What’s new

Here’s where we keep track of additions and changes to Soundslice. If you’d like to be notified when we have major updates, follow us on Twitter. (We promise not to post stupid stuff.)

April 4, 2014

Added display of measure numbers at the start of each system in our sheet music.

April 3, 2014

New today on Pitch Perfect: Gonzalo Bergara’s Djangophonic EP, fully transcribed.

April 2, 2014

Made sheet-music rendering even faster. Also, Firefox now uses subpixel resolution when rendering the notation, for a subtle improvement in visual quality.

March 30, 2014

  1. Made the speed and zoom sliders look much prettier in Firefox.
  2. Added Shift-plus/minus keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out of our new player.

March 25, 2014

Improved our audio player not to fail on MP3s that have incorrect sync data.

March 19, 2014

Improved our sheet-music player to play/pause when the spacebar is pressed.

March 18, 2014

Thanks for all the positive feedback on yesterday’s launch! Our favorite quote was from The Atlantic, which said: “Soundslice works beautifully. Not just functionally, but smoothly, responsively.”

March 17, 2014

Launched new standard notation player! After a lot of radio silence, we’re excited to show you what we’ve been building for the last six months. We’ve filled our number one request, which is support for sheet music (aka standard notation). See our new player in action.

Here’s a quick demo video:

Adrian wrote some more details in this blog post. Check it out!

Also new today: two new artists on Soundslice Pitch Perfect. We’re announcing a partnership with Candyrat Records, and tabs for the fantastic guitarists Antoine Dufour and Ewan Dobson are now available. Yes, they use the new player, with standard notation support!

November 25, 2013

Improved the Pitch Perfect player (Google Chrome only) to fade out when the audio is paused, rather than cutting the audio off immediately. This avoid occasional small pops when pausing.

October 14, 2013

Video from Adrian’s Soundslice talk at the XOXO Festival has been posted. Check out the talk here to get a sense of how Soundslice came to be.

October 5, 2013

Made a significant performance improvement to the tab player during playback. It should feel faster/slicker now on some machines.

September 21, 2013

Adrian gave a talk about Soundslice today at the XOXO Festival in Portland, an event celebrating independent creators. We’ll post the video when it’s available!

August 22, 2013

New Pitch Perfect artist Jim Guthrie! Check out our high-quality tabs for Canadian indie pop/rock veteran Jim Guthrie:

  • Takes Time — his latest album, with each song fully tabbed out.
  • And We Got Older — his song from the game “Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery.”

These are great tunes, and Jim has verified the transcriptions to make sure they’re correct. Enjoy!

August 11, 2013

Improved our YouTube search to exclude videos that can’t be embedded in other sites, to save you frustration.

August 6, 2013

  1. Added a “Mark as completed” button for YouTube videos. You’ll see it if you’ve annotated a significant portion of a video.
  2. Changed the default annotation label from “?” to “New” when tapping, to make it more consistent.

August 4, 2013

Removed the unsupported-browser message for Internet Explorer 11.

August 3, 2013

Fixed two problems with measure editing:

  1. Previously, if you entered measure-editing mode for a song that doesn’t yet have measures, but you didn’t actually create any measures, you still got set as the permanent owner of the measures for that song, blocking anybody else from contributing them. Now, if you enter measure-editing mode but don’t create any measures, it will still be open to other users.
  2. Fixed an edge-case problem that happened when two people tried to edit measures on the same song at the same time.

July 30, 2013

Launched a new Pitch Perfect album! Gypsy-jazz guitarist Robin Nolan released his new album “Gypsy Blue” today, and we’ve got the tabs for you.

July 26, 2013

Redesigned our homepage! This does a better job of explaining what Soundslice does, plus it highlights our new Pitch Perfect program. Check out the crazy animation. :-)

July 23, 2013

Made the preview link more obvious on Gonzalo’s Pitch Perfect page.

July 16, 2013

Our Bohemian Rhapsody solo guitar tab was featured on the Reddit homepage! Welcome to all our new users. Here’s the comment thread.

July 16, 2013

Added better slowdown for Pitch Perfect songs in Google Chrome. If you’re using Chrome, it will now go as slow as 25% speed. For Safari, 50% speed is still the lower limit.

July 15, 2013

Announcing Soundslice Pitch Perfect!

