Better sounds for Muse Score

• Nov 3, 2019 - 15:29

I like Muse Score, and do a lot of work on it. They only thing I don´t like are the sound fonts. A more advanced sound would be nice. Maybe a vst connection. Or one good sampler plugin to increase the sound of Muse Score.


In reply to by Arne Schulz 2

Years ago, when I was making computer music ... I remember ... At that time, we would be very happy to find a patch that looks like a certain instrument.

Nowadays, as a soundfont producer I would say: MuseScore's own soundfont is a treasure.

A useful advice: Use good quality (over ear) headphones (not in-ear/earbuds). You will see the difference.

Of course, the search for perfection of human beings never ends. But one can forget to produce something while constantly searching for something better. "What can I do best with what I have" has always been an incentive to take me forward.

In reply to by Ziya Mete Demircan

I clarify regarding my non-experimental needs; I remove from this conversation aspects of perspective with the use of the VST and focus on two main problems in terms of composition, but please, I am aware of the fact that the product concerns aspects of notation, so I would take it for granted.

Mostly I write adaptations for guitar with nylon strings (if you want to see some examples of it please go on the youtube channel "Gualtiero Chiapello") and I publish them in video-score mode.


1) expression: for strings instrument someone did something at the level of soundfonts, instead for the classical guitar there is nothing: the current fashion pushes many people to sample "stratocaster" instead of "Lespaul", but they do not know that instead the important sounds for a guitarist are playing with the hook instead of the fingertip, to use the legato (slur) possibly the glissato, and not least for the classical guitarist the difference between the free and apoyado touch: if I have to do the finicky there is also the difference of sound between a soundboard in cedar or in spruce (but this last one can remain between the dreams).
As you can see I'm not talking about impossible things: in my opinion, remaining a notation program, Musescore should help me to understand if what I wrote has a good rendering: otherwise what do I listen to others on YT?

2) still in the field of expression during the execution of a piece ...: I have been writing for months about the issues I find, to implement the "portamento" in any way: I always take the Hawaiian guitar (Slap cleen), for example, or just think about the beginning of Gershwin's Rhapsody in blue. The answer is always ... "it will be done" but nobody can tell me when.

Thanks for your attention

In reply to by gualtiero.chiapello

And don't forget the difference between wound and unwound strings, scale length, body size and shape. bracing, as well as the proper way to record a guitar.
I suspect that things are about as good as they are going to get. No Notation software is geared to great playback. That said MS is really getting better and better.

In reply to by reddiesel41264

16 ports * 16 channels = 256 instruments.
I think it's quite enough.

And yes, you couldn't go beyond that because the space allocated was so much.
Using a midi expander, you could have up to 16 midi channels * 16 midi ports

Nowadays, with computer software, maybe you can overcome it (with virtual ports). But I still think it's enough.

In reply to by Ziya Mete Demircan

Be careful with this!!!

1) You could go "Out of memory" with more MIDI channels (MuseScore could crash).

2) If you have external MIDI devices, in different USB ports (I've never tested this), I don't know if all the devices would be "In time" (I get some audible delay between the internal Musescore Synthesizer and my only one external device).

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