change instruments in mixer

• Jun 20, 2020 - 02:50

sorry to bother everyone again.my question is how do i change the instrument in the mixer.

in the score I have two staves, top for mezzo and bottom for violin. Now for some reason in the boxes at the bottom of the task section where an instrument name appears they both say violin. i would like to change the sound on the playback for the mezz staff (now both play pizzicato).
i searched in the Handbook and its says you can change instruments in the mixer but i could not find where it says how to do that.
i understand that changing the editable name box at the very top would have no effect on this.
thanks again. Philip


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You can change the sound you want to hear to any other soundfont MIDI patch changing the third box (from the top) into the Mixer channel you are using.

Example: Into the Channel 2, the third box says: "Violin". You can change it to... Whatever, let's say "Trumpet". You will hear a trumpet instead a violin, BUT... The score will still show the original instrument name (violin).

The boxes at the bottom say what you've entered into that name field. As established in your previous topic, you kept trying to type into that field whilst having advised against it.

Whatever you type into the name field will be what is shown as the name of the track in the bottom of the mixer. It will not influence sound in any way at all.

In reply to by jeetee

thank you. everything you say is correct but for some reason, probably because i did something inadvertently before when changing the violin playback sound to pizzicato, both tracks at the bottom now say violin, and the mezzo playback is pizzicato also. i want to change the mezzo playback sound to Voice Ahs, i can't figure out how to change the first track to be mezzo (as i think it was originally, as in your first image). Is this clear?

i would appreciate it if you could tell me then how to change the first track back to mezzo. i understand that just typing mezzo in the name box above will not do it. thanks again, Philip

In reply to by Philip Ellis Foster

Excuse me, because I forgot to say something important...
Out of the MuseScore Mixer, in the score itself, there is a very great MuseScore capability: You can right-click on each track score name and you will get a menu, where you have the option: "Score/Part Properties ".
When you click on that option, you will see the attached image.
As you can see in that image, there is a part where you can change the score/part instrument in a more "global" way.
This change is "on-top" the Mixer changes.
If you change to "Violin" here, then, in the Mixer, you will see, automatically, the word "Violin" into the Mixer track box and into the Mixer track bottom label.
Don't be afraid!!! You can revert any change without to ruin your work.
Try on!!!

In reply to by jeetee

i re-read the last post above, by jeetee, and i went to the mixer and in the name box where there was the word violin i replaced it with the word mezzo but the name in the box at the bottom of track 1 did not change and still says violin.

i went back and looked again and first both were name and track box were blank and the mezzo appeared in both. i think the problem was that before either it didn't work or it just didn't happen quickly enough so i thought it was not working.

anyhow if typing mezzo in the name box changes the name in the track box as now it did, i don't understand what was meant before by saying typing the name in the name box wold not change the playback sound unless you meant that i also have to change the sound iin the sound drop down box which of course would be necessary because otherwise i would just be changing the instrument and not its playback sound.

i changed the sound to Voice ahs and closed the mixer and now aall is well, mezzo in voice ahs and violin in pizz. thanks to all for your help. philip

In reply to by Philip Ellis Foster

Glad that you worked out your end result.

>> i don't understand what was meant before by saying typing the name in the name box wold not change the playback sound unless you meant that i also have to change the sound iin the sound drop down box which of course would be necessary because otherwise i would just be changing the instrument and not its playback sound.

Typing in the name box only changes the name that appears on the bottom of the track. It does not change the playback sound. It also does NOT change the instrument definition in any way.
What I meant is exactly what I've written, nothing more nothing less.

Changing the instrument itself (the definition of it) is never done in the mixer, the mixer is about playback only.

In reply to by jeetee

many thanks again for your assistance. i could not get this done without it!

understand. there is often a problem of communicating just by email or messages like this. For example, by change the instrument, since i was speaking about using the mixer to change the playback sound, i meant change the instrument for which the playback sound would change, not change the instrument in the piece.

or changing the name in the box now i see also changes the name in the soundtrack, and nothing does change until you additionally change the sound and then close the mixer, but i obviously you have to change the sound if you want the sound changed, and then of course close the mixer to effectuate it. before as mentioned when i typed in the new name nothing seemed to happen but that was because i expected it to change instantly and it took a few seconds.

Thanks very much again.

In reply to by jeetee

where do you put the cursor to click the track? i tried by putting the cursor on the word violin iat the bottom when both tracks said violin and nothing happened.

on the other hand when i typed mezzo into the name box at the top, after some seconds the name on track one changed from violin to mezzo and then changed the sound from pizz to voice ahs and it worked just fine.

In reply to by Philip Ellis Foster

No, it's the other way around. Changes you make on the top only affect the track that is selected on the bottom. So first you select which track you want by clicking it on the bottom, then you make changes on the top. So if you neglected to select anything on the bottom, the first track was probably already selected by default, so changes you made on the top affected that track. And that's probably exactly how you created the problem originally - you intended to make changes to the second track but you didn't click it first,t and that's why the changes you made affected the first track and that's why your voice track got the pizzicato string sound.

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