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David Raise Your Voices

Some say the human voice is the most expressive instrument. This might be true, but sometimes this instrument can sound really horrible. Fortunately, there are people like Beardyman who take vocal-based music creation to the next level – beyond singing. His videos are really inspiring.

Following the auto-tune success, it’s exciting to see more and more voice-centered apps coming out. Two of the latest additions to our App Gallery are improVox and VoiceJam – iOS apps that let you create music by using your voice (or any sound you make) as the main input.

ImproVox uses real-time pitch correction, harmonization and effects to transform your voice into a well-tuned and tweaked soundscape. The touch interface is used for tweaking the settings as you go. Just “sing” and tweak and you’ll get it.

This is how it can sound:

You can sound like Imogen Heap, if you remember her “Hide and Seek”, and I look forward to hear her using this app…

VoiceJam is a tool for recording voice loops. You can easily layer loops, create variations and record your performances by playing back different variations and, if you want, sing on top.

Check out this track and try not to smile:

Finally, for those of you who are more into old school voice jamming, you gotta check out the Blues Writer if you sing the blues, or the Freestyle apps if you think you can rap.

And let us know about your voice-based creations by posting a link to your creation in the comments.

David Over 100 Apps – Time to Celebrate

Today we’re celebrating the awesome fact that there are now more than 100 apps connected to SoundCloud. All apps are on display in our newly updated App Gallery in order to make it easier for you to find the tools and services that will take your SoundCloud experience to the next level.

The New App Gallery:

Whether you’re a music professional or just a casual creator you’ll to find something interesting in the Gallery.  Take a look around to find a wide range of apps for mobile, desktop and the web.

For us, the connected apps are a vital part of the SoundCloud. By letting third-party apps connect, we can focus on building a kick-ass audio sharing platform. At the same time, app makers can help us improve by letting you upload your tracks directly from apps, create nice looking artist pages, distribute your tracks to iTunes, and a lot more.

The latest addition to the list of apps is the brand new iMS-20 from our Japanese friends at Korg. The app is really cool, not only because it sports a great emulation of the classic MS-20 synth, but also because you can share and collaborate on projects right in the app.

And here’s a little video of that SoundCloud integration in action:

As you know, we love audio creators, but we also love developers! Therefore, we will keep on working our hardest to not only make SoundCloud an awesome place for sound sharing, but also an open and easily accessible platform for developers.

David PreSonus Studio One – The first DAW* with SoundCloud export

We’ve been talking about it for some time now and together with PreSonus we’ve been demoing the beta version of Studio One with built-in SoundCloud export at both NAMM and Musikmesse. At these trade shows, PreSonus had a bunch of great artists playing live on stage and every performance was recorded straight into Studio One. The recordings were then mixed and exported to SoundCloud with the audience still watching.

It’s really exciting to announce that the new version of Studio One is now available for everyone! It’s the first complete music creation software with built-in SoundCloud support and we think this is an important step towards making the music world more connected.

So how does this work in Studio One…

There’s a SoundCloud Client that you connect to your SoundCloud account. The connection is stored in the app so the next time you launch Studio One it’s already connected and you can start uploading files right away.

Drag and drop audio files from the internal browser or any folder in your file system onto the SoundCloud Client, fill in the meta data you want to add, and hit Upload. The files are exported straight to your SoundCloud account.

This is obviously a really convenient way of sharing the tracks you make, but it also makes it easier to upload samples, loops, guitar tracks, vocals, and other parts you create. Our hope is that this will open up for collaborations and other new ways of making music. As you might have heard, Ableton have already announced that they are building SoundCloud export into Live and we expect to see and number of other new integrations launched this year.

To celebrate the launch of Studio One, PreSonus is making a special offer until May 31. Go check it out, connect Studio One to your SoundCloud account and start moving more music!

And by the way, we’re really interested in hearing your thoughts on this and what you wish to see in upcoming integrations so please, let us know in the comments! Thanks!

* DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation (thanks for the comment, Eric!)