We’re excited to launch Pitch Perfect, our new program for bringing you high-quality tabs verified by the original artists.

Our first offering is Gonzalo Bergara’s 2008 album Porteña Soledad, with 10 fantastic gypsy-jazz tunes.

You can buy songs a la carte for $5, or the whole album for $25. When you buy, you get the high-quality transcription, verified by Gonzalo, in our beautiful interface that syncs the tab with the original recording. You can loop sections and slow it down without changing pitch, right in your browser (no downloads needed). So you’re not just buying a static bunch of tab, you’re buying access to a really great learning experience.

If you’ve been a Soundslice user for a while, you’ll notice some nice new interface details in Pitch Perfect transcriptions:

  • In place of a YouTube video, there’s a waveform display at the top. This helps you navigate the song at a glance.
  • Instead of two speed choices (half speed or full speed), you now have a sliding scale. Tons of people have asked for this, and we’re excited to be in a position to provide it! (For YouTube videos, we only offer half speed due to a YouTube limitation. We can get around that here because we’re dealing with the actual sound file, not a video.)
  • Looping is much more precise. For YouTube videos, looping has always been slightly imprecise due to the way seeking in YouTube videos works. With Pitch Perfect transcriptions, we don’t have that limitation.

Importantly, the artist (Gonzalo in this case) gets a majority of the revenue, so this is a great way for you to support musicians directly. Of course, you’re also helping support Soundslice, which remains a bootstrapped project run by just two people. :-)

Finally, if you’re an artist who wants to sell tab, check out our Pitch Perfect page for artists, and get in touch with us.

July 11, 2013

Finally made our site work with the HTTPS Everywhere plugin. Previously it had been blocking YouTube videos due to a problem with the YouTube API.

July 8, 2013

Fixed an annoyance with the chord editor. Previously, if you edited an existing chord and changed its name, the string data would be reset. Now it no longer does that.

June 25, 2013

Made some improvements to our site search:

  1. Previously, the YouTube results would be loaded first, then the Soundslice results (if any) would be “popped in” at the last second. We’ve removed this “popped in” effect so that everything is loaded at the same time. It feels a lot better.
  2. For certain search terms (e.g., “mario 2 gypsy jazz”), you’ll now get redirected to the result immediately rather than having to click through the search results. In that case, we display a little message that lets you go back to the search results in case you didn’t want to be automatically redirected.

Also tweaked the design of the song details to make it sleeker.

June 14, 2013

Added a loading indicator during searches, so you get some feedback in case the search takes more than an instant.

June 13, 2013

  1. When you log in, you’ll now be taken directly to the completed videos page instead of your list of videos. You can get to your videos by clicking “Videos” in the left navigation.
  2. We slightly redesigned the search box atop each page to allow for more space for the search query and take up less space by default.

June 11, 2013

The band Dawes recorded a tutorial of their song “From The Right Angle” using Soundslice, as part of their new cover competition! Check it out.

June 6, 2013

  1. Fixed an annoyance. You may have noticed that, when you double-click an annotation that’s too small, you get a “Zoom in a bit to edit that annotation” message. This now happens less frequently — we adjusted the tolerance on how small of an annotation you can edit without needing to zoom in.
  2. Also fixed a related bug where, if you double-clicked a chord annotation that triggered that error, then zoomed in, the chord editor was messed up.

June 4, 2013

Added a nice new help page, Transcribing music with Soundslice. This goes into a lot of detail on specific strategies on how to use Soundslice most efficiently to transcribe music. It has a lot of “microvideos” to help walk you through the steps.

This new page is more of a “forest” vs the “trees” of our older Help page. The older page focuses on the what, whereas this new page focuses on the how and why. Hope you like it!

May 30, 2013

Made some UI improvements when navigating through annotations:

  1. If you have multiple annotations selected and double-click one of them, they’ll all be deselected except for the one you double-clicked, and you’ll enter label-editing mode for that annotation. Previously, double-clicking on an annotation did nothing if you had multiple annotations already selected.
  2. If you have multiple annotations selected and you press the left or right arrows, you’ll now navigate as expected. Previously, navigation was disabled if you had more than one annotation selected.
  3. If you use Shift with the left/right arrows to append to your annotation selection in a horizontal direction, and the new annotation is offscreen, the app will now zoom out to accommodate the new annotation.

