Hello everyone,

As always, we want to keep you in the loop with our latest Flat product updates:

Editor improvements

New audio UI

Web mobile editor improvements

Flat Community News

Editor improvements


What is a slur?

A slur is a curved line placed above or below a group of two or more notes of different pitches, indicating that the notes should be played smoothly without any breaks.

💡 Learn how to add a slur in Flat in our dedicated guide:

Slur notes - Flat
To slur several notes, select the first music note then go to the articulations toolbar and choose the slur tool. You can then extend the slur to add multiple notes inside this one with a simple drag and drop.. Flat Help Center

⚠️ Note: The slur appears above the notes if the stems point downward, and below the notes if the stems point upward.

If you want to learn more about the role of slurs in music, we have the perfect article for you!

The Role of Slurs in Music Notation
The slur is a curved line above or below a group of notes of different pitches, specifying that the notes should be played without breaks.

Slurs enhancement

Last month, we improved the slurs in our editor. Previously, you couldn't include a slurred grace note within another slur. Now, you can! This improvement makes it easier to create smoother and more expressive music.

Slurs in Flat

Octave shift

In music notation, octave changes are used to indicate that a series of notes should be played an octave higher or lower than written. This helps musicians play music more easily by avoiding excessive ledger lines and making the sheet music clearer.

An improvement has been made regarding octave changes. Previously, it was not possible to add an octave shift exactly where the previous one ended. Instead, the new octave shift would replace the previous one. Now, this issue has been resolved!

💡 Learn all about this feature in our music notation software below:

Octave shifts - Flat
How to use octave shifts on Flat (Ottava). Flat Help Center


What is a tablature?

Tablature is a simplified music notation system commonly used for stringed instruments like guitars. Unlike traditional music writing, which can be quite complex, tablature makes things easier by using numbers and lines to represent the instrument's strings and frets.

Learn all about this type of notation in our guide:

Mastering Tablature Writing with Flat’s Intuitive Interface
Learn how to write professional tablatures with the most intuitive music notation software!

Tablature enhancement

Before, if a staccato was attached to a note and you changed the fret number, the staccato would be removed. This is no longer the case. Now, even if you change the fret number, the editor will keep the staccato attached to the note.

💡 Learn all about our TABS features in our dedicated tutorial:

Learn how to use tabs: how do they work, how to configure them, how to input notes, etc. - Flat
Flat allows you to write tablatures (aka tabs) for any instruments: you can create any tabs from 3 to 14 strings with the tuning and capo that you want.. Flat Help Center

New audio UI

We have been working on making it easier to adjust audio settings like volume and reverb in the scores. Before, you had to go into the instrument settings to make these changes. Now, the process is much simpler and more intuitive.

Can change the volume and reverb levels for each instrument directly in the audio settings. Just click on the audio icon in the top bar of your score to access these settings.

Volume settings in Flat

💡 When you change a slider, the new settings are automatically updated within the score data and synchronized across all devices. This means everyone viewing the score will hear the same audio mix you set.

Audio Settings - Flat
Change the volume, reverb of each instrument and more. Flat Help Center

Web mobile editor improvements

Mobile users, this update is for you! We've made our editor much easier to use on your mobile web browser.

Here's what's new:

  1. We've reorganized the toolbars to make the main toolbar and sub-elements more visible.
  2. The instrument selection is now at the top of the screen next to the display layout switch.
  3. All the top buttons, including Credits, History, Export, Share, and Help, have been moved to the sidebar with clear labels and icons.
  4. There's a new read-only mode available in the toolbar, which can be collapsed to switch to read-only mode.
  5. Now, the title of the score is always displayed, even in horizontal mode.
  6. Lastly, we've simplified the playback controls. A single button next to the play button now manages all the audio settings.

Flat Community News

June challenge

In this challenge, we invited you to select a circus character you identify with, write a brief description of your act in your score's description, and compose the soundtrack for your performance!

🔥 We'll announce the winner very soon, so stay tuned! Find out more here.

July challenge

July's challenge is live! For this challenge, we want you to choose a migratory bird that catches your attention, research it, and compose a song that makes listeners feel what it would be like to be that bird on its migration journey.

July 2024 challenge: migratory birds
Join this challenge and win a yearly subscription!

New articles

If you haven't read them yet:

✍🏽 Create a Guitar Video Tutorial Using Flat's Music Notation Software

✍🏽 Music notation software for non-tech users

✍🏽 How to write sheet music inspired by a story

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Have a wonderful day!