No Sound When I try to play

• Apr 3, 2015 - 04:48

When I downloaded Musescore 2.0, I opened it up, was writing a song, but when i tried to play it, there was no sound.


In reply to by TheCelloChamp

Did you try to revert to factory settings? Probably some older experimental version you had installed has settings that are preventing MuseScore from finding your soundfonts. See Reinstalling does *not* address this; you have to follow the instructions there.

If that doesn't work for some reason and there is no reaosn it shouldn't - please post what you see for Soundfonts in Edit / Preferences, also what soundfonts if any are listed in View / Synthesizer, and what is listed if you press the Add button.

Using MuseScore 2.0 on Windows, I encountered the same problem. After a reboot I had no sound.

In Edit, Preferences, I/O tab, I changed the API to something else, then back to its default (for me, MME). I restarted MuseScore in between, and after a few times, my sound returned.

I have the same problem, so it still has not been addressed by the musescore team I think? Or didn't I find the right info? It's very problematic, I have tried everything I could find on the web but nothing is working. I wish I could still use my older version but it deleted that of course. So now I have this non-working musescore 2.0.3 on my computer. I think I will simply try to find an older version and not use the new one. That seems to be the simplest solution I can think of.

fixed: i fixed the problem by turning on my actual speakers. ;-)

I couldn't hear any sound either when it was being played (before being uploaded). Setting it to the factory settings thing didn't help either. Sigh.

In reply to by ThePotatoGirl

If you don't see any soundfonts listed in View / Synthesizer, that is your problem right there. Are you really using 2 (as in 2.0) and not the current version, 2.0.3? If so, first step is to install 2.0.3. Actually, reinstalling might be the answer anyhow even if you are running 2.0.3 - you might for some reason be missing the soundfont file. You are *positive* you ran the "Revert to Factory Settings" procedure?

In reply to by Marc Sabatella


I have the same problem of the playback not functioning. I've tried factory reset and double checked the soundfont thing and synthesizer. Everything seems to be in order. So I'm unsure what's happening here. Speakers are working fine as well as it is able to play videos and youtube clips just not from MuseScore 2.0.3

Thanks in advance!

I have the same issue, and none of the recommendations here were able to solve my problem.

I have the current update of MuseScore (2.0.3), and my OS is Windows 10 (fully updated).

I tried reverting to factory settings, and when that failed I tried reinstalling in case of any missing/corrupted files or something. I tried the I/O settings trick, and that didn't work. Also the I/O settings are definitely set to the correct one that worked in the past, though I checked the others just in case. Also I made sure to double-check frequently to make sure the mixer/play panel/synthesizer showed normal volume settings. My speakers have no issues with any other program and have been working normally.

This started happening a few months ago, and I thought it might resolve with time/updates, but so far it's still unusable.

Any ideas?

I have this same problem except I have a Mac. I hadn't opened the program for a month so I don't know how long this has been happening, but today's the only time i've encountered this issue. Every other program on my computer has working sound, and I've tried going into the sound settings to fix it but to no avail. The only problem I can think of is that I always have a wacom tablet plugged into my computer and my tablet will sometimes activate the alt or command key randomly, but i've unplugged my tablet and restarted my computer and it's still broken. I've tried everything here but nothing works.

I found, for me, the issue was with the Mixer sound option. I changed it to something else and it worked, changed it back and it worked. This was done after reverting to factory settings. So you have to go to MuseScore's default soundfont before changing the Mixer settings.

This was an odd one. I updated to 3.0 some time ago. Unfortunately, it left 2.0.3 installed on my machine and the shortcut was still on my desktop. I was inadvertently running 2.0.3 from my desktop icon and playback did not work (the cursor never even advanced when hitting play). I uninstalled 2.0.3 and made sure I was running 3.0 and now everything works fine. Hope this helps someone else out.

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