Common Sense Review
Updated May 2016


Powerful online audio production with built-in collaboration features
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Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 5
  • Options available when adding a track
  • Software instruments are playable onscreen
  • Chat or video call with collaborators
  • Teacher dashboard
  • Organize students in groups
  • Create assignments
Collaborative creation and cross-platform access includes mobile devices.
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.
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Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Powerful digital audio workstation is accessible on any web browser. Online collaboration means students can easily share in-process 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? 3

A rich, multi-track workstation with instruments, samples, sound effects that'll 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? 3

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

About our ratings and privacy evaluation.
How Can Teachers Use It?

Music teachers can use it to create assignments for students to work on in and out of the classroom. Teachers can offer feedback and support through chat or video calls, and can a 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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What's It Like?

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 pre-recorded 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 5 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 login with the Google accounts or create accounts with email. The EDU account also promises a walled garden environment for students.

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Is It Good For Learning?

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, vocals, and mix loops to create original compositions. There's no need for new technology since it is 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 Soundtrap 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 the terms are a bit too unclear to feel fully confident.


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