SoundCloud.com makes reviewing easy

In the words of Leonardo da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

That’s the thought that came to mind after experiencing SoundCloud.com, a new site for people who create music and need an easy and effective way to either send, receive, and review tracks.  SoundCloud solves the problem of distributing your tracks to people of interest and provides a powerful collaboration environment that sets SoundCloud apart from other “hosting sites”.   Rather than sending bulky audio files by email, or having people download from FTP, your audience can review your tracks inside of SoundCloud, but even better, you can embed SoundCloud into your own web site (as I’ve done below)!

First, you upload your tracks in virtually any format and resolution.  SoundCloud converts your audio files into “wave forms” that are displayed inside their player tool.   You have the option of making each of your tracks public or private as well as downloadable (or streaming only).  You can also create “set lists” to group multiple tracks into a single player – very useful for reviewing multiple takes… You can also use SoundCloud to receive tracks from other people, regardless of whether they are a subscriber through a handy “drop box” feature – notice the widget I’ve installed on my Sidebar (to the right)…

Send me your track

But for me, the coolest thing is the ability to embed the SoundCloud player just like the example below.   So rather than uploading my “work in progress” audio files onto my blog, I can instead provide the SoundCloud player to my fellow musicians and listeners and consolidate all of my reviews!  Did I mention it’s also very fast?

The above example illustrates a “timed comment” I’ve inserted into Worship.  This is especially powerful because your reviewers can visually place their comments precisely where they apply inside your tune WITHOUT HAVING TO START/STOP THE PLAYER TO NOTE THE TRACK POSITION.   This is extremely useful if you collaborate with other musicians, and virtually eliminates the need for producing “song charts” to describe what’s going on where!

Very cool and a definite time saver!

I’m not quite sure how SoundCloud intends to commercialize their offering.  My guess is they will provide some base services for free, but with some limitations.   For now, SoundCloud accounts are by invitation only, but the vetting process appears fairly straight forward.  I was emailed an invitation approximately 2 weeks after making my request.

SoundCloud is still in their early days, but they clearly address a fundamental pain point for collaborating music professionals!  Thus, another example of how Web 2.0 continues to change (and improve) the way we work!

9 Responses to “SoundCloud.com makes reviewing easy”

  1. AlexM Says:

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. John Williams Says:

    Pretty nice site, wants to see much more on it! :)

  3. mychal e.g... Says:

    I saw your post on audiotuts and it looks like a great option! Would you happen to have any invites? guzmanme@gmail.com

  4. Adrian Says:

    Hi Mychal, unfortunately, I don’t have any invites remaining, but I have asked for more because I agree this is a service worth sharing – it’s been great thus far. Let me get back to on that? I notice you’ve included your email so that’s great.

  5. Emmett Says:

    Hi there – great music!

    I’d love an invite to it aswell if you do by any chance get an invite :)

    Thanks very much!

  6. Atom Sounds Says:

    Great review, I’ve been trying to work out how to create a set for tracks and can’t seem to figure it out, any help would be great..

  7. steve Says:

    I use soundcloud I need to know how to embed a soundcloud player on my website so
    people can listen to my soundcloud tracks. Can you help me with this?

    thanks!

  8. Adrian Says:

    Hi Steve… Yes, as you can see from my site, this is possible and really part of what makes Soundcloud so cool, in my opinion. I use it to publish tracks for the musicians that I collaborate with as well previewing to my (very limited :) audience here.

    I trust you are comfortable with uploading and publishing tracks within Soundcloud. There should be a “share” button on each rendering of your track (each SoundCloud player) on SoundCloud. You can even see this button on the track published on THIS post, for example. That’s how you do it… that button generates the HTML code which you then copy and paste into the HTML (or widget) on your site. Basically it renders an image of your SoundCloud track/player and when launched, you’re still accessing the centralized content on SoundCloud. Sure beats copying audio files back and forth, no?

    Let me know if this makes sense, but it can be done, and it works GREAT!

  9. SoundPromo Says:

    Total sound-porn. I love the vividness of the melody…gonna be grooving to this all night! Cheers

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I am a professional hobbyist when it comes to this.   Though my relationship with the piano began at a young age, I only recently pulled off the gloves to rekindle it and haven’t looked back since.   This was partly inspired by huge advancements in music production technology now available to all  – and from the comfort and privacy of your home!   I’ve never subscribed much to job titles so I won’t attempt to label my genre.  Besides, composing music mirrors life in that there are really only two ways to write a song: your way, and the wrong way. 

Thank you for your interest and encouragement.