New Audio Recording Tool for WordPress: SoundCloud!

Looking for an easy way to embed audio (or for students to embed audio) directly into your WordPress blog?

SoundCloud is an online free application that will allow you to do this easily. Audio can be recorded from an online source, or with your own voice or music directly into your computer. This is done via the SoundCloud website, which stores the audio. With a free account, up to 40 minutes can be recorded.

It is a very simple process. The first time you do it, you will need to activate the SoundCloud Plugin on your blog. Once you activate this plugin, you will not have to do it again:

Go to your blog’s Dashboard. On the left hand side menu, scroll down until you see “Plugins.” When you come to SoundCloud Shortcode, click “activate.”

Now you are ready to begin! Here are the steps:

  1. Open two tabs on your browser: your blog’s dashboard, and the SoundCloud website.
  2. Sign up for a free SoundCloud account on the SoundCloud website.
  3. Record your own audio (via the SoundCloud site), upload a recording, or select a recording from those that are publically available via the SoundCloud site.
  4. After you complete your recording, or select a recording, the recording will provide an option to “Share” right underneath it. Once you click share, you will see an option to “Embed” the audio file. After clicking on the “Embed” tab, scroll down below the preview to where it says “more options” and click to display your options. You will then see the WordPress specific code that you can embed directly into your WordPress blog. Highlight and copy that link.
  5. Go into the page or post inside your WordPress blog where you want to embed the audio, and paste the link in the post. Click “Update” and then view your page!

SoundCloud offers several easy tutorials to learn more about its features, HERE , or you can just go directly to SoundCloud  and get started, as it is quite intuitive.

Note about privacy: On SoundCloud, you have the option to make your personal recordings “private.” If you do this, they will not be publically available on the SoundCloud site, but within your blog (which you may have set private for Smith users or private just for your class), your viewers will be able to play and listen to the audio. If you switch it from public to private, you will have to get a new code for embedding in your blog.

 Note about expanded possibilities: SoundCloud allows comments to be linked to specific moments in the audio, by clicking on a specific point within the waveform. All commenters must have SoundCloud accounts to do this.

 

 

 

Blogs upgraded to 3.3.2

You may have noticed a slightly new “look and feel” to our WordPress site. That’s because the blogs have been upgraded to WordPress version 3.3.2! You can now easily access all of your blogs through the black bar across the top of the page.

If you have any questions, please contact Aisha Gabriel (agabriel@smith.edu) or Caroline Moore (cmoore@smith.edu).