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An easier way to copy syncpoints

For those of you creating slices: today we’ve made it much easier to copy syncpoints among recordings.

Say you have a slice with multiple recordings — different camera angles of the same performance, or different audio mixes such as lead vs. backing tracks. Rather than entering the same syncpoints multiple times, you can simply copy syncpoints between the recordings.

This was already possible, but it was a bit of a pain. It happened in the slice manager instead of on the slice page directly. Now everything’s all in one place: right in the syncpoint editor.

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You’ll now see an “Import syncpoints…” option in the syncpoint editor’s “More…” menu. Click that, and you’ll see a menu that displays all the other recordings in the current slice that have at least one syncpoint.

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Choose the one you want to import from, then click “Import syncpoints,” and that recording’s syncpoints will be copied into the currently active recording. Note that nothing will be saved until you click the main Save button at upper right.

This works nicely with our new “Drag all” feature. Say you have multiple recordings of the same performance, but they have a different amount of audio at the beginning. First, enter syncpoints for one recording. Then switch to the second recording and click “Import syncpoints” to copy from the first recording. Finally, use “Drag all” to move them into place. Done!

New: ‘Drag all’ in syncpoint editor

We’ve just added a new feature to our syncpoint editor (the tool that lets you sync audio with notation in your slices). You can now drag all syncpoints together.

This is useful if you need to move all syncpoints together by a uniform amount of time, either forward or backward.

Here’s how it works. You’ll now see a “Drag all” button in the syncpoint editor interface:

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Click that, and you’ll enter “Drag all” mode:

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In this mode, if you drag a syncpoint, all other syncpoints will also be dragged the same amount. Easy!

As a part of this change, we’ve reorganized the syncpoint editor’s interface to add a “More” menu, because the number of tools within the syncpoint editor was getting long. The “toggle notes” and “clear syncpoints” tools now live within that “More” menu:

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Sitewide search engine!

We’ve finally added a proper sitewide search engine to Soundslice!

You’ll now see “Search” in our navigation atop every page:

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Enter your search term(s) there, and we’ll search three types of things:

Here’s a sample search results page, for the query gypsy jazz.

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For slice results, you can press Play on any slice, right there, to hear what it sounds like and see the synced notation. If you’re interested in digging deeper, click to see the music in our full player.

The “musicians” section is really nice for finding like-minded musicians whose channels you might want to follow.

Near the top of the page, you can filter the results to just view slices, courses or musicians.

Finally, note that this searches public slices. To search the slices you’ve created yourself, you still do that in the slice manager. Use the “Looking to search your own slices?” link in the sitewide search results to quickly access your slice manager’s search results for the same query.

We hope this new search engine helps you find even more interesting music to learn and be inspired by.

New feature: set your account’s display name

Every account on Soundslice has a username — but usernames are...well, username-y. They can’t contain spaces, they’re short, and they need to be unique across our site. Today we’re giving you a second way of naming yourself on Soundslice: a “display name.”

In your account settings, you can now set a “display name” for yourself. You can use that to write your full name, or your organization name, or whatever you’d like — with or without spaces.

Your display name will appear on your Soundslice channel (example) and in any courses you’ve created. We’ll likely start using the display name in other places soon, too.

New: resize videos when they’re above notation

We’ve made a nice improvement to our player today. If you’ve arranged your video to be above notation, then you can now resize the video to make it taller or shorter.

You’ll now see a thick gray line between the video and notation. Click and drag that to seamlessly make the video smaller or larger.

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This mirrors the behavior we’ve already had for left-side videos, which have had the same thick line. In making this change today, the top-side videos and left-side videos now have the same resizing capability.

As a reminder, you can toggle between “video above notation” and “video to the left of notation” by clicking the icon over the video. When you load a slice, we’ll automatically position the video based on how big your screen is.

For Soundslice embeds

Finally, a note for our embedding customers: this resizing UI is not yet enabled by default for Soundslice embeds, because we want to give you some time to alter your page and embed designs if needed. This new horizontal resizing gray bar naturally changes the number of pixels of notation on the screen — and some of you might want to test before making the change live on your site.

With that in mind, here’s our plan for rolling this out to embeds:

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