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New notation feature: Dashed barlines

Today we’ve launched support for dashed barlines. (Some people call them dotted barlines.) These are typically used to clarify rhythmic groupings within a bar, for ease of reading complex music. They’re also used in instructional material.

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Our MusicXML importer now detects these and should properly import them into your slices going forward.

You can also use our notation editor to add/remove dashed barlines. Just click a note, then click the “Set dashed barline” button to toggle a dashed barline before the selected note. See our updated notation editor help page for more.

New: Rests in synceditor guide notes

We’ve made an improvement to our synceditor: the “guide notes” now include rests.

“Guide notes” are what we call the notes that we overlay on the synceditor’s waveform. You can drag them to do fine-grained syncing at the level of individual notes.

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With this new change, you now have the ability to set the syncing for rests — not just for notes.

Previously we didn’t offer this functionality because we thought it wouldn’t be needed...but it turns out there are some valid reasons you might want to specify the syncpoint of a specific rest. For example, you might want to specify the syncpoint for the end of the previously sustained note).

New track editing features in our notation editor

For those of you using our notation editor, we’ve streamlined the ability to edit track information (aka parts or instruments).

We now have a tracks menu, which shows you the list of tracks in your slice:

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Click one of them to get a menu that lets you change the following:

You can also delete the track via this menu.

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Previously, changing this track info was possible by clicking the track label in the notation area (the “track controls”) — a section that has existed since before we had a notation editor. We’ve removed that old way of doing it, so that all changes happen consistently in the notation editor rather than sprinkled around the interface.

Changing the track’s capo location is a genuinely new feature. That one wasn’t possible before.

Various features and fixes, April 6

Here’s a grab-bag of new features and fixes we’ve launched over the last few days:

Sorting in the slice manager

In your list of created slices, you can now change the sorting by clicking either the “Name” or “Date created” column headers:

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Previously there was no way to change the sorting. It was always sorted by date created, from newest to oldest.

Renaming recordings from a slice page

You can now rename recordings directly from a slice page. Click “Edit” at upper right to enter edit mode, then open the recordings menu. You’ll see a pencil icon next to each recording:

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Click that to rename the recording. Easy! Previously this was only doable from the slice manager, which required lots of clicks.

Surfacing courses on channel pages

If you have courses for sale on Soundslice, your channel will now have a “Courses” tab. Example here.

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And some small improvements and fixes from the past few days:

Improving how courses are organized

Today we’ve reorganized where your courses are found on Soundslice. Our goal was to make a clearer separation between courses you’ve purchased from our store, courses you’ve created yourself, and private courses you’re a student in.

Previously, the “Your courses” page listed all your courses — both as a student and teacher. Now, that page lists only the courses you’re a student in. And the page is split into two sections (if appropriate) — “Courses from the store” and “Private courses” — which should make it easier to browse for those of you who have lots of courses.

Courses you’ve created are now in a separate section. Click our new “Create” link at the top of any Soundslice page to access all the stuff you’ve created on Soundslice: slices and courses. You’ll see navigation tabs that let you toggle between your slices and courses.

As part of this, we’ve also redesigned the page that lists your created courses to give you some additional information on each course — the number of slices and students. We’ve also redesigned the course-management page to look nicer.

Finally, we’ve added the ability for you to upload a photo for any of your created courses.

We hope these changes make things easier and clearer for those of you making courses!

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