Creating music with Logic Pro X


In this video tutorial you learn how you can use an audio bass apple loop to create your own unique bass line.
This video will show you audio region editing techniques you can apply to anything that involves audio region editing in logic Pro.

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Finale Rhythm-Chart

In this Finale Notation training video you learn how to create a rhythm section chart that looks handwritten, with slashes, rhythmic notation, chord symbols, first and second ending, rehearsal numbers, and more.


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Creating a customized score in Finale

In this Finale tutorial I show you how to create this 8 bar contemporary music score featuring a rhythm section, a staff with a 3 part polyphonic vocal arrangement, flute, violin and cello.

It features the following Finale topics:

  • Fit Measures
  • Adding instrument staves with the score manager
  • Entering music with the Speedy Entry Tool
  • Entering dynamics and smart shapes
  • Entering polyphonic music into one staff with layer 1 and 2
  • Copying individual layers,
  • exploding music onto separate staves
  • Copying music
  • Using staff styles to create slash notation, rhythmic notation, one bar and two bar repeats,
  • Adjusting the layout of your score
  • Customizing measure numbers
  • Entering rehearsal measure numbers
Creating music with Logic Pro X

Quantizing Midi with Logic’s Score Editor

Quantizing Midi with Logic’s Score Editor

Logic Pro x’s score editor does an amazing job in translating our midi performance into music notation.
what is important to know though is that quantizing the score view does not effect the actual Midi events, thus is not changing what we hear.
However, Logic offers a way to change the midi events in accordance to the score view.
That’s what this video tutorial is all about.

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Change Chord suffix

How to change a chord suffix in Finale?

Finale let’s you customize pretty much everything. This includes of course chord symbols.

In the following video tutorial I show you how we can change a chord’s suffix, specifically the suffix for major-major seventh chords.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial.

(If you have any questions please use the command field below.)

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Spacing Staff Systems

How to space and organize staves and staff systems in Finale

In Finale, spacing staff systems and staves on the page is one of the most important things you do when preparing your music for print.

Finale’s page layout tool and staff tool help you do just that. You can move your staves and systems around without limitations. There are many different approaches to it, and in the following video tutorial I show you the most important ones.


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Page Layout in Finale

Being able to create a nice page layout in Finale is one of the most important skills you can ever have when preparing your music for print.

There are many things you need to know before you master the kraft of laying out a score and part in Finale. I hope the information provided in this article will help you!

Locking 4 bars per system

One of the first things I like to do when working on a score is locking a fixed amount of bars in for all the systems. Finale let’s us do this in seconds. Klick on the play button below to find out how.

Resize page to fit two systems onto one page in a Finale score

See video tutorial below!

By reducing the page size we can easily fit more than one multi-staff system onto a page in your score.

NOTE: We are actually not changing the page boarders, in other words we are still ending up with the same page size. Instead, we reduce the size of each element on the page, including the staves, text, and everything else.

Let Finale do this

Sorry, but unfortunately we can’t just tell Finale to fit two or more systems onto the page by itself. We need to do this manually. There is also some guess work involved, but with some experience you will be able to finish the job quickly.

There is an other way!

You can also achieve this by reducing the staves’ hight and size, instead of reducing everything that’s on the page. This will show you this in an other post, an other day. For now let’s just stick to the plan.

There are two places where you can change the page size

There are two places where we can make page size related changes in Finale. In the PAGE FORMAT FOR SCORE Dialog box which can be opened from the document window, or – with the layout tool active – you can open the RESIZE PAGE dialog from the layout menu.

What’s the difference

The difference is, that when you make changes in the PAGE FORMAT FOR SCORE dialog box, any future pages you create by adding more measures to your score will automatically have those settings. In contrast, using the RESIZE PAGE dialog from the layout menu will only apply to the pages you have already in the score. This can be useful when you want to change the layout of some pages but not all of them in your score.


