Monthly Archives: June 2010

David Sample time!

People are uploading more and more reusable samples and we’re really excited about the potential this brings. Our hope is to see more interesting collaborations and creative use of the available content. Bring your talents as field recorder, sound designer, guitar shredder, vocalist, or beat creator and join the creative commons community by sharing Your sounds.

Here’s a few user- and group highlights for some inspiration on sample sharing plus a great guide on how to easily do sample uploads yourself!

Groove Criminals

Oli is a professional sample producer with over 6 years in the game, currently making samples for the future magazine’s monthly sample releases. This month though he releases a special one for the SoundCloud community and it’s free of charge. Sneak a peak below and find your favorite bit.

Calvin Cardioid

Calvin runs the CL516 BLOG containing free original sounds, photos, and videos of various synths and tools for creating music.

Check out some of the stuff Calvin’s been working on below:

Oliver Chesler

Oliver from Wire To the Ear has been posting a lot of great hardware samples plus some loops for you to download and play around with.

Tim Exile

Our favorite interactive musician. “I make active music… music that everyone’s invited to get involved with. My performances involve sampling the crowd and improvising tracks live with the sounds. If you’re coming to one of my shows, join the group for it and send me samples to use.” Nice! Stay tuned for more!

Get involved and upload your own! Here are a few groups to check out

CC Licensed Samples For sharing samples and fragments under the creative commons license.

Sampler Hardware Group Send them your hardware goodies and make sure to make them available for other to use.

Sample collections & instrument loops Group for samples and instrument loops.

Let’s share some samples!

Here’s a short tutorial on how to upload samples using the 3rd part app Scup.

David Soundcloud Meetups 2.0!

Thanks to the lovely folks at, it’s now much easier to get in touch with other users in your area, and spread the word about your meetups.

SoundCloud Meetups are informal gatherings organised by users, for users. They are a great way to meet fellow SoundClouders in real life, exchange ideas, ask questions, give answers, or simply meet new artists and people working with and around audio in your area.

You can use this page to get in touch with other Soundclouders in your area, organise a time and place to meet, and spread the word,

In 5 easy steps this means:

1. Look for your nearest meetup

Go to our Meetup page, enter your location, and you will be displayed a list of the nearest meetups. Once you have found the city you are interested in, click on that city to go to it’s page.

2. Show your interest

Next, click the ‘Count me in’ button on the event’s page, this allows users to gauge the demand in certain areas. You will be asked to log in to Meetup, you can either create an account, or log in with your Facebook details.

Once you have clicked ‘Count me in’, you will be informed of any updates to the Meetup.

3. Get Talking!

Users who show interest in a Meetup can post comments on the event page, to co-ordinate where and when to meet, and decide on an organiser for the event.

Each time a comment is added, all of those who have shown interest are notified.

4. Appoint A Leader

Each meetup needs an organiser, you can nominate yourself by clicking on ‘Organize This Meetup’.  You will then be able to edit the event details, notifying all of those interested.

Once an Meetup has an organiser, get in touch with us and we’ll help promote it.

5. Confirm The Meetup

Once the organiser, venue, and time are agreed, the organiser can edit the Meetup’s deatils on the edit page. They can also include any other information, which will be displayed on the page.

Once you have a Meetup planned, try tagging your tweets with #scmeetup to help spread the world. Also, why not create a Soundcloud group for attendees to submit their tracks to?  You could link to it from the Meetup page.

After your Meetup, if you have any photos you want to share, upload them to Flickr with the tag ‘scmeetup’, and they might be added to this page.

So go forth and meetup!

David Friday Fun: Customize the ‘Buy’ And ‘Download’ Buttons on Your Player Embeds

A question we’ve been asked quite a lot in the past weeks was how to change the text of the ‘Buy’ and ‘Download’ buttons. It only takes a couple of little tweaks to the html codes of your SoundCloud embed players so here’s how to do it.

That’s how my embedded track looks like on my blog when I use the regular html code. Note that for the Buy button to show in the player, you’ll need to have added a url to the Buy field in your track or set settings:

Now to change the text on the Buy and Download buttons, you’ll need to make some changes in the parameters of the code. I’ve bolded the parts that need to be added, don’t forget to add the parameters twice in the code:

The string added to the code between the track url and the end quotation mark includes both the changes to the Download and Buy buttons &text_download_track=Free download!&text_buy_track=Purchase! and this is the result:

This of course works for the artwork players too, here’s how this looks:

Quite an easy way to direct your listeners to social micropayment service Flattr or ask them for a donation via PayPal, don’t you think? We’re sure you’ll have many other examples for creative ways to use these little tweaks, so please share them with us in the comments for everyone else in the community to get inspired.

Related posts:

Hacking the SoundCloud player

More html parameters for the player

Program an entirely customized player (coding knowledge required)