Audio Plugins / Moody sampler / FAQ's Moody

FAQ's Moody

01
What is the Moody sampler?

Moody is a software sampler that allows the user to load up any sample and perform advanced manipulation and modulation to the sound.
It works like most instruments samplers, beside the fact that is connected to the Soundslates cloud

02
Is Moody free?

The Moody Sampler is freely available for users of the Soundslates platform.
Free users are however restricted on the amount of instruments they can download

03
How do I install the Moody Sampler?

The plugin will be installed in the same package as the MPA app.
Once installed you will be able to find it in the following locations:

  • Mac
    /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST
    /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components
  • Windows
    C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VstPlugins



04
Is my DAW online when using the Moody sampler?

No, the Moody sampler is not directly connected to the server, it only communicates with the MPA desktop app, which is connected to the server, therefore your DAW and the plugin stays offline, while the MPA does the server related work outside of your DAW (e.g pull/push sampler presets).

The Moody sampler works like most VSTs, once it’s installed, it will show up in your list of plug- ins inside your DAW.
From there, simply drag it to a MIDI Track and start playing.
Example of the plug-in folder in Ableton

05
Are there systems which are not supported?

Yes, the MPA and Moody Sampler are meant to be used with the following systems:

OSX 10.8+.
Windows 8+
(Windows 10 highly recommended).

Earlier versions of those OS might lead to issues when using the apps.

06
Can i install the plugin to a custom plugin folder?

It is not possible to modify the installation location.
However, you can manually move the VST from the standard location, to your custom location.
This will not affect the functionality of the Moody sampler.

07
Can i use the plugin in Offline mode?

Definitely, the Moody sampler has been engineered to work in both Online and Oflfline modes.
To work offline, simply close the Soundslates MPA application, the sampler will then be Offline.

When working Offline, you will have access only to the sounds downloaded previously, note that you can still import your own sounds, but those won't be uploaded to your personal cloud.

08
Are my presets shared automatically?

No, in order to share a preset, you should manually click the sharing button and select one the sharing options.

The Moody sampler will however upload your instruments automatically to your personal cloud when you saved them.
Your instruments are then private, and can be shared at anytime once you decide to.

See also Upload & share your instruments

Audio Plugins / Moody sampler / FAQ's Moody

FAQ's Moody

01
What is the Moody sampler?

Moody is a software sampler that allows the user to load up any sample and perform advanced manipulation and modulation to the sound.
It works like most instruments samplers, beside the fact that is connected to the Soundslates cloud

02
Is Moody free?

The Moody Sampler is freely available for users of the Soundslates platform.
Free users are however restricted on the amount of instruments they can download

03
How do I install the Moody Sampler?

The plugin will be installed in the same package as the MPA app.
Once installed you will be able to find it in the following locations:

  • Mac
    /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST
    /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components
  • Windows
    C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VstPlugins



04
Is my DAW online when using the Moody sampler?

No, the Moody sampler is not directly connected to the server, it only communicates with the MPA desktop app, which is connected to the server, therefore your DAW and the plugin stays offline, while the MPA does the server related work outside of your DAW (e.g pull/push sampler presets).

The Moody sampler works like most VSTs, once it’s installed, it will show up in your list of plug- ins inside your DAW.
From there, simply drag it to a MIDI Track and start playing.
Example of the plug-in folder in Ableton

05
Are there systems which are not supported?

Yes, the MPA and Moody Sampler are meant to be used with the following systems:

OSX 10.8+.
Windows 8+
(Windows 10 highly recommended).

Earlier versions of those OS might lead to issues when using the apps.

06
Can i install the plugin to a custom plugin folder?

It is not possible to modify the installation location.
However, you can manually move the VST from the standard location, to your custom location.
This will not affect the functionality of the Moody sampler.

07
Can i use the plugin in Offline mode?

Definitely, the Moody sampler has been engineered to work in both Online and Oflfline modes.
To work offline, simply close the Soundslates MPA application, the sampler will then be Offline.

When working Offline, you will have access only to the sounds downloaded previously, note that you can still import your own sounds, but those won't be uploaded to your personal cloud.

08
Are my presets shared automatically?

No, in order to share a preset, you should manually click the sharing button and select one the sharing options.

The Moody sampler will however upload your instruments automatically to your personal cloud when you saved them.
Your instruments are then private, and can be shared at anytime once you decide to.

See also Upload & share your instruments

Audio Plugins / Moody sampler / Download instruments

Download instruments

01
Launch the MPA client

The MPA client is an app that takes care of all server related tasks for the audio plugins.
This way, you will need to run this application to be able to download instruments for the Moody sampler.

Simply launch the MPA and login by entering your Soundslates username and password
The audio plugins will be now able to connect to the cloud via the MPA client

02
Browse and download sounds

In the Moody sampler preset browser, all the cloud presets will appear in gray.
Click on a preset to download it, once downloaded it will become blue, which means that you can load and play this instrument.

Note that it is possible to download multiple instruments at the same time.

Audio Plugins / Moody sampler / Import & save files

Import & save files

01
Import files

The sampler can import different types of files and saves them in it’s own sound
format, as .sound files.

The supported files format are:
• Instruments: .Sfz
• Audio: Wav, mp3, AAC, OGG

To import a file, simply click on the Disk icon next to the preset selector.
Note that you can also import files via drag and drop.

02
Save files

Once you save an instrument, the files will be wrapped into a .sound file, which is
the format used by the sampler.

Simply hit the Save button in the File Management menu bar.
Those .sound files will be added to your library of instrument, and became visible in the preset selector.
If your are using the MPA, your instruments will be uploaded to the cloud as soon you save them

03
What parameters are saved when saving a sound?

When saving an instrument, all the parameters of the instrument will be saved as
well, this includes:
• Instrument samples and files
• All built-in Parameters settings
• Effects and parameters
• Mod wheel & routing settings

04
Saving via the DAW

When your DAW project is saved, the current state of the sampler will save the parameters
separately from the instrument file.
This means that if an existing instrument has been edited, it won’t get overwritten, and the parameters changes will still be saved and restored by the sampler, leaving the original instrument intact.

Audio Plugins / Moody sampler / Upload & share your instruments

Upload & share your instruments

It is also possible to upload your own instruments as well as sharing those with the Soundslates community

01
Upload your instruments

After successfully importing and saving files/instruments, those will be automatically uploaded to your personal cloud.
Note that you must be online in order to upload your files.

See also Import & save files

02
Share Instruments

You can share your best instruments with your firends or with the entire Soundslates community.
To-do so, load the instrument your are willing to share, and select the sharing icon on the top bar menu. A dropdown list will appear with the choices: Contacts /Everyone

  • Contacts: will allow you to select a user of your contact list 
  • Everyone: This will share your instrument with all the community members

    Once your instrument is shared, it will appear in green in your presets list

03
Undo sharing of an instrument

If you have shared an instrument, you can undo the sharing at any time:

  • go in the preset list
  • right click on the preset you wish to un-share
  • select "Un-share"
Note that you can remove the sharing for the users independently, for example if your preset has been shared with the community and with a contact, it is possible to remove the sharing only for the community, and keep the preset shared for your contacts.

