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Synthetic playback

Generally Soundslice is all about syncing music with real human performances — but it can be useful to hear computer-generated playback.

Synthetic playback means you can slow the music way down without audio degradation, and it means the playback will be metronomically “perfect” — useful for learning rhythmically complex passages.

You can listen to synthetic audio of the notation by choosing “Synthetic” from the recordings menu.

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Changing an instrument’s synthetic sound

You can change an instrument’s synthetic sound to help you practice. For example, you may want to change the timbre of a guitar from electric to acoustic to fit the instrument you’re practicing with. Or, you may want to change to an instrument sound that has clearer attack, like a piano vs. a wind instrument, so that it’s easier to hear a particular rhythm.

To change an instrument’s synthetic sound, open the mixer and make a new selection from the instrument’s “Synthetic sound” dropdown menu.

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Note that this will only last as long as your practice session. It will reset when you refresh the page. If you created the slice, see here for information on changing the default synth sound for an instrument.

Changing an instrument’s synthetic volume

You can use the mixer to change synthetic playback levels of individual instruments. In addition to changing volume levels, you can quickly mute/solo individual instruments.

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To open the mixer, tap this icon in the controlbar:

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Why would “Synthetic” be missing from a slice’s recordings menu?

The slice owner can optionally disable synthetic playback. In that case, you won’t see the “Synthetic” option.