Passages are a way for you to tell Soundslice that a specific bar in your slice starts a new musical idea. With this information, our engine will optimize the visual layout accordingly, making it look better and easier to follow.
Historically, Soundslice has used responsive notation — automatically determining layout from the width of your screen and your current zoom level. This is generally nice, especially on tablets and smartphones, but it also means that line breaks can happen in inconvenient places, making the music harder to read than it needs to be.
For example, consider a slice that consists of three scales. At a certain screen width and zoom level, it might appear like this:
It’s slightly awkward that the melodic minor scale gets split over two staves while the other scales don’t. :-/
Passages to the rescue. Using our editor’s passage feature, you can mark each of those scales as a separate passage. That results in the following:
Creating and removing passages
To create a passage, select a note or rest within the first bar of your passage, then:
- Click the “Toggle new passage” icon in the editor sidebar’s “Bar” panel .
- Or: Search the editor for “Toggle new passage.”
Removing a passage
To unmark a bar as the start of a new passage:
- Select a note or rest within the passage’s first bar.
- You’ll see the “starts passage” icon in the current notations panel. Click that icon to change this bar not to start a new passage.
When you mark a bar as “starts new passage,” here’s specifically what changes in your slice:
- The bar will always start on a new line, regardless of screen width or zoom settings. Any other bars in the passage will be continue to be positioned responsively.
- The key signature, time signature and clef are displayed.
- Bar numbering is reset to 1. (You can override this by setting an explicit bar number.)
- The previous bar gets an final barline. (You can override this by setting it to a double barline instead.)
Of course, our player also offers a horizontal mode, in which case line breaks wouldn’t make sense. So in horizontal mode, new passages are offset by whitespace. You can see that here:
Are passages meant to be a way of controlling line breaks?
No, passages are not meant to be a way to force line breaks into your music. If you hack the system in this way, your music will likely look odd in certain situations (e.g., in horizontal view).