Audio Plugins / Moody sampler / Browsing & filtering sounds

Browsing & filtering sounds

Many sounds are included in the Moody sampler, to quickly find the sounds you'd like to use, the plugin offers powerful search & filtering features, which are covered in this topic.

01
Select the instrument bank

On the top of the instruments browser, you'll find the bank selection comonent, which allows you to select and instrument bank.
Instruments banks are:
-Factory: Provided by Soundslates
-Personal: Your own collection of files
-Shared: Instruments shared by community members
-Favorites: Instruments that you have labeled as favorite

02
Sub bank selection

Once the main Sound bank has been selected, you can select the Sub bank, which gives a quick access to the main instruments categories.

03
Text and tags search

The text field allows to search through both tags and presets:

  • click "presets" to enable the presets search
  • click "tags" to enable the tags search

04
Tags filtering

The tags will help you to quickly find the sounds you are looking for.
To filter, simply select a tag.
Tags can be combined with other search components, such as text, ratings and more.

Audio Plugins / Moody sampler / Rate and favorite sounds

Rate and favorite sounds

01
Rate and favorite options

On the sampler's top bar, you'll find icons allowing to reform actions related to the current sound, such as rating and favoriting instruments.
Click on the heart icon to favorite or un-favorite an instrument.
Drag the stars icons to assign a rating to an instrument.

02
Find your favorite instruments

All the instruments favorited will be listed in the Favorites instrument bank.
It is accessible via the dropdown list on the top of the instruments browser.

03
Filter by ratings

It is possible to filter the instruments by the rating note assigned.
Drag the stars icons located on on the bottom of the tags panel to filter the current results list.
Only instruments which rating note is equal or higher to the selected rating note will be displayed.

Note that the filtering by ratings can be combined with the tags and text search.

Web platform / FAQ's Soundslates

FAQ's Soundslates

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Soundslates platform, such as how collaborations works and how to use our music production tools , below is a list of questions which will help you to better understand the capabilities of the Soundslates ecosystem.

01
What is Soundslates?

Soundslates is a cloud platform dedicated to music producers and musicians.
The goal of Soundslates is to make the music production process more flexible by breaking many barriers commonly faced by producers.
Soundslates will help you to overcome the following hurdles:

  • Backing up your productions assets to the cloud
  • Accessing samples and other assets from anywhere
  • Getting new Audio plugins and tools
  • Collaborating easily

02
What are the tools i get on Soundslates?

The platform is composed of the following parts:

  • Website: Where you can find projects to join and manage your account
  • Soundslates MPA: A desktop app that offers advanced functionalities such as allowing a direct access to our Sound library
  • Audio plugins: A collection of audio plugins, that can be used for personal use or in music collaborations
  • Sound Library: A collection of audio samples, instruments and presets, accessible via our audio plugins and MPA application

03
How does music collaborations work?

Members can come together in projects to collaborate on the platform.

Collaboration involves audio and/or DAW files exchange, which can be done in different way:

  • Using the web platform to upload and download attachments
  • Using the desktop app to manage DAW projects

See also Collaboration overview

04
What means public and private project?

Public:The project will be visible on the "project board" page, this allows you to search for collaborators, by posting your project on the board.
Private:
The project is visible only to the project owner and project's members.

Note:

  • projects are set as private by default
  • the visibility setting can be changed at anytime
  • public/visible doesn't mean that files can be downloaded (see Collabs vs Open source)

See also Edit your project

05
What is the difference between Collabs and Open source projects?

Collab:

A Collab is a closed collaborative project, only users that have been accepted by the project owner can access the files and participate to the project, they are so-called "project members"

Open source:

An Open source project is open to anyone in the Soundslates community, this means that other members will be able to download the project freely and work with it.
However it is possible to hide your Open source projects at any time, by changing the visibility setting to "private"

See also Types of projects

06
What is the MPA app?

The MPA desktop app is a tool that boosts the collaborations possibilities, it will allow you to fully access the power of Soundslates.
The software has been engineered to work with the most popular digital audio workstations, but also allows to collaborate without any DAW.
It offers also various functionalities, such as project backup, chat and a full featured Sound library.

See also FAQ

07
Can i also use Soundslates without the MPA desktop app?

Yes, of course
Without the desktop app you will still be able to do many actions via the website, and some features are available only on the website, below is a table that summarize the features of each platform

See also Projects on web platform

08
Do i need to collaborate or can i also work on my projects alone?

No, you don't have to collaborate on your projects to use Soundslates, It is possible to use only the project backup functionality and the music productions tools.
You can always work alone on your projects and invite friends when ready to collaborate

09
How can i pull projects?

If you are using the website, you will be able to download files attachments, however in order to download softwares projects, the desktop application is needed.
When you click the "Pull" button in your web-browser, the MPA desktop client will automatically start to pull your files.

See also How can i pull projects?

10
Is Soundslates free?

Soundslates is based on a Freemium model, this means that you can access
all the functionalities of the ecosystem, but will be restricted on
some parameters.
We've tried to make our business model as friendly as possible, and give
you the most we can for free.

Free users are mainly limited on the following functionalities:

  • Limited storage
  • Limited amount of collaborators in projects
  • Limited access to the Cloud media library

For more information about the memberships, please visit our pricing plans page

11
Does Soundslates own rights on the music created via the platform?

No, Soundslates does not own any rights on the music created via the platform and its music tools.
You retain 100% of the rights over the music pieces created via the platform, furthermore all samples, instruments and presets delivered via the Sound library are 100% royalty-free and can be used in your commercial projects.

Web platform / Collaboration overview

Collaboration overview

The Soundslates ecosystem allows you to collaborate on music projects in various fashion, this topic presents an overview of the available options when it comes to music collaboration.

01
Collaborate using files attachments

The most simple option to transfer files in a collaborative project, is to upload attachments files.
This can be done in the project page, and in the workspace/messages area.

See also How to transfer project files?

02
Collaborate on music projects files (DAW)

A more advanced possibility to collaborate it to share your DAW projects files with your collaborators.
The MPA desktop app provides a version control system allowing to safely collaborate directly using your DAW files.

See also Projects from desktop

03
Collaborate using Stems files

Stems files are audio files, typically bounces of a DAW session.
The MPA can handle Stems files together with a DAW project, if those are placed in the same folder as the DAW project.
Using Stems files allows you to collaborate with users that are using a different DAW, without having to send the files as separate .
attachments.
Also, including Stems files in revisions allows a better tracking of the project, as the Stems files are organized together with the different revisions.


04
Collaborate using the Moody sampler

When using the DAW as your collaborators, it is possible to use to Moody sampler as a collaborative plugin.
If your project is shared and contains tracks using the Moody sampler, the relevant sounds will be automatically pulled and loaded when your collaborators are opening the project.
You don't need to worry about including the instruments files in your project folder, or even sharing the instruments sounds manually, everything is automated.

See also FAQ

Web platform / Projects on web platform / Overview

Overview

01
Find projects to join

The Projects board is the site page where you can browse and join projects, it displays both Collabs and Open source types of projects, Collabs are closed projects for which you will need to send an application in order to join the project, while Open source projects are free to join.
Note that you can post your own projects, in order to find collaborators (Collabs) or just for sharing some of your skills and tarcks with the community (Open source)

See also The Project board

02
Create a new project

If you are looking for musicians to help you with an existing or new track, you should definitely post a project!
If you create a Collab project, it will be displayed on the Project board, but users will need to send an application to join the project.

