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How to represent non-music in your Soundslice score

Soundslice is all about syncing audio/video with music notation — but in some cases your audio/video might feature talking and explaining, instead of music. How are you supposed to represent non-musical content in your synced music notation?

Traditionally our users have solved that by creating empty bars in their notation, with a whole rest, and syncing that single bar with whatever portion of their recording was instructional. But we’ve always considered that technique a bit of a dirty workaround. It’s technically not a rest, it’s something completely different!

We finally have a proper solution: something we call “bar commentary.”

This lets you mark sections of audio/video as “commentary,” which will be represented by a light gray labeled section of the music notation. It’s really nice, not only for navigating through a score but for helping underscore what’s being said. Here’s what it looks like:

Screenshot of bar commentary

Some of you have already noticed that lessons in Soundslice Lessons use this technique prominently. Here’s an example.

Here’s how to create bar commentary:

  • In your notation software (Sibelius, Finale, Guitar Pro, etc.), create an empty bar wherever the commentary happens.
  • Use your notation software to add text above the bar. This is how you specify the commentary bar’s label.
  • Make sure the text starts with “sstext:” (without the quotes) and is followed by whatever the label should be. You can put a space after that colon, or not — it works either way.
  • Upload your notation file to us. Whenever our importer sees “sstext:”, it’ll strip out that prefix and create a commentary bar with your given label. Note that we ignore whatever music notation (if any) is in commentary bars.
  • When you use our sync editor to sync audio/video with your score, just create a single syncpoint for the start of the commentary bar. Its duration will be whatever you specify — from its start syncpoint to the next syncpoint. It can be as short or long as you want, though we suggest breaking up super-long sections into multiple commentary bars, for better navigation.

We realize that “sstext:” seems like a magic incantation. Eventually we’ll have a way of creating these directly on our site, rather than having to use your notation program. It’s pretty fast and easy, though.

A score can have as many commentary bars as you’d like. They can be next to each other, or they can be sprinkled throughout the score, or both. Have at it!

Comments

[Comment posted by Becky Stephenson]

I don't know how this work but I really amaze that this work. I only know that video production or other video represent is really worked. Thanks for the info.

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