Removing the onsite Record feature


I would like to share some news with you. The feature to record inside your web browser was built over 7 years ago with Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is soon to be deprecated, and it no longer makes sense to continue offering the existing feature as is. Thus, we’re removing the option to record inside the web browser.

Why are we not replacing it?

We feel the existing options out there to record audio on your desktop computer are far more advanced than the simple record feature that we provided, and many apps offer a direct SoundCloud integration to upload right from inside your audio software. Once you have made your recording and edited it to your liking, all you need to do is upload it to SoundCloud. Additionally, removing the record feature and not replacing it will free up valuable resources to stay focused on our strengths.

If you have feedback regarding this change, please let us know in a reply below.

Cheers,
- Tiffany

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Userlevel 2
As a beatboxer, I don't care about advanced apps or fancyness or other accomendations when I wanna upload some jam. I don't care about the quality. I only care about getting my stuff out there as fast as possible.

I NEED the record feature inside the app and on the site so that I can quickly upload my sounds anywhere and everywhere.

You can easily make an HTML5 and JavaScript record feature.

That way you don't need to be distracted from being focused on your strengths.

Just add some text above the record pages saying it won't be a high quality upload and is mainly intended to just get audio out to your audience, with an info page on apps you'd suggest if the uploader wanted more control and features over the upload.

Twitch and YouTube do this, you are the Twitch and YouTube of music, so you should do it too.
Userlevel 1
I got onto Wavepad. Simple now that got the gist of it.
I know this is an old topic but now that the record button is gone can someone recommend where to record audio onto my desktop so I can upload it? Need a site that is very simple that will connect to Soundcloud. Thank you bkjackson1000@gmail.com. FYI: The record button, although outdated, was great for amateurs who just want to record simple versions of songs/demos. It is very difficult to find a site to record with the same simplicity. I have several friends who agree. Thanks again.
Userlevel 1
Worked the first 2 times I tried it, now there is no sound recorded?
https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope

Oh this is terrible! Tried a number of times, & still no sound

https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope1


Oh come on bring back Soundcloud instant recording, this is madness!!!


Solved this problem by disconnecting headphones from the computer. But it took my own figuring out.
Userlevel 1
Still having ongoing problems with this! Currently using Wavepad, will not save my recordings to my files.. sometimes works sometimes not, no rhyme or reason why this happens. So frustrating! Bring back onsite recording feature!!! - was no hassle before.
Userlevel 1
Hi there,

Thank you for your feedback. Audacity is only one option of many obviously. I just did a test recording to see if I can help with the process.

1. Download and install Audacity. @spiritspeak - On your Mac, once you have opened the image file to install Audacity, all you need to do is drag the Audacity icon to the Applications folder, and the image provides the shortcut for it.
2. Open Audacity (on Mac, from your Applications folder)
3. If you don't have any external audio interface / soundcard connected, Audacity will automatically choose your internal microphone, no further settings needed. Just hit the record button in the upper left.



4. Record whatever you want to record. When you're done, either hit the space bar on your keyboard, or press the stop button (also in the upper left).
5. Last thing to do is click on "File" in the upper left of your display and choose "Export Audio" (. The default file type is "WAV (Microsoft) signed 16-bit PCM. That's an uncompressed format and perfect to use for the upload. Audacity will allow you to add metadata information, too. Not necessary for SoundCloud unless you are going to enable downloads, in which case others will be able to download your wav file and it'll come in handy if you've added metadata :)

Done. Now all you need to do is open your browser, go to the upload page and choose the file you've just exported.

Hope this helps to get started.

Obviously, this is Audacity stripped down to the bare minimum. Once you start finding your ways around, you'll learn that you can edit your recording before exporting, work with multiple stems in one audio file, mix your recording with audio effects such as EQs, Compressors, Reverb, Delay, etc. etc. Audacity does a great job at documenting all if this here.

All the best
Mathis
Does this also relate to the record feature on the Android app? As I've just discovered the feature. I have made a recording but now my upload fails. I initially thought it was my Wi-Fi connection but after numerous attempts I was still unseccesful in uploading the recording. Is there any way to solve to upload issue or save the recording to my device from within the app so that I can attempt to upload it in browser?
You mention there are many sources for recording and then uploading to Soundcloud. This is my first experience with soundcloud, and so far it has not been a pleasant one. How about mentioning a few of those choices. From previous comments listed here Audacity does not appear to be a positive choice. What else is available? You are looking at a neophyte trying to get a website launched with weekly messages. I was hoping it could be all done through SoundCloud, but not to be the case. Help me out here.
Userlevel 1
This spirit message on my digital voice recorder was transferred audibly to Wavepad-
https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/i-hate-you
Yet this message is of exact same audio level on my voice recorder - and I get no sound recorded??
(no audio settings had been altered on Wavepad while recording the two messages)
https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/your-dying-christmas-thats-false

This is so frustrating how sometimes these audio editing software work and other times not??
Userlevel 1
Hi there,

Thank you for your feedback. Audacity is only one option of many obviously. I just did a test recording to see if I can help with the process.

