Need help with inputting notes on finale 2003

I am using finale 2003, an M-Audio Keystation 49e, and Kontakt. I am having trouble with the actual inputting of the notes. Every time i try and use the speedy entry tool to enter the notes, rests show up. Everything seems to be set up properly. What am i doing wrong?


Rui
Be sure when you click the speedy entry tool, that under the speedy entry menu you have selected "Use MIDI keyboard for entry." This should solve your problem. Hope it helps....
that's already something i tried. everything seems to be correct as far as setup. still confused.
Did you install the driver for the M-Audio keystation? Make sure it's selected (in Finale's MIDI Setup window) as your input device. If you aren't seeing it as an option there, the driver may not be installed properly.
Without trying to appear sarcastic but, are you holding down the key on your midi keyboard before you hit the number pad on your computer? An easier way to enter notes with speedy entry is to select the measure/hit caps lock/select number pad. This way whenever you hit a midi key that pitch is 'recorded' for that note value.

Hope this helps.


Ted Boliske
control panel says the hardware is installed and properly funtioning. Yes i am holding down the key on the keystation but it seems like finale is not picking that up. Is there a way i can check if finale is picking up the keystation? in the midi file window USB Audio Device is chosen as the input and maple midi port 1 is selected as the output.

Thanks

Rui
Hmmm...that ones got me stumped but here's something I've run into in the past. Is the USB cable plugged into your keyboard properly? I've actually plugged in in upside down a couple of times (it's possible) and the keyboard will power up, but that's it.
It might also be worth checking the "MIDI Thru" value from the MIDI menu (in Finale). Make sure it's set to SMART, so that when you've selected your tenor staff (for example), when you tap on your keyboard, you'll actually hear the tenor sound playing back (before you hit the rhythmic value on your numeric keypad to enter). If you're not hearing those notes being triggered before keypad entry, it would appear that your keystation isn't being recognized by Finale.

I could be wrong, but "USB Audio Device" may not actually be the right setting for your input keyboard. Do you have an option that says something like "M-Audio USB Keystation"? That would be the more appropriate choice. If you don't see that, the M-Audio driver may not be installed properly.

You may also want to try Finale's forum at:
http://www.finalemusic.com/forum/

Or M-Audio's knowledge base at:
http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=support.kbase
I'm not trying to be a wise guy, but is the keyboard turned on? I believe it has an on/off switch.
ok here's an update:

yes the keyboard is turned on. I have acquired the software from the school i teach for Sibelius 2. I tried to set it up and use VD with it. and same thing. Seems as if it's just not picking up the input from the Keyboard. Could it be a problem with maple midi prefs or kontakt? Is there a way i can test the keyboard outside of a notation program?
[quote="foda83"]ok here's an update:

yes the keyboard is turned on. I have acquired the software from the school i teach for Sibelius 2. I tried to set it up and use VD with it. and same thing. Seems as if it's just not picking up the input from the Keyboard. Could it be a problem with maple midi prefs or kontakt? Is there a way i can test the keyboard outside of a notation program?[/quote]

In an earlier post you said you were using Finale. Here you mention Sibelius. Did you switch programs, and are you still having the same problems?

Problem solving for Sibelius.....

Go to the 'Play' pull down menu
Select 'Devices'
the bottom of the window says 'Input Devices'
follow the 3 steps
1. select your keyboard or the port it is connected to
2. play the keyboard and the indicator light should come on
3. if the light does not register, check the 'MIDI Thru' box

Hope this helps

Ted
yes i have switched programs and still nothing. The indicator light is not lighting up although UBS Audio Device is chosen as the input device. Seems to me like my computer just isn't picking upt he keyboard but i'm hoping someone will know a remedy




Rui
[quote="foda83"]yes i have switched programs and still nothing. The indicator light is not lighting up although UBS Audio Device is chosen as the input device. Seems to me like my computer just isn't picking upt he keyboard but i'm hoping someone will know a remedy


At this point you should switch MIDI cables. If the problem goes away then the cable was bad. If it still exists, then you have either a bad connection (keyboard or computer) or your audio/midi setup is incomplete. I am not a windows person, so these are general suggestions.


Ted
I'm not convinced that "USB Audio Device" represents the correct driver for you M-Audio Keystation 49e. I'm not a windows expert either, so I couldn't say for sure, but I would think it would call itself something more to the effect of "M-Audio Keystation" or something like that.

I'll bet the M-Audio tech support folks will know though. Call them at: (626) 633-9055
Looking at my Finale 2003 setup, my MIDI In device is set to "In USB Keystation" and my MIDI Out device is set to MIDIYoke NT:1. So if you're using Maple Midi Tools, that would say "Maple Midi Out:Port 1
Since Bill is using an M-Audio keystation, I think his report is evidence that you may not be using the correct driver to communicate with the keyboard. You should be able to download the most current M-Audio Keystation drivers at http://www.m-audio.com
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