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Single-line percussion instruments

Here’s how to work with single-line percussion staves using the Soundslice editor.


By “single-line,” we mean percussion instruments that use a single staff line. See also five-line percussion.

Adding a single-line percussion instrument

To add a single-line percussion instrument, add an instrument and choose “Single-line pecussion” in the “Unpitched percussion” section of this screen:


It will immediately be added to your notation.

Changing a single-line percussion instrument

You can change the instrument via the Instruments menu. You’ll see a menu like this:


Here, you can rename the instrument, change its default visibility and change its percussion mapping.

Percussion mappings

As with five-line percussion tracks, Soundslice has a concept of “percussion mappings.” This tells our synthetic playback which sound to use for each staff line.

At the moment, there’s only one available mapping for single-line percussion instruments. It’s called “Soundslice single-line percussion” and the sounds are:

Staff positionSound
Space below staff lineClosed hi-hat
Staff lineSnare drum
Space above staff lineClosed hi-hat

Editing notation

Editing single-line percussion works the same as normal notation entry, with one major exception: Pitches are limited to three values: the staff line, the space above the staff line and the space below the staff line.

To set a pitch values, use these keys on your keyboard:

Staff positionKey
Space below staff lineD
Staff lineE
Space above staff lineF

You can also drag notes up/down, as described here.

Notes on single-line percussion

Single-line percussion instruments are special in a few other ways:

  • Accidentals aren’t supported.
  • Only the percussion clef is supported.
  • Key signatures aren’t supported.

By default, notes on the staff line will use downward stems. You can quickly flip a note’s stem direction via the engraving menu.