1. Download and install Audacity. @spiritspeak - On your Mac, once you have opened the image file to install Audacity, all you need to do is drag the Audacity icon to the Applications folder, and the image provides the shortcut for it.
2. Open Audacity (on Mac, from your Applications folder)
3. If you don't have any external audio interface / soundcard connected, Audacity will automatically choose your internal microphone, no further settings needed. Just hit the record button in the upper left.



4. Record whatever you want to record. When you're done, either hit the space bar on your keyboard, or press the stop button (also in the upper left).
5. Last thing to do is click on "File" in the upper left of your display and choose "Export Audio" (. The default file type is "WAV (Microsoft) signed 16-bit PCM. That's an uncompressed format and perfect to use for the upload. Audacity will allow you to add metadata information, too. Not necessary for SoundCloud unless you are going to enable downloads, in which case others will be able to download your wav file and it'll come in handy if you've added metadata :)

Done. Now all you need to do is open your browser, go to the upload page and choose the file you've just exported.

Hope this helps to get started.

Obviously, this is Audacity stripped down to the bare minimum. Once you start finding your ways around, you'll learn that you can edit your recording before exporting, work with multiple stems in one audio file, mix your recording with audio effects such as EQs, Compressors, Reverb, Delay, etc. etc. Audacity does a great job at documenting all if this here.

All the best
Mathis
.

Gone to Wavepad, that makes 3 Audio editing software I've tried -(audacity, recordpad, wavepad) and had trouble with all of them. Wavepad works at times then not other times...no sound at all.. even though sound of audio clip being transferred is the SAME LEVEL as the previous audio clip transferred - that worked.? I used to post abundantly spirit messages directly to Soundcloud 'onsite recording function' and had no problem, now I rarely post because is so frustrating!
Userlevel 1
seems like a logical change. Thanks for the update

No, has been immensely frustrating navigating audio editing software! (3 providers)
Userlevel 1
Hey there Community,
Crazy to do this !!! Having terrible trouble with Audacity - there is too much that can go wrong , too much that needs adjusting . before was a simple straightforward procedure, now it's as complicated as fuck!
I would like to share some news with you. The feature to record inside your web browser was built over 7 years ago with Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is soon to be deprecated, and it no longer makes sense to continue offering the existing feature as is. Thus, we’re removing the option to record inside the web browser.

Why are we not replacing it?

We feel the existing options out there to record audio on your desktop computer are far more advanced than the simple record feature that we provided, and many apps offer a direct SoundCloud integration to upload right from inside your audio software. Once you have made your recording and edited it to your liking, all you need to do is upload it to SoundCloud. Additionally, removing the record feature and not replacing it will free up valuable resources to stay focused on our strengths.

If you have feedback regarding this change, please let us know in a reply below.

Cheers,
- Tiffany
Userlevel 1
Worked the first 2 times I tried it, now there is no sound recorded?
https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope

Oh this is terrible! Tried a number of times, & still no sound

https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope1


Oh come on bring back Soundcloud instant recording, this is madness!!!
Userlevel 1
Worked the first 2 times I tried it, now there is no sound recorded?
https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope

Oh this is terrible! Tried a number of times, & still no sound

https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope1
Userlevel 1
Hi there,

Thank you for your feedback. Audacity is only one option of many obviously. I just did a test recording to see if I can help with the process.

1. Download and install Audacity. @spiritspeak - On your Mac, once you have opened the image file to install Audacity, all you need to do is drag the Audacity icon to the Applications folder, and the image provides the shortcut for it.
2. Open Audacity (on Mac, from your Applications folder)
3. If you don't have any external audio interface / soundcard connected, Audacity will automatically choose your internal microphone, no further settings needed. Just hit the record button in the upper left.



4. Record whatever you want to record. When you're done, either hit the space bar on your keyboard, or press the stop button (also in the upper left).
5. Last thing to do is click on "File" in the upper left of your display and choose "Export Audio" (. The default file type is "WAV (Microsoft) signed 16-bit PCM. That's an uncompressed format and perfect to use for the upload. Audacity will allow you to add metadata information, too. Not necessary for SoundCloud unless you are going to enable downloads, in which case others will be able to download your wav file and it'll come in handy if you've added metadata :)

Done. Now all you need to do is open your browser, go to the upload page and choose the file you've just exported.

Hope this helps to get started.

Obviously, this is Audacity stripped down to the bare minimum. Once you start finding your ways around, you'll learn that you can edit your recording before exporting, work with multiple stems in one audio file, mix your recording with audio effects such as EQs, Compressors, Reverb, Delay, etc. etc. Audacity does a great job at documenting all if this here.

All the best
Mathis
Worked the first 2 times I tried it, now there is no sound recorded?
https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope

Oh this is terrible! Tried a number of times, & still no sound
[quote=spiritspeak]Worked the first 2 times I tried it, now there is no sound recorded?
https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope

https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope-1
Userlevel 1
Worked the first 2 times I tried it, now there is no sound recorded?
https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope

Oh this is terrible! Tried a number of times, & still no sound
Userlevel 1
Worked the first times I tried it, now there is no sound recorded?
https://soundcloud.com/spiritspeak/shes-in-heaven-heaven-means-that-theres-hope

I dunno, I wish people would leave things as they are.


