Hairpin Decrescendo in Musescore4

• Jan 30, 2023 - 07:29

In Musescore3, I select “Hairpin” and then, I apply “Velocity change” in the “Inspector”.

In Musescore 4, I select the “Hairpin” but I cannot find the place to apply "Velocity change" and without such a change, the “Decrescendo” seems to have no effect. Please see that attached screenshot.

Any ideas?

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Let's reset expectations. MuseScore 4 involved a rewrite of the codebase which will change the way in which volume is controlled. And sorry, but at launch MS 4.0 was incomplete and can only be regarded as "work in progress". Improvements will be fed in gradually with 4.0.x releases, and then with 4.1 and 4.2 releases - and so onward. It will take a while.

I need detailed volume control of practice files for choirs, so I am staying with MS 3.6.2 for the time being.

As you know, there are various schools of thought on this. You can use a hairpin to get soft, followed by another one to get louder. And you follow the conductor to know how soft and loud to get. But how does the composer indicate what volume to return to? Should it be louder or a bit softer? How does the composer show that they only wanted a slight decrescendo before getting louder again. In MS3 you could define the hairpin. But on paper that someone is reading there is no way. It seems to me that there is no doubt if there is a dynamic at the end of the hairpin. Other notation software requires this. I'm not sure this is something that needs to be 'Fixed". Maybe it will become an option. One that I probably not use. I understand others might.

The correct way to set the end dynamic for a hairpin is to simply add the desired dynamic there. You aren't supposed to need to fiddle with settings in dialogs that musicians reading your score won't be able to see anyhow.

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