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The new version of the portable recorder FiRe just hit the shelves. FiRe stands for Field Recorder and the previous version of FiRe was one of the first apps with a native SoundCloud integration.
We’re excited about FiRe 2 and the set of new features coming along with it:
Advanced editing suite with SmartEdits, Bezier fades, change gain, normalize, looping playback, regions and more
Improved Transport screen with faster and smoother drawing and larger waveform view
EQ and Dynamics effects by Audiofile Engineering 
iTunes file transfer 
Enhanced input processing powered by iZotope™ 
Record in background 
SoundCloud and Dropbox integration 
Regions
Hit our App Gallery for more details: http://soundcloud.com/apps/fire2

The new version of the portable recorder FiRe just hit the shelves. FiRe stands for Field Recorder and the previous version of FiRe was one of the first apps with a native SoundCloud integration.

We’re excited about FiRe 2 and the set of new features coming along with it:

  • Advanced editing suite with SmartEdits, Bezier fades, change gain, normalize, looping playback, regions and more
  • Improved Transport screen with faster and smoother drawing and larger waveform view
  • EQ and Dynamics effects by Audiofile Engineering
  • iTunes file transfer
  • Enhanced input processing powered by iZotope™
  • Record in background
  • SoundCloud and Dropbox integration
  • Regions

Hit our App Gallery for more details: http://soundcloud.com/apps/fire2

Webdoc is a super simple service that lets you create digital scrapbooks like the one you see embedded above in no time.

We just got word that the team behind Webdoc has integrated SoundCloud into their application which means you can now use any SoundCloud content in yourown Webdocs.

In the example above (we’re using the embed code in a  Tumblr Video post), you’ll see that artist Charles Bradley using a photo, a speech bubble, a countdown and a SoundCloud embed in one single Webdoc announcing a live concert. The cool thing is that you can re-embed the Webdoc on other sites, turning your Webdoc into a digital flyer full of rich media.

Read more about Webdoc and the integration over on The Next Web.

Hunch Now Supports SoundCloud Recommendations

Hunch is a service that personalizes the web by helping you share and discover great recommendations about all sorts of topics. Basically, Hunch is creating a ‘taste graph’ of the entire web. Sounds cool? You bet it does.

Today, the fine folks over at Hunch informed us that they now support SoundCloud recommendations and here’s how it works in three steps:

1. Find something on SoundCloud you’d like to recommend, copy the URL and paste it as a recommendation on Hunch:

2. Click ‘Next’, select a category and add a short description explaining what you’re recommending and why:

3. Hit ‘Recommend’ and done. Your recommendation is now live and clicking the play button will unveil the SoundCloud player:

Make sure to also add the Bookmarklet to your brower so any time you’re on a SoundCloud page, you can recommend what you’re listening to right from the same page.

Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments. Thanks to Ben and everyone at Hunch for making this happen.

Welcome Berkleemusic Members!
We’re thrilled to announce today a partnership with Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Boston-based Berklee College of Music.
The school has decided to power its online network with SoundCloud features and give over 75,000 members an easy way to upload, share, and receive feedback on music. The integration is possible thanks to the SoundCloud API, which is open for anyone who wants to add audio sharing features to an app or service.
We’re welcoming all Berklee students to the SoundCloud community and we’ll continue to work with Berklee on creating learning material specifically for SoundClouders!

Welcome Berkleemusic Members!

We’re thrilled to announce today a partnership with Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Boston-based Berklee College of Music.

The school has decided to power its online network with SoundCloud features and give over 75,000 members an easy way to upload, share, and receive feedback on music. The integration is possible thanks to the SoundCloud API, which is open for anyone who wants to add audio sharing features to an app or service.

We’re welcoming all Berklee students to the SoundCloud community and we’ll continue to work with Berklee on creating learning material specifically for SoundClouders!

"Images and sound are a natural combination and really compliment each other."

This quote by Ulla-Maaria Engeström, ThingLink CEO captures very well what Thinglink is about. ThingLink brings additional context, interactivity and meaning to both your sounds and images, photos or pictures. This can be a promotional flyer, a memorable photograph or an album cover artwork. Let’s have a look at two examples:

Featured above is an example for Fleet Foxes, where embedded within the album artwork, you’ll be able to click and listen to their recent song as well as find contextual links to their Wikipedia page, Twitter account, label site and tour dates. Simply hover over the dots on the image to find out more. 

Another example is the interactive flyer created for their bands at SXSW by our friends Paper Garden Records. Click here to check it out, it truly is stunning. 

Want to add your sounds to your website’s images? It’s pretty easy, works well with SoundCloud and is quick to implement - it took us not even two minutes to get it ready on our own Tumblr and works with pretty much every site you work with.  

  • Set up a free account at ThingLink.com and Soundcloud.com. 
  • Install a few lines of ThingLink javascript on your website or blog
  • When you input a SoundCloud URL into a tag’s link field, a player appears in your tag. Click it and it starts playing the track in the background

Give it a spin, let us know what you think and if you test it, post a link to your own interactive image in the comments. 

ExtensionFM Now Detects SoundCloud Tracks

Did a browser plugin/add-on ever make you switch your browser of choice? Well, for me one did and it’s ExtensionFM, build by Dan Kantor and Charles Smith, based out of NYC.

ExtensionFM is a Google Chrome extension letting your browser become a personal listening station, powered by your favorite music websites.

Since last night, ExtensionFM now also detects SoundCloud tracks.

Read more about what ExFM actually is and how it works.

The two companies believe the partnership will lead people to use SoundCloud in new ways. Symons says VC Audio Pro is being used by radio reporters and voiceover artists all over the world. “SoundCloud now gives those people another great way to share their content,” he says. “It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s very affordable.”

SoundCloud and VeriCorder Join Forces on Sound Editing App for iPhone, iPod Touch

Users of 1st Video, ShowCase or VC Audio Pro can now record and edit sound on an iPhone or iPod Touch and upload content to SoundCloud in one step

Introducing ‘Connect with SoundCloud’ - connect any site or app with the Cloud

We want to make it really easy for users to connect third-party apps and services with their accounts on SoundCloud.

That’s why we’re introducing ‘Connect with SoundCloud' today. It's built on OAuth giving you the main benefit that you don’t have to store your SoundCloud login credentials in any third-party app or service.

We have identified two main use cases:

  • Export to SoundCloud: upload tracks to SoundCloud from a third-party application. Case study: FiRe Field Recorder
  • Import from SoundCloud: transfer tracks from SoundCloud account to a third-party service. Case study: Abbey Road Online Mastering

To check out the authorization flow and to get started integrating ‘Connect with SoundCloud’ to your app or service, see our detailed blog post.

Blogger.com integration

Another week, another blogging service integrated to the Sharing option on SoundCloud. This week’s guest: Blogger.com. Here’s your step-by-step guide to show you how easy it is to share your favorite tracks, sets and group sets to your blog hosted on Blogger.com. Let’s start by looking at the Share options where you’ll see the Blogger logo:

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Now when you click it, we’ll ask you to authorize SoundCloud to connect with your Blogger account (you can always change the authorization settings in your Blogger/Google account):

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By clicking Go to Authorization, you’ll be redirected to the Google page (shown below) where you simply click Grant access. Once the access was granted, we will take you back to the page on SoundCloud to continue with your post.

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In the window pictured below, you’ll be able to edit your post title, add tags and write more about the track/set/group you wish to post. You can also save the post as a draft if you don’t want it to get posted immediately.

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Click Post and - Ta-da - you just blogged a SoundCloud track:

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