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Hi

Please someone help me how do I go about make or should I say scoring dynamic in finale i.e if I want a staccato sounding violin for example.

Many Thanks

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Welcome to YC! ^_^

If I may ask a favor: please refrain from posting duplicate topics. I look forward to hearing your music!

Your query: staccato isn't a dynamic, it's an articulation.

I don't understand your question, please rephrase.

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Ok I'll explain better,

For example my software has different strings ie staccato, plucked etc.

When writing notation is it best to use articulation symbols in the notation, or just select the type of sound I want ie staccato form my sampler sound.

Thanks

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Keep in mind: finale is a notation software, not a DAW. It is not meant to take a lot of sound engineering well. So just insert the written articulation and either accept the sound you hear or fiddle with the articulation definition until you hear what you want. Or not, there's a good chance finale can't do exactly what you want.

I am not a DAW expert, so there may be something you can do to accomodate your idea, but I doubt it, to be honest. Perhaps someone with finale and engineering experience knows something and can chime in.

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helloes...

ok ,well, first as peter said you must mean the articulation, dynamics are about force (which, depending on your vst might be selected either by dynamics, CC modulation or keyswitching), anyways, if you are using the native midi instruments you dont have to worry, just use the articulations already given by finale (click the articulation button then on the note you wanna give it to, or watch the quick start video) . if you are using external vsts it gets a bit more complicated, but the easiest way i know is using instruments for kontakt player, all you have to do is create instrument banks in kontakt and fill them with the diferent articulation patches you want to use, then go into finale and create custom dyamics (if you notice you have the option to create one yourself when you enter the selection screen-in the bottom-- and yes i said dynamics screen but you can use the articulations one, i just wanted to have all my custom things in just one screen), anways, all you have to do is create diferent dynamic marks for each patch (after clicking create, go to playback- then selecting type as patch, then in Gm selecting the matching number- never mind if it gives you a name of an instrument next to it cause its what the system would play if it was the midi instrument not the vst) once you have all the dynamic marks you need for your different articulations, you should probably save them as a library (just make sure to delete all the ones you didnt make so you dont get duplicates on the library, and dont worry deleting those wont delete them from finale, just the document, and that is, if you save) once you save them as a library you can load them in any document, or can put them in your template so all your new documents get them, by the way you can also create dynamics for you CC modulation, what i did was create one for every dynamic and add Mod next to the name to not mix them up(in playback choose type:controller, 1, modulation, then set a value for each, just use your judgment- or check your vsts manuals to determine proper numbers xD), you could probably make the marks invisible too i guess so that it doesnt show in the final document.

you can also make some marks for sustain on and off, and probably even volume levels, but anyways if you actually decide to use banks in kontak you may have to lower the precatching values to about 20ishKb in the kontakt options so that the thing doesnt overload the memory, also remember to save the banks new multis so you dont have to create the banks again. still its probably better to use reverb and EQing directly in cubase, somehow i never got altiverb to work on finale 2011, but anyways even if you send the midi data later to a Daw, it sure helps to be able to hear all your articulations while your are working, and not just imagine them xD

hope that helps.

Alverik.

ps: if your wonder why i go to such lenghts to customize finale, its because i dont own a midi keyboard and wont be able to afford one in any the forseeable future xD....

ps2: IF you decide to use banks remember to set a bank when you begging a line for the first time, cause when you load an instrument bank it wont have any instrument selected by default, no matter if you have saved anything in bank 1 or not.

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