Rehearsal Track Notes
PLEASE NOTE, FOR THE SEPTEMBER 2020 TERM AND BEYOND, THESE NOTES HAVE CHANGED.
To save a lot of swapping between different applications and to minimise the need to explain the differences encountered by users of a wide variety of laptops, tablets and phones, access to various incarnations of the rehearsal tracks for our performances has been centralised as far as possible in the SACS Website.
Use the following table to find the piece of music and the type of playback you would like to use. The search box at the top of the table can be used to find a piece by name, composer, voice part or the type of track (the name in the “URL” column, e.g. “SoundSlice”, “MP3”). In addition to using the search box, you can alter the display order by clicking on the heading of the column you would like to sort. Please scroll down below the table for instructions for playing and downloading the tracks.
Instructions for playing and downloading the rehearsal tracks
Soundslice online is included as a flexible method of playing the tracks, giving the option of highlighting different voices and so on. Click on the link to the piece of music you would like to play in the list above and you will be taken to the Soundslice application. The playback controls are all along the bottom line of the screen and are quite simple to operate:
- From left to right, the first icon is the play/pause button.
- Then to the right of the indicator bar, there is a speed controller – use the + and – icons to vary the playback.
- Next is the loop controller. Click on the icon, then click on the bar to start the section you want to repeat, then drag the right hand side of the highlighted section (small dot at the bottom) to the end of the section you want to repeat and press play. Click on the loop icon again to turn off the repeat.
- Next is the volume control, either setting the volume of the playback as a whole or altering it for individual voices.
- Next is a piano keyboard
- Finally, the small gearwheel icon alters the display – expanding or reducing the size of the staves or (by clicking on the quaver icon at the right), making staves visible or invisible.
MP3 files are very similar to any other music track and included with the option either of playing through a browser or downloading to your laptop, tablet or phone. There is an MP3 file for all voices, and one each with emphasis on each of the individual voices. To play through the browser you are using now, click on the link to the piece of music you want to hear and a player should appear. Click the “Play” button (usually an arrowhead on its side on the left of the player).
To download an MP3 track to your laptop, open the player as described above, then right-click with your cursor somewhere on the player (you don’t actually have to have the track playing to do this!). You should see a menu that will have download options. Depending on the browser type, operating system and type of your laptop, the downloaded file will either appear in your “Downloads” folder or you will be given the option of choosing a location for the file.
To download an MP3 track to an Android tablet or phone, open the player as described above. You should see a line of three vertical dots at the right hand end of the player. Tap on those dots and you will be given an option to download the track. The location to which the file was downloaded should be shown on the screen somewhere (although this may vary depending on the browser and/or phone or tablet model).
To download to an Apple iPad or iPhone and play the track in the iOS device Music app, the process is not easy without going via a laptop and using iTunes (now superseded on Mac computers anyway). An alternative is to add a cloud storage app such as DropBox to your iOS device. Then, having selected an MP3 track and opened the player as described above, click on the icon at the top right of the browser (it’s a square with an arrow pointing out of the top edge), and there should be an option to save the file to cloud storage (DropBox in this example). Select the folder in DropBox and the file will be saved there. To play locally, open DropBox on the iOS device, find the track just saved and set it to be usable off-line so that it is stored locally. Tapping on the filename should launch a local MP3 player. An easier alternative is to resurrect an old Android phone and use it as a music player.
MusicXML and MuseScore (for download) If you are running on a laptop through a browser, clicking on the relevant link will download the file to your “Downloads” folder, but you will need a MusicXML or MuseScore player installed on the laptop to be able to use the files.
For an Apple iOS tablet or phone, you need to have a MusicXML player (e.g. Newzik or MuseScore) installed. In a browser, click on the link corresponding to the track you want to download. For MuseScore, select the destination as the MuseScore Songbook and the file will be saved there. For MusicXML select the destination as your MusicXML player (e.g. Newzik) and the file will be saved there.
It is assumed that Android tablets and phones will follow similar principles, but I am unable to test the exact procedure because I don’t have one of these available. Newzik is only available on iPads and iPhones.Return to top of page