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David Tea(m) Time with Jean Hannah Edelstein

It’s Friday again, that means it is time for our weekly employee interview series that we have dubbed “Tea(m) Time”! Today, help us welcome Jean Edelstein to our team in Berlin!

Hear our new copywriter speak about why she applied to SoundCloud, how easy her relocation to Berlin was and what she is most excited about in her new role!

Specifics: Jean, originally from upstate New York, has lived abroad since she was 18, copywriter.

Favorite places: London and Montreal.

Favorite sounds: The sound after a large snowfall.

Relocation: It was easy! The SoundCloud People Ops team help tremendously!

Passions: Writing — Creative writing & journalism. Yoga, throwing dinner parties, riding bikes.

Why she applied to SoundCloud: To have the opportunity to shape the language that SoundCloud uses.

Here are some of Jean’s favorite sounds:

Listening to my friend Brie’s tracks is how I first got to know SoundCloud. It’s been amazing seeing her grow as a musician (she’s a singer-songwriter who plays a mean ukulele) on the ‘Cloud. This is my favourite of hers – and will ring true to anyone who’s ever had the distasteful experience of riding a London night bus.

Granta, the magazine of new writing, is essential reading, and the Granta podcast is essential listening. This is a great episode featuring the Welsh novelist Cynan Jones, reading from his work and chatting about badgers (and other things).

My sister’s brother-in-law (does that make him my brother-in-law once removed?) Gavin is a jazz musician. Here’s my favourite of his sounds!

If you want to join Jean in Berlin or SF and get your own Tea(m) Time, check out our job openings here!

David Tea(m) Time with Marcus Schaefer

It is Friday again, that means it is time for our weekly employee interview series that we have dubbed “Tea(m) Time”! Today, help us welcome Marcus Schaefer to our team in Berlin!

On a windy Thursday afternoon in Berlin, Marcus and I took a walk around Mitte and he told me about his passions, what he loves about Berlin and much more!

Specifics:  Marcus Schaefer, screen designer, German

Favorite sounds: Coffee sounds!

Nomad: Marcus has lived in NYC, Berlin, Sydney

Why Berlin is amazing: Growing tech scene, central location in Europe (easy to travel to other spots)

Passions: Design, aesthetics, typography, surfing, bike riding, tinkering, making, building, music

Here are some of his favorite sounds:

You can follow Marcus on the Internetz here: http://soundcloud.com/raketentim

If you want to join Marcus in Berlin or SF and get your own Tea(m) Time, check out our job openings here!

David Record, Edit, and Publish Your Sounds On-the-Go

Today we released a major update to our mobile apps!

Our mobile apps let anyone record and share sounds on the go, and (just quietly) we think they’re pretty great. But we’ve spent a lot of time understanding how you use them to record everything from interviews to rehearsals, and worked hard to deliver a killer set of features that put even more power in your hands.

Pause for thought

We’ve added Pause & Resume so that recordings can be started, stopped and continued as many times as needed. This is great for recording longer segments of audio, or working around interruptions.

The essence of your sound

With the new trim feature, you can capture the essence of a sound by correcting mistakes and cutting unwanted sections from your recordings. Any time the recording is paused, simply drag the sliders in from the edges of the waveform to trim your sound down to the part you want to keep. If something interrupts your sound recording, it’s now simple to remove the offending section and continue the recording.

Trim is also useful when you’re waiting for a special moment (e.g. an announcement, the chimes of a bell, the roar of a crowd when a point is scored at a sports game, etc.). You can now start a recording and leave it running until the special moment occurs, then trim away the rest, leaving the most relevant sound ready for sharing.

Broadcast journalist Neal Augenstein, who exclusively uses his phone to record and edit his work, had a sneak preview of these new features and had this to say about them:

“So far I’m digging the new SoundCloud iPhone app. The trimming feature is (not surprisingly for SoundCloud) well thought out, and easy to use. They keep improving the product, making it easier for me to do my job.”

Fade in, Fade out on Android

Android users can take advantage of a useful new fade in/out filter… apply this effect to loud recordings to achieve a smoother start and ending.

Forgotten your earphones? Introducing Private Listening…

On the iPhone, we added a feature we call ‘Private Listening’: when you’re playing sounds through the loudspeaker, simply hold the handset up to your ear as if you were taking a phone call and the audio will be re-routed to the phone speaker. Private listening is ideal for listening to private messages, or for sneaking a listen to some great new sounds without letting others know what you’re hearing.

If you already have the SoundCloud app installed, you will be able to update it today. If not, what are you waiting for? You can download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.