Hi there,

Thank you for your feedback. Audacity is only one option of many obviously. I just did a test recording to see if I can help with the process.

1. Download and install Audacity. @spiritspeak - On your Mac, once you have opened the image file to install Audacity, all you need to do is drag the Audacity icon to the Applications folder, and the image provides the shortcut for it.
2. Open Audacity (on Mac, from your Applications folder)
3. If you don't have any external audio interface / soundcard connected, Audacity will automatically choose your internal microphone, no further settings needed. Just hit the record button in the upper left.



4. Record whatever you want to record. When you're done, either hit the space bar on your keyboard, or press the stop button (also in the upper left).
5. Last thing to do is click on "File" in the upper left of your display and choose "Export Audio" (. The default file type is "WAV (Microsoft) signed 16-bit PCM. That's an uncompressed format and perfect to use for the upload. Audacity will allow you to add metadata information, too. Not necessary for SoundCloud unless you are going to enable downloads, in which case others will be able to download your wav file and it'll come in handy if you've added metadata :)

Done. Now all you need to do is open your browser, go to the upload page and choose the file you've just exported.

Hope this helps to get started.

Obviously, this is Audacity stripped down to the bare minimum. Once you start finding your ways around, you'll learn that you can edit your recording before exporting, work with multiple stems in one audio file, mix your recording with audio effects such as EQs, Compressors, Reverb, Delay, etc. etc. Audacity does a great job at documenting all if this here.

All the best
Mathis
This is extremely disappointing. I just created my account today solely to be able to record audio for a submission as I only have a chromebook. Everything that I have read online says that you can still record on Soundcloud, INCLUDING your own support page, you know the place people go when something isn't working as advertised. So one would think hey, even if they don't have it on the homepage, surely the Support page specifically covering the Recording feature would say, we stopped this a month ago. This was poorly handled, and I will be deleting my 30 minute old account.
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@Moody DK,

It looks like you initially tried to upload the Audacity project file. That's an .aup file and not an audio file. Hence the issues at first. But you seem to have figured it out - that's great!

Cheers
Mathis
Userlevel 1
Haven't a clue how to use audacity, it seems extremely complicated!
Hallo,

I downloaded Audacity and made all the instructed moves to upload to SoundCloud. It didn't go well. I got the message: There's a problem with playing this track! However, I was able to drag it from my computer and uploaded to SoundCloud.
Why it is happening??
Userlevel 1
Not happy. I haven't a clue what to do now? I have a MacBook computer. I don't use a mobile phone to get apps for the Net. This is really frustrating? I paid for Unlimited Pro plan to upload using the "Start New Recording" feature ONLY!
Userlevel 1
This "move" with no warning is a total dis-service to those of us who only use
Recording on a computer directly to SoundCloud" & are not involved in any other of SoundCloud's hype & promo-tool crap. I pay for unlimited recording time, so i suppose there's no reason to continue paying for this "advanced" PLAN. I am not very cyber-savy, am not interested in filling my head with all the crap "necessary" to keep up with the Techie crowd. I have used this "service' to be able to SPONTANEOUSLY record my primitive musical (very lo-tech) musings WITHOUT having to make more files to upload. Also, i have no recording equipment, don't want any as i am 65yrs old with significant cardiac (you know, that Heart disease shit), disability, & can no longer DO all the hustling musician crap to have an outlet for my "creative impulses" I have to 'get by' SSDI money & that's it.......thanks alot dear SC, you've really pulled the rug out from under one who is somewhat more vulnerable than most of your customers. So, what happens to the nearly 700 tracks i've recorded. Do i need to download them all to someplace else? Do i have to continue to pay for "unlimited" service to not lose them? I don't even know what 'my Plan' is called, but the only reason i upgraded to it was to be able to spontaneously RECORD.... So, ANY suggestions (or Moral Support) would be appreciated PEACE & BLESSINGS, kids. You can find me as Daniel Kozak Wozny on FB, (that other exasperating "social network)..... dankozak@aol.com
As a user who appreciated the convenience and efficiency of being able to record directly into SoundCloud, this is a very disappointing move. To go from such a seamless process of being able to record and post a podcast all within SoundCloud, to now have to research and find my own solution to record (and one that I can easily use to upload to SoundCloud) is a huge jump and quite frankly an inconvenience that questions whether I stay with SoundCloud or not. I understand not continuing with an integration that no longer serves you or your customer base, and yet dropping such a well used and convenient feature without offering an alternative to your customers is bad practice. I am currently researching a recording app that will hopefully make it easier for me to upload than it currently seems to be whilst also researching alternatives to SoundCloud.
Userlevel 1
Hi Mathis,

Thanks for your explanation and suggestions. Yes, I will just have to do that audacity option, I suppose. Sadly, I'm one of those people who tends to be left in the dust in terms of technology. I have never owned a smartphone, yet now just about everyone else would be lost without one.

Best to you too,

Annette

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