Instruments XML file capabilities
So I want to add a couple of "instruments" to the instruments.xml file and maybe edit some existing ones, but I have a couple of questions and ideas to discuss first. So I've tried to do this a couple times before and failed miserably. I'm trying to add 2 keyboards: one that uses a string soundfont patch and another that uses a brass soundfont patch. This in itself seems easy enough though... I just don't know what I'm doing wrong, so if anyone's ever successfully added his or her own instrument to the musescore instrument browser using that file, can you share your instruments.xml file with me? or maybe if you just used an extra xml file as a second list, could you upload that one? (As an example so I can see how a working edited list looks) Thanx.
Now for my second question/idea, I'll start with a little backstory, hahaha. Musescore is for notation not playback, so I don't really ever expect much from musescore playack, to be honest... and it's already pretty good. But something that has a large impact on realism is articulation. Different soundfonts often have different articulation, so if you can control which soundfonts/patches are being used for certain notes, you can add realism to the playback (if you care about that sort of thing). And it can be done in the same way we use can use staff text properties to set "Arco," "Pizz," or "mute." So to see if this is applicable I need to ask a question. You can make up/ add channels to instruments using the instruments.xml file, right?
And In case anyone's interested, I'd really like to see if I could use this for solo violin and maybe even strings in general. I really like the AA violin soundfont for a single violin, so I need it's fast violin for faster passages/passing notes and it's slow violin for longer notes. And maybe in some GM soundfonts for any [plural amount of] strings instruments in musescore I can add a fast strings and slow strings channel in a similar fashion. (And copy and paste text to set different channels). So aside from my plea for help in the first paragraph, and my genuine question in the second paragraph, what do you all think about this idea in general? Thanx.