The slice manager is a web-based tool that lets you create, edit and delete slices. This page explains how to use it.
For our purposes, a slice is a single instance of music notation of any length. It might be a simple two-bar guitar lick, a 32-bar string-quartet piece, or even a full concert band score. It can have any number of instruments/parts.
Everything in Soundslice is oriented around slices. They’re the fundamental unit of the site.
Once you’ve created a slice, you’ll see it in the list in the slice manager. The next step is to add notation. You do this by uploading a notation file — something you’ve either acquired or created in another program such as Finale, Guitar Pro, MuseScore, PowerTab or Sibelius — or by using the notation editor that’s built into Soundslice.
If you already have a notation file, here’s how to upload it. We support a handful of different notation file formats: MusicXML, Guitar Pro (versions 3-7, including GPX), PowerTab and TuxGuitar.
By default, our player uses instrument samples to play your slice’s audio, with a MIDI-like sound. But Soundslice really shines when you sync notation with real recordings.
For our purposes, a recording is audio or video of a specific performance of a slice. With Soundslice, you can associate multiple recordings with a single slice.
Syncpoints are how Soundslice aligns notation with audio/video. For example, a syncpoint means something like “The start of measure 2 in the notation corresponds to 0:05 in the audio.”
Use the syncpoint editor to create, edit and delete syncpoints. Each recording gets its own syncpoints, and Soundslice provides an easy way to copy them across recordings, if needed.
Keep your slice organized by creating folders. You can create as many folders as you’d like, and folders can be nested within one another.
Soundslice licensing partners get the superpower of embedding slices in their own sites. To embed a slice, take the following steps.
First, when creating or editing the slice, enable embedding. You have two options:
Allowed on any domain
Allowed on whitelist domains
If you’re concerned about keeping your content locked down, use the whitelist option for the most security. To edit your whitelist, visit this page (this page is only available for licensing partners) and enter the domain(s) your embed should be limited to, one domain per line, e.g. example.com. Note that www.example.com and example.com are treated as separate domains, so you’ll likely want to include both the www and non-www versions of your URLs if applicable.
Finally, get the embed code for a specific slice using the slice manager. Note you can tweak the width and height to your liking.
Bonus fun for developers: our embed player has an API.
More things you can do
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