MakeMusic Finale - Academic Version (download)

Music Notation Software with Audio Recording Capabilities, Sample Library from Garritan, and AU/VST Plug-in Support - Mac/PC VST, AU
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If you're using Pro Tools, AAX plug-ins (or RTAS for older versions) are what you need. Most other Mac DAWs support AU plug-ins. VST is compatible with a number of Mac and Windows programs. Be sure you choose plug-ins that work with your DAW!

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MakeMusic Finale - Academic Version (download)
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Everything You Want in a Composition Tool

Note: This is an educational version of Finale available to qualified students/educational facilities. Please call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer at (800) 222-4700 for details and ordering information.

MakeMusic Finale notation software makes it easy to generate publisher-grade music notation that plays back with world-class sounds. Customize your workflow with flexible note entry options that include mouse and computer keyboard, MIDI keyboard, live performance capture, and import from a broad range of file types. Share your creations as sheet music, audio files, MusicXML and MIDI files, and PDF files. From lead sheets and guitar tablature to band charts and full-orchestra scores, Sweetwater considers MakeMusic Finale your one-stop shop for music composition.

New features make Finale more powerful than ever
  • Includes 64-bit support
  • Boasts 100+ new premium sounds
  • New ARIA Player
  • Transposed note entry
  • ReWire support
  • Improved Human Playback
  • Tall time signatures
  • Contoured dashed slurs
  • Expanded MusicXML import and export
Includes 64-bit support

The latest version of Finale sports several important new features. With Finale's 64-bit support, you'll enjoy more stable performance and compatibility with 64-bit sound libraries, as well as being ready for future operating systems.

Boasts 100+ new premium sounds

Already a superstar in the playback department, Finale now adds more than 100 new premium sounds to its built-in Garritan library, including the world-class Concert D grand piano from Garritan's acclaimed Personal Orchestra 5.

New ARIA Player

Finale's new ARIA Player lets you quickly and easily add instruments from the Garritan library and create a realistic soundstage with judicious applications of Finale's superb onboard convolution reverb.

Transposed note entry

When you're inputting music into transposed staves, Finale's transposed note entry feature plays the transposed pitch upon entry - as well as during playback.

ReWire support

Finale's new ReWire support lets you sync it with your DAW of choice. This is huge. Press play in, say Digital Performer, and have both DP and finale play back in perfect sync.

Improved Human Playback

Finale's improved Human Playback makes your compositions sound like humans are performing them - and this cool feature now responds instantly, the moment you press play.

Tall time signatures

If the conductor misses a time signature change, it would be bad - which is why tall time signatures are standard for studio scores. Finale has always been able to display them, but they were a bit tricky to set up. Now they're easy.

Contoured dashed slurs

Finale has always offered dashed curves, but due to popular demand, MakeMusic has added an additional contoured dash slur - and it looks fantastic.

Expanded MusicXML import and export

No more musical details lost in translation. Finale's expanded MusicXML import and export improves accuracy when you share your music with collaborators who use other software.

MakeMusic Finale Features:
  • Note entry options:
    • Input from a MIDI keyboard
    • Computer mouse and keyboard
    • File import (a variety of file types supported)
  • Over 500 Garritan instruments
  • Human Playback renders your music with stunning realism
  • Powerful new features such as Linked Parts, Music Educator Resources, TempoTap, and more
  • Free technical support, video tutorials, and top-notch Help resources
  • Finale's exclusive SmartMusic accompaniments
MakeMusic Finale is the ultimate composition tool you've been looking for!

Tech Specs

Software Type Notation
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Academic Version Yes
Format VST, AU
Bit Depth 64-bit
Supported Audio Formats ASIO, Core Audio
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo processor or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo processor / AMD Athlon II X2 or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.10 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number 13-FHA25DCO

Customer Reviews

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An Industry Satandard

I work as a guitarist in theater, and as a guitarist/music director in public performance. I have impeccable music notation skills, but I can't store, edit, or HEAR my handwritten scores like I can with Finale. It's an essential tool for the 21st century musician.

Always first-rate service from Sweetwater

I was able to quickly download and install the latest version of Finale and begin working on it immediately. All my initial questions were handled by a Sales Engineer who was filling in for my longtime rep Derek Senestraro. BTW, earlier that day Derek had replied to my email -- his timestamp was 5:20 AM! I don't expect this kind of around-the-clock service in the future, but it's an example of the kind of support I've always enjoyed from him.
See also: Music Notation, MakeMusic, MakeMusic Notation Software