musescore List of all the woodwind instruments and their sounds used in the mixer

• Apr 7, 2018 - 17:51

I don't know whether this makes me the freakiest band nerd or really dedicated to learning music, but I went out of my way to make a list of all the woodwind instruments (lowercase letters) in Musescore along with their SOUND that's used in the Mixer which is typed in CAPITAL letters (just to be clear, I don't mean to be rude or appear to be shouting by using capital letters).... Also, I attached a notepad file that has all the woodwind and brass instruments listed along with its SOUND written in capital letters... I'll try to do the rest of the instruments later when I'm motivated for strings, etc.

Musescore List of Woodwind Instruments and SOUND in Mixer
(Instuments = Lowercase letters SOUND IN MIXER = CAPITAL LETTERS)

Instrument SOUND

  1. piccolo PICCOLO
  2. flute FLUTE
  3. treble flute PICCOLO
  4. soprano flute FLUTE
  5. Sub Contra-alto Flute FLUTE
  6. Alto flute FLUTE
  7. bass flute FLUTE
  8. Contra-alto Flute FLUTE
  9. Contrabass flute FLUTE
  10. Double Contrabass flute FLUTE
  11. Hyperbass Flute FLUTE
  12. Traverso FLUTE
  13. Danso BOTTLE CHIFF
  14. Dizi PICCOLO
  15. C Dizi PICCOLO
  16. A Dizi PICCOLO
  17. G Dizi PICCOLO
  18. F Dizi PICCOLO
  19. E Dizi PICCOLO
  20. B b Fife PICCOLO
  21. Flageolet WHISTLE
  22. French Flageolet WHISTLE
  23. English Flageolet WHISTLE
  24. Irish Flute FLUTE
  25. Gemshorn OCARINA
  26. Soprano Gemshorn OCARINA
  27. Alto Gemshorn OCARINA
  28. Tenor Gemshorn OCARINA
  29. Bass Gemshorn OCARINA
  30. Ocarina OCARINA
  31. G Soprano Ocarina OCARINA
  32. F Soprano Ocarina OCARINA
  33. C Soprano Ocarina OCARINA
  34. B b Soprano Ocarina OCARINA
  35. G Alto Ocarina OCARINA
  36. F Alto Ocarina OCARINA
  37. C Alto Ocarina OCARINA
  38. B b Alto Ocarina OCARINA
  39. C Bass Ocarina OCARINA
  40. Pan Flute PAN FLUTE
  41. Quena BARITONE SAX
  42. C Quena BARITONE SAX
  43. G Quena BARITONE SAX
  44. F Quena BARITONE SAX
  45. Quena BARITONE SAX
  46. Recorder RECORDER
  47. Garklein Recorder RECORDER
  48. Sopranino Recorder RECORDER
  49. Soprano Recorder RECORDER
  50. Alto Recorder RECORDER
  51. Tenor Recorder RECORDER
  52. Bass Recorder RECORDER
  53. Greatbass Recorder RECORDER
  54. Contrabass Recorder RECORDER
  55. Slide Whistle OCARINA
  56. Tin Whistle WHISTLE
  57. B b Tin Whistle WHISTLE
  58. Tin Whistle WHISTLE
  59. Piccolo Oboe OBOE
  60. Oboe OBOE
  61. Baroque Oboe ENGLISH HORN
  62. Oboe d'amore OBOE
  63. Oboe da caccia BARITONE SAX
  64. English Horn ENGLISH HORN
  65. Baritone Oboe OBOE
  66. Piccolo Heckelphone OBOE
  67. Heckelphone OBOE
  68. Heckelphone- clarinet OBOE
  69. Sopranino Shawm BARITONE SAX
  70. Soprano Shawm BARITONE SAX
  71. Alto Shawm BARITONE SAX
  72. Tenor Shawm BARITONE SAX
  73. Bass Shawm BARITONE SAX
  74. Great Bass Shawm BARITONE SAX
  75. Cromorne BARITONE SAX
  76. Crumhorn BARITONE SAX
  77. Soprano Crumhorn BARITONE SAX
  78. Alto Crumhorn BARITONE SAX
  79. Tenor Crumhorn BARITONE SAX
  80. Bass Crumhorn BARITONE SAX
  81. Greatbass Crumhorn BARITONE SAX
  82. Cornamuse BARITONE SAX
  83. Soprano Cornamuse BARITONE SAX
  84. Alto Cornamuse BARITONE SAX
  85. Tenor Cornamuse BARITONE SAX
  86. Bass Cornamuse BARITONE SAX
  87. Duduk CLARINET
  88. F Duduk CLARINET
  89. E Duduk CLARINET
  90. Duduk CLARINET
  91. C Duduk CLARINET
  92. B Duduk CLARINET
  93. B b Duduk CLARINET
  94. A Duduk CLARINET
  95. G Duduk CLARINET
  96. A Bass Duduk CLARINET
  97. Soprano Kelhorn BARITONE SAX
  98. Alto Kelhorn BARITONE SAX
  99. Tenor Kelhorn BARITONE SAX
  100. Bass Kelhorn BARITONE SAX
  101. Greatbass Kelhorn BARITONE SAX
  102. Rauschpfeife BARITONE SAX
  103. Sopranino Rauschpfeife BARITONE SAX
  104. Sopranp Rauschpfeife BARITONE SAX
  105. Shenai SHENAI
  106. Clarinet CLARINET
  107. Piccolo Clarinet CLARINET
  108. Soprano Clarinet CLARINET
  109. C Clarinet CLARINET
  110. D Clarinet CLARINET
  111. E b Clarinet CLARINET
  112. B b Clarinet CLARINET
  113. A Clarinet CLARINET
  114. Alto Clarinet CLARINET
  115. Basset Clarinet CLARINET
  116. Basset Horn CLARINET
  117. Bass Clarinet CLARINET
  118. Contra-alto Clarinet CLARINET
  119. Contrabass Clarinet CLARINET
  120. Chalumeau BARITONE SAX
  121. Sopranino Chalumeau BARITONE SAX
  122. Soprano Chalumeau BARITONE SAX
  123. Alto Chalumeau BARITONE SAX
  124. Tenor Chalumeau BARITONE SAX
  125. Bass Chalumeau BARITONE SAX
  126. Tarogato ENGLISH HORN
  127. Octavin ENGLISH HORN
  128. Bassoon BASSOON
  129. Contrabassoon BASSOON
  130. Reed Contrabass BASSOON
  131. Dulcian BARITONE SAX
  132. Rackett BARITONE SAX
  133. Sarrusophone BARITONE SAX
  134. Sopranino Sarrusophone BARITONE SAX
  135. Soprano Sarrusophone BARITONE SAX
  136. Alto Sarrusophone BARITONE SAX
  137. Tenor Sarrusophone BARITONE SAX
  138. Baritone Sarrusophone BARITONE SAX
  139. Bass Sarrusophone BARITONE SAX
  140. Contrabass Sarrusophone BARITONE SAX
  141. Saxophone TENOR SAX
  142. Sopranissimo Saxophone SOPRANO SAX
  143. Sopranino Saxophone SOPRANO SAX
  144. Soprano Saxophone SOPRANO SAX
  145. Aulochrome SOPRANO SAX
  146. Mezzo-Soprano Saxophone ALTO SAX
  147. Alto Saxophone ALTO SAX
  148. Melody Saxophone TENOR SAX
  149. Tenor Saxophone TENOR SAX
  150. Baritone Saxophone BARITONE SAX
  151. Bass Saxophone BARITONE SAX
  152. Contrabass Saxophone BARITONE SAX
  153. Subcontrabass Saxophone BARITONE SAX
  154. Bagpipe BAGPIPE
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In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