Related post: Spacing Staff Systems

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Finale Lyrics Tool

How to Click-assign lyrics with the Finale Lyrics Tool

When you already have the lyrics in your computer as editable text, you can easily input them into your score with Finale’s lyrics click-assign feature. This may save you lots of time!

In this video tutorial you will learn

  • How to copy the lyrics into the Lyrics Window,
  • How to select a lyrics section,
  • How to click-assign the lyrics,
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How to Enter Dynamics in Finale


Lern how to enter Dynamics in Finale with the Expression and Smart Shape Tools

This video tutorial shows how to enter dynamics with Finale’s expression and smart shape tools.

Learn how to

  • Click assign a dynamic using the predefined key commands
  • Draw crescendos and decrescendos with the smart shape tool
  • Pick a dynamic from the Expression assign dialog box.
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Finale’s Hyperscribe Tool for Real-Time Recording

This post includes a free video tutorial


About Finale's Hyperscribe Tool for Real-Time Recording

General Considerations

When you want to play music into Finale in real-time, thus using it like a sequencer, you must use the so called Hyperscribe tool for that. 

The Hyperscribe tool works fine for relatively simple rhythmic figures, but when you are playing more rhythmically complex music, the tool’s limitations become obvious very quickly. 

Finale - unlike some sequencer programs with a score editor - doesn't display your performance in a musical fasion automatically. Instead, it displays your performance mathematically correct in accordance to the quantization settings you defined manually. In other words, It doesn't use any smart algorithms that would enable it to make the music look good on its own. For example, Finale can also not detect whether you have a tendency to play behind or in front of the beat, like e.g. Logic does, hence your performance has to be extremely accurate for Finale to display it correctly when playing mixed note values like 16ths, 8ths, and tuplets in the same bar. Thankfully, we can re-trancribe any part of the performance using different quantization settings.

The Pros and Cons of the Hyperscribe tool


  • Let’s you play along with your music recording in real time
  • A quick way to enter simple music
  • Let’s you re-transcribe any bar of your recorded music
  • Records the key velocity and note length precisely as you played it for playback purposes
  • You can use the MODIFY RESTS plugin to make the music look easier


  • Can not intelligently (automatically) quantize the music to make it look good, thus depends on you telling it the quantization settings that makes your real time performance look good
  • Not possible to re-quantize and re-transcribe less than a bar
  • No key commands for the Quantize Settings and Re-transcribe menu commands
  • No way to save and recall presets of quantization settings

It’s complicated – But there is a better way

Although we can re-transcribe the music with different quantization settings for different bars (re-transcribing unfortunately works only for an entire bar), editing the music by changing the quantization settings is nowhere nearly as easy as it is with even the cheapest sequencer program. For example, there is no quick way to change the quantization settings. You always have to open the quantization settings dialog box (there is no key command for that!), make the changes, then close the box, and then select re-transcribe from the midi/audio menu (there is no key command for that either). Unfortunately, Finale does not allow you to create and save your favorite quantization settings. 


The better way

If you really like to input more complex music by playing it in real time, I recommend you go with a sequencer instead. For example, Apple’s Logic is a million times better when it comes to displaying and editing midi data. With just a few adjustments Logic displays your music as you would expect, and if you need to make a few changes Logic’s piano and score editors allow you to do so quickly and easily. Once your happy with the way your music is displayed, Logic lets you run the <fix the displayed note positions and durations> command to convert the displayed music into midi data, which you can then export as a midi file and import into Finale. Working like this saves me lot of time!

Tips for cleaning up your performance

Simplify the look of your performance with the “Modify Rests”> simplify plugin



Swing Notation

If you are a jazz musician you will be happy to learn that you can play your music with a swing feel when recording with the hyper scribe tool, and make Finale display it in regular swing notation.

All you have to do is enter the correct quantization settings, so finale displays swinging 8th notes as regular 8th notes, and 8th note tuplets as tuplets.

Use the following quantization setting:

Smallest Note Value = 16th

Space Notes Evenly in Beat