Musescore 4 design and concept proposal
In everyday life, composing and writing music goes something like this:
1.finding ideas (often on the instrument - mostly on the piano)
2. specify instruments/singer
3. write down and record the idea
4. design and print out sheet music and give it to the musicians/singers
5. play/singing together and adjust tempo and volume here and there if necessary
I would like to see Musescore in that order. In the software, steps 3 and 4 would have to be swapped, because giving out notes is the last step on the PC and I want to listen to my voices before.
So Musescore 4 could introduce "modes" ("Modus").
2. notation (Notate with/without piano)
3. style & layout
5. printing, saving and sharing
Note: Since the inspector has been/is already redesigned, I will leave it out of consideration in the further course of this article!
The goal is to provide the most space for ScoreView in the modes where it is necessary. For this purpose, the Explorer bar at the top could be redesigned and eliminated.
The explorer bar is hidden in a menu that opens when you click or mouse over the Musescore icon. Next to it, also in the window bar, is a selection menu for the modes (Mode).
Both could open something like this:
Notation Modus (Standard)
All pannels can be either pinned or unpinned at the top (icon on the right). Pinned pannels would be hidden when leaving the panel. They will reappear when the mouse is moved upwards in the correct position. Scoreview could either be behind the bar by default or would expand upward when the bars are hidden.
All selected elements appear in "Musescore" blue, all others in white.
The palettes can still be accessed via icons in the left margin. The palette itself opens by simply moving the mouse over the icon.
The dark background behind the palette could also be removed. I find it helpful to focus on the palette.
The palettes themselves have 5 icons below. (1.Open 2.Save 3.Edit 4. Reset 5.Preferences/Options). A palette in "Edit" mode could work something like this. Additional elements can be placed by drag&drop and superfluous elements can be removed by drag&drop on the red area. By clicking the Edit icon again, you leave the "Edit" mode again.
In addition, a "minimal" palette could also be displayed in Scoreview when a right click is performed. For example, if I'm typing dynamics (CTRL+E), the following palette might appear next to the mouse when right-clicking
The piano could look like this:
Notation Modus (Piano)
In Notation (Piano) mode, a simple idea is to dock the Notation bar on the piano to keep the way up and down smaller.
Tantacrul has made some nice suggestions in the Telegram Musescore design group, which I would love to see in Musescore. (Here only one picture integrated to my proposal)
All settings concerning the playback should be visible here! Mixer, Master, Tempo, Effects, Soundfonts ...
Normally you don't change the playback options every 30 seconds and not at all while writing music. For this reason I don't think it is necessary to give ScoreView so much space. For clarity I clearly prefer a horizontal mixer: This way, volumes and other settings can always be viewed in relation to the other instruments. Foldable instruments that have to be selected first, I find very cumbersome, because I cannot remember the settings for every instrument, e.g. with 20 instruments. So it is difficult to adjust e.g. volume in relation to other instruments. The same applies to panning ...
There could be a horizontal mixer for clarity and a vertical mixer to still have more space for scoreview if others want it and need it for whatever reason.
If you insert an instrument group bracket in the staves, the instrument group would appear at the top of the mixer. The group could be locked and unlocked. In locked mode, all settings made on one instrument would also be applied "relatively" to the other instruments. For example, I increase the volume of an instrument by 5% - all instruments in the Strings group increase the volume by 5%.
To minimize the mixer, the buttons on the left side are there. So Midi, Sound, Pan and Volume could be faded in and out individually. Only "Volume" faded in could look like this:
Altogether then so:
The Vertical Mixer could take the place of the palettes in "playback mode".
The Vertical Mixer is very compressed and I think it could be extended...
Or then altogether like this:
The "Master Section" contains all other settings: Fluid, Cerberus, Compressor, Reverb, Dynamics, Tuning.
I have moved the tempo to the upper bar in "Playback Mode". Maybe it could also be displayed there independently of the mode. In the "Mixer Section" there are only 2 buttons "Load" and "Safe". If you click on them, the other options for "Load from Score" and "Load Default" or "Safe to Score" and "Set as Default" will open
In "playback mode" there is still a timeline missing (I think it would be helpful)
Style & Layout Modus
For the "Style & Layout" mode I don't have a finished suggestion yet, so I'll save myself further explanations for now.
Print, Save & Share Modus
The last step before the finished piece is printing, publishing and sharing.
On the left margin, there might be some printing options (highly developable and also necessary)
Also two buttons to save online and one button to publish on Musescore.com. (Proposal also from Tantacrul).
In the dropdown fields you could choose either (as an example) "Save selected" or "Save all". You can see the number of pages of each voice in the overview and you can specify the number of copies.
Settings that affect the view (Panorama, One Page, 2-Pages) are located at the bottom of the status bar. You may also see additional information about items selected in ScoreView.