David Debuting Today: The Dropometer

You might notice things looking a bit different around SoundCloud today. We’re thrilled to be launching the latest iteration to our web platform. And we think you’re going to like it.


The drop in a track can be unpredictable and surprising. Some of you have even told us that you find it unsettling, not knowing when to expect that sense of overwhelming euphoria. Inspired by your feedback, we’ve invented the Dropometer.

Using a unique algorithm (patent pending), the Dropometer is designed to help you prepare yourself for the big moment, whether that means getting in the mental space where you can really break it down, or fixing yourself a fortifying snack.

While we first innovated the Dropometer around dubstep, we’ve identified broad utility for this new functionality across all genres. Look to the Dropometer to find out when to expect a key crescendo in a 17th-century symphony or the emotional climax in an episode of This American Life.


The Dropometer is web-only at the moment; we’ll be rolling it out to mobile in the coming weeks, so you can brace yourself for the drop on the go. Let us know what you think, and watch this space: we’ll be bringing you even more advanced features soon!

Update April 2: Happy April Fools :)

411 thoughts on “Debuting Today: The Dropometer

  1. Mike

    i really don’t see the point of this… where’s the fun in ruining the surprise of a drop?

    i plan on turning it off as soon as it’s made available

  2. minerals

    I kind of like listening and anticipating the drop on a record. Also its stupid because it adds it to mixes aswell, but only on the first track of the mix

  3. haden

    Really annoying to see to be honest, i personally dont see it as exciting. Im listening to the song anyway, im going to find out when the drop is, i dont need an arrow showing me, no offence its just an eye sore

  4. Matt

    This is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. Ever. Just to be clear, you guys think we’re complete retards right? That’s the only way something like this can be even thought of.

  5. Keaton Johnson

    Thanks for this, sometimes I can find the drop with just the audio. So great that you guys would point it out in the waveform, so now I know that this is indeed the “drop.”

  6. ....

    This better be April Fools right? Only retards listen to skrillex, real music doesn’t have a totally different drop than the rest of the song

  7. ambientsphinx

    can I have a dropometer that tells me when I’m about to fall? That would really save me from some unexpected surprises.

  8. sensi

    this has got to be a joke? “not knowing when to expect that sense of overwhelming euphoria” was my personal favourite. If not this idea is terrible, soundcloud.

  9. WTF SC?

    Looks like I’m sticking with SC Classic then. WTF Soundcloud? At least put it in the right position

  10. Grandpa Wolfe

    The dropometer should be an optional feature for soundcloud users. I think it’s extremely tacky and it hurts to see my loops tagged with silly markers for nonexistent drops.

  11. Andrew Highland

    Like many others, I hope this option can be toggled as it seems to just get in the way. I appreciate the idea in theory but in practice it just distracts me from reading the comments. Maybe if it was made smaller or if the text was on top of the waveform instead of on it that could help.

  12. Leo

    Just getting worst every day, that’s a shame, soundcloud use to be nice, now seems to be made by douchebags …

  13. Austin Collins

    No, the drop is NOT separate from the song. I do not see this as a good idea, people listen to songs as a whole. This is a gimmick, please do not implement this feature.

  14. Chris The Lyricist

    What about the people like me that are Rap/Hip-Hop artists?
    That’s just going to be annoying and meaningless.

  15. Michael R A Clarke

    This is terrible, you can’t do this seriously please don’t, there could be multiple drops – which one should I point out? And needless to say there’s more than one climatic chord in any classical piece. You don’t need gimmicks soundcloud, you’re already a good service. We don’t need new tools really, and if you wanted to improve anything it should be the general aesthetics.

  16. Marinho JR

    I don’t like it at all. It’s annoying, it doesn’t works very well and it has no function, I love soundcloud and it crew but this wasn’t good at all, I’m sorry.

  17. Christine Park

    a great tool for people who dislike surprises & unexpected joy
    i’d like an option to hide this so i can continue to enjoy new music as intended:
    not ruined by spoiler alerts.

  18. Alex

    the “Dropometer” is not accurate in the least! It will say the drops are in the quitest parts of the song. Plus, it takes all the fun out of scarring people with bass! Please make it optional to leve this on because I would like to turn it off as soon as possible.

  19. Alex

    I gotta say guys, after listening to about 20 different songs not once has the drop meter correctly found the drop. I would keep working on that algorithm.

  20. Rens

    I don’t sea the point of this arrow..
    It’s ruin my view on the timeline of the track!
    Please leave this from the soundclips!

