M4 says I/O is "System Default" but that's not the device it uses for playback
I'm just now starting to try to convert from M3.6 to M4, and -- as expected -- am hitting a fairly steep learning curve. Running on Windows 11, both M3.6 and M4 have eccentricities related to sound playback:
-- M3.6 from time to time (for reasons unknown) won't playback. But with help from this Forum I've learned that toggling the "MIDI Input" icon off and on will fix that. So far, I haven't hit that problem with M4.
-- Both M3.6 and M4 from time to time (for reasons unknown) choose an audio playback device different from the System Default. Usually they pick the headphone outlet on my RODE mic as an output device, even though the Win11 system default audio playback is a LG922 webcam. (Win11 has its own weirdness in this respect. Occasionally when updates are installed, it resets the default audio playback to the RODE mic -- even when there are no headphones plugged in.) With M3.6, when I recognize this error, at least I can correct it via Edit | Preferences, changing the IO device to the one I want.
But M4 stubbornly refuses to use anything but the Rode. Even after I change its Edit | Preferences IO from "System Default" to the LG922 (see attached example), it still directs sound to the RODE. (I even tried disabling the RODE speaker in the Win11 control panel, but M4 somehow finds a backdoor and plays on the RODE. Luckily, I happened to have my RODE headphones plugged in, but not on my head, so I could hear the faint output sound and figure out what's happening.) One difference I noticed is that the M4 Edit Preferences doesn't seem to have the "Restart Audio and MIDI Devices" button that M3_6 had.
I understand the reasons why from time to time it's necessary to completely overhaul a program in order to provide a platform for the future. I was fully prepared to endure the painful process of transitioning as a user. But now I'm totally discouraged. Mostly I just use MuseScore to create "fake book" type charts for vocal jazz (i.e. treble clef plus chords). For this purpose, it's been a wonderful tool . (Over the past several years, I've created charts for over 500 songs). But most of the announced improvements for M4 are for features I can't imagine ever wanting to use. So right now, I don't have the time to take a course covering the complete MuseScore features. I thought I'd be able to teach myself enough to convert to the latest version. I don't want to be one of the stubborn holdouts continuing to use an obsolete version for which it's not practical to provide support. But when I can't seem to get the simplest things to work properly, I'm not so sure.
Thanks in advance for any advice anybody can offer.