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Transposing sheet music and audio

Whether you’re learning music that was written for a different instrument, or you’re challenging your knowledge of a piece with a new key signature, you can easily transpose music in Soundslice. Just tap the gear icon in the lower right and click and drag the “Transposition” slider.

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Transposing audio

This feature can also pitch-shift the audio to reflect the new transposition, but it depends on the type of recording you’ve currently selected. See here:

Type of audio Audio transposition supported?
Synthetic Yes.
MP3 playback Yes, if enhanced slowdown is enabled. Otherwise, no.
YouTube playback No, because YouTube doesn’t allow this.
Video playback No.

If audio transposition is indeed available for your current recording, you’ll see a “Transpose audio playback” checkbox appear. You can uncheck this to disable the audio transposition — hence playing the audio in its original key while the notation remains transposed:

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Will chord diagrams change to reflect the new transposition?

You bet!

Will tablature change to reflect the new transposition?

Yes! Caveats apply, though. We try to keep things relatively playable, but it might result in difficult (or unplayable) fingering.

Also, we don’t allow downward transpositions that would result in notes below the lowest tablature string. For example, in standard guitar tuning, if a slice has a low G note (on the sixth string, third fret), we will only allow transposing downward for three semitones; beyond that, the note would no longer be playable.

If I change the transposition of a slice, will it remember my setting the next time I load it?

No. A slice will always start in its original key signature.

How far can I transpose?

You can transpose one octave in either direction (up or down).

I’m creating music in Soundslice. How can I set instrument transposition for non-C instruments, such as clarinet?

See our separate page here for information on working with transposing instruments.

How can I restore the music to its default transposition?

Move the transposition slider back to the center.

As a slice creator, can I set the default transposition for audio?

Yes, see pitch correction for audio.