Musescore 4 is a downgrade for me.
Hello, I'm theGold (musescore username) and I'm really not liking this new Musescore 4 update so far. Before I go feather though; this is not a rant against the new update nor to the amazing dev team that made it, I'm just simply explaining and constructively criticizing some of the problems I came across with Musescore 4. So, if any major controversy on this subject comes up, please understand that it's coming from a place of heart and do not mean any sort of harm.
About Musescore 4... :
Musescore 4.0 is the (by the time I'm typing this) latest update for the platform. Made to fix and clean up some of the UI and notational problems from Musescore 3.6.2, Musescore 4 was supposed to be a big step towards the right direction not only for the platform but for the community as a whole. And that's where the problem lies. But...
I'm a positive guy, and as such, I'm not going to tell you that Musescore 4 is straight-up bad; in fact, what they did to the notation was game-changing, and now having the ability to actually pan instruments and giving them reverb was long overdue (in a good way). The UI "looks" slicker and more modern than past versions and though the instruments (in my opinion) have been negatively tampered with, the midi quality definitely improved. Of course, there is more improvement I can list here, but that's not why I wrote this.
There are two different types of Musescore creators here: Formal users and informal users (neither one is less important nor impactful than the other). Formal users compose music on a professional level, they usually compose or transcribe music with the intention of it being played. While informal users compose music in more a creative light, they compose or transcribe music with the intention of pushing Musecore to its absolute limit with little to no regard for notation nor playability. I fall in line with the informal users... I make remixes and reimaginings of game OSTs I like using with the limitations of Musescore. I do this because I think it's a fun process composing without having restraints to make it look professional, I also use this to plot down a rough deft of the arrangement of a song so I can take it into FL studio and do the rest. When I downloaded the update for Musescore 4, I was expecting it to make the process more fun and easier for both types of users, but...
Musescore 4 clearly wasn't made for the informal user, instead, it focused on formal users with better notation UI and customizations so it could be easier to read. Which isn't a bad thing at all, even if that was the only thing they had done. But they (intentionally or not) made it made extensively harder to make the music I once loved making, alot of the instrument midi we liked to use are missing, UI is more limiting (for instance no piano roll, why?), a lot of the stuff I bet even formal users use is gone or is more complicated to load. I took two videos of the same score I've made a while ago; one was recorded from Musescore 3.6.2 the other from Musescore 4.0, tell me which is better.
Musescore 3.6.2: https://youtu.be/Koh0n19lTNc
Musescore 4.0: https://youtu.be/RyGMbm-u9lg