Ableton has long been the number one choice for musicians, whether for songwriting, making beats, remixing or live performances. At SoundCloud, we know that many of you depend upon it, indeed many of our team members use it on a regular basis privately (and it’s even been used in a masterclass or two!). It’s therefore with great pleasure to announce that SoundCloud and Ableton, two great Berlin audio companies, have teamed up to give our communities something unprecedented and very, very awesome.
The news? Ableton now comes with SoundCloud sharing baked in – yes, upload straight to SoundCloud. To celebrate, SoundCloud is offering Ableton users 5 months of SoundCloud Pro, for free. You can find the details here. So what does the SoundCloud community get? Ableton has been generous enough to offer the entire SoundCloud community a free copy of Live Lite 8 so that everyone can get started making their own sounds.
(Our free Live Lite offer was only available until the 31st of May, 2012. You can however check out Ableton’s 30 day trial at http://www.ableton.com/free-trial )
And that’s not all – come May there will be a competition to compose a sound with parts from M83, Junior Boys and Nosaj Thing. Of course, you’ll need Ableton with SoundCloud to enter, so make sure to update your copy of Ableton to get SoundCloud sharing and if you don’t have it yet, claim your copy today!
Today we’re announcing our new audio series ‘SoundCloud Speaks’, where we’ll be taking an in-depth look into stories from the ‘cloud, shedding light on new features, and showcasing some of your fantastic work!
In this first episode, we had a chat with Disquiet‘s Marc Weidenbaum about ambient music, noise, and the compositional challenges he sets using SoundCloud. Marc curated Instagr/am/bient, where 25 ambient producers swapped Instagram photos and composed music to match the photo they received, and currently is running Junto weekly where Marc sets a weekly brief, giving users four days to submit a composition to a SoundCloud Group.
For a list of the music featured, head to the show’s page on SoundCloud.
If you’d like to get involved with Marc’s projects, head to disquiet.com, or visit the Junto SoundCloud group.
SoundCloud Speaks is your show, so let us know what you’d like to hear. If you have a story you’d like to tell, a question you’d like answered, or want to recommend a friend’s sounds for us to share, get in touch by either leaving a comment here, or sending us a voice message at our dropbox. We’re also looking for some more voices for our intro jingles, if you fancy being included, just send us a recording of you saying ‘SoundCloud Speaks’, and we’ll throw it in the mix.
Thanks again for listening, hope you enjoy!
(For more spoken word, check out our blog series ‘SoundCloud Voices’)
Picture by Adrian Pingstone, found on Wikipedia.
Bristol is the focus of this week’s SoundCloud Local. Situated in South-West England, Bristol has produced the likes of Banksy and Massive Attack, as well as the following three SoundClouders. Let’s have a listen:
Rob Clouth makes electronica, (or as he calls it ‘glitchstep’) as Vaetxh. The intricate rhythms, filled with degraded buzzes and clicks are reminiscent of the likes of Prefuse 73 and Telefon Tel Aviv.
Lord Edward Dark
Lord Edward Dark is the solo project of Phillip Collings, full of lush orchestrations and harmonious vocals. Phillip’s currently posting the progress he’s making on two new albums over on his SoundCloud account.
Back on an electronic tip, Vacant Shores are a two piece mixing dark, electronic atmospheres, haunting vocals, and glitchy beats.
If you’re in the city or area, feel free to join the SoundCloud Local: Bristol Group, and share your sounds with fellow Bristolian SoundClouders.
And remember to keep an eye on Meetup.com for any events coming your way.