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Adding/removing bars

Here’s how to add and remove bars using the Soundslice editor.

Adding a bar by moving the cursor

The most natural way to add a bar is by moving the cursor right when it’s at the end of the last bar in the slice. Specifically:

  1. Select the last note/rest in the last bar of your slice.
  2. Hit the right arrow on your keyboard.
  3. Soundslice will automatically create a new bar, and your cursor will be at its start, ready to enter notation.

Note: If the last bar of your slice doesn’t yet contain enough notation to fill the time signature, Soundslice will create a rest rather than creating a new bar.

Inserting a bar anywhere in your slice

To insert a bar, first select a note or rest within a bar that’s adjacent to where you want to insert a new bar. Then:

  • In the editor sidebar’s “Bar” panel , click either “Add bar (before selection)” or “Add bar (after selection)” .
  • Or: Search the editor for “Add bar (before selection)” or “Add bar (after selection).”
  • Or: Use a keyboard shortcut.

Deleting a bar

To delete a bar, select any note or rest within it, then:

  • In the editor sidebar’s “Bar” panel , click the “Delete bar” icon .
  • Or: Search the editor for “Delete bar.”
  • Or: Use a keyboard shortcut.

Marking a bar as a pickup bar (anacrusis)

To mark a bar as a pickup bar, select any note or rest within it, then:

  • In the editor sidebar’s “Bar” panel , click the “Pickup bar” icon .
  • Or: Search the editor for “Toggle whether bar is pickup.”
  • Or: Use a keyboard shortcut.

Marking a bar as a pickup bar does not automatically change its displayed bar number. You might also want to change that; more info here.

If a bar is marked as a pickup bar, Soundslice will treat it differently in the following ways:

  • While the editor is open, the bar’s staff lines will not be colored red if the bar has an incomplete rhythmic duration. (Read more about red staff lines.)
  • During synthetic playback, if the bar has triplet feel active, the notes’ “swing” will be properly offset.
  • During synthetic playback, if the metronome is active, the metronome hits will be in the proper place according to the bar’s (incomplete) rhythmic duration.