MuseSounds Unbalanced Instruments
First off, I am super impressed with what Musescore 4 has to offer, for it being a free program. I really love the direction it is taking, but there is some issues with the new sounds that I wish to see adressed.
1, Unbalanced instruments
Something I found very nice about musescore 3 was that if an instrument was too loud, or too quiet, you could bump up the dynamic to balance out the instruments. However, with Musescounds, the dynamics are at such drastic levels of volume that many times, I will find that with a specific instrument, one dynamic is way too loud, but then when I move it down one dynamic level, you literally can't hear it over anything else. The first change I would like to see to fix that would be to simply reduce the difference in volume levels each dynamic has. The difference in volume for each dynamic level is just too big. The second thing I would like to see added is a crazy fever dream of mine. This would be the ultimate solution of my dreams. Create a way to automatically change the volume of each individual instrument at different parts of the score, without the use of dynamics. I invasion a mode where like in some DAWs, all the staves for every instrument turns into a graph where you could draw out the changes in dynamics. It would also be amazing if there was something similar to that for temp as well. I think I speak for everyone when I say I'd like the ability to change the velocity of every note to get the perfect balance, and bring out what needs to be heard without adding unnecessary dynamic markings. This would also give us the ability to make crescendos and decrescendos change at the speed we want.
jarring crescendos and decrescendos
The second thing I have noticed is that some instruments crescendo and decrescendo very jaggedly. I included an example. If you open up this score, which just contains a trumpet part resending and decrescendo, you will notice that the trumpet doesn't smothery change dynamics, it just jumps from one level to the next, and it isn't the only instrument to do that.
Selecting specific sounds from MS Basic
So I am aware that you can select an instrument in the mixer and change it to the MS Basic soundfont, but my problem is that you can't pick out a specific sound, it just sticks you onto the one that best matches the instrument. While they may not sound very realistic, there are times when I would prefer to borrow different sounds from MS 3 (such as synthesizers, sound effects, and uncommon instruments, which I can't do at all on MS 4.
Euphonium and instrument ranges
I was a little bit upset when I discovered that Musescore still hasn't given euphonium a sound of it's own. The euphonium is quite an important music in concert bands and brass ensembles, despite the fact they're rarely used in symphony orchestras. The euphonium deserves its own sound. But I wouldn't make a fuss over this fact if it wasn't for one thing. The instrument ranges cap out at what Musesccore perceives as the range of an instrument, meaning that if you use a tuba sound to fill the hole for euphonium, it won't be able to play above a high middle C, because that's where tuba caps out. This greatly reduces our freedom when writing. Instruments such as euphonium and trumpet need their high range. I really hope that this gets addressed. Musescore 4 does so many things right! But then does the easiest things wrong.
Apologies for writing so much, I appreciate you reading all of this.