The best way to collaborate on audio using an audio collaboration tool

While working on audio projects, such as music, podcasts, voiceovers, and otherwise, often you’ll want to collaborate with artists, editors, producers, and team members while they’re being made. Notetracks is a capable, easy-to-use audio collaboration tool for audio creators, musicians, podcasters, and producers to collaborate on their audio projects before, during, and after production. In addition to having an extensive collection of playback, commenting and editing features to use, Notetracks is an excellent choice to use during collaboration-heavy projects, such as music, podcast episodes, radio shows, and more.

To start using Notetracks as an audio collaboration tool, select the ‘New Project’ button in the top right hand corner.

Next, select ‘Audio’ as your project type and give it a title.

Notetracks – how to create a new audio project file

In order to begin using Notetracks as an audio collaboration tool, you’ll need to share your audio project with your collaborators. To start, click the ‘Share Project’ button in the top right-hand corner of the workspace.

Notetracks – how to access the share project pane

You’ll now see a pop-up box with a number of sharing options. In the bottom right-hand corner, you can choose a specific time-stamp to start playback on. This will share the audio project with your chosen collaborator at the exact place in the audio file you’d like to focus on.

Notetracks – how to share your collaborative audio file with email or social platforms

To share with a collaborator’s email address, input it in the text box and select ‘Send Invite’. You may then utilize the drop-down menu to alter your collaborator’s access, such as to ‘Can edit’, ‘Can comment’, and ‘Can view’. Additionally, you can leave a note to tell them more about the audio project, such as for song demos or television voiceovers.

Notetracks – how to share your collaborative audio file with email or social platforms

You can also easily share your audio draft with collaborators via Gmail, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack, and Microsoft Teams by clicking on their respective icons.

If you’d like to have a sharable link to your audio project so your collaborators do not have to login or sign-up to Notetracks, the link can be made completely public by selecting ‘Activate Public Link’, allowing anyone on the web to view, edit or comment on your Notetracks project.

Notetracks – how to share your collaborative audio file through a public link at a specific timestamp

Now that your audio collaborators have access to your audio project, you can both comment, draw on, and edit the file. With these features, you and your collaborators are able to give notes and commentary within the workstation, eliminating extra note-taking and communication apps. You can also collaborate in real-time using our extensive range of micro-tools, and even communicate, label, tag, and colour code sections using the Draw tool.

To begin to leave notes, feedback, and comments alongside collaborators on an audio project, navigate to the top middle of the screen and select the ‘Comment’ pane. After, you’ll want to click the left pane where ‘Comments’ is and click on the drop down menu so that the notes are visible alongside your audio.

Notetracks – how to access the comment pane

To add feedback at a specific point without interrupting the audio, click the 'New Comment' button. Note areas where you suggest improvements or changes. Sharing concise feedback enables audio collaborators to pinpoint and target areas where edits need to be made.

Notetracks – how to leave comments and feedback on an audio file

Usually, alongside audio collaborators, editing plays an integral part of the production of a successful audio project. Audio editing can enhance and improve the overall quality, clarity, tone, rhythm, and timing of a project, such as a podcast episode or interview. With improvements in audio comes improvement in the overall enjoyment of the audience.

For more in-depth instructions on how to use Notetracks as an audio editing app, check out our previous guide, How to Edit an Audio File.

You and your audio collaborators can draw and annotate on the project in addition to editing and commenting. To begin, access the ‘Draw’ pane at the top middle of the workspace. A pane with various options will appear, where you’ll see five colour choices you can use, a text insertion button, and the notepad icon.

Notetracks – how to access the draw pane

Make sure the “Drawings” sidebar is expanded so you can see your labels, drawings, and tags. Labels are used by clicking the text insertion button, where you can then label sections of your audio file – such as “Ad Read” for a podcast, “Chorus”, for a music project, for example.

Notetracks – how to create a label

You can also use tags, as shown in the toolbar. Tags allow you to note specific instrumentation, such as vocals, guitar, drums, and more, making them especially useful for music collaborators and artists.

Notetracks – how to create a tag

If you’re looking to draw and sketch on your audio, switch over to the Notepad tool, double-click on the project where you’d like to leave your drawing, and use the mouse to doodle your idea.

Notetracks – how to create a notepad drawing

Using audio collaboration tools can elevate your audio projects to the next level. By streamlining your workflow and eliminating extra apps, you and your collaborators can work together seamlessly. Notetracks, as an audio collaboration software, enhances communication, teamwork, and overall audio quality, management, and release. Producing exceptional, well-produced content like podcast episodes, music, and radio shows can increase listener engagement and audience growth. Overall, using these tools improves your project's value by correcting mistakes, managing pacing, and incorporating collaborator feedback to produce high-quality results.

Find out more and try Notetracks today.

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