To create a new Collab project, just click the "Create new" button on the Project board, or in your Dashboard-> Projects section
To create an Open source project, please use the desktop application.

See also Create a new project

03
Manage your projects

Once you have some projects in progress, you will find an overview in your Dashboard-> Projects section.
To manage the projects more in depth, this can be done on the actual project page

04
Invite people to your projects

You can invite your Soundslates contacts or friends to join your project.
This can be done in the Project's page-> Add people section

To invite a friend to your project, simply select "Invite via mail"

See also Invites and applications to projects

05
Collaborate in projects

Once that members have joined your project, it is time to collaborate.
On the project page, you will be able to post messages with your collaborators and attach files.

If you are using a DAW software, you can track your project's files with the help of the desktop application, which will allow you to take advantage of our version system control, and make sure that the project stays organized and that no files are lost.

See also Collaboration via branch access

06
Close and delete projects

You can decide to delete a project, for this simply the use the project options on the header area of the project page.
A project can be deleted only if you are the project owner.

Web platform / Projects on web platform / Overview

Overview

01
Find projects to join

The Projects board is the site page where you can browse and join projects, it displays both Collabs and Open source types of projects, Collabs are closed projects for which you will need to send an application in order to join the project, while Open source projects are free to join.
Note that you can post your own projects, in order to find collaborators (Collabs) or just for sharing some of your skills and tarcks with the community (Open source)

See also The Project board

02
Create a new project

If you are looking for musicians to help you with an existing or new track, you should definitely post a project!
If you create a Collab project, it will be displayed on the Project board, but users will need to send an application to join the project.

To create a new Collab project, just click the "Create new" button on the Project board, or in your Dashboard-> Projects section
To create an Open source project, please use the desktop application.

See also Create a new project

03
Manage your projects

Once you have some projects in progress, you will find an overview in your Dashboard-> Projects section.
To manage the projects more in depth, this can be done on the actual project page

04
Invite people to your projects

You can invite your Soundslates contacts or friends to join your project.
This can be done in the Project's page-> Add people section

To invite a friend to your project, simply select "Invite via mail"

See also Invites and applications to projects

05
Collaborate in projects

Once that members have joined your project, it is time to collaborate.
On the project page, you will be able to post messages with your collaborators and attach files.

If you are using a DAW software, you can track your project's files with the help of the desktop application, which will allow you to take advantage of our version system control, and make sure that the project stays organized and that no files are lost.

See also Collaboration via branch access

06
Close and delete projects

You can decide to delete a project, for this simply the use the project options on the header area of the project page.
A project can be deleted only if you are the project owner.

Web platform / Projects on web platform / Types of projects

Types of projects

Collabs and Open source projects are the 2 main working modes on our platform, here you will find the details expelling you precisely the difference between both:

01
What is a Collab?

A Collab is a project in which all members needs to be invited by the project owner.
It is also possible to apply to Collabs project to request access permission to the project owner

02
What is an Open source project?

A project is Open source when all users can access the project.
Unlike Collabs, the users do not need to apply or be invited to join the project, they can simply download the projects files and work with it.

However, it is still possible for the owner to work privately with collaborators in an Open source project, by grating advanced accessed to certain user, which will be considered as Collaborators, see Project's roles (Hyperlink)
The project owner and collaborators of an open source project have access to the project's workspace for discussions, which are hidden to simple viewers.

Web platform / Projects on web platform / Create a new project

Create a new project

Once you are ready to collaborate, you can start a new Collab project. When being created from the website it is possible to add more informations to the project as when created with the client app.

01
Create the project

There is 2 places where you can trigger the creation of a new project: On the project board, or from your dashboard, in the projects tab.

See also The Project board

02
Add infos

To make sure the right people will apply for your project, you should try to add as many informations as possible.

Relevant infos for the Projects are:

-Tittle and description
-Talents needed
-Project tempo and music key
-Language (important for vocals)
-Project preview (audio and Youtube video)

03
Add references

Sometimes, it is very difficult to describe what you have in mind, especially when it comes to music.
The Youtube previews are here to help you showing an example of what you would like to achieve.

For example: If you are looking for a particular e-guitar sound, you can use a youtube video to show an example of how the guitar you want should sound like.
This makes it much easier for musicians to know, wether they can help you out with your request or not.

04
The audio preview

The audio preview can be used like the Youtube preview, for showing an example of what you'd like.
But it can also be used to show what is the main song for this project, or to show the work in progress.

Note:
-The preview file cannot be downloaded by non members of the project, except if your project is an Open source project
-Make sure not to show all your work in progress, to avoid to be copied, the preview could be just a short section of the song

See also Types of projects

05
Set the project's visibility

You can decide to post your project public or private.
If your project is public, it will be visible on the Project Board, so that other people can apply to join.

Note:
-Please visit the section about the Project Board for more infos about the public/private projects
-You can switch the visibility status at any time.
-Public project doesn't mean that other users can download your files, for all Collabs projects the users needs to send you an application before being able to see/download files.

See also The Project board

Web platform / Projects on web platform / The Project board

The Project board

One of the most important areas of the web platform is the project board, there you will find projects to join or you may post your own projects to the community.

01
What is the Project board?

The project board is like a wall for musical projects, it is typically the page you go to when you are looking for a Collaborative project to join.
Any user of the site can access it and post projects on it.

When you create a project, whether it is a Collab or Open source project, you can choose to keep your it private or to display it on the Project board, note that your project tracked from the app are automatically set to Private.

If a Project is appearing on the Board, it means that it is set to "Visible"

02
Collabs or Open source Projects

The Project board is split into two tabs, Collabs and Open source projects, which are the 2 available types of projects

See also Types of projects

03
Use the filters to display the right projects for you

On the top of the page, a filter bar is available to add sorting options.

04
Visibility on the Project board:

You can switch at any time between the private and public visibility status, so your project doesn't need to be posted on the Project Board right from the start, you can always do it later.

Additionally, once you have used the Project Board to find enough collaborators, you can then switch to private so that users no longer send applications.

See also Edit your project

05
What can other users see from my project when it is public?

When a Collab project is visible on the Project, other users can only access a reduced project page, containing:

-Project infos, such as description, tempo, key, styles ect
-Audio/ video previews.
-No files download

For Open source projects however, the project page is accessible to everyone, if the project is set to Visible/ Public, only few options are not available such as:
-Internal discussion page
-Private branches
-Project's editing options

Web platform / Projects on web platform / The Project page

The Project page

01
Overview

The full project page is accessible only to the members of a Collab project.
This page helps to manage the project, along with the desktop app, or it can act as a substitute of the app.

From pulling the project files, to discuss with collaborators, or editing the project's information, all the project related actions are located on this page.

02
Header

The header contains crucial information regarding the Collab project. The project name, genre and thumbnail are displayed for easy reference.

Using the header you can decide to set a private project to public or vice-versa, which defines if your project is visible on the Project board or hidden

You can edit the project settings using the edit project function.

Or you can close the project using the close project function to stop working on this track and delete its content from your Soundslates cloud storage space.

03
Workspace

The workspace displays the latest changes that have been made to this collab project.

