The Mixer allows you to change instrument sounds and adjust the volume, panning, reverberation, and chorus for each staff. From the main menu, choose View → Mixer or press F10 (Mac: fn+F10) to show the Mixer.
Mute and Solo
Use the Mute check box to quickly silence certain staves. Alternatively, use the Solo check box to silence all staves, except the staff you mark as "solo".
To turn a dial clockwise, click and drag upwards. To turn a dial counter-clockwise, click and drag downwards. You can also hover the mouse pointer over the dial and then move the mouse wheel.
Double-clicking on any dial restores it to its default.
The Sound drop-down menu lists every instrument supported by your current SoundFont. If you have multiple SoundFonts loaded in the Synthesizer, all the patches from all the SoundFonts will appear in a single long list—all the sounds available from the second SoundFont appearing after all the sounds from the first SoundFont, and so on.
Mid-staff sound change (pizz., con sordino, etc.)
Some instruments come with multiple channels in the Mixer that can be used to change sounds midway through a score. For example, strings may utilize pizzicato or tremolo, and trumpet can switch to muted trumpet.
The following instructions use pizzicato strings as an example, but the same principles apply to tremolo strings or muted trumpet.
- Select the first note of the section you want to be pizzicato
- From the main menu, choose Add → Text → Staff Text
- Type Pizz. At this point, this text is a visual reference only and not applied during playback
- Right-click on the staff text and select Staff Text Properties...
- In the
Staff Text Propertiesdialog, select one or more voices on the left (in the Change Channel tab)
From the dropdown menu, select pizzicato
Click OK to return to the score
Every note after the staff text you added now sounds pizzicato. To return to a normal strings sound later in the piece, follow the same guidelines as above except type Arco in step 3 and select normal in step 6.