Replicating organ stops in MuseScore
I'm transcribing some music for a pipe organ in MuseScore (3) and would like to handle multiple organ stops for a single part (manual) in the simplest way. I'm using the
jeux14.sf2 SoundFont for my organ sounds. My approach below works fine, but is a bit unwieldy as a typical organ score might end up with 10-15 parts, of which only 3 would be displayed. Can someone comment on my approach, or perhaps suggest another way to handle this situation?
In my original score, the
Swell manual uses two ranks (
Diapason 8' and
Spitzfloete 4'). On a real pipe organ you'd simply pull out the two relevant stops, but in MuseScore, each part or staff can have (AFAIK) a single SoundFont patch setting e.g.
Diapason 8' or
Spitzfloete 4' but not both at once.
Currently in MuseScore, I'm doing the following steps to approximate using multiple stops:
- Write my notes etc. for the stave/part (organ manual eg.
- Apply the first patch I need (
Diapason 8') to this part
- Duplicate the part and set its patch to the next pipe rank I need (
- Hide this second part.
- Keep duplicating the part and set the next patch for any further organ stops required.
This works fine - the music plays the staff using both patches simultaneously, just as if you'd pulled out two stops on a pipe organ. The downside is managing so many parts - for example an edit to a note would require that same edit be done in all duplicated staves. I did notice the
'Add linked stave' button in the
Instruments window, though I'm not exactly sure this would do what I'm looking for.
(I know I can edit the SoundFont itself in PolyPhone and create a new preset that contains the two ranks, but this is a bit inflexible as you could end up creating 100s of presets containing any possible combination of ranks that you might want to use. In fact, the
jeux14.sf2 SoundFont already makes extensive use of multiple instruments in a single preset (patch). For example patch number 4
Prin(g.o.)+4+2 is in fact made up of 3 instruments:
Prestant 4 and
Principal 2 )
Thanks guys - any comments much appreciated.