MuseScore 2.3.1 Release

• Jun 29, 2018 - 15:58

Edit: After the release of MuseScore 2.3 on June 29th 2018, we found a couple of regressions that we addressed in MuseScore 2.3.1 released on July 6th 2018. We also updated all languages to latest translations. Check out the 2.3.1 Release Notes.

We are pleased to announce the release of MuseScore 2.3

MuseScore 2.3 is a unique release. Though a large number of improvements have been focused on percussion, this release contains bug fixes and other improvements that make it recommended for all users, including the introduction of a major new development of interest to everyone moving forward.

New in MuseScore 2.3 is the concept of MuseScore Extensions, which allows us delivery of collections of features installed and configured without the need to update the MuseScore software itself. And we are taking advantage of this new facility to deliver an exciting extension specifically for marching percussion.

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New features

While MuseScore 2.3 includes improvements across the entire application, a particular focus of this release has been improving support for percussion instruments, with an emphasis on marching percussion.

Notable percussion improvements include:

  • Ability to assign custom noteheads (from the library of 150 noteheads)
  • Improved articulation support, including stem buzzes, crushes and more.
  • Improved drumset palette layout and selection identification
  • Accurate playback of flams and drags

Playback expression has also been significantly enhanced through the ability to assign a unique MIDI pitch to an individual articulation and expanded support for the wider range of capabilities of the SFZ format.

In conjunction with the release of MuseScore 2.3 we are excited to announce the availability of the first MuseScore Extension - MuseScore Drumline.

MuseScore Drumline extends the functionality of MuseScore for marching percussion arrangers and composers, adding features, soundfonts, instruments, templates, palettes and workflows optimized for this rapidly growing segment.

Also included in MuseScore 2.3 are numerous bugfixes, new opcodes supported by Zerberus as well as updated translations for all languages. We'd like to recognize Matt McClinch in particular as Most Valuable Bug-Fixer for this release.

Check out the MuseScore 2.3 Release Notes for the complete list of all new features and fixed bugs.


In addition to the long-time contributors who participated in creating MuseScore 2.2.1, we are very proud to welcome 5 new contributors since the release of version 2.2.1 in April. It brings the total number of MuseScore contributors to exactly 122.

Thanks again to all the code contributors, testers, translators, and documentation writers!

What's Next?

Following the release of MuseScore 2.3, development efforts will focus on MuseScore 3.0. We're looking for more developers to join the community as part of the MuseScore development effort.

As MuseScore is free and open source, anyone can get the source and share code contributions on GitHub. And of course, non-programmer MuseScore users can also contribute. We welcome your feedback on the MuseScore forums, and you can always make a donation to support the future of MuseScore.

You can help MuseScore most by spreading the word and sharing MuseScore with your friends and family!


I'm sorry, but the sound from the TR-808 is really boring after the update to version 2.3.1, so i decided to uninstall it and reinstalled Version 2.1 which has a much better sound, especially the TR-808. Maybe you can fix the sound in the next update. I would be very happy :)

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