how big you want it to be.
Now that you’ve addressed the size of your time signature, you’ll have to fix its position. To do this, head back to Document Options (⌥⌘A) and go to the Time Signatures category. Here, you’ll have to play around with the Top Symbol (Score) and Bottom Symbol (Score) values under Vertical Adjustments in order to get your time signature positioned just right. Depending on how many staves you have to cover, the values will probably range somewhere between 0 and -3. Experiment with different numbers to find the values that work best for your score.

And there you have it: an unmistakably noticeable time signature visible from miles away.

by LC Tech Blog contributor Michal Skrzypek


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