Use VST instruments with multiple articulations/patches in MuseScore 4

• May 23, 2023 - 15:34

I would like to use VST instruments that contain multiple articulations for an instrument (ex. sustain, legato/slur, staccato, marcato, etc.), however, I don’t actually know how to map each articulation to the appropriate notation. I remember there was limited functionality for this in MuseScore 3, where certain string instruments would have their main sound font and then a little extension with staccato, tremolo, and maybe some more articulations. Is this possible in MuseScore 4?


MuseScore 3 and 4 both support this for soundfonts via General MIDI. But I don't know that this is a thing for VST. Normally they work using keyswitches. If you add an extra staff you can add the necessary notes for that, then hide the staff.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I was thinking about this and then realized something that might work:

Let's say you have a flute patch that uses keyswitches. They might be C0, C#0, D0, etc. What if you notated whatever for the flute as usual, then when the flute would be required to switch articulations, you added a really, really low note that was both hidden and muted (although it would be out of its range anyway) that would act as if you pressed a keyswitch in real time in the plugin, but in MuseScore, would just show up as a dyad. Do you think that might work?

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