MMS production FAQ

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Files and formats

For making a MatchMySound exercise following files are needed (everything that does not have the comment OPTIONAL are needed):

- The notation file. MMS graphics are based on MuseScore and it can import MusicXML. So either .mscz or .xml files are welcome. We can work with Sibelius and Finale files (.sib and .mus) as well by converting them into MuseScore format via the XML export. Note! XML export almost never works perfectly and many details will be lost or replaced.

- A PDF for reference (sometimes the XML import goes wrong and then we need to see how the original looked like). Note! for pieces with replaced graphics we need a vector graphic PDFs (or other vector formats).

- Audio files:

1) for the reference track (has to be exactly what you expect the student to play, it's the basis of the comparison and feedback. Can be synthesized from the notation file)
2) for the demo track (if for some reason you don't want the students to hear the reference track). OPTIONAL
3) for the backing track (to let the students hear a band to earphones while playing). Note! The backing track must not include the reference track. OPTIONAL

All the audio files have to originate from the same mix, i.e. have same tempo. The ends and beginnings do not have to be cut equally, we'll sync them up. Supported audio file formats include .wav, .mp3, .ogg

- Youtube link of the video of the piece (either unlisted or public, not private) that has the same audio track as you want to use for the demo audio track. OPTIONAL


All MMS exercises have the following metadata fields (everything that does not have the comment OPTIONAL are needed):

1) Title. It's taken from the score file but can be edited anytime
2) Author. It's taken from the score file but can be edited anytime
3) Exercise description. OPTIONAL. This can be used for copyright, arranger etc. It can be set separately for each exercise or for the whole collection
4) Instrument. Taken from the score file. When set to 'multiple' then the recording option disappears.
5) Default score goal. 80% by default. Can be changed later and set separately for each assignment
6) An exercise can also have an attachment (a PDF or other image). 7) Tempo. Taken from the score file but can be changed at the first stage of exercise production. Cannot be changed once the exercise is finalized.

The MMS exercises are organized into collections. All MMS collections have the following metadata fields:

1) Title
2) Author
3) Instrument
4) Cover art (an URL)
5) Type (method books, choral music, brass etc)
6) Series (Standard of Excellence, Absolute Beginners, A New Tune a Day, etc)
7) Order. You can occasionally bring up some collections by writing a small number into this field (-99 for example). Don't forget to change it back or you will have to use even smaller numbers next time.
8) Collection description. This is important - here goes the main copy that is displayed next to the cover art in a list of collections
9) Exercise description. If all exercises in the collection need to have a certain piece of text such as copyright or the arranger then this is the place. However, it has to be set before the exercises are created into this collection

In addition to the metadata the exercises in a collection can be organized into subdivisions. For example if the original book has chapters then we can keep the same structure. Subdivisions have also a functionality as they can later be assigned to students at once.