.ASVX File Extension

Finale 2014 Auto-Saved Score

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What is an ASVX file?

An ASVX file is a backup of a MakeMusic Finale musical score (.MUSX file). Composers can set Finale to automatically create ASVX backups at regular intervals. ASVX files use the extension asv.musx.

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Screenshot of a .asvx file in MakeMusic Finale
ASVX file open in MakeMusic Finale

MakeMusic Finale is a music notation program used to compose, edit, and play back musical scores. In Finale 2014 and later versions, these scores are saved as MUSX files.

Composers can configure Finale to automatically back up any MUSX files they have open at a regular interval. Finale saves these automatically-generated backups in the following directory:

~/​Documents/​Finale Files/​Backups

Each backup uses the same filename as the MUSX file from which it was created, except the backup's filename ends with asv.musx. Finale users and documentation often refer to these backup files as ASVX files, even though the files use the .musx extension.

How to change Finale's ASVX settings

Finale users can adjust how often the program creates and updates ASVX backups. To do so:

  1. Open the program's Preferences menu.
  2. Select Save from the left-hand sidebar.
  3. To begin creating ASVX files, select the Auto Save File(s) Every _ Minutes checkbox. (To stop creating them, clear the checkbox.)
  4. In the _ Minutes field, specify how often you want Finale to create/update ASVX files.

NOTE: Finale 2012 and earlier versions create .ASV files instead of ASVX files.

How to open an ASVX file

You can open an ASVX file with with MakeMusic Finale (Windows, Mac). To do so, select File → Open... from the program's menu bar. Then, navigate to and open your ASVX file.

After you open your ASVX file, you can use the File → Save As... option to save the file as a normal MUSX file.

How to convert an ASVX file

You can use MakeMusic Finale to export the score an ASVX file contains in the following formats:

  • .MUS - Finale 2012 Score
  • .AIFF - Audio Interchange File Format
  • .WAV - WAVE Audio
  • .EPUB - Open eBook
  • .MIDI - MIDI Music Data
  • .MXL - Compressed MusicXML
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