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Finale is the standard application used by musicians of all levels to compose, arrange, play, and print music. In this course, Rick Schmunk shows any aspiring or professional musician, composer, or arranger how to become proficient with Finale 2012. The course shows how to notate musical scores, ranging from simple lead sheets and guitar tablature parts to detailed scores, and bring them to life with instruments and share them with an audience.
Setting up a new application can often involve answering questions to which you don't know the answers. Let me walk you through setting up Finale and its components on an Apple Macintosh computer. So, if you purchased Finale and received a DVD, go ahead and put that in your computer's DVD drive. If you downloaded it from the Web site, open up the installer, and you should see this InstallFinale app. Now, if you're not aware of the system requirements, you can find them on the Read Me file, contained in the installer. But in any case, you will need at least G4 running OS X 10.5 or higher, and at least 600 MB of disk space.
You will also need a monitor with a minimum of an 800 by 600 resolution, and at least 512 MB of RAM, with 2 GB recommended, and an additional two gig of disk space for the Garritan Sound Library. So let's go ahead and start the install by double-clicking the installer. Now at this point, go ahead and click Continue, and Continue. At this point, you can either print this additional information about Finale 2012, or you can go ahead and click Continue and go on.
At the license agreement go ahead and click Continue, and then click Agree, and then you want to choose the items that you want to install. At this point I would recommend you install everything, except the PostScript fonts. Now if you have enough disk space, go ahead and install the Garritan instruments for Finale. Let's go ahead and click the Continue button, and it's going to tell us how much total space we need, and I will go ahead and click Install. So, I will enter my password, and click the Install Software button, and then it's preparing for installation.
When the installation finishes, you can go ahead and click the Close button, and then this other dialog box that opens up is the installer for the Garritan Instruments. So you can go ahead and click the Continue button, and again, you will have to accept the software agreement. I'll click Continue, and Agree, and now it's asking us what we want to install, so let's go ahead and install the Garritan Instruments. Go ahead and click Continue. Now at this point, you can go ahead and change the install location of the Garritan Instruments. So if you have a drive that is devoted to sample libraries and things like that, it would be a good idea to put the Garritan Instruments on that, rather than on your system drive, and the reason for that is it's just going to operate more efficiently if you have the program installed on the same drive as the OS, and then the sounds on a different drive.
But if not, just go ahead and leave it there, and click Install, and this'll take a little while. So when the installation finishes, you can go ahead and hit the Close button. Then when you open Finale for the first time, you will be asked to authorize. Now, if you want, you can use Finale in Demo mode for 30 days without restrictions, and when you're ready to register, you can go to the Help menu. Now, when you authorize the program, you will be asked for your serial number, and then you will need to fill in your user information.
So now we've got Finale and the Garritan Sound Library installed and authorized. In a moment we will begin using the program, but first I suggest checking out the next video, where we will take a look at how to set up your MIDI system.
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