Rehearsal Track Notes
PLEASE NOTE, FOR THE SEPTEMBER 2019 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. Please click here for instructions for playing and downloading the tracks.
Soundslice online files, MusicXML files and MP3 tracks for the Easter 2020 concert
This is a replacement for the MuseScore online application and is very easy to use. Click on the link below to the piece of music you would like to practice. Controls for playback, emphasising voices, changing the speed of the playback are along the bottom of the screen. Please experiment, it won’t break!!!
MP3 files can be found here:
2020 Short Pieces (Benedictus, Hallelujah, Lisa Lân)
musicXML and MuseScore files for download
can be found here .
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.
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.
MP3 versions are 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, find the player for the piece of music you want to hear and click the “Play” button (usually an arrowhead on its side on the left of the player).
To download an MP3 track to your laptop, click on the “Download” link under the right hand end of the player. 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, follow the same procedure as for a laptop. 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 the process is, of course, different. The least complex process is to download to a laptop (as above), import the downloaded file to iTunes on the laptop, connect your iPad or iPhone and copy the file to its Music folder.
For a direct download to an iPad or iPhone (grit your teeth and keep reading!), you need to have a DropBox or similar app installed (these instructions will assume DropBox). On clicking on the “download” link, a new browser window will appear with a music player for the selected track and (may) start playing. Search at one edge of the screen and you will see an icon in the form of a square with an arrow coming out of the top. Press this and on the next screen select “Save to DropBox”. Then select the folder to put the file in and press “Save”. Finally, in the DropBox app, find the track and click on the three dots icon, and then click on “Make Available Offline”.