There are plenty of ways you can show off your singing talents nowadays, but Soundcloud is one of the first that’s available on your Android smartphone. The app is essentially a stripped back recording studio, allowing you to belt out your favourite numbers where and whenever you want.
It doesn’t take much to get started with the app, and in no time at all you’ll have created your own profile and be sharing your voice with your followers. The app supports a range of external accessories to make the recording session feel a lot more authentic, for example, you can connect an external microphone to your device, and then record a song using that alongside the app. Another bonus is being able to upload your own album art for every recording.
In this tutorial, we’ll cover the basics of setting up and using the Soundcloud app. We’ll show you how to go about recording your voice, what to do after, and how you can then share your work with your friends and family.
Create an account
After downloading the app from the Play Store, you’ll be asked to create a profile. From the homescreen you can login with your Facebook details. If you choose this option then every recording will automatically load on your Facebook profile.
Check your stream
From the homepage, press on the Stream tab at the top of the app. This will take you to the latest songs and sounds that have been recorded and have been made public from others. Each listing has the name of the artist, song name and when it was uploaded.
Get a feeling
Select one of the recordings that takes your fancy. When it has finished loading, press play and give the whole piece a thorough listen to. This will give you the idea of the standard of other artists, and let you adjust volume levels as you see fit.
View your profile
Now press the You tab at the top of the app. This will take to your Soundcloud profile, from which you’ll be able to see the artists you currently follow, as well as the people who are currently following you. Every time you record a song, it’ll be added to your profile.
Get pitch perfect
You’re now ready to start a recording in Soundcloud. Press on the REC symbol at the top of the app to begin. Depending on the location of the speaker on your device, place your phone away from any outside noise, and attach any microphones you want to use.
First time users
Press the large record button in the centre of the screen to be taken to your recording. Due to the fact you’ll be performing your first recording, take your time to read through the instructions provided. Once you’re ready press the ‘Record your first sound’ tab.
After a few seconds the recording will start and you’ll be able to start singing or recording other sounds. The audio levels will be displayed in the tool bar above the recording symbol, as well as the timing. Once you’ve finished press the recording button a second time.
Preview your piece
A preview of your recording will now appear, and you’ll be able to skip through to certain parts by pressing on the timeline. If you don’t like the recording you can choose the Discard option at the bottom to start over, or press the Next button to continue.
Add some art
The next screen will allow you to now input all the details about your saved recording. To start with you’ll want to add some album art, or just a general picture to make it more recognisable. Press on the empty square and choose from the options provided.
Your recording location
After entering the name of your piece at the top of the screen, select the Where category from underneath. This will let you pinpoint the exact location of your recording. Although it doesn’t hold any real purpose, it’s a nice addition to include.
Public or private?
Near the bottom of the screen you’ll be able to choose whether or not you want your recordign to be made available for personal use, or if you want others to be able to search and find it. Choose the option that best suits what you want from the app. Press confirm and the recording will upload to Soundcloud.
Search while you wait
While you’re finishing for your upload to finish, go to the Search tab on the homepage and look for other people you’d be interested in listening to. You can also use this page to find people you know via their email, or search by the name of a recording if you wish.
Once the upload is complete you’ll receive a notification saying your recording has finishing uploading. You can now go back to the Search tab within the app and find your very own recording. Similarly, if you go on to your profile you’ll find your recording listed there.