Internal synthesiser features too much reverb

• Feb 8, 2010 - 08:00
S4 - Minor

It seems the internal synthesiser (Edit->Preferences->I/O) is way too reverbed (at least on Windows) so that everything sounds a bit 'muddy'. Turns out that by default chorus and reverb are on for any new instrument, although turning them down only improves (IMHO) a little.
I would suggest at least setting reverb and chorus to 0 by default, as I think for score editing the clearer the sound the better (if one wants to do a 'realistic' midi rendering with cool synth they usually use a sequencer anyway...)
Even better would be to use a default synth (soundfont?) with no 'hardcoded' reverb.

Al the best


I would support this comment. I am using 0.9.5 on OS X 10.6.2. Each new score has to be started by turning reverb and chorus off. (Well, I leave a small reverb).

Hi sorry for the late answer.
I'm using 0.9.6 on both windows XP and Ubuntu 9.10. The soundfont is the one with "default synth" in the settings.
In Ubuntu thing seem a little better by turning the reverb down.


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The new default SoundFont in the upcoming 0.9.6 indeed has a lot less 'hardcoded' reverb.

In the 0.9.6 beta the reverb settings are in two places: Display > Mixer, and Display > Synthesizer. I suppose it would be useful if there was an easy preset that turned them all down.

Nice to hear that about hard-coded reverb (never a nice thing, apart from very special cases IMHO).
As I said I'd personally have reverb to 0 as default for a score editor, but that's a personal tast I guess.


Also noticed this. I cannot see any options for dealing with reverb under "Edit → Preferences → I/O" as the issue description suggests, but i can find "reverb" and "chorus" options for each instrument in the mixer, so i guess those have simply moved there since 2.x

However, on OS: Manjaro Linux, Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit): 3.4.2., revision: 148e43f the situation is even worse: using the "reverb" and "chorus" sliders in the mixer view don't have any effect whatsover, no matter whether i select 0 or 127 or anything in between, it always sounds the same. Also using PulseAudio or ALSA drivers doesn't make a difference. Not sure if this a linux-specific issue, can anyone else confirm?

The reverb and chrous settings in the Mixer only affect MIDI output, not the built-in synth. The built-in synth only supports global reverb/chorus, not per-channel. The global settings are in View / Synthesizer.