Soundtrap is a collaborative, web-based software created by Spotify that allows users to produce music and podcasts—all online, no downloading required! With an intuitive interface and a library of premade loops, Soundtrap is very user-friendly and enjoyable to use.
Once you've created a new project, the next step is to add an audio file. This can be done in one of two ways:
This option allows you to record an audio clip directly into the Soundtrap interface.
This option allows you to import an already existing audio clip into the Soundtrap interface.
Note: Soundtrap accepts the following formats: mp3, mp4, m4a, ogg, wav, flac, aac, aif, and mid.
Tracks contain a group of audio clips of the same kind. For example, you may have one track that contains all audio clips of the narrator's speech. Or, you may have a track that contains the piano component of a music composition. It may be useful to group audio clips together into a track for organizational purposes and so that you are able to adjust the audio of all of these clips at once.
Tip: If you later decide that you trimmed off too much of the clip, repeat the steps above but drag your cursor in the other direction to lengthen the clip. Soundtrap will not delete the portions of the clip that you trim, so don't be afraid to experiment with trimming!
However, lengthening clips will not move other clips over in your timeline, but rather will replace them. To avoid this, move clips over before lengthening.
Ensure the track that contains the clip you would like to split is selected in the lefthand track column.
Ensure the clip you would like to split is selected (click anywhere on clip to select, color of clip will darken when selected).
Drag the purple playhead to the timestamp at which you would like to split the clip.
Right-click clip and select 'Split region,' or press command+E on your keyboard.
Tip: To see a more exact timestamp on the timeline, it may be helpful to zoom in and out. You can do this by clicking the magnifying glasses in the bottom righthand corner, or by using a pinching gesture on your touchpad.
Note: If you drag a clip on top of a preexisting clip, it will delete the clip underneath. If you would like to restore the deleted clip, either use the trimming/lengthening feature as described above, press command+Z on your keyboard, or use the undo button located at the top of the screen.
Adjusting Volume Levels of Track
Identify the track you would like to adjust the audio of in the lefthand column.
Click and hold on the Vol button, then move your cursor up to increase the volume, or down to decrease the volume.
Adding Fade In/Fade Out
If your audio fades in, the volume of your clip will begin softer, then gradually increase to full volume. If your audio fades out, the opposite will occur at the end of your clip—audio will begin at full volume and gradually get softer. Fading in/out may help the transitions between clips sounds less harsh.
Identify the clip you would like to add a fade to.
Hover over the clip and click 'Edit,' then select either 'Fade In' or 'Fade Out.'
The fade will be added to your clip. To adjust the length of the fade, drag the white circle attached to the fade to the left or right.
To insert music into your project, you can either import a new file following the previous instructions, or you can browse Soundtrap's Loop Library and insert these pre-made loops.
When you've finished a working session, be sure to save your project. When your project is complete, save once more and export to share!
Note: If collaborating on your project, other users will not be able to see your changes until you save them!