MuseScore 4 alpha 2 feedback

• Aug 15, 2022 - 19:18

First off: I've been out of the loop for a while now, so I'm not sure this is the right place to discuss user experience with development builds. Please let me know if I should move this to another spot.

Just installed MuseScore 4 alpha 2. Clicking the Download button to download MuseSounds on first load gives no feedback. I gave up and just skipped after a while.

Opening a score and checking in the mixer, I can confirm it did not install.

Is this a known issue? Can I manually install the sounds to check them out?


In reply to by Timothy Duke

The library won't be available for testing for another couple of weeks or so, but all indications are, the initial release will focus on orchestral instruments, with other instruments to follow in the future.

Realistically, though, synthesizers don't need the fancy playback features of something like Muse Sounds, which is based on an almost AI-like attempt to mimic the real sounds of real instruments and how they respond differently to different articulations etc. For purely synthesized sounds, it's not clear that this could offer anything above and beyond soundfont or VST technology. After all, a synthesizer in theory should already do a perfect job of reproducing a synthesized sound. Maybe it's possible to improve on that in some subtle way, but it seems unlikely to be anywhere near as big a difference as with acoustic instruments.

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