Incorrect Pitch

• Apr 13, 2023 - 10:22

I am writing some orchestral music and something weird has just suddenly happened. The music is written in C# minor but is sounding a tone lower in B Minor. I can't work out why this is and I'm looking at all the transposition settings. This is Musescore 4


I had a similar problem (C#m sounding a semitone - not a tone - lower).
Turned out it was caused by my audio interface being set to 44.1khz while Musescore expects 48khz. This lowers the pitch by a semitone, and also slows down the tempo.
If this is the case for you, try to set the audio interface to use 48khz.

I have a similar issue, I was doing my high school marching band transcription and when any woodwinds would play the high notes or runs, the pitch would get all messed up and sound flat or wrong

I am having the same problem. I have had it a few times this year. Rgruet, above, writes "set the audio interface to use 48khz", but I don't know what an audio interface is, or how to set it.

I'm attaching my score here. Thank you.

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In reply to by gavrielwasser

The audio interface is the hardware on your computer that allows it to play sounds. Also know as a "sound card", if it's something built into your computer as opposed to a separate device you plug in.

The settings for it are usually in your operating system. So for example, in Windows, right-click the speaer icon on the taskbar to get to the settings for your audio device. Or do a web search to learn more about how to set the audio sample rate in your particular operating system.

If the sample currently set to 44.1 kHz, change it to 48; or vice versa.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Ah OK, I didn't know that!
@gavrielwasser: On some OS the frame rate setting can be a bit hard to find. For example on Windows 10, right click on the speaker icon in the taskbar > Open sound settings > Output > your audio device > Device property > Additional device properties > "Advanced" Tab.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks. I followed your instructions, found the sound settings, and then noticed that I wasn't having the problem.
So I thought: Wait, when I had the problem earlier, was it happening on the computer's own speakers, or on my external speakers? I then tested MuseScore with my external speakers, and found that the problem was indeed happening there, and presumably that is where the problem was occurring yesterday.
So: How can I fix the sound settings in my external speakers? In Windows, presumably I can only fix the sound settings for my build in speakers, correct?

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