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Jami Creator Clubhouse, Signing Off

Wow, Austin, thank you! We’re still catching our breath after two jam-packed days celebrating with the community at the SoundCloud Creator Clubhouse.

We kicked off by welcoming Tumblr and SoundCloud community members to a joint meetup. We hosted performances by established and emerging SoundCloud artists and podcasters.

And Snoop Lion even dropped by to premiere his new film, Birds of a Feather, about his collaboration with Polish pop star Iza Lach. Snoop and Iza started making music together after he came across her tunes on SoundCloud; less than a year later, they’d co-produced 160 songs.

SoundCloud Pro user singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh took to the mic at the SoundCloud/Tumblr community meetup.

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Mitzi’s smooth electro disco was a perfect accompaniment to the lakeside sunset.

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While violin riffs by Barnaby Saints added unique flavour to the Grammy Amplifier Showcase.

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We had a packed house at 4 PM for Red Bull Sound Select pick Cherub, with a unique, stripped-back take on their usual electro-pop sound.

There were live comedy performances, featuring Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist who spoke with Rooster Teeth as well as Earwolf, creators and producers of hilarious comedy shows.

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The line was around the block to catch Island Def Jam’s The-Dream, while Usher and Snoop Lion watched from the decks.

SoundCloud’s CTO Eric Wahlforss announced the launch of our new Pro accounts. Afterwards, he talked all about it with SoundCloud Chicago Hero Jaime Black.

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Thanks to Feedmagnet, we were able to keep up with all the #creatorclubhouse buzz.

We were also excited for everyone to experience our collaborations with local artists, who experimented with sound as a design tool.

Creator Clubhouse art directors Public School created a living waveform from 5000 feet of paracord.

And Houndstooth Studio built a lighting installation that responded to the sound system and a midi controller in the crowd.

Big thanks goes out to all of our partners who worked with us to make the Clubhouse Austin’s unofficial creative hub for two days last week. But our biggest thanks goes out to you, the community, for creating so much that’s worth celebrating. We loved meeting all of you who made it down to the Clubhouse last week. Hope to see even more of you in Austin next year!

Jami Introducing SoundCloud Pro

Following the great feedback you’ve sent us over the last few months, we’re excited today to be able to give you a heads up: we’re launching brand new subscription plans. Simpler and better value, SoundCloud Pro will make it even easier for you to share your sounds and grow your audience.

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Our Pro and Pro Unlimited plans will replace Premium Lite, Solo, Pro and Pro Plus. Easier to use, they offer more upload minutes for your money, plus access to the tools that matter the most to you.

We really appreciate all of you who’ve already been using Premium to share your sounds, making such a huge contribution to the SoundCloud community. If you’re already a Premium subscriber, you can now upgrade your account to Pro at no extra cost.

More news: we’ve also been working on some improvements to the platform. When we introduced the new SoundCloud last December, one thing that you told us was that you needed us to improve the tools you use for posting sounds, as well as communication tools. So we’ve been rebuilding upload and messaging from scratch, making them native to the new platform, and Flash-free.

Look out for the updated tools, coming very soon: we’ll be rolling them out and building their functionality as we go. We’re also making private messaging simpler as part of the process, clearing up things that have caused technical issues and spam in the past. Get the full lowdown on what’s changed in the FAQs.

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And we’re also experimenting with some more visual profiles and sounds. Pro Partner profiles are in beta: they have a different layout, plus ‘Moving Sounds’, which enhance sounds with dynamic visuals. We’re working with some selected partners to test them out. Our plan is to find out what elements work best, and then to integrate them into your full SoundCloud experience. We’ll keep you posted.

You’re the heart of SoundCloud, making it the rich, positive and supportive community of sound creators and lovers that it is, and we hope these changes will help to make your experience better. Let us know what you think! As always, we’re looking forward to hearing your feedback.

 

Jami An update on the new SoundCloud

It’s been almost a week since we announced the new version of SoundCloud and opened it up to the web. Thanks so much for taking the time to write in, leave comments, and record voice messages with your thoughts. We’ve been listening to the feedback we’ve received from you, our community, and are working hard to address the points raised. We realize we could have communicated better and will improve this in the future. If you’ve not heard back from us directly, it’s because of the sheer volume of suggestions and comments we’ve received (over 60,000 since the beta started!) We hear you loud and clear.

We’ve often been asked how to build an audience and be heard on SoundCloud. To help with this, we focused on improving the listener experience, making discovery and sharing faster and easier with Search, Sets and Reposts, bringing larger audiences to you and your sounds.

Now that we’ve launched the new SoundCloud, we’re bringing our focus back to the points raised by you: improved Spotlight and profile presentation, more visible Groups, clearer Sets, interactive comments, and more.

In the past few days we’ve already deployed some improvements based on feedback (increased visibility of Groups, tweaked suggested users, restored 5 Spotlight items), and will continue to be making further changes over the coming days and weeks. One of the benefits of new SoundCloud is that it allows us to be much more agile and flexible with developments.

While we’re working on these changes, you can revert back to Classic SoundCloud for now by clicking on ‘More’ in the top right corner of page and then ‘Switch back to Classic SoundCloud’.

Keep an eye on our blog and Twitter feed for updates. Thanks again for letting us know what you think.