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?
That’s what commentary bars are for. This is a notation feature, unique to Soundslice, that lets you label a section of non-musical activity such as talking.
It’s best explained by example. The following slice is an excerpt from a guitar masterclass, in which the teacher switches between talking and playing:
During the talking moments, the notation uses gray boxes with short text labels. During the music, it uses normal music notation. Those gray boxes are commentary bars.
Commentary bars serve a dual purpose:
To create a commentary bar:
(Note: If you’re on a narrow screen, you’ll see a slightly different interface. Instead of a section overlaying the editor’s sidebar, you’ll see a full-screen interface.)
As you enter text here, you’ll see your notation update immediately.
To change or remove a commentary bar:
It’s often useful to use multiple commentary bars in a row — especially if the audio/video is discussing multiple topics. We encourage you to use granular commentary bars, to make slice navigation more useful.
There’s no limit to how short or long a commentary bar can be, but a rule of thumb is to keep each commentary bar to under a minute’s worth of talking. Anything longer than that should probably be split into multiple commentary bars.
Commentary bars are intended to be used in slices that have a real recording. If synthetic playback is active and you play the “music” in a commentary bar, you’ll hear silence, glorious silence.
Not hip enough to use our own notation editor yet? We have a hacky way to create commentary bars in other notation programs. To do so: