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The Soundslice Blog

Goodbye, ‘track controls’

Today we’ve removed the “track controls” from our player. Previously, you could click on a track name, to the left of notation, to view information about the track and change some stuff:

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This no longer exists. We decided to remove it because our recent player redesign has made all of those features available in other places. Specifically:

To change the view options, use the “Track appearance” part in Settings.

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To change the track’s volume and instrument sound in synth playback, use the audio mixer.

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Various improvements, Sept. 2

Here are some improvements we’ve made recently:

Better rendering of half notes in stemmed tab

Previously, our stemmed tab view treated quarter notes and half notes in exactly the same way, which made it impossible to tell them apart:

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Now, half notes use shorter stems, while quarter note stems continue to extend all the way through the strings. This should clear up any ambiguity.

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New “About Soundslice” page

We’ve revamped our About section. Have a look!

Nicer design of “Add recording” screen

We’ve added some icons and removed the cheap-looking radio buttons. Here’s how it used to look:

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And here’s the new look:

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Proper key signatures with capos and tuning shifts

We made an improvement to our recent new options for capo and shifted guitar tunings. If you choose “Ignore tuning shift in notation” or “Ignore capo in notation” for a track, then we’ll automatically update the track’s key signature so that it takes the ignored shifts into account.

For example, if your slice is in the key of G major and you have a tab track that’s set to “Tune down 1/2 step,” then we’ll change that track’s key signature to Ab major. (Previously it remained in G major.) If you don’t want this behavior, just uncheck “Ignore tuning shift in notation” or “Ignore capo in notation” in our notation editor’s Tracks menu.

Changed enable_synth parameter in embeds

For those of you embedding Soundslice, we’ve changed the way the enable_synth=0 URL parameter works.

Previously, if you specified enable_synth=0 in a slice that had no recordings, playback wouldn’t be possible because our player got confused. Now, we’ll still allow playback — just with no audio. This is useful if you’re doing a sophisticated integration with your own audio playback engine.

If you use enable_synth=0 in a slice that does have recordings, then the synth player will be hidden, as before.

Gifting now available in our store

We’ve just launched a gifting feature in the Soundslice store. This means you can buy a course for somebody else, quickly and easily.

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Here’s how it works:

We deliberately designed this to give you control over the delivery of the gift code. You can deliver the code on your own terms — in an email, printed in a greeting card, wrapped in an exquisite package or however else you’d like. Go forth and give the gift of Soundslice courses!

Faster workflow for embedding slices

For those of you who embed Soundslice in your own website: we’ve made it faster to access embedding information for a slice.

Previously, if you wanted to embed a slice, you had to go to two places. First you’d edit the slice’s embedding settings on the slice page itself. Then you’d have to go back to the slice manager to get the slice’s embed code.

Now, everything is in one consistent place. When editing a slice, click “Share” at upper right, then select the new option “Embed this slice.”

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There, you’ll be able to mark the slice for embedding and get the embed code — all in one place.

Hope this saves you time, and stay tuned for further improvements in the world of Soundslice embedding!

New design for our syncpoint editor

We’ve redesigned our syncpoint editor — the tool that lets you sync your music notation with real recordings.

It used to look like this:

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And now it looks like this:

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Aside from some visual differences — a new color scheme, smaller syncpoints, a different style for the buttons — here are the larger new features:

Everything else remains the same, so we expect seasoned Soundslice users will feel right at home with this redesign.

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