Elbsound Finale™ Fonts Package v1.12
(Download 25 Music Fonts for Finale)

The Elbsound Music Fonts Package is a package of 25 music fonts for Finale™.
These fonts are the only music fonts to be 100% compatible with Finale's Maestro font and can be applied to a Finale document with one click: simply select "Document->Set Default Music File" in Finale™ and ... done.

The fonts from the Elbsound Music Font Package and Finale's Maestro:
Elbsound Music Font Package: 25 Fonts for Finale™ - Example
(The font Maestro is not included in the font package, but included in Finale)

Download and Purchase

The Elbsound Music Fonts Package v1.12 can be purchased online for just 18.63 USD through our
online shop.
As an extra you can download the SIL OFL font "Nepomuk" for creating text expressions like Nepomuk music font for free.
You can also download the free Elbsound Music Fonts Package demo, but it only includes the LiJazFIN font, not the other 24 fonts.

The Elbsound Music Font Packages includes:
-24 Maestro-compatible music font files in TTF and OTF format
(Aruvarb, BetvnFIN, CadncFIN, EmntlFIN, EuterpeFIN, FreeSerifFIN, GldngFIN, GnvilFIN, GotvlFIN, GtbrgFIN, HayFIN, ImprvFIN, JzBscFIN, LibouFIN, LeipFIN, MusicaFIN, NotSnsFIN, PrfndFIN, PagniFIN, RoFIN, SbstnFIN, ScrltFIN, SymbolaFIN and Unifont UpperFIN)
-All font annotation files for Finale™
-1-click arpeggio library for Finale™
-Installation and how to use manual
-Example PDF of all fonts
-PDF with all symbols from all fonts

System requirements:
Finale™ 2014, 2014.5, 25 or 26 or Sibelius™ 6, 7 or 8

The Elbsound Music Font Package v1.12 runs fine on Windows, but is slightly limited in Finale™ on MacOS.
MakeMusic, the makers of Finale™, have confirmed on 2016/10/19 that there is a bug in Finale's font handling which doesn't show the font symbols 128-159 on unicode fonts on MacOS.
This affects all unicode music fonts on MacOS, i.e. all fonts from the Elbsound package as well as Bravura or the commercial November2 font.
According to notation product manager Mark Adler this will be "fixed in an upcoming point release", but hasn't been fixed yet (last check in Finale 26).
This bug only occurs on MacOS and only in Finale/MacOS. In other MacOS software or on Windows all symbols work fine.

How to swap fonts in Finale? With the Elbsound font package it just takes 5 seconds.
How to change Elbsound music fonts in Finale

All Finale™ fonts were created from the original fonts using the Experiments in Font Conversion software developed by Elbsound.studio. The original fonts which were published under the SIL OFL and GNU GPL+FE license are:
Bravura, Beethoven, Cadence, Emmentaler, Euterpe, Free Serif, Gonville, Gootville, Gutenberg, LV-GoldenAge, Haydn, Improviso, JazzyBasic, LilyBoulez, Leipzig, LilyJazz, Musica, Noto Sans Symbols, Profondo, Paganini, Ross, Scorlatti, Sebastiano, Symbola, Unifont Upper.

All Symbols

All Maestro-compatible symbols (created with "Document->Set Default Music Font"):
Elbsound Music Font Package: 25 Fonts for Finale™ - All Symbols

It's also possible to use these fonts in Sibelius through the "Maestro" style.
Step-by-step tutorial on how to setup the fonts in Sibelius (Thanks to Robin Walker for providing this!)

Elbsound Music Font Package: Usage in Sibelius
Usage in Sibelius with the "Maestro" font style: switching back and forth between Helsinki and HayFIN

On this subpage you find a comparison of the commercial MTF-Beethoven-Fin font for Finale™ from Music Type Foundry and BetvnFIN from the Elbsound Music Font Package. Both are based on the glyphs from the original Beethoven font for LilyPond.
Comparison of BetvnFIN and MTF-Beethoven-Fin font
Image: Comparison of Maestro, MTF-Beethoven-Fin and BetvnFIN
(click on the image to read the full comparison)

1-Click Arpeggio with the Elbsound Music Fonts

The Lilypond based fonts in the Elbsound Music Fonts Package have an extra single length arpeggio element in the upper unicode area (symbol U+E15B). If you use this symbol instead of the standard Maestro-compatible double length element (symbol 103), it's possible get a good arpeggio positioning in Finale™ with one click.
You can download the Elbsound Arpeggio Articulation Library which includes the new arpeggio definitions for 12 fonts.
To use the library simply assign one of the articulations to an articulation meta tool (Select articulation tool and hold shift and press the meta tool key, then select the articulation definition and hit ok). To assign the articulation to the note key-click on the note at the bottom border (!) of the note.
The horizontal position of the arpeggio only fits quarter notes, but not whole notes, additional accidentals or chords with noteheads on both left and right of the stem.
To also manage the latter with one click, you could create more articulation definitions with slightly bigger horizontal offsets.

