Will plugins like Miroslav Philharmonik work in Musescore

• Sep 4, 2015 - 10:03


I need to get better VSTs, because the Soundfonts I currently use sound nothing like a decent orchestra. So I have found a program called Miroslav Philharmonik, and it is one of those fairly cheap, decent VST's that work in any DAW. Is MuseScore classed as a DAW? And do you think that this VST would work on it?

I don't want to have to buy a (fairly) expensive plugin, and THEN have to spend another few hundred buying a DAW for it to work on. I like MuseScore's setup and the fact that you can input real notes, instead of having a huge screen full of weird buttons and files and stuff, but I need good audio quality.


Musescore is not a DAW (it's primary purpose is to produce quality printed music notaion for real musicians to read). Currently, at least, it doesn't host VST instruments natively. Nonetheless, you can still access them via JACK if you really want to. For more info, see: https://musescore.org/en/node/37806

By the way, you don't necessarily need a DAW to host VSTi's either (though of course this may well depend on the level of control you need). If you're on Windows, there's the free SAVIhost and on Linux, the free and open-source FeSTige (which runs Windows VSTi's on Linux). Even then, some very powerful commercial DAW's are relatively inexpensive, such as Reaper , for example.

In reply to by Xasman

Let me add Carla which is a very decent, free and cross platform VST host. And it has native support for jack so it's pretty easy to setup MuseScore + Jack + Carla + Whatever VSTi you want.
Still it's a lot less simpler to use MuseScore and soundfonts... so be careful about what you wish. Getting a 10% increase on the sound quality might cost you 100% more time.

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