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MIDI system setup (Mac)

From: Finale 2012 Essential Training

Video: MIDI system setup (Mac)

Setting up your MIDI keyboard and external speakers to work with a program like Finale can be a bit tricky. Let's walk through the setup step by step. If this is the first time you are connecting your system, place your computer, MIDI controller keyboard, and speakers where you want to use them. Then make sure that everything is turned off. Let's first connect the controller to the computer. This can be done a couple of ways. If you're using an older controller that only has MIDI inputs and outputs, you will need to connect the MIDI output on the controller to the MIDI input on the MIDI interface.

MIDI system setup (Mac)

Setting up your MIDI keyboard and external speakers to work with a program like Finale can be a bit tricky. Let's walk through the setup step by step. If this is the first time you are connecting your system, place your computer, MIDI controller keyboard, and speakers where you want to use them. Then make sure that everything is turned off. Let's first connect the controller to the computer. This can be done a couple of ways. If you're using an older controller that only has MIDI inputs and outputs, you will need to connect the MIDI output on the controller to the MIDI input on the MIDI interface.

Then connect the MIDI interface to your computer using a USB cable. Now, I'm using a keyboard controller that has a USB connection, and can be directly connected to the computer with a USB cable. If you have speakers, let's connect them, but first let me ask you a question. Are you using an audio interface? If you are, you can connect the speakers to your system via the monitor outputs on your audio interface. Otherwise, you will need to connect the speakers to your computer's line output, or to the headphone output on a laptop. Now, there are a number of different cables that might be used here, so you need to check the connections.

For example, the headphone output on your computer is likely a 1/8 inch stereo phone plug; sometimes they call that a mini-plug. At the other end, you might need two RCA, quarter inch, or XLR connectors to connect to your speakers. I suggest that you go to a music store, or an electronics store, and buy exactly what you need. It's best not to cobble together a cable using adapters. Now that your system is set up, go ahead and turn on your computer and MIDI controller. Leave your speakers off for now.

Let's open up Mac Audio Midi Setup. Let's go to Go menu. Down here at the bottom, let's click on Utilities, and in the Utilities folder, you'll see Audio Midi Setup. So I am going to choose that, and double-click on it to open it. Now, mine opened automatically with MIDI studio open. It's very possible that yours will open looking like this, and if it does, just go to the Window menu, and choose Show MIDI Window. Now, the Axiom Pro 61 is my MIDI controller, and it automatically shows up here in Audio Midi Setup, because it's what's referred to as a class compliant device, meaning that it uses the core MIDI in the Mac OS, and doesn't need a driver.

If you're using an older MIDI controller, it's very possible that it's not class compliant, and it won't automatically show up. In that case, you will need to go to the manufacturer's Web site, and download the latest driver, and then install it on your computer. Then reboot, and when you come back into MIDI studio, it should show. So we can test whether or not the computer is seeing the keyboard controller by clicking the Test Setup button, and then if I play a key on my keyboard, we should see the in arrow on the number 1 light up, and we also hear that sound.

That tells us that the computer is seeing this MIDI controller. So I will close this, and I will go up to Audio Midi Setup, and Quit. Let me close that folder for now. Let's open up Finale. Once Finale is open, I will close the launch window by clicking the Close button. Let's start setting up the audio and MIDI in Finale by going to the MIDI/Audio menu > Device Setup, and choosing MIDI Internal Speaker Setup. Now, getting Finale to work with your MIDI keyboard controller is fairly simple.

In most cases, you will just leave the MIDI system set to Core MIDI. If you've installed the driver for your controller, you may need to select it from the dropdown menu. Next, you can enable your controller by clicking the dropdown menu under Input Device, and choosing it from the menu. Here you can see that the Axiom Pro 61 USB 61 is selected. If you frequently change controllers, you can also check the Auto-Detect Input Devices checkbox, and Finale will automatically select the controller connected to your system, and assign it to input channels 1 through 16.

Next, let's set the playback to device. Click the pop-up menu, and I'd suggest choosing SmartMusic SoftSynth as the default playback device. The sounds are better than those available to the QuickTime playback device, and it doesn't use much CPU power. Now that the MIDI keyboard controller and MIDI playback device are set, close the window by clicking the OK button. Before we test the MIDI setup, open the MIDI/Audio menu one more time. I just want to show you that any time that the Play Finale through MIDI is enabled, the playback device will be assigned to the SmartMusic SoftSynth.

This is a good choice when you're building a score, because the SmartMusic playback device requires little CPU power, and won't interfere as you add notes and expressions. In a later video, we will talk about enhancing the sound of Finale playback by choosing the Play Finale Through Audio Units option. Next, let's test the MIDI setup. So let's go up to the File menu and choose New > Default Document. Next, click the Simple Entry tool, and then Option+Click in the first measure to set your cursor.