This trick only works if the fonts are not added to MacSymbolFonts.txt! Otherwise the unicode symbol area is not visible.

Video: 1-Click Arpeggio in Finale™ with the Arpeggio Library


1.) I am seeing weird symbols
Make sure you DIDN'T the font names to MacSymbolFonts.txt.

2.) Articulations and expressions have a huge distance to the notes
The font annotation (FAN) files are not installed correctly.
Also make sure you restart Finale after installing the FAN files.

3.) Problems with FAN files in Finale
Finale™ changes the font annotation format regularly in its updates. Should you encounter any problems with font annotation, it's also possible to auto-create these files from within Finale.
Just go to Preference->Font Annotation, select the font, click on "Auto-annotate all" and then on "Save".

4.) Installation on older Finale™ version on Windows
If you are using the fonts on an older Windows installation of Finale, please use the fonts from the MacOS/Fonts folder and also add the font names to the Windows MacSymbolFonts.txt.
The fonts for Finale™ were not tested on older installations, so they might not work. Especially the "upper unicode block" fonts (Free SerifFIN, Unifont UpperFIN and EuterpeFIN) might not be available in versions before 2014.

5.) The symbols 129-159 are missing on MacOS.
Yes, this is correct. This happens because of a (confirmed) bug in Finale/MacOS.
Although MakeMusic promised to fix this bug in 2016, they haven't done so yet.

6.) Inconsistens symbols ?
All Finale™ fonts were created from the original fonts using the Experiments in Font Conversion software developed by Elbsound.studio.
No new symbols were designed, but a few composite symbols were derived automatically from existing symbols (e.g. marcato-staccato, tenuto-staccato, ottava clefs, composite dynamics, arpeggio etc.).
If a symbol doesn't match the style of the font (e.g. the niente 'n' in ImprvFIN), it is because a matching symbol was not available in the used fonts.

7.) Combining the Maestro-compatible symbols with the characters from the unicode blocks
On Finale/Windows you also have access to the unicode symbols from these fonts (not on MacOS -> see 2. above).
For example the full Bravura range is available in Aruvarb, or all Lilypond symbols are available in CadncFIN.
But don't forget: these unicode symbols were not rescaled or repositioned, so they might require some fine-tuning if you want to integrate them into your score or match the Maestro-like symbols.

8.) Some flags in the musical example Berg look different than in my own scores.
Yes, some flag settings were optimized for some fonts. Especially those fonts that have very different
metrics than Maestro require a tiny flag optimizaton.
Those are mainly the handwritten fonts. To fine-tune the flag settings go to Document Options->Flags
or use the upcoming House Style Changer plugin which already includes the correct flag settings.
(see here)

9.) Why are the quarter-tone accidentals different than in Maestro ?
The quarter-tone accidentals in Maestro are very buggy: compared to the standard accidentals they
have a different size, a different design and a different baseline which makes them more or
less unusable (another "confirmed bug").
To have quarter-tone accidentals that can actually be used, we decided to have them match the standard
accidentals in size and baseline, so that they can be easily used in Finale.
Unfortunately some original fonts do not have these "digit 4"-quarter-tone accidentals (e.g. the Cadence font).
In these cases a quarter-tone accidentals from one of the fallback fonts (Bravura, Musica and Symbola)
was used which slightly differs in design.

10.) Can I exchange Finale documents with the fonts between MacOS and Windows ?
Yes. You should only make sure that either the MacOS fonts are installed on both OS
(see Installation on MacOS & Windows above).
Or you should only use the symbols 32-255, but no upper unicode symbols (256 and above)
as these are not available on the MacOS fonts.
To avoid problems you should embed the fonts in PDFs if they will be viewed cross-platform.

11.) What is the "Elbsound font package arpeggio.lib"?
It's a library for using the Elbsound arpeggio symbols with 1-click for any chord.
See arpeggio

12.) Is it possible to use the fonts in Finale 2012 or older versions?
This might be possible, but with limitations as older versions of Finale didn't support unicode symbols.
Also the font annotation files might not be compatible.

13.) Systems tested
Finale's font handling depends on the operating system (MacOS or Windows), its version and Finale's version.
The fonts were tested on Windows 10 with Finale 2014, 2014.5 and 25.

Finale is a registered trademark of MakeMusic, Inc. The content above was made by Elbsound.studio.
Elbsound's plug-ins and fonts were created to work with MakeMusic's Finale, but are not affiliated with or supported by MakeMusic, Inc.

(c) 2014-2018 Jan Angermüller