May 25, 2013

We’ve posted a five-minute YouTube video with tips on how to transcribe very quickly using annotation splitting/joining. Check it out!

May 23, 2013

Changed tap mode so that R and U also activate taps, not just T and Y. This makes it easier to tap triplets and super-fast four-note runs.

May 22, 2013

  1. Removed the “you’re using a browser that this might not work with” message for people using IE 10. It works fine in that browser!
  2. Removed the annoying “Please clear your selection” message when entering measure-editing mode when a selection was active. Now we just clear the selection automatically.
  3. Fixed a small bug where snapping wasn’t working when clicking an annotation to select it and initiate a drag in a single movement.

May 17, 2013

Moved the site to some new servers. It’s noticeably faster, and it means we can build cooler features!

May 7, 2013

Made a bunch of improvements behind the scenes to prepare for our upcoming Pro version. The visible changes you might notice are:

  1. Moved the zoom slider to the bottom left, next to the horizontal scrollbar. Previously it was just below the “Scrolling” menu.
  2. Changed the design of the “Add track” button to be consistent with the “Tap measures” button.
  3. Changed positioning of the “Add track” button in some cases. In videos where there are so many tracks that a vertical scrollbar is needed, the “Add track” button will be hidden such that you need to scroll downward to see it. In all other cases, you’ll still see it at the bottom left.
  4. The horizontal scrollbar is slightly taller, to make it easier to grab.
  5. If the vertical scrollbar is visible, it will no longer overlap the time bar (the bar above the annotations that shows measure numbers / seconds).

May 6, 2013

Removed an annoying “feature” where the app would zoom out whenever you clicked an annotation whose boundaries extended outside your current zoom.

April 26, 2013

Made automatic chord filling for chord tracks more intuitive. If you enter a chord name that’s already been defined on the track, Soundslice will automatically pull in the chord shape, as before; but if you keep typing, it will reset the chord shape to empty. Previously, the chord shape would never been overridden once it was automatically pulled in, which made it annoying in certain cases.

April 21, 2013

  1. Made a subtle improvement to playback. If the video is paused, and you make a selection that’s outside of the current playhead location, and you press play, then Soundslice is now guaranteed to start playing back where the selection starts. Previously it might have started playing at the former playhead location for a split second before moving to the selection area.
  2. Made several pages look and work better in IE 8. That browser isn’t supported for the main app, but at least the other pages of the site are passably usable now.

April 13, 2013

  1. Fixed a problem where clicking various buttons in the interface would retain focus, such that subsequent taps on the spacebar would activate the action again.
  2. Fixed a problem where the track count was incorrect for videos in some cases.

April 12, 2013

  1. Added a “Select all” feature. Click the gear icon next to any track name and choose “Select all” to select all the annotations on that track. This is useful if you want to copy all of them to a new track or delete all of them.
  2. You know that little window that shows up during tapping mode? The one with the button you can tap? It’s now draggable, so that you can move it out of the way in cases when it’s overlapping a track you want to look at.

April 8, 2013

Added a way to minimize tracks! Click the gear menu next to any track name and select “Minimize track” to hide all that track’s annotations and reduce its size to take up much less space.

A minimized track
Click the Minimize track link in any track menu to minimize it.
A minimized track
Notice the reduced track size with no tab. Click the minimized track to restore it.

This is good for two reasons:

  1. It lets you hide tracks that are getting in the way.
  2. If you’re on a slower computer, hiding tracks can speed up the interface. The fewer tracks/annotations there are on the screen, the faster the interface will be.

We’ve also today added a way to flag tracks as inaccurate. Click the gear menu next to any track name and select “Flag as inaccurate.” Use this if you see tracks that have gobbledygook or are outrageously wrong.

April 6, 2013

  1. Changed the algorithm for moving left and right via the keyboard arrows. It’s now simpler, more intuitive and consistent. When you hit the right arrow, the next annotation according to start time will be selected. When you hit the left arrow, the previous annotation according to start time will be selected. Previously, the algorithm tried to be too smart and ended up being inconsistent, which was confusing.
  2. Fixed a bug where the “Paged” scrolling behavior was still happening during loops even when scrolling was set to “No scroll.”

