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I would like member help, I composed a piece in finale print music with garritan orchestra this allows me to export the 20 tracks as an individual wav file . I now want to import it into a free daw to fine tune the volume only . Audacity absolutely cannot import the tracks properly they never sync. does anyone know a product that will do the job.  Please let me know . Preferably free or inexpensive and easy to use.

Thanks Bob Forrest 

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Hi Bob -

If I understand correctly you want to go from Finale ( your score ) to a DAW which will allow you to adjust volume levels to individual instruments? I guess dynamic markings aren't working well enough?

Finale has a mixer which allows some control also, go to View > Mixer and adjust individual instruments, then export your wave file.

Or you can export 20 individual wave files in to Audacity and then adjust them. Ouch!

Or in Finale you go to File > Save as and select MIDI as the file type, this exports a MIDI file which you can then import into a DAW.  This process allows fine control over many parameters of your instruments not available in Finale.

You must have a DAW which supports MIDI, Audacity does not as far as I know. You can buy Reaper for $60, it is a very good DAW but there is a lot of learning, you must set up your audio library ( I'm not sure if Garritan will work properly ) and learn to control it.

Hope this helps!

I hesitated answering this question as it is SO basic as to warrant more questions than answers.

Sounds like he wants a free DAW that won't mess up sync. Do you know any?

Ray K Bigglesworth said:

I hesitated answering this question as it is SO basic as to warrant more questions than answers.

Thanks for your replys I did use ppppp to fffff in dynamics and I know you can adjust volume in finale itself but it would be for the whole piece . As Dave said something simple that doesn't screw up sync .I want to fine tune volume change in parts of the piece and  fine tune the volume balance more specifically then dynamic makings would allow . I tried the free reaper but the learning curve is really steep for me anyway.

What you want to do with your music is complicated from a computer programming standpoint.  Reaper can do it for you for a very reasonable cost but it requires some work and study on your part.  But you've learned to read music and play an instrument and learning to use a DAW is not as difficult as that, so I'm sure you can learn this if you are willing to make the effort.

Here is series of instructional videos that start from the very beginning.  If you work through these patiently a little at a time you can learn Reaper. If you have questions the Reaper Forum can be a big help.

https://www.reaper.fm/videos.php

Bob Forrest said:

Thanks for your replys I did use ppppp to fffff in dynamics and I know you can adjust volume in finale itself but it would be for the whole piece . As Dave said something simple that doesn't screw up sync .I want to fine tune volume change in parts of the piece and  fine tune the volume balance more specifically then dynamic makings would allow . I tried the free reaper but the learning curve is really steep for me anyway.

Learning how to make midi sound good inside a DAW is not a simple task, that's for sure. You might be able to import the files easily enough, but the next part, getting sounds, and applying your dynamics control to make it sound like you want, is a whole bunch of learning, trial, and error. 

I don't think this is about midi but exporting from midi in notation software to wav so those tracks can be individually volume-processed in the DAW. 

Thanks again to all who responded. I tried reaper and actually got the same problem , it was out of sync so I think the problem was with finale print music or garritan. So I tried a work around. Using the wav readout in reaper I was satisfied with the volume levels of all the instruments but three so I used fffff- to ppppp inside the music program brought the pic trumpet up 2 and the bass trombone and contrabassoon up 1 level and was satisfied with the general balance of horns, windsand strings is not bad and the timing of the harp and vibraphone is ok. you can hear the new and old versions here if you like . Thanks BOB

https://youtu.be/XvqYe4sbFyk    the old version is on the same channel

Do you get the synchronisation errors inside Finale as well, or only after you've exported the tracks?

No if the errors were inside during playback Finale would not be a basic composers program. The errors were after exporting each instrument as a wav file by going to the instrument list select solo and export to audio ( and do this 20 times) I think I discovered something only part 1 of the suite had this problem and only part 1 has a time change in the music it goes from 120 to 128 maybe that with the human playback feature is the problem . You are allowed to move the alignment of a track in most daws and with a small ensemble you could fix the problem but not with 20 tracks.  If you click on the link above however I think the results are not to bad      Bob Forrest

Yeah, the sync in the link you provided is okay. I wanted to listen to the broken version too, which you said is listed on the channel as well, but I couldn't find it (I expect it's set to private or some such).

If you have a tempo change like that and it's only glued to the top staff of the score, this might be the source of the problem, yes. When playing the entire thing Finale will pick up the tempo marking and force it on all tracks by default. When exporting tracks one by one, it will only use markings that are glued to a particular track. So your top staff works correctly, and all the other ones stay 120 bpm throughout. You can't really fix this with just moving tracks around in the DAW afterwards.

This is all speculation, of course. I would have to listen to get some idea.

Greg it did hide it but here it is . What you said here makes sense about picking up the tempo change

https://youtu.be/PxhUnI00fcA

Bob Forrest

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