  21. Stefan Valentin

    Posts obnoxious ragey comment not understanding the humor inherent to this feature (ON APRIL FOOLS)

  22. t_rez

    This Dropometer sucks! It is not accurate at all, and it just makes my profile looks messy! Please remove this, or allow it us to toggle it off. Thanks.

  23. VisonarySoundSystem

    LOL the Dropometer? HERE’S THE DROP.

    24 hours too early in the UK for this April 1st beauty . . . . . .

  24. iNfliktioN

    The people who think this is for real are seriously lacking in the common sense department – good one SoundCloud, Happy April Fool’s everyone! Lighten up :)

    PS for the people who know it’s a joke, this is a dig at the whole “drop-culture” fad, and if you don’t get it, then you are “getting” it, if you know what I mean. But you probably don’t.

  25. kernelpanic

    really nice april fool! hehe i believed it for quite while, LOL!! Yeah jokes like this are relaxing to the community after this totally over compressed new sc design, +1 again…

  26. Off Beat Entertainment

    half the time its in the wrong spot anyway. Don’t bother, its just annoying.

  27. VIKO

    Calm down guys this is an April fool ! “Using a unique algorithm” to find the drop ahah ? can’t be true

  28. Antony Beernink

    Today is April Fools (in New Zealand) so if you saw it today then it completely makes sense as an April Fools joke. Your time-zone just might not have hit 1st April yet?

  29. ommirandap

    Wow guys! It would be perfect if you present a paper explaining the research behind the Dropometer :) You should definitely on Team140 music ;)

  30. ЯЄL!Ç

    Personally I think it’s a bit ridiculous, as if the waveform doesn’t obviously give it away anyway.

    Tasteless gimmick in my opinion.

  31. Santi

    This ruins the definition of “the drop” it’s supposed to surprise the fuck out of you….

  32. Sektah

    HAHAHA i know right?? This is dumb, its not even pointing to the right spot… Also Soundcloud, you are fucking up. Accusing me of copyright & shit for no reason.

  33. Heliograf

    its obviously an April fools joke because the Skrillex example is on the break. Well done for losing respect points SC im not paying for Pro now. Silly organization.

  34. Rxx

    Please spend your time on a different idea. I am not paying for a service that “freddy foreshadows” where my drops are. That’s for my fans to find out.

  35. Vik Tomar

    theres no point in this feature, its kind of annoying, specially when it doesnt know where the drop actually is….gonna remove it as soon as possible

  36. Lee Lucas

    For the life of me I cannot see wtf you guys are doing, if anything wants dropping out here its that stupid comment box you have so foolishly made, that nobody can see wtf is going on or even make a bloody comment on the new SC and your messing around with this crap. FFS wake up and smell the coffee someone… What Dum Dums…

  37. Matt

    Thanks guys, all my friends talk about this “drop” thing and I honestly cant tell a verse from a remix. Magic ups! Such a helpful feature!

  38. BSTFactor

    Bad Bad Bad, the point of a drop is to suddenly “drop” into the main melody or bassline. It is a sudden, surprise transition, not a subtle predictable one.

  39. Mitch Gardner

    The reason they’ve done this, is that people just skip to “the drop” and don’t acknowledge the rest of the song, because “its not as major as the drop”. Its all music, therefore it should be respected in all the same way. Good going soundcloud.

  40. StinkDude

    I’m pretty sure SC already had this feature; you just had to check the comments section for the bit where 50 people commented “HOLY SHIT I’M HAVING TWELVE ORGASMS OUT MY ASS” on top of one another and that was usually the drop.

  41. cutebutbroke

    its corny ! please stop trying to tweek things and change things when everything is working fine the way it is already ..

  42. RyanEllingson

    This is so stupid! One of the best parts of music is being surprised!!!! What the hell?!

  43. Facebook User

    they should’ve spent more time working on their search engine then pratting about making jokes, my potential pro account as just vanished because of this. Well done.

  44. fuckcloud

    so u telling me that u making a pathetic joke on paying customers?
    those ppl who basicaly pay you for doing work on the site, where are the stats on this new soundcloud, why the upload is still in the old view…. but u have time for this?!

    hahahahahah…. u so funny!!!! must be written by a german.

  45. Jamie Rowlatt

    i dont like it its like listening to your ipod and having someone counting down the bars until the song drops i hope you make it optional plus its wrong on most of my tracks

  46. Emiliano

    I don’t like this new idea, think in options for users how want, but not for me please… sorry :(

  47. Kevin

    this was pretty silly the hour it was up this morning. and marked no where near the drop on most tracks, sucked

  48. Cheyne Queezy

    …and look at the 2nd track they used to display the ‘dropmeter’. It’s a radio podcast (hahaha.) They also said they’re using a unique algorithm to find the drop; c’mon now.