You can also use it to communicate with your collaborators.

04
The Wall

The wall displays general information regarding the collab. Such as the project description and the talent that are currently needed to finish it.
It is also the view that non-members of your project will see, if the project is set to public.
The Wall allows you to communicate with all users that don't have access to your project, they can post comments on the wall which you can then reply.
when ready just invite those users to your project, where the workspace will give you more possibilities to communicate.

05
Add people

Via Add People you can invite people from your contact list to work team and collaborate on this project.

The Applicants area shows people who have offered you to work on this project.

It is also possible to invite people who are not yet active on the Soundslates by using the Invite by mail function.

06
Terms

Web platform / Projects on web platform / Invites and applications to projects

Invites and applications to projects

Invitations and applications to projects are your tool to manage the users in your projects, and to ask for permission to join a project.

01
What is the difference between invitations and applications?

Invitations:
You use these when you want to invite someone to join your project and you will receive invitations from other users when they want you to join theirs.

Applications:
When you see a project you are interested in you can apply for it, which means that you are asking for permission from the project admin to join the project. When you post a project on the Project Board, you will receive applications from other users who are willing to join and work with you. You can of course accept, decline or ignore an invite or an application.

02
Send an invitation to a project

You can invite your Soundslates contacts or friends to join your project.
This can be done in the Project's page-> Add people section

To invite a friend to your project, simply select "Invite via mail"

03
Invitations panel in dashboard

In you Dashboard, you will find the Invitations tab, there you can see:

-All invites and applications for Collabs and Open source projects
-All the invites you have sent for your projects, with their status
-Invites you have received from other users
-Applications you have sent for projects, which are still waiting for approval

04
Accept and decline invites/ applications

You can decide to accept/decline an invitation or an application to a project.
Simply click on the action you are willing to do, on the invitation cell.

This can be performed on the project page-> Add people , or in the Dashboard-> invitations

Web platform / Projects on web platform / Edit your project

Edit your project

You can edit your projects infos at anytime, by going on the "Edit project" page

01
Projects options

Located on header bar of the projects, are few options allowing to modify the projects settings on the fly, those are:
-Edit project
-Make visible/private
-Close project

02
Edit project

After the project has been created, you can still edit certain infos such as:
-Tittle
-Project image
-Deadline
-Preview
-Genres / Skills needed

See also Create a new project

03
Make visible/private

By clicking on the privacy option, you can decide to display or hide your project from the Projects board

See also The Project board

Web platform / Projects on web platform / How to pull projects?

How to pull projects?

To be able to pull projects from the website, you will need to install the desktop application

01
Download and Install the desktop application

The desktop application will allow you to easily pull large projects files, from both the website and the desktop app itself.
To install the application, click the "Desktop app" icon in the left side menu and follow the instructions

See also Projects from desktop

02
Launch the MPA

Open the Soundslates MPA from your desktop, and login with your user account

03
Pull projects

When the desktop application is running, it will start pulling projects when you click the "Pull" buttons on the website, you can monitor the progress in the notification popup

It is also possible to find projects directly via the MPA, by using the "Browse" tab which is the equivalent of the Project Board on the website

See also Projects from desktop

04
Open projects

Once your project has been pulled, it will appear as blue in the "Load project" tab, simply double click the blue revision, and the project will be opened in your DAW

If anything goes wrong you can still right click the revision and choose "Open directory", which will show reveal the original files on your system.

See also Projects from desktop

Web platform / Projects on web platform / How to transfer project files?

How to transfer project files?

When collaborating on music projects, you'll often needed to upload and download project's assets, this topic covers the different available methods for transferring files via the platform.

01
Basics: What are revisions and attachments?

Revision:
An abstract form of a music project's assets, for example a Protools project, by abstract it is meant that regardless of the structure and amount of files of the revision, it will be displayed in a simple form.A revision is an incarnation of the project, this means that the same project can contain many revisions, which have been added at different times.

Attachment:
a file of any type, those are handled differently as revisions.
You can upload both types of project's assets, depending on your needs.

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Browse and pull revisions

Revisions can be pulled from both the web platform, and the desktop app.
Your ability to pull a revision depends on your project access level, e.g if you are a project member and if you own the correct branch rights.
When browsing projects, only revisions that you can pull will be displayed.

In a project, the revisions are contained on "Branches", for example every collaborator can have his own Branch filled with revisions, and share the entire branch or a single revision with other projects members

A revision is always displayed along with the "Pull" button which also hints about the software used in this revision.
Simply click the Pull button and the download will start

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Files attachments

Files attachments are all the files added in the project, but that are not project revisions.
It can be anything you like, lyrics, compressed files, images....

The attachments are available in the Files tab as well, click on the "Revisions" label to toggle to the Files view
Files can also be added in the chat by clicking the Attachment icon

See also The Project page

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What are Branches?

A Branch is an entity containing project's revisions.

It can be compared to Versions of the project, for example your project could have the following branches configuration:

  • Master branch: containing the main projects revisions 
  • Bass branch: A branch where a friend has added a new bass track, waiting for validation
  • Mastering branch: A branch on which you have decided that the mastering work should be done
The 3 branches in the above example represent 3 different versions of the project, with on each one the different revisions that have been uploaded at different times. When working on a project, you can create new branches at anytime, and every collaborator own a private branch on which he can freely perform changes.

See also Collaboration via branch access

Web platform / Manage your contacts

Manage your contacts

The contact list helps you to save your favorite musicians, and to stay in touch with the ones you have already worked with.

01
Add musicians to your list

When you notice a musician you would like to add to your list, you can simply go to his Profile, and click the "add to list" option, underneath the user image

See also Find musicians

02
The contact list

All of your contacts are gathered in the Dashboard under the Contacts section.
From there, you will be able to message or invite a contact to a project.

See also Your Dashboard

03
How does it work?

The Contact list is not a proper "friend list", you can add who you want to your list, it doesn't need to be approved by the opposite side.
In other words, users won't be notified when you add them in your contacts list.

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Invite a friend via mail

You can also invite a friend to join the platform by entering a mail address, just click the "Invite friends" button on the top bar of the interface

See also Invites and applications to projects

Web platform / Dashboard and profile / Your Dashboard

Your Dashboard

01
Overview


The overview presents a quick and handy overview of all your activities on the SoundSlates portal.
You can use to track the Status of any currently ongoing activities.
Check up on your message inbox.
Accept invitations to collaborate with different artists.
Consult all your uploaded projects. This is a very handy feature when you are dealing with large amounts of projects.
Project Applications holds information about projects you’ve offered to work on.
Lastly, you find your portfolio containing your Bio and other personal information on the Dashboard overview.

02
Account > Profile


At the Account page you can share information about yourself as an artist. When selecting the Profile tab, you can fill out you BIO and give insight in what makes you tick as an artist.
Also this is the place to share personal information like facebook pages, souncloud and twitter links or hyperlinks to your personal webpages.
Adding a profile image enhances your visibility.

See also Edit your profile

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Account > Working Conditions


Via the Working Conditions tab, you can define your hourly work rate for collaborations and specify an average time it takes you to complete deadlines.
Also, via Terms and Conditions you can define if you allow your work to be remixed and / or commercially used.

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Account > Membership


The Membership tab displays what kind of membership plan you currently have. And in case you have a pro subscription, how many days you have left before contract renewal.

