3.1 Beta+nightly: Feature or bug that only the marked staff is played?

• May 11, 2019 - 16:42

Of course, it's not bad to be able to play only one staff/voice without much effort (instead of using the mixer, for example). But most people will use the possibility to click on a measure to start playing from that point, to hear all staffs/voices.
In 3.1 Beta/nightly you unfortunately have to mark the measure, from which you want to play, in all staffs.
In a really large symphonic score with many voices, the whole thing quickly becomes very uncomfortable. If the whole thing is not a bug and you want this functionality, then an additional symbol in the menu bar would be better. In Capella (=popular music notation program in Germany) they did it that way:
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The speaker symbol corresponds to the Play button ▶ in MuseScore. The single speaker plays only the selected staff, the double speaker plays all staffs.

OS: Windows 10 (10.0), Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit):, revision: 60546fc


From the beta2 release notes:
Solo instruments related to selected measures if any when starting playback

It's an intentional experiment from dmitri. AFAIK playback behavior will be restored to "normal" for the 3.1 final release, with indeed a separate command/modifier option to trigger the new selected-staves-only-playback.

I'm finding it a really useful feature, but my sense is that it's definitely too keen to kick in. I'm getting better at selecting a note before hitting SPACE instead of a whole bar. But I'm very used to it not mattering whether I select a note or whole bar (and the latter, of course, invokes the new 'feature'). So for this user, at the moment, it's a bit disruptive. A keyboard shortcut to play only the selected staffs might be the right trade-off and, perhaps, a button on toolbar (which are customisable now).

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