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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.

David WE Hack

This weekend, we celebrated the inaugural company-wide hack weekend called WE Hack (Weekend Hack).

The aim of WE Hack was to spend a Friday and Saturday outside of the office to bond as a team and to learn. Listen to Hannes, who explains how WE Hack came to be:

We kicked off Friday morning with everyone pitching their hack ideas and getting their team in shape, here’s an audio snapshot with a selection of teams explaining what they’re building.

Here’s a selection of 20 hacks that were built during the weekend:

  1. Toybox: a toddler’s toy built on Arduino and Raspberry Pi able to play back custom SoundCloud sounds in reaction to the physical world.
  2. Never Ending Story (We Hack 2012 winner): the age-old kid’s game: start a story and pass it on. You just hear the last part and you create the next one. Hacking content!
  3. Soundifyificationizer: turns text into music by mapping groups of characters to MIDI notes for melody and drums.
  4. H.O.V.A: “We build a “HOVA” hovercraft and it is hovering badass! Here’s our blog
  5. StreadCloud: memefy our Chief Architect Sean Tradway. Includes voting and is powered by Redis & Clojure
  6. Ruly: R U Lost Yet gives your friends and map with audio-powered step-by-step directions
  7. Graphiz: a visualization of connections on SoundCloud
  8. Deutsch Dienstag: an English-German phrasebook. Click an English sentence to hear the German translation
  9. BunnyStall: revive the NabazTag! Take the NabaztagHackKit and build custom Applications for u Bunny!
  10. SoundCal: allows users to add SoundCloud tracks to a calendar via the artwork widget
  11. Foodbaby: a website that let’s you collect your favorite recipes via an “Eat Later” bookmarklet. Once you cooked the meal you can connect the recipe to an Instagram photo of the dish.
  12. Desmond: we ported the Android SoundCloud app to Google’s new experimental media streaming device, the Nexus Q.
  13. Day In Sound: a day in the life of a SoundClouder in 2015
  14. SoundChain: a Chinese whispers like app where you record a sound and send it to someone to continue and eventually make into a chain of sounds.
  15. TweetSpeak: allows you to speak your own tweets. Pick your best tweet, record it, and post it to Twitter.
  16. Wedoc: we documented the weekend by creating audio interviews and montages and by building wehack.sc.
  17. Lunchbox: a mobile app enabling SoundCloud staffers to meet for lunch
  18. Message In A Bottle: short message broadcasting with anonymous replies. Think of anonymous twitter.
  19. The Passion Project: gathering stories of individuals sharing their passion with the world
  20. Screen Printing Workshop: we learned how to screen print our own We Hack tshirts (thanks to our friends at Etsy Labs in Berlin!)

Visit wehack.sc to relive the weekend in reverse chronological order and see our Facebook Page for more photos of the event.

Want to be part of next year’s WE Hack: we’re hiring and you should totally join our team http://soundcloud.com/jobs

Special thanks to Betahaus for providing the We Hack location and to Prinzessinnengarten for hosting us for after-hack drinks.

Extra special thanks to the team responsible for making WE Hack a reality: Hannes, Mathilde, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Matthias, Thom and Alex.

 

David Get Ready for Stratus 2, BETA Starts Now!

Stratus is a jQuery powered SoundCloud player that lives at the bottom (or top) of your website or blog. In version 2, we’ve rebuilt Stratus from the ground up to include many requested features, a nicer aesthetic, and a much easier installation.

Pumped? Yeh, me too. Here’s how to participate in the BETA:

Installation

See fast installation guides for:  WordPress  Tumblr  Blogger

Installing Stratus is easy. All you need to do is add some code to the <head> section of your HTML.

First, make sure you have jQuery installed.

Next, include the main Stratus library.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://stratus.sc/stratus.js"></script>

Finally, configure and load the Stratus plugin.

<script type="text/javascript"> $(document).ready(function(){ $stratus({ links: 'http://soundcloud.com/foofighters/sets/wasting-light' }); }); </script>

That’s it! For a list of all configuration options, go here.

Feedback

All good BETA tests require good feedback. If you’ve got a suggestion, found a bug, or deployed the player on your site: Please, let me know @leemartin or at lee@soundcloud.com. We really appreciate the help!

Thanks and happy BETA testing!