05
Account > Storage


The Storage tab tells the user how many of the available storage he is using.

See also Storage

06
Skills


The skills page provides a opportunity to showcase your musical skill to other users of the Soundslates platform.
Here you can highlight what you do and how you can service others. It makes to be specific as when collaborating on projects it helps if you and your teammates have similar musical interests.

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Projects


The Projects page displays information on which Projects are currently available for you to work on.
The first tab “Collabs” shows projects you, or some of your teammembers have uploaded.
The second tab named “Open Source” displays all Open Source project available on the Soundslates platform that are available for the whole community to join.

See also Projects on web platform

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Invitations


The Invitations page shows invites you have received from members of the Soundslates community to team up and collaborate on musical projects.
Again it is split between collabs and open source projects.

See also Invites and applications to projects

09
Contacts


On the contact page you simply find an overview of all the contacts you are currently working with.

See also Manage your contacts

10
Messages


All messages you’ve sent and receive on Soundslates can be found here.

Web platform / Dashboard and profile / Your Dashboard

Your Dashboard

01
Overview


The overview presents a quick and handy overview of all your activities on the SoundSlates portal.
You can use to track the Status of any currently ongoing activities.
Check up on your message inbox.
Accept invitations to collaborate with different artists.
Consult all your uploaded projects. This is a very handy feature when you are dealing with large amounts of projects.
Project Applications holds information about projects you’ve offered to work on.
Lastly, you find your portfolio containing your Bio and other personal information on the Dashboard overview.

02
Account > Profile


At the Account page you can share information about yourself as an artist. When selecting the Profile tab, you can fill out you BIO and give insight in what makes you tick as an artist.
Also this is the place to share personal information like facebook pages, souncloud and twitter links or hyperlinks to your personal webpages.
Adding a profile image enhances your visibility.

See also Edit your profile

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Account > Working Conditions


Via the Working Conditions tab, you can define your hourly work rate for collaborations and specify an average time it takes you to complete deadlines.
Also, via Terms and Conditions you can define if you allow your work to be remixed and / or commercially used.

04
Account > Membership


The Membership tab displays what kind of membership plan you currently have. And in case you have a pro subscription, how many days you have left before contract renewal.

05
Account > Storage


The Storage tab tells the user how many of the available storage he is using.

See also Storage

06
Skills


The skills page provides a opportunity to showcase your musical skill to other users of the Soundslates platform.
Here you can highlight what you do and how you can service others. It makes to be specific as when collaborating on projects it helps if you and your teammates have similar musical interests.

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Projects


The Projects page displays information on which Projects are currently available for you to work on.
The first tab “Collabs” shows projects you, or some of your teammembers have uploaded.
The second tab named “Open Source” displays all Open Source project available on the Soundslates platform that are available for the whole community to join.

See also Projects on web platform

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Invitations


The Invitations page shows invites you have received from members of the Soundslates community to team up and collaborate on musical projects.
Again it is split between collabs and open source projects.

See also Invites and applications to projects

09
Contacts


On the contact page you simply find an overview of all the contacts you are currently working with.

See also Manage your contacts

10
Messages


All messages you’ve sent and receive on Soundslates can be found here.

Web platform / Dashboard and profile / Edit your profile

Edit your profile

01
Add a profile image and biographie

In the Dashboard Account section, you can edit the basic profile's finormations, such as replacing your profile image, adding a biography, language, and social links.

When uploading an image Use the "crop" functionality to give it the right size, for this just click on the "crop" button located on the image thumbnail.

02
Edit your skills and genres

Editing the skills and genre is important, since it gives informations about your musical abilities.
This can be done in the Skills section of the Dashboard

This section allows to edit the Skills, Genres and portfolio.
The Software category gets updated automatically by the desktop app (see links)

03
Build up your portfolio

To give a better idea of your skills and genre, the portfolio allows you to add media examples of your work to your profile.
Every musician visiting your profile will be able to see those, and your items will be displayed in the Discover section of the platform.

It is possible to upload Audio and images, as well as embedding Youtube videos and Soundcloud tracks.
For the embedded items, simply paste the URL link into the relevant text fields

Desktop app / FAQ's Desktop app

FAQ's Desktop app

01
What is the desktop app?

The desktop app is a tool that boosts the collaborations possibilities, it will allow you to fully access the power of Soundslates.
The software has been engineered to work with the most popular digital audio workstations, but also allows to collaborate without any DAW.
It offers also various functionalities, such as project backup, chat and a full featured Sound library.

02
Which softwares are compatible?

Most popular DAW's are supported, such as:

03
How does the app work with my DAW software?

Once installed, the app will start to search for your DAW music projects, and will create a list of found projects.
You can then decide to track those projects, which means that the app will remember them and upload the files to your cloud when changes are made to the project.

The way projects are managed is not "Drag and drop" based, which forces you to move your files to the app directory.
The client operates by remembering where your files are stored, which means that you don't need got change anything to your file organization when using the app, it is the app that adapts to your workflow.

04
When are files uploaded to the cloud?

Your projects are uploaded to your cloud only when you select the "Tracked" or "Backup" options for those projects.
All projects are initially on OFF mode, which means that the files are not being uploaded.
If the Full Backup mode is enabled, the projects will be automatically uploaded to your cloud.

05
How to make sure that projects are tracked correctly?

Projects must be stored stored in a folder:

  • Your projects should be stored in a folder, so that the app can take care of it properly, this should be the case for most projects, but if you have an issue with project tracking, make sure that the project files are stored into a project folder.
    The project folder name doesn't matter.
    Many popular DAW's allow to create a project folder when creating a project.
  • The project file should be located in the root folder, if the main project file is placed in a sub-directory, some problem could arise.
Collect and Save:
Most popular DAW's allow to Collect and Save the project's media files into the project's directory, make sure to enable this option when saving your projects, so that all files can be found by the app.

The structure of your project should look something similar to the one in the screenshot below, depending on which DAW you are using

06
Does the app scans my whole drive?

No, the app is scanning only a couple of directories.
Directories such as Downloads are not scanned.
You can however adjust the directories that are scanned by the app in the software parameters panel.

07
If i change computer, will my data be lost?

No, everything that have been pushed to the cloud will be restored as it was, when you install the app again on a new drive.
This includes projects, sound library ratings, favorite files, and other settings

08
Does the app pull all my datas on my various devices?

No, the app is not auto-pulling your datas on there devices it is installed on.
This means that when you install the app on a new computer, you will need to pull the files manually from the cloud.
It is valid for all datas, such as project revisions.

09
Can i delete files and project from my cloud?

Yes, it is possible to delete projects and media files.
This will free the space used by those datas, and the storage monitoring panel will be updated accordingly.

10
Can i open files and export via the app?

Yes, files can be both opened and exported from the app, this works for project's revisions and library files.
-Double click on a cloud file to download
-Double click a local file to open
-Drag and drop a local file to export

11
Are all systems supported?

No, the MPA and Moody Sampler are meant to be used with the following systems:
OSX 10.8+
Windows 8+ (Windows 10 highly recommended)

Earlier versions of those OS might lead to issues when using the apps.