April 5, 2013

  1. Added a way to join annotations. Select multiple annotations on the same track/string and press j to join them into a single annotation. See the new Help section for more.
  2. Improved the design of the track list (the list of names to the left of the annotations). Most of the changes are behind the scenes — on a technical level, it’s now plain HTML instead of <canvas> — but some changes you might notice are that the user icon is now rounded, the gear icon looks better, and the gear menu looks better. Also, if you’re on a retina screen, the text will look a lot smoother now.
    Tracks in HTML, not Canvas

April 4, 2013

Improved snapping so that there’s a visual indication that snapping is happening. When a selection snaps, its border will change color.

April 3, 2013

  1. Added m keyboard shortcut to toggle between Time and Measures views (for videos that have measures).
  2. Improved selections so that snapping also occurs at the starting point of your selection, not just the ending point. This makes it easy, for example, to make a precise selection that spans exactly three measures — just start the selection within a few pixels of a measure line and extend it to the other measure line. As always, use Shift to disable.

March 29, 2013

Added user profiles! You can now enter a bio, which is visible publicly on your profile page. It can include a link to your website (a bunch of people have requested this) and any other info you want to share about yourself. There are also two other new fields: one for sharing which instrument(s) you play and another for your location.

All of this is accessible in your user settings.

March 28, 2013

Vastly improved usability when dragging off-screen. Now, when you move off-screen when resizing a selection, resizing an annotation, moving an annotation or scaling an annotation, it will automatically pan as needed, as far as you need to go.

March 27, 2013

  1. Improved playhead jogging so that it rezooms the view if you jog off-screen.
  2. Improved mousewheel scrolling (horizontal and vertical) to be more responsive in Firefox.
  3. Improved playhead to properly fold under the track list when it scrolls over the left edge. Previously it would disappear a few pixels too early.

March 25, 2013

Launched measure editing! You can now enter measure lines (aka bar lines) for any video. This is a great improvement for the transcription process, and we think it’s a pretty big deal for Soundslice in general.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You’ll now see a big “Tap measures” button on the left side of any Soundslice video page that doesn’t yet have measure data.
    Tap Measures button
    Click the Tap measures button to enter measure editing mode.
  2. Click it, and you’ll get an interface to tap out the measure lines while the song plays. You can pause the video and move the measure lines around by dragging them, and you can delete them by clicking the red Xs.
    Add measure lines by tapping the Add measures button or pressing T or Y
    Click the Add a measure button or press T or Y to create a measure.
    Delete measures
    Delete a measure by clicking the X next to it, or selecting it and pressing Delete.
  3. Once you’ve entered measures, hit Esc to exit measure editing mode.
  4. You can always return to measure editing mode by clicking the pencil icon next to “Measures” on the left side of the page.
    Edit measures by clicking the pencil icon next to the measures toggle button.
    Click the pencil icon next to the measures toggle button to edit measures.
  5. Measures are “owned” by the person who initially created them — so, if John inputs measure data for a song, Judy won’t be able to make changes to it. We figured this would be a much simpler system than having to worry about vandalism, keeping track of multiple users’ changes, etc.
    The lock icon means measures have been entered by someone else already.
    If someone else has already entered measure data, you’ll see a lock icon.

But here’s the important question: why are measure lines a big deal for Soundslice? Why should you tap out measures?

Simply, it makes many powerful things possible. The geeky/technical answer is that measure data provides a mapping between music space and time space — it tells Soundslice how to convert between musical concepts (measures, beats) into time codes (seconds). If you’re familiar with graphics/Photoshop, here’s an analogy: Soundslice has always worked on rasterized formats such as JPEGs, and this new measure support makes it possible to deal with vector images.

Once a video has measure data, you get a bunch of immediate benefits that make the transcription process easier and faster:

  1. Fast annotation. Double click within a measure to create an annotation that fits the measure exactly. This is great for chords.
  2. Snapping. As you draw selections and move/resize annotations, their edges will snap to measure lines. This makes it very easy to create “sections” tracks, chord charts and other annotations that align with measures.
  3. Splitting. You can quickly get half/quarter/eighth notes by double-clicking within a measure to get a whole note, then using annotation splitting to get perfectly spaced annotations with very little work.

