Frequently Asked Questions

If your questions aren’t answered here, please contact us any time.

Standard notation player

The standard notation player is our interactive music notation technology. Learn about it on the features page.

Can I create Soundslice transcriptions with sheet music?

Yes, finally you can! Use Soundslice For Teachers to create amazing interactive sheet music, sync it with audio and video, and embed it on your web site.

If you run a for-profit music site, you can license our technology.

How do I get my music notation/tab into Soundslice? What formats do you support?

Create a free account and upload a file in one of our supported formats:

  • MusicXML (exportable from Sibelius, Finale, MuseScore and many other programs)
  • Guitar Pro (gp3, gp4, gp5 or gpx)
  • PowerTab

If you’d like to give Soundslice a quick test without needing to create an account, check out our free MusicXML viewer.

We’ll be adding support for more formats soon. Note that there’s no way of creating notation directly on Soundslice at this point; we’re not a notation editor, we’re a notation viewer.

Which notation-editing programs do you recommend for creating MusicXML?

[Context for this question: Soundslice For Teachers requires that you create notation in some other program and export it as MusicXML — unless you’re using GuitarPro or PowerTab, whose file formats we natively support.]

Sibelius and Finale are the two industry standards, and both have a native MusicXML export feature. Note has some Sibelius/Finale plugins that offer an improved MusicXML export over both applications’ defaults; we recommend those plugins.

Sibelius and Finale are quite pricey, so if you don’t already have them, we recommend checking out MuseScore, a free and open-source notation editor that works on Windows, Mac or Linux. It has good MusicXML export capability.

As mentioned previously, check out our free MusicXML viewer to give Soundslice a quick test.

I have a Soundslice For Teachers account. How do I use it?

Check out Managing content on Soundslice.

Do you have any special features for music teachers?

Yes. With a Soundslice For Teachers account, you can create a curriculum of interactive sheet music, upload audio/video clips to sync them with notation and assign lessons to students. It’s pretty great, and we’re adding new features all the time.

YouTube community

The YouTube community is “Soundslice classic.” It’s the part of our site where anybody can transcribe any YouTube video. Learn about it on its help page.

How do I start a new transcription?

Go to this page and search for any YouTube video using our search box. If you know the exact video you want to transcribe, you can just paste its URL into the search box.

On the video’s page, you can loop the video by dragging across the timeline. You can slow it down by using the Half Speed button. Here’s more info on how to use the various tools, including how to transcribe.

Is there a way to print Soundslice tabs?

For our YouTube version, no. But we will eventually offer a way of converting the YouTube tabs to our newer, standard-notation-based player, which does indeed support printing.

Can I convert from a YouTube transcription to a sheet-music transcription?

Not yet, but we’ll be adding that functionality.

Is there a way to export Soundslice tabs, say as a text file?

Not yet, but this is on our to-do list.

Some people have accomplished a rudimentary “export” by recording a video of their computer screen as a Soundslice transcription plays through. This seems awfully heavyweight, but at least it’s a way of archiving your transcriptions.

What’s the best/fastest way to transcribe a YouTube video?

There are a few different techniques, but the one we recommend the most is the measure-based technique.

How should I specify slides / hammer-ons / pull-offs / bends?

There’s no special treatment or interface for those. You can simply type the various characters directly into your annotation, like this:

Slide: 3/5
Hammer-on: 3h5
Pull-off: 5p3
Bend: 8^

How should I specify alternate tunings?

For now, there’s no special place to put that information, but you can fake it in the meantime by putting it in the track name. Edit your track name by double clicking it, then change it to something like "Tab (D A D F# A D)".

How should I specify whether to use a capo?

For now, enter it in the track name. For example: "Chords (capo on 4)".

How can I reorder tracks?

For now, there’s no way to do this in the interface. But we’re more than happy to do it for you manually if you email

What about tabs for other stringed instruments like bass, banjo, ukelele or mandolin?

Those are all supported! When you create a track, you specify whether you want 4, 5, 6 or 7 strings.

What should I do if I see an error in somebody’s annotations?

We’re trying to figure out the best interface for this. For now, you can create a separate track with the correct version of the fingering/strings/notes/whatever.

Can you please add other speeds beyond half and full speed?

Unfortunately, YouTube supports only 50% and 100%, and we have no way around that. But our Pitch Perfect transcriptions do indeed support a sliding scale between 25% and 125% speed, because they work directly with audio files instead of relying on YouTube. (Note: 25% speed is only supported in Google Chrome; other browsers can only go as low as 50% speed in Pitch Perfect.)


I love Soundslice and want to help! How can I help?

[Yes, we actually get this question a fair amount!]

Awesome! Here are a few things that would be a great help to us:

I run a music education site and would LOVE to use this technology. What do I do?

Email immediately! :-) We do license our technology to other companies. Check out the whole page we put together on the topic.

I’m a musician and I’m interested in selling my sheet music/tabs via Soundslice. What do I do?

Email immediately! :-) You can join our Pitch Perfect program. It’s a great way for you to make some extra money, in a non-smarmy way, by giving fans something they want. More info for artists is here.

Can Soundslice create sheet music/tabs automatically, given audio/video?

For now, no — everything’s manual. But adding an automated first-pass is on our to-do list and will likely be a pay-for feature.

Where can I learn more about the technology behind the scenes?

Watch this hour-long presentation we gave at 37signals in early 2013. Lots of juicy technical details in there about our usage of JavaScript, HTML5, etc.!