Desktop app / Projects from desktop / Create a new project

Create a new project

01
Creating a new project

Beside using the quick Backup and Tracking options, you can also create a project manually, which allows you to add more detailed informations,a nd invite people on the fly

02
Go to New project tab

The project can be selected manually in the files list of the "New project" tab, or you can specify the path to your files using the "Create a cloud project from scratch" option

If your project appears in the files list, simply click on the project cell, and a popup will appear which allows you to select the project to upload the files to, or creating a new project for those files

03
Select the project type

Once you have selected the files, you will need to select the type of project you want to create.
This can be either Collab or Open source

See also Types of projects

04
Add detailed infos about your Project

Add a title and description which are vital to your project.?Also add an audio preview, so your co-workers can immediately understand what the project is about.

Specify the genre. Being specific helps you to stay organized when dealing with multiple projects.

05
Add the needed skills

Define which skills you require your team members to posses. Provide clear and specific requirements.

Examples of required skills are : Song Composer, Double bass, drums, Vocals, etc…

06
Invite collaborators

In this step you can invite people from you contact list to become teammembers on your project.??Provide them with a short welcome message, so it is clear what the project is about and what you want them to do on it.?

See also Invite friends to your projects

07
Add the license terms

Set the project license.

Define which Creative Commons license you wish to apply to your work.

Can it be shared?
Can commercial derivates be created?

It is an important step to think about, so take your time to assess what this project will grow into.

The license will be visible on the Project Terms tab.

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Complete & upload

You’ve successfully passed all the steps necessary to create a new project.

Hit the "finish" button to upload your newly created project.

The progress bar indicates that your project is being uploaded.
??The notification panel notifies you of this in even more detail?

See also Notifications & Tasks popup

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View and manage your project

Once the upload is completed, you will receive a notification stating that the project is ready.
Your project will then appear in the Load project tab, in which the project can be managed.
It is now possible to:
-Open the project by double clicking
-push new revisions
-manage rights of collaborators

Most of the options are available by right clicking on the project and revisions cells to reveal the option menus

See also Branches and Revisions

Desktop app / Projects from desktop / Create a new project

Create a new project

01
Creating a new project

Beside using the quick Backup and Tracking options, you can also create a project manually, which allows you to add more detailed informations,a nd invite people on the fly

02
Go to New project tab

The project can be selected manually in the files list of the "New project" tab, or you can specify the path to your files using the "Create a cloud project from scratch" option

If your project appears in the files list, simply click on the project cell, and a popup will appear which allows you to select the project to upload the files to, or creating a new project for those files

03
Select the project type

Once you have selected the files, you will need to select the type of project you want to create.
This can be either Collab or Open source

See also Types of projects

04
Add detailed infos about your Project

Add a title and description which are vital to your project.?Also add an audio preview, so your co-workers can immediately understand what the project is about.

Specify the genre. Being specific helps you to stay organized when dealing with multiple projects.

05
Add the needed skills

Define which skills you require your team members to posses. Provide clear and specific requirements.

Examples of required skills are : Song Composer, Double bass, drums, Vocals, etc…

06
Invite collaborators

In this step you can invite people from you contact list to become teammembers on your project.??Provide them with a short welcome message, so it is clear what the project is about and what you want them to do on it.?

See also Invite friends to your projects

07
Add the license terms

Set the project license.

Define which Creative Commons license you wish to apply to your work.

Can it be shared?
Can commercial derivates be created?

It is an important step to think about, so take your time to assess what this project will grow into.

The license will be visible on the Project Terms tab.

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Complete & upload

You’ve successfully passed all the steps necessary to create a new project.

Hit the "finish" button to upload your newly created project.

The progress bar indicates that your project is being uploaded.
??The notification panel notifies you of this in even more detail?

See also Notifications & Tasks popup

09
View and manage your project

Once the upload is completed, you will receive a notification stating that the project is ready.
Your project will then appear in the Load project tab, in which the project can be managed.
It is now possible to:
-Open the project by double clicking
-push new revisions
-manage rights of collaborators

Most of the options are available by right clicking on the project and revisions cells to reveal the option menus

See also Branches and Revisions

Desktop app / Projects from desktop / Back up and track DAW projects

Back up and track DAW projects

The Soundslates desktop client allows you to manage your music projects. This topic gives informations about the different project management functionalities.

01
Basics

The MPA automatically search for your DAW projects, it is not needed to drag and drop your files.
All the DAW projects found by the MPA will be listed in the "New project" ta, from where you can decide how the MPA should handle each project.

02
Launch

First step to back up a project is to launch the Soundslates client by clicking on the Soundslates Icon, then login with your user account

03
Find Local Projects

Once the app is running, it will search for all audio-related projects.

If however your audio projects are not located in a default location, you can add them manually by hitting the Edit Options button.
In this window you can manually add folders, you’d like the Soundslates Client to scan for audio projects.

04
Tracking & backup

Now that all projects have been indexed, you can select which ones you would like to back up to the cloud.
Click on the Status cell of a project to access the 2 options: Backup and Tracking

What are the differences between Backup and Tracking?
Backup: your project is uploaded automatically, each time a change is saved in your DAW
Track: your project is uploaded only when you manually click the "push" button

This method is the quick way to upload a project, you can also create a project manually to have more detailed options.

See also Create a new project

05
Uploading

The progress icon in the upper left corner displays the progress of the upload.
And the desktop notifications provide even more detailed information about the status of the upload.

Once the uploading is completed, you will receive a notification about the completion.
You can then manage your project, such as inviting people, adding new revisions and more options

See also Notifications & Tasks popup

06
Manage existing tracked projects

Once your project has been uploaded, it will appear in the "Load project" tab, you can push new revisions as well as pulling older ones.

Previous revisions are never deleted when you upload a new revision.
The app however only keeps 1 revision on your local disk, to avoid any confusion between different revisions.

You can get back to any previous revisions of your project by using the revision history.
You can see the revision history, by right clicking on the branch and selecting the appropriate option.

Just click the Pull button to download a revision, the app will make sure that your latest changes are on the server before allowing to pull an old revision.

07
Your projects on the web platform

You can also view in your active projects on the soundslates website. Simply Navigate to your dashboard and all backup projects will be available to you
Or simply right click a project in the app and select "Open in web"

Desktop app / Projects from desktop / Push new revisions

Push new revisions

Once your projects are on "Tracked" and "Backup" mode, you will be able to push new revisions very quickly, this topic an introduction to pushing projects revisions

01
Find your projects

All the projects tracked by the MPA will appear in the "Load project" tab

02
Push a new revision

Simply select the project you would like to push to the cloud, and click the "Push" button.

Note that if your project is on backup mode, it will be pushed automatically when a change occurs

03
Add the revision details

Just before uploading the revision, you will be asked to enter a tittle and a comment.
This will help you to stay organized and hint your collaborators about what the new revision contains.

In backup mode, the tittle and comment are auto-generated

04
Monitor the upload

As soon as the upload has started, you will be able to monitor the progress in the notification popup located on the system menu bar.
You can also cancel the upload.

