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Today, we’ve launched two improvements around the general theme of optimizing your Soundslice workflow:

Per-user permissions for organization accounts

Those of you using organization accounts — which let you share account access with multiple people without sharing passwords — are in for a treat. We’ve added a granular per-user permission system that lets you control what each organization user can do.

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Previously, we only had two levels: either you were an administrator of the organization or not. Now, we’ve added three more permissions:

  • Create slices — specifies whether this user can create slices, duplicate slices or bulk import slices.
  • Delete slices — specifies whether this user can delete slices.
  • Export slices — specifies whether this user can export slices.

More info is in our updated help page.

If you’re an organization admin, you can set these permissions when adding users to your organization or any time afterward.

For backwards compatibility, all existing organization members as of today can create, delete and export slices. If you use our organizations feature, you might want to tweak your users’ permissions depending on your needs. For example, if you’re giving temporary access to an intern, you might want to disable slice deletion for that account as a safety precaution.

Unsynced recordings identified in slice manager

In the slice manager, we used to display syncpoint counts (“35 syncpoints”) under each slice. But when we redesigned the slice manager a little over a month ago, we removed those counts to streamline the page.

Turns out some people were relying on that information to tell, at a glance, whether a slice was “finished” or not. Doh! So we’ve reintroduced this, but in a way that we hope is still streamlined.

The new approach is to display the word “Unsynced” under any slice that has a recording without syncpoints. It looks like this:

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This gives you a way to quickly see whether a slice still needs to be synced — without cluttering the slice manager interface too much. Thanks to the folks who requested this.

Today we’ve launched a reasonably large redesign of our site’s navigation.

Why a redesign? Because our site has grown complex over the years, and it had become a bit unwieldy. Soundslice has a lot of different audiences these days — teachers with students, our community, our store, our embedding customers and people using our notation editor for self-study among other purposes.

In our old design, some of these audiences were served better than others. And it was difficult for new users to understand all the stuff Soundslice can do for them.

So here’s what we’ve changed —

New sidebar for logged-in users

If you’re logged into Soundslice, you’ll now find that most pages have left-hand sidebar navigation:

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This gives you quick access to the various things you might want to do — and it helps communicate the things you can do on Soundslice if you didn’t know about them yet. It also changes the feel of the site in a nice way, making it more unified and “appy.”

If you’re on a device with a smaller screen, you can access this sidebar menu by clicking the “hamburger” icon at upper left.

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New Overview page

When you log into Soundslice, we’ll now take you to a new Overview page. It looks like this:

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This new page gives you quick access to a bunch of things:

  • Your most recently edited slices
  • Your most recently bookmarked slices
  • Your most recently joined private courses (if you’re using Soundslice with a teacher)
  • Your most recently purchased courses from our store
  • The latest posts from people you follow in our community

We’ll only show you the sections that you’ve actually used on our site. For example, if you’ve never bought anything from our store, you won’t see a purchases section in the Overview page.

Previously, when you logged into Soundslice, we took you to your feed — the latest posts by people you follow in our community — whether you followed anybody or not. Now, the Overview page features the latest four posts from people you follow, and you can click Your feed in the sidebar to access the whole feed.

New slice manager design

The slice manager, which lists all the slices you’ve created, has gotten a nice visual refresh.

Aside from some aesthetic changes — such as tighter spacing, new icons and different typography — it also works a lot better on mobile and touch devices.

Quicker workflow for importing

Both the Overview page and the slice manager now have a new Import button:

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This saves some time for common workflows, such as importing a MusicXML file or transcribing a YouTube video.

Unified global search button

If you’re logged in, you’ll now see a prominent search box on nearly every page of the site. This will let you search either your own slices or community posts — you decide when you search, by selecting the appropriate option:

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Previously, if you wanted to search your own slices, you had to go to your slice manager first. Now, you can search your own slices from many other parts of the site.

