Using non-standard soundfonts in MuseScore4

• Jun 25, 2022 - 19:06

I have a soundfont that comes with a variety of acoustic pianos. I load an old score from MS3 into MS4, and after applying the soundfont, expect it to stay mostly the same. I play it, and it's the wrong piano (the piano sound I was after was the less rich-sounding one on the SGM soundfont; I believe it's piano 3) and I want to know if there is a way to change what particular sound out of a soundfont is played.


In reply to by Pentatonus

Soundfonts in MU4 are applied direct from the dropdown in the mixer - no more need to first load then in the synthesizer window (or for a synthesizer window at all for that matter). However, currently, there is no way to select from multiple sounds within the soundfont. It works if the soudnfont is GM and you are using standard GM instruments, or if the soundfont has only a single sound. There are plans to improve that, but it's not clear it will happen for 4.0 or 4.1 or whatever.

In reply to by jeetee

I’m definitely concerned about this too. But, changing instrument is still supported of course. So I suspect the real world effect won’t be quite as bad as it might appear, if this doesn’t make it in. But I guess the alpha and beta release will help establish this one way or another.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Ok, this works already as you described it, Marc.
What I find very strange though: MuseScore advertises that in version 4 the sound engine is very extended. And then I can't even select a sound from a sound file, even if it's not MIDI standard? That's very weak, I'd rather stay with MS3.6.2.

In reply to by Pentatonus

As I said, nothing is set in stone. Just because the ability to select sounds isn't implemented yet doesn't mean it won't happen. Could happen for beta, could happen for 4.0, could be 4.0.1, could be 4.1, that all remains to be seen.

The sound engine is quite a but more sophisticated overall, though, from what I understand. The ability to use VST instruments and the new "Muse Symphony Orchestra" (or whatever the final name is) sample library is supposedly going to be mind-blowing. The idea, I think, is that once we experience the level of awesomeness possible with those, we'll stop caring about "soundfonts" at all - that's older and very limited technology in comparison. I'm trying to keep an open mind; I've still never heard so much as a demo of the sample library, and VST isn't implemented on Linux yet.

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