Once completed, a notification will alert you that the revision has been successfully uploaded

See also Notifications & Tasks popup

05
Push a revision to a new branch

You can create an unlimited amount of branch, and push revisions on any branch you own.
To push a revision of a different branch, simply right click the revision and select the option "Push to"

You will then be able to select an existing branch or to create a new one for this revision

See also Collaborations Roles in detail

Desktop app / Projects from desktop / Add a preview to your project

Add a preview to your project

01
What is a the project preview?


The project preview is the latest "Master mix" of your project, it allows you and your collaborator to pre-listen a revision before to pull the files or open the project.

It is very handy when you have many revisions in your project, because you can listen to every revision and quickly find the one you are looking for.

02
Add a preview from the client app


Any audio file called "Mixdown" located in your project folder, will be uploaded as project preview.
This allows you to quickly listen the project before pulling it or to give an idea of your work to your collaborators, below are details about the preview file:

-the default name is "mixdown"
-it works also for "Mixdown"; "mix-down" ; "Mix-down"; "mix down"
-the most recent file is always pushed
-as soon as the file is added it is auto-pushed
-allowed formats are .wav and .mp3

Desktop app / Projects from desktop / Pull public projects

Pull public projects

The MPA allows you to pull Open source projects directly from the app.

01
Browse projects

In the Browse tab of the MPA, you will find all Open source projects available for download.
Simply click on a project image to reveal the details and options.

02
Pull projects

On the infos panel, you will see the list of revisions and PULL buttons.
Simply click a PULL button to start download the project

Note: you can also pull by double clicking a revision

03
Open the project

Once the project has been downloaded, the revision will appear in blue.
Double click the revision to open the project in your DAW

Desktop app / Collaboration / Invite friends to your projects

Invite friends to your projects

01
Invite someone to your project

If you wish to collaborate with one of your contact, or maybe give access to a project to one of your client, you'll need to invite this person to your project.

By clicking on the compose new invite icon, a popup will appear, allowing you to select one of your contact, and send an invite.
When composing your invite, you'll need to select the project, recipient(s) as well as the rights you wish to grant for this project.

It is also possible to invite a friend to your project by adding the mail address of the recipient.

See also Invites and applications to projects

02
Invite via Load project tab

You can also invite collaborators to a project directly from the Load project tab.
Simply select the project and right click on the project's tittle, an option menu will appear, select "Invite people"

See also Invites and applications to projects

Desktop app / Collaboration / Invite friends to your projects

Invite friends to your projects

01
Invite someone to your project

If you wish to collaborate with one of your contact, or maybe give access to a project to one of your client, you'll need to invite this person to your project.

By clicking on the compose new invite icon, a popup will appear, allowing you to select one of your contact, and send an invite.
When composing your invite, you'll need to select the project, recipient(s) as well as the rights you wish to grant for this project.

It is also possible to invite a friend to your project by adding the mail address of the recipient.

See also Invites and applications to projects

02
Invite via Load project tab

You can also invite collaborators to a project directly from the Load project tab.
Simply select the project and right click on the project's tittle, an option menu will appear, select "Invite people"

See also Invites and applications to projects

Desktop app / Collaboration / Collaboration via branch access

Collaboration via branch access

An easy way to collaborate is to use the branch access functionalities, this topic gives an overview of the different possibilities.

01
Different types of branch access

There are 3 types of branch access:

READ: The collaborator can see and download the revisions of this branch
WRITE: The collaborator can see and download the revisions, but also push revisions to this branch
NONE: When no access is set, private branches are hidden to collaborators by default

02
Give access to private branches

When you are collaborating with friends on a project, you can have your own private branch to work on your parts.
Once you wish to show your work to collaborators, you can change the access setting of your private branch, which will allow your team mates to access your branch and pull the revisions.

03
Give access to the Master branch

All the members of your project have READ access to the master branch by default, this means they can only pull the branch.
When collaborating, you can increase the workflow speed by giving WRITE access on the Master branch to your project's collaborators, this will allows them to push changes to the Master branch, and update everyone in the project.

This is the equivalent of setting the member's project role to "Editor"

Note that giving WRITE access to the Master will reduce your degree of control over the project's changes, but will increase the project's workflow, you can get back to the previous revisions of the project at any point.

04
Pull requests

Pull request is a slightly different process as the branch access.
When sending a pull request to a collaborator, it is basically submitting a single revision.
The collaborator will be able to access your branch, but only for the revision you have sent a request.
The collaborator won't be able to access the previous revisions of your branch and neither the future ones, and of course it can't push anything to this branch.

Pull requests are very practical when you want to update collaborators with your latest revisions, but have many revisions on your private branch and doesn't want those to be accessible by collaborators, it allows you to share a single revision.

Desktop app / Collaboration / Collaborations Roles in detail

Collaborations Roles in detail

To manage collaborations easily, it is possible to attribute diverse roles to the members of a project. The different roles allow to access different rights in the project management. When a user is member of your project, it has a certain role, which defines what the member can do in the project. The project's roles allows to keep a degree of control over the project's progress, by regulating the rights to upload datas on the various project's branches, as well as allowing members to work privately on the project until the changes are ready to get published to the other project's collaborators.

01
Roles overview for branches

Below is an overview of project's roles in regards of branch access

02
Roles overview for editing

Below is an overview of project's roles in regards of project's editing

03
Admin

The project owner is the user that has initially created the project, it has the following additional rights:
-Edit projects informations
-Upload revisions to the master branch
-Add new members to the project

04
Editor

When a user has been granted Editor rights, it is almost like the owner rights, the user has the following rights:
-Upload revisions to the master branch

05
Collaborator

Collaborator is the basic project role, that is granted to the projects members, they can perform the following:
-Download the master branch
-Create private branches
-Access the workspace and post messages

06
Viewer

Viewer is a restricted project role, viewers can only:
-Pull the master branch
-No access to project workspace

Desktop app / Sound library / FAQ's Sound library

FAQ's Sound library

The Sound Library allows you to take all your music production assets with you everywhere you go, this topics gives you an overview of what it is and how to take full advantage of its capacities

01
Whats is the Sound library?

The Sound library is your personal cloud, the app gives you an interface to manage all your files which are stored in your Soundslates cloud.
It is not only a storage place, but has been tailored for musicians.

The Sound library displays your cloud and local media files, you can upload, download, listen, rate and even share files with the community.

See also Upload & share your instruments

02
What can i upload to the Sound library?

You can upload anything to your library, from .zip to instrument banks, it is up to your to add and organize your content.

03
Can other users see my files?

No, your files are accessible only to you and the people you have explicitly shared files with.

04
What is the Factory library?

The Factory library is a collection of Loops, audio samples and instruments provided to you by Soundslates, in partnership with diverse audio content providers.
You can freely use the content for your music productions, but are limited to 200 downloads with the Free membership, and unlimited download for premium users.

05
Is there a size limit for files?

No, you are only limited by your available storage space, you can see how much space is used in the Media library by using the storage monitoring popup.
See more about storage (hyperlink)

06
What are blue and gray files?

Blue files: are present locally on your drive, and in the cloud
Gray files: are the ones present on your cloud, but not locally

Once a file has been downloaded it will become blue which means that it is ready to be used.

07
Can i export files out of the Sound library?

Yes, you can export files to your DAW or any other place.
This can be done by 2 different methods:

Drag and drop the files out of the Media library to the wished destination

Go to the Media library directory: see next step

08
Where are the Sound library files located on my drive?

The Media library files are stored in the Soundslates directory present on your machine, you can access it from the Finder & File explorer favorite items, or by clicking on the folder icon on the notification popup.

