Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't see an easy way to find collaborators (or at least a way that provides a good user experience). Soundtrap Support suggests using this Community, but surely there must be a better way than just posting a message on what is quite a basic and infrequently used (looking at volume of posts and follows) message board. There just doesn't feel like there is any real engagement in the Community - it just feels flat which is a shame given how good the Studio is.
Overall, what I think is needed is a simple and intuitive way within the web app itself to find potential collaborators, rather then pushing people over to another site (ie the Community). The folk at Soundtrap seem to be taking away functionality to enable this rather than enhancing it - eg removing Discover (from Web at least) so you can't look and listen to other creators, and now our public profile pages are disappearing too, just adding to a feeling that you're "on your own" rather than part of a community of music makers.
Functionality in Soundtrap itself that I think would really help those steps of finding someone to work with in the first place:
- Have a "Collaboration" section in your profile - you can flag if you're open to collaboration, provide a bit of info about what you want to get out of working with someone else, how "serious" you are (eg hobby-ist or wannabe star) etc etc
- Ability to search for others wanting to collaborate (using keywords, tags etc), view their profile, listen to what sort of stuff they have been working onto see if there's common ground etc - ie the Discover and Public Profile stuff that is being taken away
- A "one-click" collaboration invite button with the option to add a message to the invitee.
- A "Collaboration inbox" where invites can be seen, links to the profile of the person who sent the invite, options to respond etc (maybe this is just part of the existing Messages functionality)
I really think this kind of functionality would foster new collaborations.
Collaboration is a much hyped feature of Soundtrap on its website and marketing emails and maybe once you find someone to work with or already know someone, the functionality works well, but the current user experience for establishing those links falls well short of anything intuitive or helpful, which is a real shame.
If anyone is out there and agrees, please upvote!
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