New navigation and design for the store

The Soundslice store has a new look. We’ve given it a bespoke header, to communicate that this is really a standalone thing.

We’ve made various improvements here, such as including a consistent link to “Your cart” in the upper right, tweaking the navigation and providing quick access to your purchases.

New navigation on slice pages

When you’re viewing a slice, you’ll now get a contextual Back button at upper left, depending on where you accessed that slice from. For example, if you accessed the slice via your bookmarks, it’ll say “Your bookmarks.” If you accessed it from via your feed, it’ll say “Your feed.”

The header is also a bit smaller — providing more vertical space for the slice’s music itself.

We have some further plans here, too. Now that the slice page’s header has been cleaned up, this gives us a place to put other slice-specific controls in a consistent way. Stay tuned.

Notification icon always visible

When you’re logged in, you’ll now always have access to your notifications via the bell icon in the upper right of every page.

Previously, this notifications page was buried in the “Your feed” page and many people didn’t realize it even existed.

Note that we don’t actually change this icon’s display based on whether you have any notifications. We might do that someday, but for now you’ll need to click the icon to see the notifications.

No changes for embeds

If you’re using our Licensing plan to embed Soundslice on your own site, it will continue to look and work exactly the same way. Nothing has changed in our embedded player.

Feedback?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these changes, plus any other suggestions you might have.

We’re excited to announce we’ve created a comprehensive Help section that covers all aspects of our site: using our player, creating slices, teaching, embedding, posting to channels and more. Here’s the link.

Not only are many aspects of our product properly documented now for the first time ever, but this Help section also has a fresh new design and its own search engine.

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Some examples of what you’ll find in there:

We’ve spent a lot of time on this behind the scenes — writing, designing, coding, making screenshots/videos — and we hope it helps you use Soundslice even more effectively. We’ll continue to improve these pages and keep them updated over time.

We’ve begun work this week to translate much more of our site into languages other than English. Can you help?

Our player itself has been available in 10 languages for a while, but we’ve begun expanding our translation efforts to cover more of our site. Private courses, login/logout, community/channels, our store — there’s a lot to cover.

Are you a Soundslice user who’s willing to help translate our site into your native language? Please get in touch!

Today, we’re launching Soundslice Licks, a new part of our site that compiles licks and interesting musical snippets — all transcribed and synced with performance videos. They’re “daily musical morsels.”

Every serious musician is always on the lookout for new stuff for his or her bag of tricks: licks, voicings, chord melodies, techniques. As musicians ourselves, we figured we’d make a place to collect these sorts of things.

It has no ads, no spam and no BS — just high-quality licks for you to enjoy and learn from, using our beautiful player. And hopefully you’ll discover some fantastic musicians you didn’t know about.

Use Instagram? We post most licks to our Instagram account, @soundslice_music. Use RSS? We have an RSS feed, too, so you never miss a lick. Don’t use either? Just bookmark soundslice.com/licks and check it out every day.

Enjoy!

MusicXML is the de facto standard for sharing music notation. Say you notate some music in Sibelius and want to open it in Finale. Sibelius can’t open a native Finale file, or vice versa, but both programs support MusicXML. It’s kind of a “lowest common denominator” that most notation programs can deal with.

Given the importance of MusicXML in the world of digital sheet music, we were surprised to discover that there’s no good, free MusicXML viewer online. So we built one for you! Here you have it: our free MusicXML viewer.

It’s a simple utility that lets you upload any MusicXML file and see the resulting notation in our state-of-the-art player. You can view it, toggle parts and listen to it. There’s no need to log in — just upload, wait for it to process and you’re done.

Files you upload are visible only to your computer, and only for 10 minutes. If you’d like to have longer access, along with the ability to share/embed/etc., check out our Soundslice For Teachers product.

We’re providing this as a public service for musicians, copyists, developers building MusicXML software and anybody else who might find it useful. Enjoy!

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