Friday, September 16, 2011

Fermata Friday: Record Into Finale in Real Time with Hyperscribe

There are many ways to input notes into Finale, though the fastest by far is the Hyperscribe tool which allows you to sequence MIDI notes in real time. If your keyboard sight-reading is pretty good, this is the option for you.

Using Hyperscribe is as simple as choosing the tool from the tool palette and clicking on the measure you would like to begin recording. Wait for your count-in, play, then click the stop button when finished.

It may take a little getting used to. Notice how as you play, the notes appear with no stems, and not on the correct pitch. Keep playing and as the Hyperscribe cursor moves on, Finale will catch up.

You may need to change the quantization options (the smallest note resolution unit), tying across barlines, or the record input tempo. Adjust quantization and tying across barlines in the Hyperscribe options.

Adjust the tempo, the metronome sound, and the number of count-in bars under Beat Source - Playback and/or Click

If recording piano onto a grand staff, or any two instruments simultaneously, you can split record into two or more staves. You must specify a pitch to split.

Click Listen to play the pitch on your MIDI keyboard

-by LC Tech Blog contributor Chris Fitzgerald


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