And down the road, we’ll be adding more powerful features thanks to measure data. Coming soon:

  1. Import tabs from existing files. Guitar Pro, MIDI, etc.
  2. Export Soundslice tabs into other formats.
  3. Measure-aware copy/paste. Right now, when you copy a guitar riff from one section of a song to another, you likely need to tweak its timing. That problem goes away once copy/paste knows about measures.
  4. More accurate tapping. Soundslice will use measure data to automatically correct tapping to be more precise.

Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

March 21, 2013

Added a “love” page, which collects nice things people have said about us. :-) It’s linked-to from the bottom of our marketing homepage.

March 17, 2013

  1. Improved annotation snapping so that snapping works on edges of annotations that you’re fully overlapping. For example, when you extend an annotation’s edge to completely overwrite another one, snapping will still work on the edge of the overwritten one.
  2. Fixed annotation resizing so that you no longer see an annoying “You can’t create an empty annotation” message while resizing it to have a zero width.
  3. Prevented the auto-zooming (from March 10) during selection resizing if the other edge of the selection is off-screen.

March 12, 2013

  1. Improved left/right annotation navigation to be more intuitive. Hitting the right arrow when on a tab track no longer only navigates to annotations on the same string.
  2. Prevented the auto-zooming (from March 10) during annotation resizing. This fixes a weird usability issue in that case.
  3. Fixed the zoom slider in Firefox such that it won’t remain selected (focused) after you click it.

March 11, 2013

Improved “tap to annotate” mode so that it doesn’t save the tapped annotations over the network until you’re done tapping. This should help reduce latency.

March 10, 2013

Made some nice usability improvements:

  1. With the Shift arrow keyboard shortcut, you can now go “back” more intuitively. Now, as long as you’re holding Shift, if you hit the right arrow twice, then hit the left arrow, that last left arrow will deselect the rightmost annotation. Previously, it would have selected the annotation to the left of the leftmost selected annotation (always growing the selection).
  2. If you flip a selection off the screen, Soundslice will pan such that the selection will still be on the screen.
  3. If you extend a selection such that it doesn’t fit entirely on one screen, Soundslice will zoom out to accommodate it.
  4. If you click an annotation that isn’t fully visible on the screen, Soundslice will either pan or zoom out to accommodate it.

March 8, 2013

Added a “Don’t show me this window again” checkbox to the videos you see after you create a track.

March 6, 2013

Made some backend improvements:

  1. Fixed a (rare) bug that happened when splitting annotations in certain situations.
  2. Made saving more efficient when a lot of changes happen at once (e.g., moving a group of annotations together). Previously it would save one thing at a time, which could take a while; now it saves up to 10 changes at a time in a single request to our server.

March 1, 2013

Added sneak preview of bars/measures! Check out these videos for a brand-new display of bar numbers:

You’ll now see a way to toggle between “Time” and “Measures” in the upper left, above the track names. Click “Measures” to change the time bar to display bar numbers instead of seconds. (As a consequence, we moved the “Scrolling” selector up, above the zoom controls.)

It’s only available for these videos so far, but we’ll be adding a way for you to add measure data as soon as we can, likely next week.

February 28, 2013

  1. Added a way to “jog” the playhead — that is, move it slightly to the left or right while it’s not playing. Use the < and > keys. See the Help video for more.
  2. Changed zoom slider not to look like a volume interface:


February 27, 2013

Added volume controls! Hover over the video to see them.

February 26, 2013

Improved the chord editor such that, when you create a new annotation and enter the name of a chord that’s already defined on that track, it’ll automatically pull in the strings for that chord.

February 25, 2013

Added the ability to create chord tracks! You can now create tracks with chord charts, like this. The “Add track” screen now has an option for “Chord track.” You can create chord tracks for any instrument with between four and seven strings.

February 24, 2013

Changed the zooming scale such that there’s more room to manuever at small zoom levels. (Tech detail: it now uses a cubic scale instead of a linear scale.) Zooming in and out should now feel more comfortable.

February 20, 2013

For you techie types out there, check out these two recent videos about the Soundslice technology:

  1. Presentation at 37signals: 1 hour long, focuses on HTML5/JavaScript details
  2. YouTube Developers Live chat: 20 minutes long, focuses on YouTube integration

February 19, 2013

Added sneak preview of chord tracks! This is a new type of track that displays a beautiful chord diagram for the currently playing chord. Check out Hushabye Mountain, Bistro Fada or Mario 2 for examples.

