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Introducing our new Community page

With more and more people posting to Soundslice channels, it’s about time we gave you a way to explore what’s happening across the site, by musicians you might not be following yet. We’re excited to announce our new community page.

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On this page, you’ll find an assortment of recent slices, grouped into categories for you to explore. For any category — such as “Jazz cats” — you can click through to a full page to do a deep dive.

You’ll also find links to specific musicians’ profiles that we’d recommend checking out.

Get to this page by clicking “Community” at the top of any page on our site. Hope you find some great music to learn and be inspired by!

New: Create slash mark notation

Here’s a nice new feature for those of you using our notation editor: you can now create slash marks (aka slash noteheads).

People traditionally use slash marks to simplify their notation, or to designate that something can be loosely interpreted. Our announcement video gives some examples:

You’ll find the “Slash notehead” button in our notation editor’s Articulations menu, and we’ve updated our help section.

As part of this, we’ve also added a “Hide stem” feature. If you set this option on a slash notehead, it’ll use the stemless style of slashes — a nice look that’s common in jazz and pop lead sheets.

Enjoy the new features!

New: ‘Expand repeats’ automatically unfolds repeated music

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!

Optionally disable email notifications for your channel posts

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:

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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.

New: Copy syncpoints across slices

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:

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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.)

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