We’re announcing a bunch of new features and improvements today:
Embed channel posts
An exciting new option for those of you posting to channels: You can now embed your channel posts in other websites — for free.
Each channel post now has an “Embed” tab on its page (example). Click that to get the embed code for the post. Then just copy and paste that code into your own website. If you’ve ever embedded a YouTube video, you’ll feel right at home.
The embed looks like this (go on, press Play!):
This is our “miniplayer,” which is optimized for giving a quick taste of the music as opposed to being a full practice environment. It has a “View full version” link, along with a link back to your Soundslice channel.
Some ideas for why you’d want to embed a channel post in your website:
- For bloggers: Easily share licks/ideas in your music-focused blog, so that people can hear the real audio and see synced notation
- For course creators: Promote a course you’re selling in our store
- For Soundslice licensing customers: Give your potential customers an idea of the high-quality music learning experience paying members get access to
- For music teachers: Give your potential students an idea of the high-quality music learning experience you’re using with your private students
You can now add strum directions to your slices. These are arrows that specify whether to strum upward or downward:
To add this to your slices, use the new “Strum upward” and “Strum downward” buttons in our notation editor‘s “More notations” section. This works for music with and without tablature.
Disable synth playback
Each slice you create on our site has synthetic playback active by default, regardless of whether you’ve synced it with separate audio/video. You can now disable the synthetic playback option, such that only the “real audio” recordings are available for that slice.
Some reasons for why you might want to do this:
- The specific piece of music doesn’t have pitched notes (e.g., it’s only chord diagrams)
- You want to minimize choice/confusion for your students/customers
- You simply don’t like the synth playback and don’t see value in it
To disable synth playback for one of your slices, edit the slice, click “Settings” and choose the (new!) “Advanced” menu. This is available for all paying Soundslice customers.
Update your channel posts without unpublishing
Previously, if you published a slice to your channel and wanted to make a change to its channel post settings, the only way to do that was to unpublish it, make the changes, then republish. That was rather annoying…!
Now, you can edit the channel post’s information without unpublishing. Much better.
Ability to put a course on sale
For those of you selling courses in our store, you can now mark a course as “for sale.” Previously, you could have simply changed the price, but that didn’t communicate that the course was on sale. With our new feature, the old price will remain on the page, crossed out, for context.
For those of you on slower connections, we’ve added a loading indicator in our player. Previously, the notation area of our player simply stayed blank until it loaded. Now you’ll be assured that things are loading.
A larger default video width
We’ve increased the default width of videos in our player. Previously, they were a bit too small. The video will now be 40% of the player’s width:
Although it’s always been possible to resize videos easily, by dragging the vertical line between the video and notation, this is a nicer default.