Note that it’s currently not possible to create these on your own — this is a sneak preview — but we’re hoping to add the interface for you to create these by the end of this week.

February 14, 2013

Changed all pages that have video lists to use the same new design as search results (see February 12). This means the videos are color-coded with “in progress,” “completed” or “no annotations” labels.

February 13, 2013

  1. Added support for scaling annotations — i.e., resizing a group of annotations together. See the new help video for more.
  2. Fixed a problem where, if you clicked the YouTube video, keyboard shortcuts would no longer work.

February 12, 2013

Made search results easier to scan. Completed videos are now highlighted in green, “in progress” videos are in orange, and those with no annotations yet are in gray. Here’s what it looks like:


January 30, 2013

You can now use the Tab key to move between annotations. (Thanks for the suggestion, Brahm W.)

January 17, 2013

Added a bunch of polish to various parts of the interface (warning, geeky details ahead!):

  1. The “Annotate” button no longer shows up if it would overlap the bottom scrollbar.
  2. The Shift arrow keyboard shortcut to expand the selection horizontally now works more intuitively; only annotations on the same strings are selected.
  3. The selected annotation is now properly unselected when you click on the timebar.
  4. When you use the left/right arrows to navigate between annotations and you move out of the current view, the app will now properly pan the view so that the newly selected annotation is visible, placing that annotation on the left or right edge of the screen, depending on the direction you were navigating in.

January 13, 2013

  1. Added loading indicators while annotations are loading for each track. Previously, if it took a while to load annotations for a given track, you wouldn’t get any feedback indicating that it was still loading.
  2. Fixed design of various pages to work better on small screens, such as smartphones.

January 11, 2013

  1. Made annotation navigation (with the arrow keys) more intuitive, along with annotation selection with the arrow keys.
  2. Removed the slight delay between when you create an annotation and when the editor appears to edit its name. It’s now instant.
  3. When you create an annotation and give it its initial name, those two steps are now treated as a single undoable action. Previously undo treated them as two separate actions.

January 10, 2013

Launched undo! You can now use Ctrl Z to undo any change you’ve made to annotations or tracks. To redo something you just undid, hit Shift Ctrl Z.

This works for creating, deleting, renaming, resizing and moving annotations. It also works for creating, renaming and deleting tracks. (Yes, if you’ve mistakenly deleted a track, you can bring it back!)

The undo history stretches back to when you loaded the page, and it’s cleared as soon as you leave the page.

January 4, 2013

Added a Help page! Our new help page has dozens of micro videos, each explaining a different aspect of how Soundslice works. This replaces the much-outdated tutorial video, which was difficult/impossible to update as we made improvements.

January 3, 2013

Changed annotation copying so that the originally selected annotations (the ones being copied) are no longer selected. Previously, the originally selected annotations continued to be selected even after they were copied.

January 2, 2013

  1. Added a way to request videos to be annotated. Just click the new “Request” button in the upper right of a video’s page to request. This is basically a way to say “I really want to learn this song but am not comfortable transcribing it myself.” The new Top requested videos page keeps track of which videos have gotten the most votes. (Hint: if you’re looking to help out with transcriptions, use that page as your guide!)
  2. Redesigned the dashboard page (the page you see when you log in) to have navigation on the left, grouped into two sections: “Your stuff” and “Soundslice community.”
  3. Disabled seeking, looping, annotation selection and any other mouse activity in the main canvas during tapping mode. Some people were making inadvertent clicks, which was messing things up.
  4. Added a “coming soon” message for people who try to undo via Ctrl Z.

December 31, 2012

Added a keyboard shortcut for starting tap mode: Shift T. Thanks for the suggestion, Gordon M.

December 29, 2012

Implemented a password reset feature for folks who have forgotten their passwords.

December 28, 2012

Added an example video in the introductory “Tap to annotate” screen/modal.

