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Does Liquid Notes work with Finale?

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2015 07:10PM CET
This article talks about compatibility of Liquid Notes and Finale, and provides information on routing settings in Finale to connect it to Liquid Notes.

Quick Answer: Liquid Notes connects to any DAW or notation software such as Finale. It does so via a virtual MIDI cable that is used for establishing the connection between both applications.

Connecting Liquid Notes to Finale

The standalone version of Liquid Notes is able to connect to any sequencer or notation software on the system level. A virtual MIDI cable is used to establish the connection between the applications, with routing for most major sequencers being established automatically when opening a project and selecting the sound output source.

At present this wizard does not contain any auto-routing for Sibelius, thus when opening a project in Liquid Notes select Other as your sound output source.

Find instructions below on how to complete the routing setup.

Routing instructions for Finale in Mac OS X

Please follow these steps to complete the routing setup for Liquid Notes in Finale:
  1. Set up an IAC-Bus.

    On your Mac, go to: ApplicationsUtilitiesAudio MIDI Setup. This opens the Mac utility Audio MIDI Setup.

    From the menu Window select Show MIDI Window.

    Double-click on IAC driver. For the routing to Finale at least one bus should be created. If your project in Liquid Notes exceeds 16 channels, set up additional IAC busses.

    Activate Device is online.
  2. In Finale, go to MIDI/Audio Menu > MIDI Setup and check that "IAC Driver IAC Bus x" is listed under both MIDI Input and Output (Note: The "x" stands for the IAC bus number selected.). Thereby Finale will send its MIDI Data to this bus, which can then be used for communication with an application such as Liquid Notes.
  3. ​Verify in the Instruments and Routing window of Liquid Notes that all Out Ports and Out Channels correspond with the routing in Finale.

That's it. You should now be able to play through the virtual instruments of Finale when clicking on 'Play' in Liquid Notes, or making adjustments to chords therein.

Related article(s):
Information on inter-application routing in Finale (English)

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