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    A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    After downloading several jazz midis and loading some JABB and GPO instruments, I'm enjoying studying the parts of the scores as they play. Mainly focusing now on the piano parts and learning a lot from it, but also bass, percussion and others.

    Then i had this idea, that a great feature for Finale would be if you could have a piano keyboard representation (like the one in Kontakt player 1 or Logic) that would show the piano keys playing as the notes are played (for people that are not yet advanced enough to automatically envision the piano chords on the piano).

    A piano roll is ok, though for me it's too abstract and not going to help with this, but thinking about it made me wonder if this feature i described is already available??

    If not do you think it would be good thing for someone to make or add to Finale?

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    Re: A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    Have a look at some of these:

    http://www.google.com/search?safe=st...+midi+keyboard

    Maybe something along the line of one of these software midi
    keyboards would get you part way there...?

    I'm fairly certain there are some free ones around, by the way.
    I had one myself, Leaf; but darned if I can find it, now.

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    Re: A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Have a look at some of these:

    http://www.google.com/search?safe=st...+midi+keyboard

    Maybe something along the line of one of these software midi
    keyboards would get you part way there...?

    I'm fairly certain there are some free ones around, by the way.
    I had one myself, Leaf; but darned if I can find it, now.

    My best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    David have you tried any of these?
    Samantha Penigar
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    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...p?userid=13306

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    Re: A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    I was working a file in Finale and had the Kontakt player open and pressed the play button and watched the keys moving to the music. Is this what you mean.
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    Re: A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    Thanks, David, I'll give those a try. I had a feeling it may a dumb question but had to ask.

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    Re: A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    Quote Originally Posted by Samantha Penigar
    I was working a file in Finale and had the Kontakt player open and pressed the play button and watched the keys moving to the music. Is this what you mean.
    Yes exactly, i didn't know it did that. I thought i tried it without results, but I'll try again.

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    Re: A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf
    Yes exactly, i didn't know it did that. I thought i tried it without results, but I'll try again.
    Yeah, you can do it with the VST control(s), too, in Finale.
    It can be awkward though.

    An external little software app like those I pointed at is
    handy, too, if you want to just watch a midi file.

    David
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    Re: A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    Quote Originally Posted by Samantha Penigar
    David have you tried any of these?
    Oh, undoubtedly, yes, I have Samantha. Probably,
    I've tinkered with a dozen or more of them sometime
    or other.

    Thing is... lol... I have no idea which ones. Who can
    remember? I'm always playing with stuff like this, and
    I'm afraid I can't keep straight who's which.

    I even built one of those dinguses a couple of years
    back -- but at the moment, I can't find it.

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    Re: A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    Thanks David. I still may try one.
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    Re: A Finale Feature that would be good for music students

    Thanks very much for all info so far, Samantha and David. Well, i discovered that it is working on the keyboard in KontaktPlayer2, but i couldn't tell because it's GUI is freezing up on my Powerbook G4 150 (but says 167 in the System Profiler), even though i now have 1.25 gig of RAM (1.25 gig is the max RAM this laptop will hold).

    Fortunately the Scroll View, Page View, and Studio View do not freeze up, just the KontaktPlayer GUI. In addition to the keybooard view, the blue graphs for each instrument that turns green when notes are played is also freezing.

    I already turned off all application's auto updating and looking for ways to cut the usage. The System Profiler shows many start-up items, some that i don't think i need such as Apache Web Server and Remote Desktop Agent. Can anyone tell me how to temporarly disable start up of these items? I have seen this recomendation for people running Daws on XP, but haven't seen it mentioned for MAC, don't know if it would help.

    Thanks, David

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