Instrument Changes: add ability to change back to a previous instrument
The "Instrument Change" feature works very well until you want to change back to a previously used instrument, in which case a new Mixer entry is created when this may not be desired.
Consider this common format for a duet where two singers alternate lines/verses:
1st Verse: Person 1 --> 2nd Verse: Person 2 --> 3rd: Person 1 --> 4th: Person 2, etc.
- Show 2 separate entries in the Mixer with separate instruments: "Person 1 (Bassoon)" and "Person 2 (Violin)".
Current behaviour: (see attached file Duet - Change Instrument Example.mscz)
- There are 5 entries in the Mixer (a new entry is created each time you change instrument)
- These entries are given the name of the instrument (e.g. "Voice") instead of the name of the part (e.g. "Person 1")
Make necessary changes to Mixer and, when inserting "Change Instrument" text, present the user with a list of instruments/parts already present in the score and/or the option to create a new one. i.e. inserting "Change Instrument" text would trigger the option (perhaps via the Inspector?):
Change instrument to:
- Person 1 (Bassoon)
- Person 2 (Violin)
- Create new instrument...
Note: Although the desired behaviour can sometimes be achieved by using a separate staff for each person and the "Hide Empty Staves" feature, this is not good enough if the singers alternate too often. This is especially true in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theatre.
P.S. Since the "Change Instrument" feature works fine I see this as more of a "feature request" than a "bug", but feel free to change it if you disagree.
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