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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!

Jami Android and iOS Update!

Today we’re launching version 2.5 of our apps for iOS and Android.

The biggest development: sets are here on iPhone and Android. You’ve been able to create and hear them in your stream on the web for a while; now you can create, share and hear sets on your mobile, too. We’ll be adding the functionality to the iPad app in the coming weeks.

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Build new collections of your favorite music & audio, or add individual sounds to sets that you’ve already started building. Plus, a new filter in the search tab lets you look for sets that other community members have put together.

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You might notice that the Record button has moved: to help you discover and hear more with the app, we’ve shifted things around to make way for sets and more features (watch this space). iPhone users can find it in the ‘More’ menu. If you’re on Android, just swipe to find it in the side menu.

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For iOS users, we’ve also given the UI an update, making it cleaner, sharper and simpler. Look out for the updated app icon, too.

We hope you’ll give the new apps a spin. As always, they’re free to download from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Let us know how you like the updates! We’re looking forward to your feedback.

Jami Creator Clubhouse, Signing Off

Wow, Austin, thank you! We’re still catching our breath after two jam-packed days celebrating with the community at the SoundCloud Creator Clubhouse.

We kicked off by welcoming Tumblr and SoundCloud community members to a joint meetup. We hosted performances by established and emerging SoundCloud artists and podcasters.

And Snoop Lion even dropped by to premiere his new film, Birds of a Feather, about his collaboration with Polish pop star Iza Lach. Snoop and Iza started making music together after he came across her tunes on SoundCloud; less than a year later, they’d co-produced 160 songs.

SoundCloud Pro user singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh took to the mic at the SoundCloud/Tumblr community meetup.

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Mitzi’s smooth electro disco was a perfect accompaniment to the lakeside sunset.

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While violin riffs by Barnaby Saints added unique flavour to the Grammy Amplifier Showcase.

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We had a packed house at 4 PM for Red Bull Sound Select pick Cherub, with a unique, stripped-back take on their usual electro-pop sound.

There were live comedy performances, featuring Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist who spoke with Rooster Teeth as well as Earwolf, creators and producers of hilarious comedy shows.

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The line was around the block to catch Island Def Jam’s The-Dream, while Usher and Snoop Lion watched from the decks.

SoundCloud’s CTO Eric Wahlforss announced the launch of our new Pro accounts. Afterwards, he talked all about it with SoundCloud Chicago Hero Jaime Black.

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Thanks to Feedmagnet, we were able to keep up with all the #creatorclubhouse buzz.

We were also excited for everyone to experience our collaborations with local artists, who experimented with sound as a design tool.

Creator Clubhouse art directors Public School created a living waveform from 5000 feet of paracord.

And Houndstooth Studio built a lighting installation that responded to the sound system and a midi controller in the crowd.

Big thanks goes out to all of our partners who worked with us to make the Clubhouse Austin’s unofficial creative hub for two days last week. But our biggest thanks goes out to you, the community, for creating so much that’s worth celebrating. We loved meeting all of you who made it down to the Clubhouse last week. Hope to see even more of you in Austin next year!