XML Import Problem. MIDI Instrument Name appears everywhere in grey. Reason: Default Setting: SHOW > INVISIBLE = ON

• Mar 3, 2023 - 20:24

I use SmartScore to scan in scores and import them into MuseScore 4.
XML files come in clean and tidy EXCEPT the SmartScore MIDI Instrument name (Usually "Grand Piano") appears over and over again in grey color. Apparently it's an "Invisible" element (won't ask why). Going to VIEW > SHOW and unchecking "Invisible" removes the artifacts.

MuseScore Developers !!!: PLEASE reset default VIEW > SHOW > "Invisible" setting to OFF (unchecked).


That would be a bad idea; normally you want invisible elements to appear, so you can edit them. But as a workaround for buggy scores that contain unnecessary extra invisible elements, the control you mention works as expected. The real problem is SmartScore having added unnecessary elements in the first place. I'd report that bug to them.

The "Invisible" element are instrument changes. These result from SmartScore's multiple instrument per staff export (it generates separate MIDI instruments with different channel assignment for the voices in different staves in the same part) combined with MuseScore's MusicXML importer's assumption that MuseScore handles only a single instrument for each part at a given time.

See previous issue #257936: MusicXML file with multiple instruments at the same time in one part does not import correctly into MuseScore.

Importing/exporting the xml file using Finale NotePad removes the multiple instruments and imports cleanly into MuseScore. Result attached.

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Hallelujah Cohen_by_Finale_Notepad.xml 788.67 KB

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