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Social Media for Musicians: SoundCloud® by Simone Hiebner, Gary Hiebner

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4How SoundCloud Differs with Its Waveform Display

WHAT MAKES SOUNDCLOUD UNIQUE AMONGST THE OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS available is that it displays a detailed waveform of the audio file/song that is playing back. It also allows users to add annotations/comments at specific points in the song. This has huge advantages for musicians—they can receive valuable feedback from fans and fellow musicians. In this chapter we’ll look more at why this is so beneficial to musicians.

The Waveform Display

When you’re uploading your initial song, you’ll get your first glimpse at the waveform display of your composition (see Figure 4.1). When you play back the song, you’ll see that as the audio starts streaming, the waveform will go orange, showing how much of ...

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