Notes are played too loud (f"# to a") for violin or too soft (g"# to a"b) for oboe

• Mar 26, 2017 - 10:16
Reported version
S5 - Suggestion
needs info

edit: I'm speaking about edition 2.0.2 and 2.0.3

Please open a stave and fill in then a chromatic c major scale in MuseScore, starting with c''. Please choose "voilins" (the group sound) to hear that scale then. While hearing that scale, you'll relize, that the range from f'' sharp respectively g'' flat till a'' is played too loud: So the user is forced to set compensatory signs like mezzoforte instaed of forte and so on. Of course that practise is very ugly. After testing what I've told you above, please start a further test with that above-mentioned scale, but this time not with violins, but with oboe: Now you'll realize, that the oboe is played too soft starting with the note g'' sharp respectively a'' flat.

MuseScore is such a goog notation program and even the sounds are amazing, but I don't want to be forced to do such a stupid compensatory work as described above. Please eleminate that defects soon, they are making users disappointed, thank you very much in advance!


First of all, always test issues on the latest nighties first before reporting to the issue tracker

Second always attach a score illustrating problem. Also maybe in this case attaching an .ogg output would be useful.

I personally have never seen the notation '', but I assume that means two octaves above middle c. I've tried in 2.0.3 and 2.1-dev and don't really hear a significant difference in loundess between the lower octave, middle, and higher octaves of violins. However, I am listening to musescore on some high quality headphones. I'm wondering if maybe you are listening on labtop speakers or low quality headphones...note that lower quality speakers tend to be unable to reproduce all frequencies at same volume level.

Now with oboe, the highest octave (above the amateur range), does sound a little loud, although I can't quite tell if it is actually louder or if that is just my psycho acoustic perception. Also, I'm not terribly experienced with oboes in real life, but doesn't the oboe tend to sound piercing in that range :)?

Anyway, honestly I would recommend if you really care about good sounding instruments, please take a look at and maybe download something like Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra (503 MB uncompressed) and setup musescore to use that soundfont according to the directions above on that page. The default soundfont with musescore has to be optimized for size to permit easy downloads, but there causes a tradeoff with quality.

Title Notes are played too loud or too soft partly Notes are played too loud (f"# to a") for violin or too soft (g"# to a"b) for oboe
Status (old) needs info active

Surely not critical, not even major. And the assigned field is for the developer to fix the issue, not the reporter :-).
Which soundfont? Check the latest from

Thanks for your comments. It was my first issue report here, so I didn't know how to classify terms like 'critical' and so on, excuse me please.

You are right, the sign " means what you've written above. Of course I had used good headphones.
Thank you very much for your tips regarding sound fonts. Indeed I didn't know, that there is a possibility to work with other soundfonts like Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra and so on. Of course I'll try that out as soon as possible. Meanwhile I have updated to the 2.0.3 edition on my laptop.

I can't send a score example to you right now, because there are filled in the compensations from which I had told above. So it's a balanced sound result.