ok... forgive me, I'm clueless (as usual)... what is GM numbers? And if the sound isn't related to the instrument, why do instruments have particular default sounds in the mixer? Attempting to teach myself this stuff since I am a Forrest Gump attempting to be like DJ Mozart... just because, like others, there are instruments that I never knew 80 percent of the list for instruments boggles my mind as to what it is. So, it is a lot to explore and learn (which I do enjoy doing) but I think myself, and probably some others, would agree that it'd be nice to have a more efficient way to familiarize oneself with instruments with hearing a sample note or two played (and then explore more notes by ourselves of possible instruments narrowed down from the brief sample that we might want to have). Someone mentioned googling the instrument to hear how it sounds live, but I highly doubt most people want to do that, however many hundreds of instruments. Lol, that's just my thoughts though from whatever posts I see and from what little experience I've had using Musescore

In reply to by Adria Sorensen

GM is "General MIDI". This is the standard that defines which sounds should correspond to which program numbers in any GM-compatible synthesizer. See for example Wikipedia to learn more.

Basically, GM defines only a small handful of sounds, and yet there are tons of instruments in the real world. So most of those instruments don't have an actual sound in GM, so we just need to pick something we think is kind of close. Sometimes it's closer than other times. And FWIW, we could easily change our minds at any point and decide that, for instance, a recorder is a better imitation of a some obscure African wind instrument than a flute is, or vice vera. but flute will also be the same program number, because that's what GM says it should be.

The reason Googling an instrument makes much more sense that doing what you're doing is that if you really want to know what some obscure instrument sounds like, hearing MuseScore do a poor imitation of it by playing a flute sounds won't help. You'll get a completely distorted representation of what your score will actually sound like when played by real musicians. And if you have no intention of using real musicians, why bother with obscure instruments? Just stick to the standard ones that have real sounds, like flute, rather than obscure ones that are merely imitated using flute.

In reply to by Adria Sorensen

I'm right there with you, a fellow "freaky band nerd". :) Great to see you exploring and sharing.

Here is an amazing resource if you want to check out even more instruments you don't see that often -

It is an online museum of musical instruments.

BTW - been making a lot of changes to instruments.xml, you can check it out on the most recent 2.3 nightly build. Added Concert Band, Marching Band, Choral, and a few other things. Curious to get your feedback.

In reply to by Daniel

Hey thanks. I briefly checked it out but will do so more...Lately, I've been up to more band geekiness and made 4 documents that for people to be able to preview all the Woodwind, Free Reed, Brass, Pitched Percussion, Keyboard, Electronic, plucked and bowed string instruments in Musescore by having each instrument play a sample of notes. As the notes are played, the notes on the clef are shown along with the instrument name too, and I figured out ways to condense the number of staves used to 2 -8 staves total rather than having hundreds of staves...I tried to combine all the instruments into one document but then the wood winds started to sound like brass instruments or the notes wouldn't play at all for individual instruments, hence the 4 documents...First one covers the wood winds; second one covers free reed and brass. Third one covers pitched percussion, keyboard, and electronic instruments, and the fourth covers all the string instruments , both plucked and bowed string instruments in musescore. Also, I have the bow string instruments play the same sample of notes 3X instead of once like the other instruments in order to hear each bowed instrument played normally, pizzicato, and tremelo.

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