  49. fuckcloud

    we got your joke “david” – now remove this shit again!
    u not getting paid to make jokes on paying customers, arrogant prick!!!

  50. MT

    terrible idea. can’t we keep music intriguing and not ruin every dynamic movement in a song? let us keep the spoiler-alerts off our page if we choose to do so. please… Huge down-thumb to the joke of a “drop meter TM”

  51. Patrick Wiltse

    okay so I get that this is an April fool’s joke (or at least I hope so), but why does it say “debuting today” on the day BEFORE April Fool’s Day? that’s stooopiddd

  52. Crate

    this is not really needed! it ruins the surprise for the listener! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE eather take it off or atleast give us the option to switch it off! ASAP PLEASE!

  53. chris g

    this is not good thing. the artist wants the people to listen to all of the sound and experience a good song that will not happen if you listen to half of the song.

  54. Unusual package

    i don’t like the way it covers everything else! it’s too damn big, and i have to say, i don’t need a marker to figure out where the drop is and i think i’m not the only one

  55. Benzie

    This would be a great April Fool’s joke if you didn’t already ruin any element of surprise by showing the fucking waveform

  56. dark virus

    Lovely new feature. Now you need to create the “beginnometer” and the “endinometer” so we’ll know when a track starts and, more important, when it ENDS! Keep rocking! =)

  57. Facebook User

    So this is what you spend your time doing when you’ve charged people extortionate amounts for pro accounts.
    Thanks for pissing in our faces.
    Get your act together and make the search bar better, thanks.

  58. Isabel Morales Rey

    I’m sorry, but I really don’t like this strange quasi-funktion. I want a deactivating button please.

  59. Down ruthless style

    ummm i hope this is not real. If so this is really really sad!!! The fact that people actually need a “Dropmeter” is really fuckin stupid!!! You’re suppose to be surprised by the drop and or fake drops inside of any track. WOW soundcloud please be a joke PLEASE!!…..SAD SAD SAD noobs!!!

  60. MSTRD

    This really doesn’t work. For all my tracks, The drop, if it exists, is not at the right place at all.

  61. Farm

    This is quite a hilarious April Fools joke. (The big-ass “TM” really is the icing on the cake.) The danger is that people who don’t get it are going to be VERY confused or freaked out, but I guess that’s the point. To be honest, I first thought it was a hack, then I read this and was baffled. Now I’m just laughing my ass off. :D

  62. Neenah

    Dear SoundCloud, drops in songs are made to UNEXPECTEDLY make someone lose their mind over the insane build-up. You listen and anticipate and even wonder when it’ll drop. Knowing exactly when, takes away from all of that. Besides, not everyone makes music that “drops”. This is a totally unnecessary feature. It’s showing up on my fade-outs. Other than that, you rock. Sincerely, Neenah.

  63. DJ-Kilometers2

    this is kinda pointless and a waste of time if you can read WAVE or just have eyes in general.

  64. Es-K

    incredibly inaccurate !! should definitely be able to disable for your tracks (and NO ONE would be able to see it on your tracks)

  65. Vyell

    So far i have not complained about any changes to this site because i feel it is all for the best in the long run and the basic idea that this is a genuine music site for those who REALLY love REAL music which is an artistic expression of how we feel.

    Part of music is the surprise of not knowing a new piece at all and that euphoria you are wrecking is the emotional response to the music and is a true and honest human response and if you do not like it then you do not like the way music makes you feel ergo you should not be on this site. Plus it looks really messy and untidy please can those of us who actually want to feel the music be given the option to turn this stupid idea off!

  66. Pablo Sotomayor

    I woke up to this. Man, I was SO angry, like… it was marking the “drop” on a gamelan song of mine. wtFLYINGf?! then I looked at the calendar. Brilliant. XD

  67. vikt0r

    HAHAHHAHA int the example on the skrillex tune the dropmeter is wrong, what a FAIL. Also, why do the word’s “around dubstep” linked to skrillex’s souncloud? I don’t see the connection between these two?

  68. Lockstitch

    Guys…. have you even noticed where it says the drop is ? It’s clearly april fools…. it’s place randomly all over the place, sometimes even in the end of the track….

  69. AshMathos

    Considering they go the drop wrong with the promotion banner [Skrillex – Bangarang], this must be an April Fool, right?

  70. Uncle Fassbender

    It’s an April Fools joke. For those complaining that it’s too early, it’s already the 1st April in the UK.

