3 Tutorial

3.1 Main window

Screenshot Main Window
◁ Point at screenshot

Menu

This is the menu of Soundpad.
Left click on one of its entries to get further options.

Play

Plays the currently selected sound file on speakers and microphone.

Playing on speakers and microphone is the default behavior, but it can be changed by setting the Play mode to speakers only or to microphone only.

Play on speakers

Plays the currently selected sound file on speakers only.

Play on microphone

Plays the currently selected sound file on microphone only.

Pause/resume playback

Pause or resume the currently played sound file.

You may also change the play mode by pausing and then clicking the play on speakers and microphone, play on speakers or play on microphone button.
To be able to change the play mode, you have to enable it in the preferences at FilePreferencesInterface ▷ Allow resume in another play mode.

Stop

Stops playback.
You can also define a hotkey for this function.

Play previous file

Play previous file in the list. Starts to play previous file even if no file is currently playing.
The play mode of the last played file is maintained. It means, if your last file was played on speakers only, then the previous file will be played on speakers only as well.

Play next file

Play next file in the list. Starts to play next file even if no file is currently playing.
The play mode of the last played file is maintained. It means, if your last file was played on speakers only, then the next file will be played on speakers only as well.

Played duration

Shows how far the current sound file has been played back.

Seek slider

Shows the current position of the played back sound file.
Allows you to jump to a certain position in the track.

The seek slider indicates if others can hear a sound.
On playback the slider is filled with distinct colors.
Red means, that the file is played on the microphone and others can hear it as well.
Blue or the icon color you chose means, that the file is being played on the speakers only.

Volume icon

Shows if the sound output to your speakers is muted.
You can click on that icon to mute or unmute.

Volume slider

Shows the output volume of Soundpad and allows you to adjust it.
The volume slider only affects the volume of your speakers, but not the volume of the microphone. To configure the microphone volume go to FilePreferences and choose the Audio tab.

The volume slider is connected with the Windows Audio Session Volume Control, which you can access by right clicking the sound icon in your taskbar and selecting Open Volume Mixer. If you change the volume in Windows' volume mixer, Soundpad will show the change immediately and vice versa.

Sound list header

Sort sounds
Left click on a column to sort the sounds by that column. Click again to sort the sounds descending.

Change column size
Left click between two columns, keep the mouse button pressed and move the mouse to change the size of adjacent columns.

Move column position
Drag and drop columns from one position to another by left clicking on a column, keeping the mouse button pressed and moving the column to the desired position.

Hide or show columns
Right click a column to choose which columns to show.
Sound list header context menu

Sound entry

Select a sound entry by left clicking or right clicking it. You can also select multiple sounds to move them in the list or to delete them.

On right clicking a sound you will see a context menu showing you, what you can do with the selected sound(s):
Sound list context menu

Sound list

You can drag and drop sound files or directories containing sound files from your Windows' explorer onto the sound list to add them.

Subdirectories are also imported.

There are also default list functions, you can use: e.g. select, delete, copy, cut, paste, move, undo or redo.
Most of these functions can be found in the Edit menu.

Status bar

The status bar shows additional information about operation outcomes, like how many sound files were imported when importing a directory or if an update of Soundpad is available.

Certain warnings are also shown there, e.g. if you try to play a sound by hotkey and the sound is not existing on your hard drive anymore.

Play mode

The play mode determines whether a sound is played back on speakers, microphone, or both when you play it by hotkey, double-click, Enter or Play icon.

Auto Keys

This feature presses keys automatically when you play sounds. After setting it up, you can let Soundpad press the Push-to-Talk keys of your voice applications. It can be enabled or disabled by double clicking its icon.

3.1.1 Tag column

One of the columns of the sound list is called Tag.

The tag is a set of information, which is used by many media file formats to store additional meta data like the author, title, track, album or similar in an audio file itself.

Soundpad shows the following in the tag column, according to the tag data of the file:

  • Are author and title present? ⇢ Author - Title
  • Is only the author present? ⇢ Author
  • Is only the title present? ⇢ Title
  • Is neither author nor title present? ⇢ Filename without extension

3.1.2 Playing sounds

Select a sound by a left click on a sound in the sound list.

Now you have different options to play the selected sound:

  • Press Enter.
  • Double click the sound.
  • Press the Play-Button in the Toolbar.
  • Right click the sound and select Play from the context menu.
  • Select PlayPlay selected file from the menu.
  • Press and Hold Alt, then press P followed by P.
  • By using a Hotkey.
All of the above play the sounds on the speakers and the microphone simultaneously.
This is the default behavior and it can be changed by setting the Play mode to speakers only or to microphone only.

3.1.3 Playing sounds on the speakers only

Select a sound and then do one of the following:
  • Click on
    in the toolbar.
  • Select PlayPlay selected file on speakers only from the menu.
  • Press and Hold Alt, then press P followed by S.
  • Right click the sound and select Play on speakers from the context menu.

3.1.4 Playing sounds on the microphone only

Select a sound and then do one of the following:
  • Click on
    in the toolbar.
  • Select PlayPlay selected file on microphone only from the menu.
  • Press and Hold Alt, then press P followed by M.
  • Right click the sound and select Play on microphone from the context menu.

3.1.5 Playing random sounds

You can let Soundpad play a random sound from your sound list.

Select one of the following menu options:

  • Play ▷ Play random file
    or
  • Play ▷ Play random file on speakers only
    or
  • Play ▷ Play random file on microphone only.

Another option to play a random sound is to define a Special Hotkey.
Using the special hotkey the sound is being played on speakers and/or microphone according to the configured Play mode.

3.1.6 Playing entire sound list

Check Continue playback after current file in the Play menu.
The play mode is maintained. It means, if you start playback on speakers only, then the next files will be played on speakers only as well.
If you play a random sound with this option enabled, then the next sounds will be random as well.
If you want, that your sound list is played over and over again then check Repeat playback of sound list in the Play menu as well.

3.1.7 Adding sounds

There are three and a half ways to add sounds.

Way 1

Select FileAdd sound files from the menu.
A file selection dialog will pop up, wherein you may select the sounds to be added. On the bottom right of the dialog you can filter the files of the current directory to certain file extensions. In this filter you can also see, which audio formats Soundpad supports.

Way 2

Drag and drop sound files or directories containing sound files from your Windows' explorer onto the sound list to add them.

Subdirectories are also imported.

Way 3

Record a sound with the built-in Sound Recorder.
The recorded sound is added to the sound list after the recording is finished.

Way 3½

Select sounds in your list, copy them and paste them in the list at a different row again.
You can do so by using the default shortcuts like Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V or by menu at EditCopy and EditPaste.

3.1.8 Renaming sounds

Select a sound and then do one of the following:
  • Press F2
    or
  • Right click the sound and choose Rename file from the context menu.

You may now rename the sound file on your hard drive or even choose another location to move the sound file to.

This only works for m4a and wav files.
Other files like mp3s cannot be renamed, because Soundpad isn't currently able to write mp3 tags. Confusions may arise when you rename a file containing tag information and the Tag column still displays the old value.

3.1.9 Removing sounds

Select one or more sounds and then do one of the following:
  • Press Del
    or
  • Right click one of the selected sounds and choose Remove from the context menu
    or
  • Select EditRemove selected entries from the menu.
The files are only removed from the list. They are not deleted from your hard drive.
To remove the files from the hard drive as well:
  • Select one or more sounds and then press Shift+Del
The files are not deleted permanently, but just moved to the recycle bin.

3.1.10 Select sounds in explorer

Right click a sound and choose Select in explorer.
This will open up Windows' explorer and select the sound file there.