Easily changing default font for all text types in Musescore 3?

• Dec 18, 2018 - 05:20

Shouldn't changing the score font in Settings > Style > Score effect all fonts, including measure numbers, unless the user later changes the style of a specific text type?

Currently, if I want to have a score using only the Musejazz font, I have to change all the text styles individually, save the style and then load the style for new scores, no?

Is there an easier way? Am I missing something?

Perhaps there should be default style templates available in the Styles folder to load.

Also, how do I make Musejazz automatically the default font used when creating new scores? Do I have to create a template score and then point to it in Preferences > General > ":/data/My_First_Score.mscz". Again, there should be an easier way.


Actually, we do supply a style file MuseJazz.mss, but it's in the MsueScore installation folder so you'd have to browse to it. But it's easy enough to create it yourself - just create a score from the Jazz Lead Sheet template then immediately save the style. You can also save the default style that way, then open the MSS file in a text editor and do a search/replace. Or set up the instruments the way you want and save the score to your Templates folder. If you want literally every score you create to use that style regardless of instrumentation, just specify it as your default in Edit / Preferences / Score. Plenty of different ways to go about things, depending on exactly what you are trying to do.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks. I wasn't aware of the already existing Musejazz.mss file and some of these other options. However, shouldn't there still be a way to override all the font choices with one simple default font setting? For example, in a standard word processing program, I can simply select one font style for my titles, text body, bullet lists, etc.

BTW, I think a copy of the Musejazz.mss should be included in the user's Style folder, as well as some sample scores in the user's Scores folder. Most users won't know to look in the installation folder, and having a variety of beautiful looking example scores to learn from would be useful for Musescore beginners.

Also, it would be great if there was a default line spacing setting as well. That would solve the issue that you reported: https://musescore.org/en/node/280211 "Too much space between lines in MuseJazz Text"

In reply to by Sambaji

No, there is not currently one command to replace all fonts. It's a good idea, been suggested before, but I don't see an issue for it (only did a quick search). feel free to submit it to the issue tracker as a suggestion.

BTW, there are some samples scores too but they are as well-hidden as MuseJazz.mss :-) Just as well right now because they were created in MuseScore 1 (!) and don't look so good anymore, but I just submitted an update yesterday. I am not sure I'd favor adding things to the user's Scores folder, but a Demos folder is possible, or a menu item to access it (maybe under Help).

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

One command for change default font for all text types will be very useful function (like in Dorico). Please think about this. Second - very important thing - a possibility to connect via internal MIDI with virtual instruments (standalone or in host).
I was a big sceptic regarding Musescore. Now, probably, I am a biggest in the world fan of this fantastic application, and for free. Many, many choirs and conductors start (thanks my advise:) working with Musescore.
Chapeau Bas, Gentleman! Fantastic and gratis tool for learn parts, especially now, at "corona-time".

In reply to by RoMan965

There has been work done in this, but we're not too sure yet about how the UI for this should look. But do note - it's already quite possible, and not especially hard, to do this. Use Format / Save Style to save a style file, then edit it to remove all non-relevant lines, then search/replace to change the font. Save the resultant file, now you can easily apply it to any other score via Format / Load Style.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Marc, I understand your doubt regarding UI. Own style, possibility of saving and modification it, is good when you compose one kind of score. If you balance between pieces for small and big ensembles, so a "punto di partenza" (point of start), I mean a preferable font, should be useful. I don't like generally serif font (like Times Roman), I prefer fonts like arial (sans serif family). Almost all big creators of music notation soft (Dorico, Sibelius, Finale, You - Musescore) forgot that on the professional score (especially on epic, soundtrack scores) should be "a lot of light", simplicity of each symbol, not too much "black" and "heavy" elements. Many years ago I worked on Encore. And this old app has a very light, subtle style.

Marc, and what about MIDI (virtual, hardware) in Musescore? Do you think about this feature?

Thank you for answer!

In reply to by RoMan965

The main issue with respect to UI is how to present the font choices to the user given that not all elements support the same range of fonts. But the method I described does work fine.

Not sure what you mean about MIDI, MuseScore supports MIDI file import and export, MIDI device input and output, as well as integration with JACK. If you have some question about these features feel free to start a new thread.

In reply to by RoMan965

As for the MIDI/VST question.
There is some intention to attempt to integrate VST support somewhere in/after MuseScore 4. One of the reasons is that a license change is required to be able to include such support; another is that it is no small effort to maintain either.

It's on the horizon, but it's also still really hard to say how long it will be before that glimmering dot of hope on the horizon comes close enough to become something tangible.

In reply to by jeetee

MIDI - of course I mean connection to standalone virtual instruments or to host (like old V-Stack or RAX) as well as ReWire function. It will really huge step.
Marc, look, please count all users - Academies of Music, school, ensembles, choirs... - over millions (I suppose) on the world use Musescore, because is freeware. Musescore is developing fantastically, and you need for sure an world action concern to real fond, voluntary donations. I am an academic teacher, composer and conductor, and I know something about your job. I will be first to pay donation and asking all users to do the same in the name of artistic Solidarity.

best regards,

In reply to by RoMan965

As I said, if you have specific concerns about MIDI, best to start a new thread to discuss them. Also, though, realize I am but one of very many programmers working on MuseScore, and I personally would not likely be one to work on any of this because it is completely outside my area of expertise. But it's already been indicated that playback is an increasing priority and others are investigating ways of integrating additional technologies like VSTi etc. Not sure if any of the particular proprietary products you mentioned would be good candidates for integration or not, open source licenses are a tricky thing, but once again -= best discussed in a separate thread dedicated to that topic.

In reply to by RoMan965

Marc, Why I'm talking about MIDI-VST - in Musescore I don't understand basic structure of GM sounds... I'm looking for Rev Cymbal (usually in GM Library is separately). In Musescore I try all Drum Kits - I can't find... I have own professional libraries (Kontakt, Halion 6 etc.) and it is nonsense lost time looking for. I am big fan of Musescore, but drum notation soft is not intuitive... I don't know how use MDL sampler (which format of audio accept Musescore, Wav, AIF... probably SF2... I don't know.

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