Installing Muse Sounds

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    Muse Sounds is a library of sophisticated plugins that provide realistic playback for MuseScore.

    Installation

    Via Muse Hub (Windows and macOS)

    On Windows and macOS, Muse Sounds are installed using the Muse Hub application, which can also be used to install MuseScore 4. If you don't have Muse Hub yet you can download it for free from musehub.com.

    Once installed, Muse Hub is found in the Windows system tray (shortcut Win+B to focus), or the macOS menu bar (press VO+M twice to focus while VoiceOver is running).

    When Muse Hub is open, click Get under any sound you’d like to have in your library, and it will begin downloading and installing right away.

    Muse Hub also contains a range of effects plugins. Download and install these from the Effects tab.

    Once a plugin is fully downloaded, it will appear in the Mixer the next time you launch MuseScore.

    Via Muse Sounds Manager (Linux only)

    On Linux, Muse Sounds are installed using Muse Sounds Manager, which you can download from musescore.org as a DEB or RPM package for 64-bit Intel/AMD architectures (not ARM currently).

    When Muse Sounds Manager is open, click Get under any sound you’d like to have in your library, and it will begin downloading and installing right away.

    Once a plugin is fully downloaded, it will appear in the Mixer the next time you launch MuseScore.

    Using Muse Sounds in MuseScore

    Any Muse Sounds plugins you’ve downloaded will be automatically assigned to the appropriate instruments in your score.

    You can tell MuseScore to always use available Muse Sounds plugins via the Playback Setup dialog.

    1. Go to viewPlayback setup
    2. Select Muse Sounds in the Profiles section
    3. Leave Set as default for new scores checked if you want all future scores to also use Muse Sounds
    4. Click OK

    The Muse Sounds playback profile will ensure that all Muse Sounds plugins will be assigned to every available instrument in your score. You can also manually assign a Muse Sounds plugin to a single instrument via the Mixer. This can be helpful for scores with more than one instrument, where you may wish to combine Muse Sounds plugins with other VSTs or Soundfonts.

    1. Go to ViewMixer to show the Mixer (Shortcut: F10)
    2. Hover over a plugin slot next to Sound
    3. Click the dropdown button that appears
    4. Navigate to Muse Sounds and select a sound from the desired library

    Available sounds in Muse Sounds

    Muse Sounds currently supports the following instruments:

    Choir

    • Sopranos
    • Altos
    • Tenors
    • Basses

    Strings

    • Violins 1
    • Violin 1 (Solo)
    • Violins 2
    • Violin 2 (Solo)
    • Violas
    • Viola (Solo)
    • Violoncellos
    • Violoncello (Solo)
    • Contrabasses

    Woodwinds

    • Alto Flute
    • Alto Sax
    • Baritone Sax
    • Bass Clarinet
    • Bass Flute
    • Bassoon
    • Clarinet in Bb
    • Clarinet in Eb
    • Contrabass Flute
    • Contrabassoon
    • English Horn
    • Flute 1
    • Flute 2
    • Oboe
    • Piccolo
    • Soprano Sax
    • Tenor Sax

    Brass

    • French Horns a6
    • French Horn
    • Trumpets a4
    • Trumpet
    • Trombones a3
    • Trombone
    • Bass Trombone
    • Cimbasso
    • Tuba

    Percussion

    • Bass Drum
    • Bell Tree
    • Bongos
    • Cabasa
    • Castanets
    • Claves
    • Cowbell
    • Crotales
    • Field Drum
    • Glockenspiel
    • Gong
    • Marimba
    • Mark Tree
    • Piatti
    • Shaker
    • Sleigh Bells
    • Snare Drum
    • Suspended Cymbal
    • Taikos
    • Tam-Tam
    • Tambourine
    • Timbales
    • Timpani
    • Toms
    • Triangle
    • Tubular Bells
    • Vibraphone
    • Wood Blocks
    • Xylophone
    • Metronome

    Keys

    • Celesta
    • Grand Piano
    • Harpsichord
    • Soft Piano
    • Upright Piano
    • Hammond Organ
    • Suitcase Piano
    • Wurly 200A
    • Dream Piano

    Harp

    • Harp

    Guitars

    • Acoustic Nylon
    • Acoustic Steel Picked
    • Acoustic Steel Plucked
    • Electric Bass
    • Electric LP - Clean
    • Electric LP - Heavy
    • Electric LP - Lead
    • Electric SC - Clean
    • Electric SC - Heavy
    • Electric SC - Lead

    Any instruments not supported by Muse Sounds will remain assigned to MS Basic by default.