Has anyone, anywhere got MS4 playback working on a Linux system?

• Jan 31, 2023 - 22:03

Four long days of trying everything and I could think of, and still no sound from MS4 playback on a Ubuntu 22.04 system. I have read virtually every thread on the subject and nowhere is it acknowledged by anyone associated with MuseScore that MS4 playback in Linux is deader than a doornail. Tell me how to get it working, or, if you're on the development team, be forthright and tell me it's broken.

Another forum poster says MuseScore 4 has started treating Linux users as second class citizens. I don't want to agree--I've been a huge user, supporter, and advocate of MuseScore for over a decade--but I must. There's more than a whiff of half-assery in the implementation for Linux.


I have it playing back via the AppImage and using the MS Basic sounds. Audio device is set as System Default and no MIDI In or Out. I haven't tried installing MuseHub and nor do I plan to.

OS: Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS, Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit): 4.0.1-230121751, revision: 9b70a8c

In reply to by underquark

So basically you're just running 3.6 with a few engraving improvements. The only part of MS4 I'm interested in is the much-vaunted, fabulous new playback. I wouldn't be surprised to discover many MS users feel the same. I'm not interested in engraving improvements. With work, MS has always been able to turn out beautiful scores. I want--expected, given the hype--the game-changing, best-of-breed, gold standard playback we were promised. I'm not usually this critical, but wow! what a freakin' awful disappointment to discover that Linux users have been forgotten. Why "forgotten"? Because if we'd been on anybody's mind, they would have told us MS4 wasn't ready for Linux. A simple "still beta and we're working on it" would have sufficed.

Not sure what you've tried or what specifically went wrong, but for the record, simply downloading the supported AppImage works perfectly on every Linux system I've tried. Also downloading Muse Sounds via the Muse Hub has worked perfectly.

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