I know there are many people here who use their Garritan libraries with Finale. This post may be of interest to all those here upgrading to Finale 2012.
Since Finale 2007 we have been able to setup new scores with ease using the Setup wizard. Especially since Finale 2010 and 2011 We could select any instrument from any of Gary's libraries. The new score was then ready to go, all instruments and channels assigned ready to playback.
No longer .. Finale 2012 Setup Wizard will now only assign just one instrument from a predetermined library and there is no choice of which patch it is.
Make Music are promoting ther new 'Score Manager' for working with scores. Except .. when opening Finale 2012 to create a new score, the 'Score Manager' is not enabled .. greyed out!
During the past week I have been in contact With Make Music Tech Support and provided them with the following three scenarios to illustrate the uselessness of the new Setup Wizard:
With GPO4 set as the priority library.
Scenario 1: I want to setup my new score using GPO4 to include:
(Oboe) - Classical Solo Oboe,
(Solo Violin) - Violin 2 Solo
(Section violins) - Violins 1 (Sus+Short)
The setup wizard loaded: (Oboe) Oboe 1 Modern Player 1, (Solo Violin) Violin 1 Solo KS, (Section Violins) Violins 1 KS. To select the exact patch/instrument I need, as in my list, we now have to go into either the 'Score Manager' or the 'VST Banks and Effects' and change everything to the patches named in my list!
Scenario 2: I want to include instruments from different libraries in my new score:
GPO4 - Violin 3 Pizz Solo.
JaBB3 - Steinway JaBB Piano
CoMB - Bb Clarinet Solo 4
The Setup wizard will just load a Solo Violin, Piano and Clarinet from GPO4 (which has been set as priority). We no longer have the options in the Setup Wizard to mix and match the exact instruments/patches we need from the different libraries as we have in previous versions of Finale! Again, we have to go into either the 'Score Manager' or the 'VST Banks and Effects' and change everything to the patches named in this list!
Scenario 3: I want my new score to have 3 of the same solo instruments - let's take GPO4 solo violins for example:
GPO4 - Violin 1 Player 1
GPO4 - Violin 1 Player 2
GPO4 - Violin 1 Player 3
Setup Wizard loads the three same patches for each stave/MIDI channel namely Violin 1 solo KS. This is at fault as we need to avoid using the same MIDI/instrument for more than one channel to avoid phasing issues and dropouts. So, again, we have to go into either the 'Score Manager' or the 'VST Banks and Effects' and change everything to the above patches listed in GPO4 Solo Violins for the score to playback fully!
For a score of twenty or more staves the above would involve a lot more work than the clarity and simplicity of the Setup Wizard in previous versions.
Make Music Tech Support have confirmed my above scenarios as being correct. They have also suggested that I put in a new feature request. Yes .. a new feature request for a feature that we have had for five years (since 2007 if I am correct).
In the meantime my 'Workaround'
The only workaround I can see for setting up our new scores with the exact Garritan instrument/patch we need is to use the Setup wizard to setup just one stave. This will then 'enable' the Score Manager where we can then add more staves and instruments but we still have to then go into the libraries list to change the instruments to the exact instruments/patches we need.
I have tried really hard to understand the logic of Make Music staff responsible and have struggled to find the 'benefits' and 'advantages' of the new system to no avail.
Yes, I could revert back to finale 2011 but I have now paid for this upgrade and Finale 2012 does have a new and better audio engine, unicode, PDF File creation and others.
Soo .. I'll keep with Finale 2012. I'll setup my Garritan libraries using my workaround and wait for that new feature request of a fully functional 'Setup wizard' just like the great one we had before!