Look-ahead to MuseScore 4.2
Here's a quick update about some of the things we are working on as we prepare for the release of MuseScore 4.2 later this year
Alternate string tunings for guitar
We’re working on a new ‘string tuning’ element, which will be accessible via the Guitar palette. This will provide an easy way to specify new tunings for multiple strings and (optionally) have those tunings displayed in the score. You’ll be able to choose from a list of preset tunings or enter an entirely custom tuning. Tunings can be added to any measure in the score, and will take effect from that point onwards in terms of tablature fingerings and pitch range warnings (red notes).
We’re working on a much smarter system for handling the synchronisation of elements between parts and the main score. By default, elements and their properties will be synchronised between the score and all parts. However, you will be able to turn off synchronisation for specific properties on individual elements where you would like those properties to be different between the main score and the parts. Improving this functionality is going to make a huge difference to ensemble and orchestral scores made with MuseScore, and we’ll be really keen for testing and feedback on this feature in particular, when it’s ready.
We're adding the ability to apply dynamics to specific voices, so you could have Voice 1 mezzo-forte while Voice 2 is piano, for example, and you'll hear that effect during playback. We're also working on an option to vertically centre dynamics between the two staves of a grand staff.
4.2 will also bring some welcome improvements to performance, particularly in the area of audio generation. Our current tests show MP3 rendering is at worst unchanged, and at best up to 10 times faster than before, depending on the score. These speed improvements also benefit cloud saving and publishing to MuseScore.com and Audio.com.
Share on Audio.com
MuseScore 4.1 introduced the ability to upload score audio to the free streaming site Audio.com, a new platform under the Muse umbrella that's closely associated with Audacity, MuseScore's sister application. In MuseScore 4.2 we plan to improve Audio.com sharing by providing an option to update existing audio in-place rather than uploading as a new file each time.
We're delighted to welcome Zac Jansheski to the MuseScore desktop team. Zac has worked at Muse for several years now, but he recently joined the MuseScore team as a Quality Assurance Engineer. If you’ve taken a peek at our GitHub repo lately you’ve probably noticed an increasing raft of concise and carefully crafted issues with his name on them! Luckily for us, Zac is also an expert percussionist, and he’ll be helping with the major percussion overhaul we have planned for later in the 4.x series.
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