Is there a way to add instruments with other extensions in musescore 3?

• Jun 3, 2020 - 17:40

for example, a traditional Brazilian fife exists in several extensions (G4 - D7, A4 - E7, C5 - G8, etc.), and every time I write for this instrument I need to reconfigure the extension of the instrument individually, wasting a lot of time... If it were possible to at least duplicate the instrument it would help a lot!


If you mean you have customize the range settings in Staff/Part Properties, you could just save the resulting score as a template, then select that template new time you create a new score. But if you intend to use that same instrument in multiple different ensembles, so a single template won't work for you, you can create your own custom instruments.xml configuration file and tell MuseScore to use it, in Edit / Preferences / Score. You can use the existing one as a model. Usually it's best to create just the necessary subset and specify that as a secondary file, as opposed to replacing the original. But all this requires some willingness to "get your hands dirty".

In reply to by Juan A. Marques

The XML file isn't "the code", it is a configuration file which you can copy and then modify and store it at a new location. Then refer to that 2nd instruments.xml file in the preferences.

All without having to compile/build MuseScore yourself. But yes, you have to manually work with the config file in a text editor.

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