How do I select the right Whistle?

• Aug 12, 2020 - 21:22

I imported a midi file and MuseScore substituted the instruments with instruments that MuseScore has available. One of them was changed to the Tin Whistle. I really liked it and I wanted to use it for one of the "older" scores that I still had, "The Lady Is A Tramp".

But when I open "The Lady Is A Tramp", right-click in the part for the Harmonica and choose:
- Staff Properties -> Change Instruments
and select any of the available Whistles, I always get something that sounds clearly different.

How do I get the Whistle that I hear in "Summertime - short.mid" ?

- I tried this with MuseScore 3.4.2 and 2.3.2, both with the same result.
- To avoid copyright conflicts, I shortened both scores to less than 20 seconds.
- I could remove all notes from "Summertime", and copy-and-paste the notes from "The Lady Is A Tramp", but I hope there's a better way. ;-)


If you go to View / Mixer, you will see the actual sound being used for each staff (different potentially from the "instrument" that is assigned to it, that's as much about name, clef, and transposition as it is about sound). Then simply select the same sound in your other score.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thank you for your quick response!

I didn't know there was a setting under "mixer". I checked what you described, and in both cases the actual sound is "Whistle".

The second instrument from "Summertime" is "Whistle" :
Summertime - View Mixer.png

The first instrument from "The Lady Is A Tramp" is "Whistle" too :
The Lady Is A Tramp - View Mixer.png

I guess there's something else that I'm overlooking?

At any rate thank you for your help.

In reply to by barencor

Maybe your ears are being fooled by the fact that the melodies are completely different, the summertime one is basically two octaves higher (one octave as written, another because of the octave clef)? Try raising lad is a tramp up two octaves (after changing to whistle) and it's more clearly the same sound.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

You are right. After I raised the lead instrument of "The Lady Is A Tramp" one octave, it started to sound more like a whistle. After raising it two octaves it's clearly a whistle.

Haha, but now the lead is too high for me to sing. :-D

(But that's not a problem. I can sing it one or two octaves lower. ;-) )


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