Today we’re happy to announce a new feature that makes it easier to follow music that has lots of repeats or jumps. It’s called “Expand repeats.”
For these kinds of music, it can be easy to lose your place: “What repeat number am I on?” “Where exactly do I go after the Da Segno?”
That’s what our new “Expand repeats” feature is intended to help with. For any piece of music on Soundslice, you can now open the settings menu, click “Advanced” and choose to expand repeats.
When you do that, all repeats and jumps will be expanded/unfolded, duplicating the notation instead. Effectively, this means that when you press Play at the start of the music, the playhead will always continuously move forward — never jumping backward.
This makes it much easier to follow complex pieces. It also makes it easier to create loops that span a repeat or jump. Enjoy the new feature!
Whenever you post to your channel, we send an email to your followers letting them know about it. Starting today, you can opt not to notify followers via email for a particular post.
To disable the email notification, just uncheck the new “Notify your followers in their daily email” box when you post to your channel:
If you uncheck that box, the slice will still appear on your channel and in your followers’ feeds — it just won’t get emailed to your followers. This gives you an extra level of control over how your posts get announced to people.
For those of you creating slices, we’ve added a much-requested feature today. You can now copy syncpoints across slices, using our new “Import syncpoints from a file” feature.
We’ve already had an “Export syncpoints” feature, which lets you download your syncpoints to a file. Now, we’ve added the final missing piece: you can import those files into any other slice’s recordings.
It’s simple to use. When viewing the syncpoint editor, click the “More” menu and “Export syncpoints” to save a syncpoint file. Then, in any other slice, use the syncpoint editor’s “Import syncpoints” to load that file.
Here’s what it looks like:
For slices with more than one recording, you can also import syncpoints across recordings without needing to create a file. (We launched that feature two months ago.)
We’ve made three big changes to make it easier for people to learn about and try Soundslice Licensing.
As a reminder, Soundslice Licensing lets you embed our technology in your own website. Lots of great music education sites are using it, and it’s an important part of our business.
The three improvements are:
1. Self-serve signup
Until now, if you wanted to sign up for a Licensing plan, you had to email us — it was a manual process. Now, you can sign up on your own, without having to communicate with a human. :-)
Just head to your account settings page and click “Change” next to your plan, to access our “Change plan” page (direct link here). You’ll now be able to choose “Licensing” as one of the plans, hence immediately getting embedding access.
Of course, we’re more than happy to email or chat any time with customers who need some more guidance on how to best use Soundslice in their website — so don’t hesitate to contact us!
2. A free embed for everybody
Many customers who are considering Licensing ask us for the ability to test it before committing. We’re always happy to accommodate. And now we’ve formalized this by giving every Soundslice account a free embed!
Yes, everybody can embed one slice for free, regardless of your account type. This should give you a nice feel for how the embedding works. If you’re evaluating Soundslice for use on a music education site, feel free to use this to make a demo for your students/customers — we’re confident they’re going to love it.
To enable embedding for a slice, edit the slice and change its embed settings. If you’re not in our Licensing plan, you’ll be able to enable embedding for one slice at any given time.
3. A much nicer and more detailed Licensing page
We’ve completely redesigned our Licensing info page to be much more informative and better looking. There’s also a brand new, comprehensive FAQ.
Today we’re launching many improvements to Soundslice’s percussion support!
Notate drums in our editor
Our notation editor now supports creating drum tracks. Just open the editor, add a track and select “Drum kit.”
On the subsequent screen, you’ll be able to choose whether to use drum tab (old school!) or the usual standard notation.
Once you have a drum track, use the A through G keys to enter pitches (same as for pitched instruments); we’ll eventually be adding more ways to add notes. If you’re using drum tab, enter numbers in the tablature. Details for both approaches are in our new documentation.
Better sounding percussion samples
We’ve taken the time to get some better sounds (“soundfonts”) for percussion in our synthetic player. Enjoy the higher quality!
Better importing for percussion
For those of you who already have percussion notated in other programs, we’ve improved our MusicXML and Guitar Pro importers to fix some weirdness. Previously, if you imported percussion into Soundslice, then wanted to add notes, your newly added notes wouldn’t have any sound during synthetic playback. That’s now fixed!
Imported percussion files are also a bit more efficient behind the scenes.
Editor support for X noteheads
Our editor now lets you set and unset X noteheads. These show up a lot in drum notation. Look for the button in the editor’s “Articulations” menu.
Extra polish all around
It doesn’t make sense to transpose an unpitched percussion track — so we’ve hidden the “instrument transposition” options from those types of tracks to prevent chaos and confusion.
Similarly, we’ve hidden the “Synth sound” menu from percussion tracks.
In our notation editor, we’ve disabled various editing functions in percussion tracks that were nonsensical — such as the ability to set an accidental, toggle enharmonics, set a key signature, change the clef and change the octave (8va).
There’s still more on our to-do list, as always:
- At the moment, you can’t control the mapping between staff lines and percussion sounds: should the A line above the staff be a crash or splash cymbal? As percussion notation isn’t universally consistent, we’ve had to make some editorial decisions about the sounds. But eventually we’ll give you the fine-grained control you deserve.
- We’ll be adding support for other notehead shapes used in percussion music, such as triangle noteheads.
- We’ll be improving our synth playback to take into account articulations and other notations (e.g., tremolos and buzz rolls).
- We’ll be improving the entry process for sticking, along with the visual rendering of the L and R.
Enjoy the new features!