Monthly Archives: September 2012

Jane Follow the Fellows: Pop Up Archive wants to help you archive

This week’s Follow the Fellows guest blog post is by 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows Anne Wootton and Bailey Smith of Pop Up Archive.

Hi SoundCloud,

We are very seriously, enormously, almost unbearably pleased to announce that our project is one of the winners of the Knight News Challenge: Data. We will be receiving support to work on Pop Up Archive from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge. The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. More at

In other news, we’ll be accepting a select group of producers (podcasters, journalists, oral historians, and content-creators of all stripes) to participate in our free Archive 101 Training Workshop (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace My Complete Data Maelstrom).

If you’re interested in participating, let us know who you are, what you’ve got, and how archiving it will change your life (or at least your work). You can email us at or, in the spirit of SoundCloud, upload an audio submission to our SC Dropbox at The training will be held on the rapidly approaching Tuesday, October 9th; so, if you want to get involved, let us know ASAP.

That’s all for now. Be sure to follow the PopUpArchive on SoundCloud — we’ve got some cool stuff planned for the coming weeks, including some archival audio mashup challenges that mustn’t be missed.

Thanks for listening to our latest — a treasure chest of questions from The Kitchen Sisters archive.

Yours truly,
Anne and Bailey

David Record, Edit, and Publish Your Sounds On-the-Go

Today we released a major update to our mobile apps!

Our mobile apps let anyone record and share sounds on the go, and (just quietly) we think they’re pretty great. But we’ve spent a lot of time understanding how you use them to record everything from interviews to rehearsals, and worked hard to deliver a killer set of features that put even more power in your hands.

Pause for thought

We’ve added Pause & Resume so that recordings can be started, stopped and continued as many times as needed. This is great for recording longer segments of audio, or working around interruptions.

The essence of your sound

With the new trim feature, you can capture the essence of a sound by correcting mistakes and cutting unwanted sections from your recordings. Any time the recording is paused, simply drag the sliders in from the edges of the waveform to trim your sound down to the part you want to keep. If something interrupts your sound recording, it’s now simple to remove the offending section and continue the recording.

Trim is also useful when you’re waiting for a special moment (e.g. an announcement, the chimes of a bell, the roar of a crowd when a point is scored at a sports game, etc.). You can now start a recording and leave it running until the special moment occurs, then trim away the rest, leaving the most relevant sound ready for sharing.

Broadcast journalist Neal Augenstein, who exclusively uses his phone to record and edit his work, had a sneak preview of these new features and had this to say about them:

“So far I’m digging the new SoundCloud iPhone app. The trimming feature is (not surprisingly for SoundCloud) well thought out, and easy to use. They keep improving the product, making it easier for me to do my job.”

Fade in, Fade out on Android

Android users can take advantage of a useful new fade in/out filter… apply this effect to loud recordings to achieve a smoother start and ending.

Forgotten your earphones? Introducing Private Listening…

On the iPhone, we added a feature we call ‘Private Listening’: when you’re playing sounds through the loudspeaker, simply hold the handset up to your ear as if you were taking a phone call and the audio will be re-routed to the phone speaker. Private listening is ideal for listening to private messages, or for sneaking a listen to some great new sounds without letting others know what you’re hearing.

If you already have the SoundCloud app installed, you will be able to update it today. If not, what are you waiting for? You can download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Jane Follow the Fellows #3: DecodeDC, Sound School, Random Tape and more

From the inquisitive to the inspiring, SoundCloud Community Fellows, share the latest in this week’s content review. Revisit all tracks here.

The first episode of DecodeDC is here, House of (mis)Representatives. “Ever have that sinking feeling that your voice isn’t heard in Washington? It could be because it isn’t.” Share your thoughts with Andrea Seabrook at

Sound School
Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Sound School guest blogged yesterday to share how online resources like SoundCloud allow us to share knowledge, listen and learn more than ever. This week, a few of the SoundCloud Heroes contributed their lessons, like One Hello World below. Don’t forget to contribute your own tips and tricks to the Sound School!

Random Tape
Random Tape is exactly what it sounds like. What do you hear when you find a random crate of recorded tapes, or what bizarrely shows up after September 11, 2001 at a college radio station?

Working Now – The latest submissions of stories about the working lives of people today. This week, we hear from a star drag queen performer, a man whose office is above water and more. Hear their review below and listen to individual episodes of this week here.

US/UK/Germany-connected band Guidebooks wants you to join in to be part of their next album release. All you need to do is send in an original sound or recording, and they’ll create magic. Easy peasy directions at the entertaining video below.

Send Your Sounds to Guidebooks! from Guidebooks on Vimeo.

Here Be Monsters
Jeff introduces the production crew behind Here Be Monsters here and you can revisit his last episodes at Describing an octopus encounter is something you want to listen to, trust us.

Tiny Spark
Investigating the business of doing good, Amy Costello asks, “Is an unqualified volunteer better than no volunteer at all?”

From Hear to There
Nadia Wilson stumbles into some folks in NYC Subway who are heading off to the West Indian Day Parade. Can you imagine how colorful the station looks?

Road to the Royal Mile
Hayden Cohen introduces the latest folks he ran into along the Royal Mile at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Meet them here!

NightBus Radio
Modern-day minstrel Jack Kennedy is traveling by Greyhound bus to meet locals and capture the culture and music of the cities he’s visiting. Last stop was in Chicago. More of his own account here.