December 27, 2012

  1. Added a lot of polish to the “Tap to annotate” interface: a message at the top explaining you’re in tapping mode, clear instructions on how to tap, a much nicer introductory screen (instead of a JavaScript popup) and a button you can tap (if you prefer that to the keyboard). Also grayed out all other tracks during tapping mode to highlight the track you’re tapping.
  2. Added a help box/tip after you add a track, with instructions on two methods of annotating: tapping and manually selecting. This should help people realize tapping mode exists.
  3. Made it so that when you create an annotation, the annotation’s track will be selected, if it wasn’t already.
  4. Changed the way horizontal annotation selection works with Shift+left/right. Now, all annotations with a common edge will be selected, instead of just the single one on the closest string to your currently selected annotation. This is more consistent with the way vertical selection with that keyboard shortcut works.
  5. Improved usability of Shift+click for selecting multiple annotations. Now, if you’re selecting annotations with Shift+click and mistakenly click on an area that doesn’t have an annotation, it won’t clear your selection, as long as you’re holding Shift. (Thanks for the suggestion, Paul C.)
  6. Similarly, while you’re holding Shift to select multiple annotations, you won’t see the “Annotate” button appear.
  7. Fixed weirdness with looping in Paged mode: if the beginning of your selection is off-screen when the playback loops back around, it will now pan to the beginning of the selection.
  8. Added “?” keyboard shortcut to display keyboard shortcuts. (Thanks for the suggestion, Scott B.)

December 23, 2012

Improved the search so that if you enter a soundslice.com URL, it’ll do the right thing.

December 22, 2012

Made it so that the track name is automatically put in edit mode when you create a track. Also added a help tooltip in this case. Look for more tooltips soon.

December 21, 2012

  1. The site now notices if you’ve logged out (perhaps in another window?) and will warn you that subsequent changes won’t be saved.
  2. Made annotation loading much faster.

December 19, 2012

Added a way to copy annotations! Hold Alt and Ctrl (Command on a Mac) while dragging to copy annotations horizontally. Alt enables copying, and Ctrl actives horizontal movement. Keep in mind you can select multiple annotations by using Shift+click. This has been a hugely requested feature...Enjoy, and let us know what you think.

December 18, 2012

The 100 riffs video/tab was released, and it got a lot of love from around the Internet. More than 300,000 people came to see it from Reddit alone! Welcome to all our new users. :-)

December 17, 2012

  1. Added annotation vertical copying! Hold Alt and drag an annotation up or down to create a copy of it. This works for multiple annotations, too. (Horizontal copying is coming soon.)
  2. Added friendlier error messages for videos that aren’t allowed to be embedded and videos that have been removed from YouTube.
  3. Fixed a rare bug with some YouTube videos where it wouldn’t let you seek the playhead until after the video started playing.

December 14, 2012

Added ability to select annotations vertically with the keyboard. After you’ve selected one annotation, hold Shift and press the up or down arrow key to select the annotations immediately above or below the current selection. This is a quick way of selecting multiple annotations. (Selecting with Shift and left/right arrows has already been supported, so this evens things out nicely.)

December 13, 2012

Fixed a bug with the left/right arrow navigation through annotations. In some cases, hitting the left arrow would take you to the wrong annotation.

December 11, 2012

  1. Changed the color scheme of currently-playing annotations to be easier to read. It’s now white-on-gray instead of orange-on-gray.
  2. Improved visual feedback during vertical annotation movement. Now, when you move an annotation vertically (across strings or tracks), it will dynamically change to the correct annotation type (tab vs. basic) as you drag, for instant feedback. Previously it didn’t change until you let go of the mouse button.
  3. Added support for splitting and pushing neighboring annotations during vertical movement. Previously, if you tried to move an annotation vertically to a track that had another annotation on it, the app wouldn’t let you. Now, when you move an annotation vertically, it will push and/or split any annotations that intersect it. You’ll see the feedback in real time, so you’ll see what would happen if you were to let go the mouse button.
  4. Improved “Tap to annotate” to accept the Y key in addition to the T key. It’s easier to tap certain rhythms if you have two keys instead of one.

December 7, 2012

Added two awesome features:

  1. Annotation splitting. Select an annotation, then hit Alt 2 to split it into two equally sized annotations. Hit Alt 8 to split it into eight annotations, etc. It works for the digits 2 through 9. You can use this to annotate a measure’s worth of music, then easily split it into eighth notes or quarter notes. It also works on multiple selections, so you can split multiple annotations at once.
  2. “Tap to annotate.” Click the gear icon next to one of your tracks, then select “Tap to annotate.” You’ll enter tapping mode, which will play the video and let you tap the T key to annotate on the fly. Tapping mode lasts until you pause the song. Now it’s easier than ever to annotate things like chord changes: just start tapping mode and hit T whenever you hear a chord change.

