Sharing slices: A guide
Soundslice is the best way to learn from music notation and recordings, and we love to see people sharing their creations. In this guide, we’ve compiled some pointers (and requests) about how to best share slices with other musicians.
Publish to your channel
The easiest way to share slices is via your Soundslice channel. Think of it as a blog, YouTube channel or Instagram page — but specifically for your musical ideas. It’s public and totally free to use, both for people creating and consuming.
Every Soundslice account has its own channel. You can access it by clicking your user image at the upper right of any page, then clicking “Your channel.”
To publish a slice to your channel, open the slice and click “Share” at upper right, then select “Publish to channel.” You’ll be able to add a description and specify whether people can post comments or cover versions.
After you publish, anybody who follows you will get an email notifying them of your post. They’ll also see it in their own Soundslice timeline. And your slice will be visible on your channel and in our site’s search engine.
Everything you publish to your channel is public, so you can also copy the slice’s URL and send it to anybody directly (via email, text, social media, blog posts, etc.).
Share the URL privately
If you don’t want to post to your channel, you can share slices privately if you have a Plus plan.
To do this, open the slice and click “Share” at upper right, then select “Share link.” Choose “Enable sharing of this link,” and your slice will be marked as shareable.
Once you’ve done that, you can simply copy and paste the slice’s URL and send it to whomever you’d like to send it to. They won’t need a Soundslice account to be able to access it. The slice will not appear on your channel or in search results — unless, of course, you’ve also posted it to your channel.
One thing to consider here is: There’s no security for these types of shared links. Anybody who knows the link can view it, so we don’t advise using this feature for content that you want to lock down.
Share a course privately
If you want to share slices with specific people, with control over who exactly gets to see them, use our private courses system. This is available to people in the Teacher plan.
With a private course, you select exactly which people can view exactly which slices. For more information, see Teaching with Soundslice. You can also ask your students to upload audio/video performances, for giving feedback.
Sell a course
If you want to sell access to your slice(s), and you own the rights to the material, you can create a course and sell it on our store. For more information, see our help section.
Embed on your own site
One of the great things about Soundslice is that you can embed it in other websites. If you run your own website and want to embed your slices, here are your options:
- If you’ve posted your slice to your channel, then you can embed it for free. Just click “Embed” when viewing your channel post, and you’ll get the embed code. Note this embed uses our “miniplayer,” and it has a link back to your full channel post on soundslice.com.
- If you’d like to embed our full player, giving your site users all the rich features of Soundslice, use our Licensing plan. It’s excellent software that’s used by many websites around the world.
Share video screengrabs on social media
Though video screengrabs aren’t the best way to learn, they can be a fun way to put your slices “out there” on social media. Video snippets and images of slices can be entertaining, and if you’re a teacher looking for students, they can be a nice way to market yourself.
For example, our official Soundslice Instagram account frequently posts videos of featured slices.
We don’t have a built-in way to export slices as videos; you’ll need to use separate screencapturing software to do this.
Depending on your operating system and device, here are some software recommendations:
- Mac OS: Use the built-in software QuickTime Player.
- Windows 10: Use the built-in software Xbox Game Bar.
- iOS: Use the built-in screen recording method.
- Android: There’s no built-in software, but search the Google Play Store for “screen recorder” for many options.
A tip: if you post a screenshot or a video screengrab of a slice to social media, include a link to the slice itself somewhere near the post (e.g., YouTube description, Instagram bio, etc.). Otherwise people might not realize there’s a fully featured learning experience for them to use.
Since we work hard on the technology and are mindful about piracy, we have some nitpicky rules about this method:
- Selling screenshots or video screengrabs of slices (yours or someone else’s) isn’t cool and is explicitly not allowed. We will suspend accounts that do so.
- Making screenshots or video screengrabs of someone else’s public slices without their permission is not allowed.
- Obscuring the Soundslice branding of our player, or making it appear that the Soundslice player was built by you (!), is not allowed. If you must obscure the branding for stylistic reasons, please be sure to credit us — using, e.g., the soundslice.com URL, our Instagram handle or our Twitter handle.