Soundtrap is a cloud-based audio recording platform that works across all operating systems and platforms, enabling users to co-create music and podcasts anywhere in the world. The concept was pioneered by the company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and caught Spotify's attention, which acquired the business on December 2017.
Now available globally, Soundtrap for Storytellers is a comprehensive podcast creation solution that offers all of the features needed for content creation in the same service, including recording; remote multi-track interviewing with video chat; smart transcribing and editing of the spoken-word audio file as a text document; full audio production capabilities, the publishing of its transcript to optimize SEO, and the publishing of the podcast to Spotify.
“Soundtrap was created to redefine collaborative music making, and now we’re bringing that same expertise to podcast creation with Soundtrap for Storytellers. The platform itself was built around solving some of the biggest pain points for podcasters - editing, transcribing, remote interviewing and adding sound effects - and providing one, streamlined platform that contains every part of the podcast creation process,” says Per Emanuelsson, Co-Founder, Soundtrap.
“The Soundtrap team has done a fantastic job with this new product. Part of Spotify’s mission is to grow the number of creators able to build podcasts worldwide. Soundtrap for Storytellers gives podcast creators incredible editing capabilities, collaboration in real-time, and the ability to publish their podcast to Spotify,” says Charlie Hellman, Head of Creator Marketplace, Spotify.
Equipped with a wide range of intuitive features, Soundtrap for Storytellers allows podcasters to focus on the art of storytelling by significantly reducing the time and investment typically needed to make podcasts sound professional. The full suite of services can be accessed via desktop, and a select set of recording and editing features is available on iOS and Android.
Among the interesting production tools available from Soundtrap, the interactive transcripts and editing studio is certainly one of the great differentiators. It saves hours of time by enabling users to transcribe and edit the spoken-word audio file as they would in a text document, eliminating the need to listen to the podcast over and over again. For now, transcription is only available in English.
Soundtrap for Storytellers also enables podcasters to seamlessly collaborate with others from anywhere around the world. The platform is cloud-based and allows multiple people to talk, record (on separate tracks) and work on the same podcast by sending a link to join the session remotely.
Soundtrap for Storytellers is now available at Soundtrap.com/Storytellers. Pricing begins at $14.99/month and an annual plan is available starting at $11.99/month.
Soundtrap for Education
Soundtrap also announced that an education version of Soundtrap for Storytellers will be available to teachers and students for use in the classroom. Like the Soundtrap online music recording studio, this simple tool supports STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education initiatives while amplifying student voice and developing essential skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
While this education version is compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) there is the ability for older learners, outside the COPPA environment, to invite family and friends to remotely join a podcast without requiring the invitees to sign up for Soundtrap. They can also upload a podcast and English transcript directly to Spotify.
Soundtrap for Education have access to Soundtrap for Storytellers added features, and students will have access to 1,100+ classroom-appropriate sounds from freesound.org that could be used to punctuate their story and adds atmospheric sound to the podcast project.
According to Per Emanuelsson, CEO of Soundtrap, "This educational tool helps teachers differentiate instruction for students of all abilities within one classroom, giving students a compelling way to channel their thoughts and perspectives. While students will be utterly engaged, teachers get an inspiring vehicle for meeting core curriculum requirements."
Access to the education version of Soundtrap for Storytellers will be available June 2019. Annual subscription pricing for Soundtrap for Education begins at $249 USD for 50 users.