The locations for both MAC and Windows are:
Macintosh HD / Users / Username / Soundslates / Sound Library
C:\ Users / Username / Soundslates / Sound Library

Desktop app / Sound library / FAQ's Sound library

FAQ's Sound library

The Sound Library allows you to take all your music production assets with you everywhere you go, this topics gives you an overview of what it is and how to take full advantage of its capacities

01
Whats is the Sound library?

The Sound library is your personal cloud, the app gives you an interface to manage all your files which are stored in your Soundslates cloud.
It is not only a storage place, but has been tailored for musicians.

The Sound library displays your cloud and local media files, you can upload, download, listen, rate and even share files with the community.

See also Upload & share your instruments

02
What can i upload to the Sound library?

You can upload anything to your library, from .zip to instrument banks, it is up to your to add and organize your content.

03
Can other users see my files?

No, your files are accessible only to you and the people you have explicitly shared files with.

04
What is the Factory library?

The Factory library is a collection of Loops, audio samples and instruments provided to you by Soundslates, in partnership with diverse audio content providers.
You can freely use the content for your music productions, but are limited to 200 downloads with the Free membership, and unlimited download for premium users.

05
Is there a size limit for files?

No, you are only limited by your available storage space, you can see how much space is used in the Media library by using the storage monitoring popup.
See more about storage (hyperlink)

06
What are blue and gray files?

Blue files: are present locally on your drive, and in the cloud
Gray files: are the ones present on your cloud, but not locally

Once a file has been downloaded it will become blue which means that it is ready to be used.

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Can i export files out of the Sound library?

Yes, you can export files to your DAW or any other place.
This can be done by 2 different methods:

Drag and drop the files out of the Media library to the wished destination

Go to the Media library directory: see next step

08
Where are the Sound library files located on my drive?

The Media library files are stored in the Soundslates directory present on your machine, you can access it from the Finder & File explorer favorite items, or by clicking on the folder icon on the notification popup.

The locations for both MAC and Windows are:
Macintosh HD / Users / Username / Soundslates / Sound Library
C:\ Users / Username / Soundslates / Sound Library

Desktop app / Sound library / Upload and Download files

Upload and Download files

01
Drag and drop files to the Media library to upload files

Just drag and drop your files to the media library, in the desired tab/ folder.
The app will then automatically upload your content to your cloud, and confirm you with a notification once the task has been completed.

You can monitor the progress of the upload in the app and notification popup.

02
Download files

To download a file, simply select the file and press the Enter key.
You can also right click on the item you wish to download and select the "Pull" option.
It is also possible to select a folder to download all its content,. or to select multiple files to download.

Note that when you trigger a download, it will always download the selected files.

Desktop app / Sound library / Files Tags

Files Tags

01
What are the tags?

In the Media Library, you can attach tags to your files, which allows you to filter files using those tags for quicker search.
The app comes with a set of Factory tags, which you can enhance by creating your own tags.

02
How does it work?

The tags are organized into 3 different categories listed below, with appropriate examples:

  • Type: Samples, loops, instruments
  • Genre: Rock, Dubstep
  • Mood: Dark, Slow, Vintage
  • Tempo: 128 BPM
Once tags are assigned to files, it is possible to filter those files using the tags.
Note that the tempo tags are organized into a slider for better usability.

Your tags are saved on the server, this means that if you use the app from any computer, you tags will be restored correctly on your new machine.

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Create your own tags

To create tags, just use the command cmd+t on mac, and ctrl+t on windows, you can also select the "Add tag" option in the file menu.
Once the tag panel is visible, you can create new tags by typing the tags name in the text fields of your choice.
When you're done, just hit "OK" and the tags will be added to your tags list

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Bind tags to a file

To assign tags to a file, select the files you want to tag, left click on the files and select the "Bind tags (set tempo)" option.

The tag panel will then appear in a mode which allow you to add the tags to the selected files, by simply clicking on the tags you wish to bind.

To bind a tempo value, move the tempo slider to the Bpm value you want to tag.

 Tags that were already assigned to those files will appear as selected, by unselecting those the tags will be removed from the selected files.
Every changes registered will be saved once you close the tag panel, by clicking on the tag icon.

Desktop app / Sound library / Sound libary popup

Sound libary popup

The Sound library is also accessible via the notification popup located in your system bar.
This offers a quick way to access your sounds while working in your DAW, without having to open the main MPA interface

01
Open the notifcation popup

In your system bar, you can open the notification popup by clicking on the Soundslates icon

See also Notifications & Tasks popup

02
Select the Sounds section

Two categories are available: Notification and Sounds
To access the Sound library, simply select Sounds

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Browse and export

You can browse all the Sound library via the notification popup.
Text search, tags and other options are available like in the main Sound library

To export a sound, first download it then simply darg and drop to the destination of your choice

See also Files Tags

04
Filter by category

You can also select the Soundbank to display by using the "List by" options.
For example, if you want to display only your personal files, then select the "personal" category

Desktop app / Notifications & Tasks popup

Notifications & Tasks popup

You can quickly access notifications and see the ongoing tasks at any time, by using the app popup window

01
Find the popup in your system bar

The popup can be found in the system menu bar of your desktop, simply click on the Soundslates icon to open and close the popup.
There you can see the following informations:

  • Ongoing tasks
  • Notifications
  • Sound library

See also Sound libary popup

02
Top menu

On the top menu 2 icons helps you to quickly access important places:

  • The Globe icon will take you to the Soundslates web platform
  • The folder icon opens the Soundslates folder in your desktop

See also Sound libary popup

03
Tasks list

This part shows you any upload or downloads currently done by the app, which can be canceled by hovering on a task cell

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Notifications

All projects related notifications are displayed in this popup, by hovering on a notification, a button will appear allowing you to take some actions,such as pull a project revision.

See also Sound libary popup

Web platform / Storage

Storage

When working on Projects, you will mostly upload and download files, here is a short guide on how to use your storage.

01
How much storage do i have?

The amount of cloud storage available to you depends on the type of membership.

Free users are granted 2GB of cloud storage
Premium are granted 100GB of cloud storage

For more informations, please visit the pricing plans

02
How is storage monitored?

The cloud storage can be used for many different parts of the Soundslates ecosystem.

Essentially, it is divided in the following categories:

  • Projects: this includes all files revisions uploaded in projects
  • Uploads: This includes diverse files uploads, such as your portfolio files and files attachments in messages
  • Media library: All the files that you have uploaded in your personal cloud via the Media library.

    You are free to use your storage as you wish, i.e it is possible to use all the storage for projects, or for media library uploads.

See also Your Dashboard

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See how much you are using on the web

In the Dashboard, you can monitor the amount of space you are using, and how much you have left.
To see it, go to the Account section of the Dashboard, and then to the Storage tab.

See also Your Dashboard

04
See how much you are using in the app

The storage can also be monitored directly from the desktop app, on the top bar a storage overview component is displayed.
Click on this component to display the details about your storage.

05
Storage management in collaborations

When collaborating with other community members, every member of the project is using his own storage capacity for revisions and files upload.
This means that if you no longer have storage space , your collaborators will still be able to upload assets in your projects, which you can download.

See also Collaboration

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