  71. Ideal_Noise

    Can’t wait for Crapometer next …Pinpointing that exact moment when you realize a tune is pure crap so you can push the “next” button

  72. Pecavi

    lol @ the soundcloud april joke ( here’s the drop ) , you could block the entire website for 24 hours and leave a message: “Soundcloud is shutting down for ever ! ” This drop shit is no joke just piss of many peps … its only in dub step music btw, i like it when it COMES INSIDE MY HEAD when i’m not prepared for it … “THE ENTRY” you got no originality soundcloud :D
    P. —> http://www.pecavi.net

  73. RSI

    This is stupid. Kill dub step. Its called song structure. Its only called a drop becuase everyone who likes dubstep has to be a douche about it.

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  75. Kesh

    You guys are actual idiots. Its aprils fools joke. Seriously just THINK with your brain, people are actually getting all worked up about this… The idea couldn’t be more ridiculous, and if you believe this then your unintelligent gullible fool. Well played soundcloud!

  76. Pecavi

    lol @ the soundcloud april joke ( here’s the drop ) , you could block the entire website for 24 hours and leave a message: “Soundcloud is shutting down for ever ! ” This is no joke just piss of many peps … btw so called “drop” is in dub music, i prefer when it HIT MY BRAIN WHEN I’M NOT PREPARED FOR IT so called an entry … lol you got no originality soundcloud :D

  77. rico casazza

    Here is the drop, prrrrrrr!!

    highlight where is the drop of a tracks takes out all the suspence and mistery inside the structure. what a bad idea guys!!!

  78. Pecavi

    sc could block the entire website for 24 hours and leave a message: “Soundcloud is shutting down for ever ! ” This drop shit is no joke just piss of many peps … no originality FAIL


    jeez.. hope this is a joke, hate it when they start messin with sh!t that aint broke

  80. Gezzar

    Aha soundcloud this is a brilliant April fools joke look at all the idiots you fooled, this actual was pretty smart to do.

  81. DJ C-HIM

    This cant be accurate at all lol considering some songs have multiple drops and everybody feels different about each drop. April Fools or Let me disable this

  82. Kasper

    Music is not about a drop. This will let people only listen to the drop i think. Music must be listened in a composition.

  83. Sebastian Rodriguez

    Iteration? More like irritation. This is just dumb and invasive. At least let us choose if we want the Drop Meter…

  84. Jman

    hopefully this is an actual joke.. first 10 songs in my feed weren’t even the drop.. looks like it just reads the wav file to see the pattern where there is a kick playing. and the fact that it just looks shit

  85. Hakuin

    Apparently, I have drops 3 seconds into my tracks and 3 seconds at the end. I’d like an option to disable this if it isn’t just a prank. Please, I don’t use drops in braindance,


    bullshit. the great things in the music is the surprise of the drop. Anyway your “dropmeter” are absolutly wrong… Sorry.

  87. StormSound

    It’s so hilarious seeing everyone who thinks this isn’t a prank xD

    …Now that I’ve said this, it’s probably going to turn out to be a legit thing and we’re all screwed.

  88. SlothNOIR

    The reason many people don’t see this as an April Fool, is that Soundcloud is on a long roll of ill advised cock-ups. This just picks at the scab of bad feeling that has built up in the user community over the past months and confirms that Soundcloud are totally out of touch with their customers

  89. Spirit Hood Project

    people that says this is brilliant for sure don’t understand a shit about music

  90. Lee

    It wasn’t April 1st when I posted and I noticed these drop meters earlier on in the day, 31st March.
    Either way, not very funny.

  91. Someone smart

    You people are dumb. It’s march 31st. Not April 1st. IF it is an April Fools joke, SoundCloud is dumb for not knowing what day it is.

  92. Jamie

    looks tacky and just seems to point to a random point in the track. Please make a disable option!

  93. Djoust

    HAHAHA patent pending… they are just using audio descripters ;)
    nice April fools joke btw, they had me for a sec

  94. tatebox

    wtf! thats it? smh they need to make a hustle meter to see who goes the hardest on their selected track by statistics at the end of the day, and put them on the front page for 24 hours. now that’s what i wanna see.

  95. Dylan

    I posted an acoustic song and there’s a a “drop” at the very end. Get rid of this right meow. lol Or at least give us an option to remove it.

  96. kevin

    are you serious? managing a listeners expectation is part of the composition process, it is a breach on artistic creativity to meddle in that. the creative process does not belong to you soundcloud. and an algorythm? now thats plain insulting.