Change instruments on multiple staves at once?

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Change instruments on multiple staves at once?

Post by montedoro44 » Fri May 22, 2020 5:01 pm

Is it possible to change instruments on several staves at once? A typical case for me: change a 4-voice part-song to a French horn quartet.

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Re: Change instruments on multiple staves at once?

Post by Peter Thomsen » Fri May 22, 2020 5:55 pm

With the utility* you can only change one instrument at a time.

Thus, changing “a 4-voice part-song to a French horn quartet” takes four steps.

*) Utilities menu > Change Instrument…
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Re: Change instruments on multiple staves at once?

Post by Michel R E » Fri May 22, 2020 9:01 pm

the "change instrument" utility isn't meant for that kind of change, however. It's intended for the use of doubling/auxiliary instruments (for example flute 2 to piccolo, or oboe 2 to english horn.)

if you simply want to change a part song into a horn quartet, then go to the Score Manager (in the Window menu), and change the instruments from there. It's a very simple process.
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Re: Change instruments on multiple staves at once?

Post by motet » Sat May 23, 2020 1:01 am

Even changing four instruments should only take a minute or two.

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