Rehearsal Track Notes
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.
MuseScore online files, MusicXML files and MP3 tracks for the November 2019 concert will be added before the beginning of term on 2nd September. Please keep an eye on this page, the Choral Society FaceBook page or your Email for a message to tell you that the rehearsal tracks are ready.
For MuseScore online files, please see the issue when using Apple Macbook and Safari browser. Click here .
Instructions for playing and downloading the rehearsal tracks
MuseScore online is included as the most flexible method of playing the tracks, giving the option of highlighting different voices, varying playback speed, looping round difficult parts and so on. From the MuseScore online application, unfortunately it is no longer possible (for copyright reasons) to download a track in MuseScore format to a tablet or phone for use in the MuseScore player. Alternative solutions are being explored (at July 2019).
ISSUE: At January 2019, using MuseScore online, the synthesiser option (needed to give emphasis to or to mute various parts) appears not to work when run on an Apple MacBook using Safari browser. Using via FireFox browser does seem to work. MuseScore technical support is aware of the issue. At July 2019, this problem still persists.
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 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 click the “Play” button for the required track (usually an arrowhead on its side on the left of the player).
To download an MP3 track to your laptop, press the “Download” button under 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. This process should work using Safari on an Apple Mac, however on clicking on the file in the Downloads folder, probably it will start playing in iTunes.
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 pressing the “download” button, 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”.