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Jami Hear what’s happening: new messaging

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We’re always working on ways to help you to share the music & audio that you create, as well as the new tracks that you discover. That’s why today, we’re launching a new messaging system on our web platform that makes it simpler than ever to share what you’ve heard and to talk about what you’ve been playing and loving.

Click on the envelope icon in the header to get to your messages — as you’ll see, they’re now organized by conversation. You can message other SoundCloud users from here, or from clicking on the envelope icons on their profiles.

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You can also send tracks and playlists in your messages, right from their players. It’s perfect for sharing new discoveries and giving people private previews of your works-in-progress.

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Start a new conversation on any track with the ‘Share’ button: you’ll see that there’s now a built-in ‘Message’ tab alongside the ‘Share’ and ‘Embed’. Just click to send the track privately, along with a message of your choice, to any other SoundCloud user. A super simple way to let folks hear what’s happening for you on SoundCloud. Need a little more guidance to get started? Go to the Help Center for the full lowdown.

Jami Hear what’s happening: SoundCloud and Instagram

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We love helping you make your music & audio sound great. But we know you want them to look great, too. Which is why we’re launching a new integration with Instagram to make it easier than ever to add your favorite photos to your SoundCloud posts and profile.

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It’s easy. Connect your Instagram feed to your SoundCloud account.  Then you’ll be free to choose your best photos to add to your tracks, playlists, groups, or profile. You can do it straight away when you post on SoundCloud, or add Instagram images later on the sound or track’s page. Looking for inspiration? Kaskade and Krewella have already hooked it up.

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Your Instagrams: the next generation of iconic album covers? We can’t wait to see what you have to share.

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Jami Make Your Profile Sing

You’ve uploaded some sounds, but what next? Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of sharing your music & audio on SoundCloud.

Stand out and be found

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Make it easy for people to find your profile by making your username clear, correct and concise. You can edit this in your settings. Your profile image is key, too. Head to your profile, then drag and drop the image you want to showcase over your current profile image (ensuring you only upload images you have the rights for).

The more information you add in your advanced settings, the better picture you’ll provide to those who visit your page.

 

Give your sounds some context

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Make sure there’s a eye-catching artwork image for each of your uploads, not just your profile photo (again, only upload work you have the rights for). Also, try to use established genres and tags to describe your work (not something like “mysupercoolwobblebaserock”). For example, “deep house” or “post hardcore” are fine.

Don’t forget that your sound’s description can be used to go into detail about your sound, adding information like recording location, label, release, instruments and so on.

 

Share your sounds

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Now that your work is on SoundCloud, it can be played anywhere. Be sure to share your sounds with your friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and more, using our share button and widgets. Linking to your SoundCloud profile will also help your existing fans find you.

If you have more content to upload, try holding it back and spacing out your posts. This will prevent you from flooding the Stream of your followers, and will keep your profile fresh over time. If you’re low on sounds, consider reposting sounds you’re enjoying to show off your taste, and give your friends a boost. They might return the favor!

 

Find your community

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A large part of building a community, and audience, is linking up with other artists who create work that excites and inspires you. Follow bands you’re friends with, or those you relate to. It’ll help others paint a better picture of you, plus you’ll keep up to date with new uploads from your friends. For some ideas on who to follow, visit https://soundcloud.com/people, which will give you some suggestions based on what you have listened to.

Have fun!