December 5, 2012

  1. Made the “Bookmark” button prettier.
  2. Changed the completed page not to require login, and added it to the navigation for logged-out users.

December 3, 2012

Added the ability to move annotations left/right! Details:

  1. Hold Ctrl while you drag an annotation to move it horizontally in time. We deliberately require you to hold down a key, rather than allowing dragging without a key, because time alignment is very important in Soundslice and we want to avoid inadvertent annotation movement.
  2. While you move an annotation, it will “snap” to neighboring annotations for precise alignment. Hold Shift to bypass snapping.
  3. If you move an annotation into the middle of a larger annotation, the large one will split in two.
  4. This also works for multiple annotations. Select multiple annotations by holding Shift as you click them. Then, when you move them together, they’ll retain their spatial relationship to one another.

November 29, 2012

Fixed the display of some pages on mobile browsers.

November 28, 2012

Changed Autoscroll to keep the playhead one-fifth of the way across, rather than halfway across the screen. This lets you see more in advance. (Thanks for the idea, Joseph H.)

November 27, 2012

  1. Fixed a bug where you couldn’t edit a track name for videos that didn’t have annotations yet.
  2. Added the Help link to every page, not just video pages.
  3. Finally fixed the Help / Demos / Settings menus to close automatically if you click somewhere else.
  4. If you have a selection set, clicking the timebar within the selection will pan the playhead while maintaining the selection. (Previously it would clear the selection.)

November 26, 2012

Added bookmarking! You can now bookmark any video for easy access later. Click the “Bookmark” link in the upper right of any video page. They’ll show up on your new bookmarks page (requires login). Bookmarks are private.

Also redesigned the video details section to use a smarter information hierarchy, show more information and work better on different screen sizes.

Old design:


New design:


November 25, 2012

Added a “loading” icon while track data is loading, to give some visual feedback on slower connections. It’s an animated version of our logo:

Spinner icon

November 24, 2012

Added the beginnings of an “edit menu” for tracks. Previously, there was a pencil icon to activate editing mode for the track name:


Now, there’s a gear icon that brings up a menu:


For now, the available options are to edit the track name and delete the track, but more is coming soon.

November 23, 2012

  1. Added a “Completed videos” page (requires login), which shows videos that have complete transcriptions.
  2. Made the “Add track” button much more obvious.

November 22, 2012

  1. Implemented pagination on the “Latest by others” page (requires login), so you can keep going back in time to see more. Also gave it its own URL.

November 21, 2012

  1. Improved search to show annotated videos first! Now, when you do a search, it’ll always show annotated videos first. No more digging through search-result pages to find annotated stuff. Thanks to the 50 billion people who requested this.
  2. If you have a selection and click the time bar outside of that selection, it’ll now pan the playhead. (Previously it didn’t let you do this.)
  3. Improved the search so that it does the right thing if you mistakenly paste in a YouTube search-results link.

November 20, 2012

New keyboard shortcuts!

  1. HOME moves the playhead to the start of the song, or to the start of the selection if you have one. (Thanks for the suggestion, Elias D.)
  2. Shift plus left/right selects more annotations, if you have annotations selected.
  3. Changed the “moved selected annotations up/down” shortcut from Shift+up/down to Alt+up/down. Shift+up/down will eventually be “select more annotations upward/downward” but isn’t implemented yet.


  1. Fixed a bug where the annotations wouldn’t load sometimes. As a nice bonus, the app is now fully usable even before the YouTube video is loaded, and it loads more snappily, too.

November 19, 2012

  1. Added support for bass tabs! Plus, mandolin, banjo and any string instrument that has four, five, six or seven strings. See the new track types, and check out this John Entwistle bass line transcription for an example.

November 18, 2012

  1. Enabled panning during play when scroll type is Paged. Previously, panning was disabled during play, but that had been tripping up some people.
  2. It’s now possible to clear selections by hitting Esc.

November 17, 2012

  1. Added this “What’s new” page. :-)
  2. Added a FAQ.
  3. Changed default scrolling from Autoscroll to Paged. Lots of people said Autoscroll was too blurry and hard to follow.
  4. Changed links in “Help” section to open in a new window, to avoid “Oh no, I lost my place!”
  5. You’ll no longer see tracks by other people that have no annotations. This should help cut down on noise.