Now press some keys on your MIDI keyboard. You should see notes appear on the staff. Let's finish by choosing your Audio settings. Click the MIDI/Audio menu again, and choose Device Setup > Audio Setup. Start by clicking the Mic Source pop-up menu. If you're using an audio interface, it should be available, and you can enable it by clicking it, as I've done here with the Duet USB, which is an Apogee Audio interface.

If instead you're using the line input of your computer, you can select it, or if you're using a laptop computer, you'll also see built-in microphone as an option. Now let's check the output. Click the Source pop-up menu, and choose your audio interface, the Built-In Output, or the Built-In Line Output. Next, turn down the volume on your computer or speakers. Now go ahead and turn on your speakers, or put on your headphones. Then click the Test Audio Output button.

If you hear the short test tone, you're ready to go. Click the Test button a few more times, and adjust the level of your audio Output. Now that you've got your system set up, we are ready to start using Finale.

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Finale 2012 Essential Training

67 video lessons · 4424 viewers

Rick Schmunk
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  1. 1m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      34s
  2. 18m 45s
    1. PC installation
      4m 43s
    2. MIDI system setup (PC)
      4m 26s
    3. Mac installation
      3m 12s
    4. MIDI system setup (Mac)
      6m 24s
  3. 24m 22s
    1. The Setup Wizard
      6m 13s
    2. Using score templates
      5m 2s
    3. The default document (Mac)
      4m 17s
    4. The default document (PC)
      3m 36s
    5. Opening and importing files
      5m 14s
  4. 6m 19s
    1. Finale window overview
      2m 44s
    2. Navigating scores
      3m 35s
  5. 54m 34s
    1. Note entry and editing using a mouse
      5m 6s
    2. Note entry and editing using a computer keyboard
      5m 28s
    3. Adding ties, note accidentals, and key changes
      4m 23s
    4. Selecting, copying and pasting, and transposing
      5m 52s
    5. Speedy note entry
      4m 31s
    6. Measure basics and music spacing
      5m 10s
    7. Adding lyrics
      8m 0s
    8. Adding chord symbols
      5m 13s
    9. Formatting and aligning chords
      4m 14s
    10. Formatting a lead sheet
      6m 37s
  6. 44m 8s
    1. Simple entry using a MIDI keyboard
      4m 55s
    2. Entering triplets and tuplets
      4m 30s
    3. Advanced entering of tuplets
      8m 6s
    4. Changing key signatures, time signatures, and clefs
      4m 46s
    5. Working with measure attributes
      2m 45s
    6. Adding ties, grace notes, and Simple Entry commands
      4m 31s
    7. Working with repeats
      5m 11s
    8. Customizing expressions
      5m 29s
    9. Smart Shapes
      3m 55s
  7. 22m 22s
    1. Layer basics
      7m 8s
    2. Click-assigning layers
      3m 30s
    3. Formatting and aligning lyrics
      6m 38s
    4. Text basics
      5m 6s
  8. 36m 48s
    1. Playback basics
      7m 27s
    2. Selecting instrument sounds
      8m 17s
    3. HyperScribe setup
      9m 21s
    4. HyperScribe entry
      6m 13s
    5. Importing audio
      5m 30s
  9. 1h 0m
    1. Staves
      6m 2s
    2. Articulations
      4m 10s
    3. Creating metatools for articulations and expressions
      5m 19s
    4. Adding expressions and articulations in Simple Entry
      4m 9s
    5. Customizing expressions
      4m 47s
    6. Formatting articulations, expressions, and Smart Shapes
      9m 22s
    7. Formatting staff and system spacing
      6m 19s
    8. Formatting measure numbers and rehearsal letters
      6m 34s
    9. Linked parts
      9m 28s
    10. Printing scores and parts
      4m 29s
  10. 48m 44s
    1. Percussion setup
      6m 22s
    2. Drum set parts
      8m 51s
    3. Scores and expressions
      5m 55s
    4. Copying and pasting articulations and expressions
      4m 16s
    5. Using SmartFind and Paint
      2m 23s
    6. Importing and editing libraries
      9m 16s
    7. Applying and creating staff styles
      7m 2s
    8. Changing instruments
      4m 39s
  11. 19m 23s
    1. Special tools
      9m 56s
    2. Plug-ins
      9m 27s
  12. 20m 1s
    1. Editing and creating fretboard diagrams
      6m 35s
    2. Tab staves
      7m 34s
    3. Guitar Smart Shapes
      5m 52s
  13. 14m 14s
    1. Exporting graphics
      7m 2s
    2. Exporting files
      7m 12s
  14. 1m 43s
    1. What's next?
      1m 43s

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