misc. feature requests (read post to see all of them)

• Sep 13, 2016 - 01:00

1. rf, sfz, fp, fz, etc. dynamics should have their own velocity ranges

For the longest time, I've noticed with MS that the common dynamics like f, p, ff, pp, ppp, fff, mf, mp, and etc. have their own velocity ratings but not the extra ones. every time i want to put rinforzando in my manuscripts im forced to input my own velocity rating for all of them. now this wouldn't be a problem if i only had to do it once, but that's not the case here. i sometimes use it several times, so it'd be nice if there was a way to circumvent this.

2. time signature property changes should affect time signatures in general, not just one time signature on a grand staff.

another case of having to click repetitively on things to get it right. there really ought to be a one click does all solution to this as well. its tiring to have to do this when im writing a symphony or a piano piece or a string quartet, etc.

3. beamed notes take up more space in systems than they should for no reason

if you write a score in common time and just fill it up with 16th notes musescore will stretch 2 whole measures into an entire system just to fit it in and with 32nd notes itll fill an entire system with one measure and its really obnoxious because there are tonnes of professionally published scores out there that dont do that. for example in ignaz moscheles's sonata in d minor in the following phrase:
хостинг картинок для форумов

it only takes 3 measures to fit all those 16ths. the same thing can be applied in the following phrase in
schubert's sonata in a minor
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in the adagio movement in czerny's 9th piano sonata there is a section within the adagio movement that utilizes a lot of 32nd notes.
куда залить картинку

it only takes two measures to fill up the page with 32nd notes.

4. when making a phrase like the following (example is from czerny's b minor piano sonata)
хостинг изображений

where you want a certain note to be held inside of the voice, unless you format it like this (this example comes from a draft of a piano piece im working on):

хостинг фотографий

it does not hold. why is this a problem? because leaving it that way can be aesthetically displeasing to the eyes to some people.

5. more score fonts or at least the option to modify score fonts to the users liking because currently theres too few.


1) is a common request. The complication is that those aren't "normal" dynamic markings - they affect only a single note rather than changing the dnamic from that point on. As such, you can get that effect using the Velocity fields in the Inspector. but yes, it would be nice someday to tie this in automatically.

2) I guess you mean beaming? Or are there other time signature properties you are tryng to change for multiple staves? Note you can create custom time signatures and add them to your palette, then you should be add to asdd it to your score once and it will apply to all staves.

3) MuseScore provides several different ways of tightening spacing, either score-wide via Style / General / Measure (see the settings for Spacing and also Mininum note distance), or for selected passages using the stretch options in the format menu. So chances are it is already possible to get the spacing you desire. If you have a specific case where you are still having problems, feel free to attach the actual score.

4) I am not understanding what you mean. Can you attach a specific score and precise steps to reproduce the problem you are seeing? BTW, best to use separate threads for separate problems; much easier to follow that way. But if you mean the notes that share a notehead despite being a half note in one voice but a sixteenth in another, you can do this directly in MuseScore - just change the notehead of the sixteenth to be of half note type using the Inspector (or mark it invisible) and they will merge.

5) As more fonts that follow the SMuFL standard become available, it's likely more will be supported in MuseScore. Be patient; this is still a new standard. Note a font would have to be completely free in its licensing to be incldued in MuseScore.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

1. Oh I see. Thanks for letting me know :)
2. No like I mean on all staves. I've attempted to make my own time signatures but I can't ad them to the pallete for some reason
3. For the most part I find myself having problems on all of my pieces with tightening the spacing and making the layout look right. For example on a sonata im working on for the piano, the scherzo starts on the same page as the first movement coda, which isn't how i would like it to look
heres a screenshot of the page of the score in question: https://s9.postimg.org/5eqm9e71r/hyot8.png
4. heres an example of what i mean:

play it back and youll see how the half note c does not hold its full value in the playback. its treated as if it were an eighth note when thats not how it should sound
5. ah okay; thanks for clearing that up too ^^

In reply to by izzychns

2) To add a time signature to a palette, see the Handbook under "Custom palette". But I was trying to ask *why* you are messing with time signature properties. Some people erroneously try using that dialog to change the actual time signature; I wanted to make sure you weren't making that mistake. The only thing that dialog is normally useful for is changing the default beaming options, or in some cases to change how a complex custom time signature is displayed.

3) To make a movement start on another page, simply add a page break to the end of the previous movement (see Breaks & Spacers palette). In order to help further with spacing issues, it is best to attach the actual score, not just a picture. Maybe a picture of what you want it to look like if that helps.

4) Ah, you mean when there are two notes of the same pitch at the same time but different duration, the shorter one "wins" for playback. This is a known bug - see #12971: Same note in different voices and lengths plays only the length of the shortest note. Workaround is to simply silence the shorter note using the Inspector.

Regarding 1]:
You can set the velocity for fp sfz etc. in your score and then you can copy and paste to another part of the score and it will retain the velocity setting. You can also add them to a custom palette for use in other scores.

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