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Publish at January 24 2023 Updated January 24 2023

Soundtrap: Spotify's podcast and music creator

One more solution for educators to create sound files

A 1978 song called "Video killed the radio star" addressed the idea that the advent of music videos on television would possibly harm the airwaves, and even the listening of music without pictures. Not only has radio not disappeared, but audio listening has become increasingly popular with digital technology. Of course, habits have changed. Now, people listen to their music or podcasts on demand to fill relaxing moments in their schedule.

Services like Deezer or Spotify have literally transformed the approach by offering the world an almost infinite library of music plus thousands of podcasts on every possible topic. Therefore, it is not surprising that the latter has also bet on audio creation by offering individuals and teachers a technological solution. This one is called "Soundtrap" and it came at the right time when education systems had to close down because of the pandemic.

A composition and recording software

Soundtrap is thus an audio editing and creation software free for individuals (with several restrictions on projects, accessible loops, etc.) and in trial without payment for the education world. The latter have access to specific quotes for use in an institution. For example, teachers can invite their class from Google Classroom or simply set up a group and send an access link to students, available for 30 minutes or 30 days.

Then, learners will be able to access the software and have two options: either compose music or produce a podcast. Regardless of the project, they will need to create a sound track whether directly in the application or from an already existing audio file.

In music, they will be able to literally compose right within the tool by selecting the instrument and adding the notes to a digital score. Soundtrap also has a drum machine that allows, as shows this teacher in videos on YouTube, to reenact well-known songs. Students can play with different effects, including reverb, soft attack, etc. The app actually works very well with MIDI pianos.

As for podcasts, it's very easy to simply record from the software. It is even possible to invite a guest through a link available for 24 hours. Thus, everything can be recorded and then edited with the software. The learners can - just like in music composition - adapt the volume of their side or that of the guest's sound station. Each track can be renamed, deleted, duplicated or exported as desired and easily by clicking on the ellipses present on each track.

The whole thing is easy to use and complete. What's more, the site provides video tutorials explaining each of the possible actions without narration, simply showing how to do it. However, while the software is available in French, the tutorials are in English.

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