How to: Soundtrap

Soundtrap for Storytellers is a complete, web-based podcast production tool that lets users record, edit and master their audio files.

Especially when cutting Soundtrap has come up with a real peculiarity: podcasters can easily cut out words from an automated transcription of their conversation. The changes are automatically reflected in the audio.

How does this work?

Soundtrap is an all-in-one solution: Studio, editing program and mastering / publishing tool in one. You can host (video) interviews in the web app, record them, add free loops and sound effects from Soundtrap, and finally direct the show through Soundtrap’s mastering chain. This is a kind of fully automated post production.

Or to put it simply: The software ensures that everything sounds as good as possible in the end. Of course, at the end of the process, Soundtrap will provide users with a simple publication directly to Spotify by ticking a box. Soundtrap belongs to Spotify.

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Users can also submit their transcript to Spotify. A smart move given that Google wants to consider in future podcasts in the search. That said, a good transcript can also be used in many other places. Of course, at the end of the question remains: how good is the transcript function actually?

Another highlight: Soundtrap is designed for collaborative work. Several podcasters can work on a show together. Works as simple and reliable as Google Docs.

How well does it work?

Nothing definitive can be said about the functionality of the transcript. At least not in Germany, because there is not yet a German transcript version (or I have not discovered it after a long search). That would indeed be the real trick at Soundtrap for Storytellers. As long as that does not work, you have to use the conventional cutting function. That’s fine, but Soundtrap loses its unique selling point.

So I tried the editing function with the transcript of a German file into English. Technically, this works flawlessly: You mark a word or an entire paragraph in the transcript, delete it – and in fact, even in the soundtrack, the passage is then gone.

This is an interesting option especially for semiprofessional podcasters. Of course professionals do not only listen to the words, but also the sound, background noise or “ahhms”. Naturally, a transcript can not do that.

What does this cost?

The program costs $ 14.99 per month (bundled or with the company’s music editing software for $ 17.99 per month). There are ten hours of transcription included; additional hours have to be bought.

However, please remember: the transcript calculates every single soundtrack. For example, anyone who transcribes three audio tracks with one hour each and for a podcast will be charged for three hours. If you really produce a lot of podcasts, ten hours could be spent quickly.

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Professional podcasters are not necessarily part of the software’s target audience; It is clearly aimed at the mass market. For this, Soundtrap has made a really good product: The software is intuitive to use and you can produce podcasts without having to get involved in too many technical finesses of audios.

Soundtrap is also good at paying that – just under $ 15 a month is a proud price. Especially since the actual killer feature, the transcription, in Germany is not yet.

But if all that works, Soundtrap is a very worthwhile alternative. Market leader Zencastr (review: next week) may then dress warmly.

Audio professionals, however, will most likely stay with their existing equipment.

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