Default and max playback volume much too *loud*
Currently v1.3 provides a volume slider on the playback panel. This is helpful because sometimes the playback sound intensity from multiple instruments (in the aggregate) is much louder than sounds from other software programs on the computer, and so a playback volume control allows users to turn down the volume of MS alone instead of changing the existing speaker sound levels on the computer.
However, the current implementation is not doing that. On my v1.3 (Win7/x64), installed last night, the MS volume on a new score is much too low, even with volume in the playback panel set to the max. It forced me to turn up my computer volume, which then caused system sounds (dings, incoming mail, Skype, etc) to be much too loud.
I had no dynamics (mF, F, etc) in my new default score.
I downloaded some other scores, and they played at an appropriate sound level. I noticed that they had dynamics, and that clicking on the opening dynamic showed me a MIDI sound level. But the score that played properly had a dynamic that I didn't recognize (like a scrolled f), and it had a MIDI level of 1 (I couldn't understand how a 1 could produce that much sound).
I added some test dynamics (eg mF), and the playback sound improved a little. But I do not think that should be necessary. There is a volume issue at work here. Perhaps I am doing something wrong, but please keep in mind that:
- it is a fresh installation of MS
- I am a new user (who probably doesn't know enough to screw up volume settings)
- it is a fresh new blank, default (piano) score, with only a few lines of simple notes
- there were no dynamics in the score text
- the playback volume was set at the default (90%?)
- the mixer controls were set at the defaults (I didn't touch them)
- I searched the doc, but could find nothing useful about this situation
For now, I am forced to play MS at a very, very low volume, because the pain of increasing my default computer speaker sound levels is too high. I wish I knew enough about MS code, score, and operations to more clearly pinpoint the technical issue, perhaps by more contrast between my score and other scores, but unfortunately this is the best that I can do at this time.