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How to represent non-music in your Soundslice score

Posted by Adrian Holovaty on November 16, 2015

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:

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!