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New: Support for cautionary accidentals

Posted by Adrian Holovaty on January 9, 2019

Finally! Soundslice now supports cautionary accidentals, otherwise known as courtesy accidentals or reminder accidentals.

These basically mean: “an accidental is not technically necessary to display here, but it’s being displayed as a courtesy to prevent confusion.”

This example has one in the second bar, to remind the reader that the note on the B staff line should be a B flat (because in the previous bar it was a B natural):

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At the moment, Soundslice always renders cautionary accidentals within parentheses. Eventually we might add the ability to hide the parentheses, either slice-wide or on a note-by-note basis.

Entering cautionary accidentals

If you create slices by importing from MusicXML files, then you’re in good shape: we’ve improved our MusicXML importer to detect cautionary accidentals automatically.

Our built-in notation editor also now has the ability to toggle cautionary accidentals. You’ll find the button in our editor’s second menu (“Note basics"):

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For quick editing, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to “Toggle cautionary accidental” using our new custom keyboard shortcuts feature.

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