The Soundslice score manager is a web-based tool that lets you create, edit and delete interactive music scores. This page explains how to use it.
For our purposes, a score 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 scores. They’re the fundamental unit of the site.
Once you’ve created a score, you’ll see it in the list on the main score manager page. 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. Soundslice doesn’t yet allow you to create notation directly.
We support a handful of different notation file formats: MusicXML, Guitar Pro (versions 3-7, including GPX), PowerTab and TuxGuitar. We’ll support more soon.
By default, our player uses instrument samples to play your score’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 score. With Soundslice, you can associate multiple recordings with a single score.
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 scores 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 scores in their own sites. To embed a score, take the following steps.
First, when creating or editing the score, enable embedding. You have three options:
Allowed — The simplest option.
Allowed with security hash — For extra security, Soundslice will add some random characters to the embed URL, so that people can’t guess it.
Allowed on whitelist domains — For super-top security, Soundslice will verify that the embed is on one of your whitelisted 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 score using the score manager. Note you can tweak the width and height to your liking.
Bonus fun for developers: our embed player has an API.
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