There are many ways to transcribe music using Soundslice. Here are our recommended techniques.
Here’s the easiest way to transcribe using Soundslice, assuming you’re transcribing music that has a regular rhythm (i.e., most music). First, tap out the measures. Then use the measure positions to quickly add chords and notes according to fractions of measures.
12. To transcribe individual notes, use these same techniques from steps 7-11, but do it on a tab track instead of a chords track. Here’s a YouTube video demonstrating the technique.
If you have some familiarity with the rhythm and phrasing of the tune you’re transcribing, annotation tapping might be a faster technique for you. With this technique, you tap the chord or note locations while you listen to the song.
6. When you’re done annotating, click the Pause button or press Spacebar to pause play. You’ll exit “tap to annotate” mode. At this point, you can move, resize, and delete those new annotations as needed. See the Help page for lots of details on editing annotations.
If you’re transcribing a recording that is “out of time” or can’t be represented with measures, or if you want fine-grained control over your transcription, use manual annotation.
Transcribing repetitive music
Use Soundslice’s copy/paste feature to quickly transcribe repetitive music such as chord progressions, bass lines or guitar riffs.
5. Hit CtrlV to paste the annotations starting in the measure containing the playhead. The annotations will be pasted relative to their position within their original measures. For example, say you copy an annotation that starts halfway through a measure and lasts until the end of the measure. If you paste it in another measure, it will be pasted such that it starts halfway through the measure and lasts until the end of the measure — even if the length of the measure (in seconds) is slightly longer or shorter than the copied-from measure.