Review by Common Sense Editor, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2016


Powerful online audio production with built-in collaboration features

Subjects & skills
  • Arts

  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity
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Pros: Collaborative creation and cross-platform access includes mobile devices.

Cons: EDU version's walled garden is pricey.

Bottom Line: Soundtrap is a uniquely collaborative music-production environment, but you'll want to evaluate the privacy issues and what the pricey EDU version offers.

Music teachers can use this app to create assignments for students to do in and out of the classroom. Teachers can offer feedback and support through chat or video calls and can assign projects through a link shared with students or via Google Classroom integration. When students open up the project assignment, a copy of the project is created for each student and includes the teacher. This allows for in-progress review and feedback. Teachers can utilize the collaboration feature to connect with their PLNs and can also have students work with other classes across the world. Not a music teacher? Utilize the plethora of video tutorials and answers on the support page to teach yourself and your students how to use it to record spoken-word poetry or podcasts.

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Soundtrap is a digital audio workstation accessed in any web browser or through a mobile app (Chrome, iOS, and Android). Similar to other digital recording options, it includes prerecorded loops, multitrack recording, software instruments, voice recording, and the ability to connect MIDI devices. Where Soundtrap differs is in its support of collaboration through integrated chat and video calls. To see changes during collaboration, a simple sync updates the project.

Getting started does require an internet connection. Sign-up is integrated with Office 365, Google, Facebook, or email. The free version, called Basic, includes five projects, 750 loops, and 151 instruments and sounds. EDU accounts are priced based on the number of students ($249/year for 50 students), and includes a teacher admin screen, which allows management of groups (classes), students, and assignments. Students either log in with the Google accounts or create accounts with email. The EDU account also promises a walled-garden environment for students.

Soundtrap's relatively simple interface and integrated video tutorials allow students to quickly get started creating and sharing their musical creations. Students can learn how to record instruments and vocals and mix loops to create original compositions. There's no need for new technology, since it's accessible on any device that has internet access and via either a web browser or mobile app.

While it's prohibitively expensive for casual use, Soundtrap EDU offers some crucial features that make it an easier choice for teachers looking to make extensive use of the tool with their students. This includes crucial features for providing feedback, more storage, and a private and controlled environment for students. This last piece is especially important, as Soundtrap's social sign-on has some issues including default sharing of public content to social accounts, harvesting friends lists, and marketing using profile information. The EDU version helps with these concerns, but the terms are a bit too unclear.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Powerful digital audio workstation is accessible via any web browser. Online collaboration means students can easily share in-progress and finished songs.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

The rich, multitrack workstation with instruments, samples, and sound effects will unlock possibilities for students.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Multiple video tutorials and a FAQ support page facilitate use of this tool to its fullest potential. Can't find an answer? Submit it on the support page.

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Featured review by
Tracy W. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Gorham Middle School
Gorham, United States
Soundtrap is, hands down, the best online tool for collaborative music and audio.
As I mentioned above, Soundtrap has allowed me and my students to do everything Garage Band did plus more. It has made performance assessments in Chorus and in the instrumental portions of General Music Class so much better and easier for both me and the students. It has allowed us to embark on some really cool collaborative work that would not have been possible otherwise. There are occasionally some glitches that we need to overcome but a quick email to tech support usually solves that or at least ...
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