Frequently Asked Questions

Can I create Soundslice transcriptions with sheet music?

Not yet. For now, the only way to create transcriptions on Soundslice is to use our older YouTube community interface, which just supports tab. We’re working on a way for you to create transcriptions using our new sheet-music interface.

Is there a way to print Soundslice tabs?

For our sheet-music version, yes. For our YouTube version, no.

Can I convert from a YouTube transcription to a sheet-music transcription?

Not yet, but we’ll be adding that functionality.

Is there a way to export Soundslice tabs, say as a text file?

Not yet, but this is on our to-do list.

Some people have accomplished a rudimentary “export” by recording a video of their computer screen as a Soundslice transcription plays through. This seems awfully heavyweight, but at least it’s a way of archiving your transcriptions.

What’s the best/fastest way to transcribe on Soundslice?

There are a few different techniques, but the one we recommend the most is the measure-based technique.

How should I specify slides / hammer-ons / pull-offs / bends?

For now, there’s no special treatment or interface for those. You can simply type the various characters directly into your annotation, like this:

Slide: 3/5
Hammer-on: 3h5
Pull-off: 5p3
Bend: 8^

How should I specify alternate tunings?

For now, there’s no special place to put that information, but you can fake it in the meantime by putting it in the track name. Edit your track name by double clicking it, then change it to something like "Tab (D A D F# A D)".

How should I specify whether to use a capo?

For now, enter it in the track name. For example: "Chords (capo on 4)".

How can I reorder tracks?

For now, there’s no way to do this in the interface. But we’re more than happy to do it for you manually if you email

What about tabs for other stringed instruments like bass, banjo, ukelele or mandolin?

Those are all supported! When you create a track, you specify whether you want 4, 5, 6 or 7 strings.

What should I do if I see an error in somebody’s annotations?

We’re trying to figure out the best interface for this. For now, you can create a separate track with the correct version of the fingering/strings/notes/whatever.

Can you please add other speeds beyond half and full speed?

Unfortunately, YouTube supports only 50% and 100%, and we have no way around that. But our Pitch Perfect transcriptions do indeed support a sliding scale between 25% and 125% speed, because they work directly with audio files instead of relying on YouTube. (Note: 25% speed is only supported in Google Chrome; other browsers can only go as low as 50% speed in Pitch Perfect.)

I love Soundslice and want to help! How can I help?

[Yes, we actually get this question a fair amount!]

Awesome! Here are a few things that would be a great help to us:

I run a music education site and would LOVE to use this technology. What do I do?

Email immediately! :-) We do license our technology to other companies.

I’m a musician and I’m interested in selling my tabs via Soundslice. What do I do?

Email immediately! :-) You can join our Pitch Perfect program. It’s a great way for you to make some extra money, in a non-smarmy way, by giving fans something they want. More info for artists is here.

I heard something about Soundslice Pro accounts...? What are those?

They don’t exist yet, but they’ll be a way to upgrade your account to get a lot of great additional functionality, such as better slowdown, the ability to upload any sound file, automated note guessing, etc. If you have a Soundslice account, we’ll email you to let you know when this becomes available.

Can Soundslice create tabs and annotations automatically?

For now, no — everything’s manual. But adding an automated first-pass is on our to-do list and will likely be a Soundslice Pro feature.

Where can I learn more about the technology behind the scenes?

Watch this hour-long presentation we gave at 37signals in early 2013. Lots of juicy technical details in there about our usage of HTML5, etc.!