The SoundCloud component

The SoundCloud component, whose option icon is shown in figure 1, embeds a SoundCloud audio clip.

Figure 1. the SoundCloud option icon

SoundCloud audio clips are streamed (downloaded only as you view them) through the SoundCloud audio player, as shown in figure 2. This means that you can add audio to your site without worrying about any effect on the time it takes for your pages to load.

Figure 2. an example embedded audio clip

Choosing an audio clip

Click anywhere on a SoundCloud component to display the SoundCloud window, as shown in figure 3.

Figure 3. the SoundCloud window

The SoundCloud window lets you change the following settings:

Audio clip address
The address of the audio clip on SoundCloud.
Colour
The colour used for the play button.
Show artwork
Whether the image associated with the audio clip is shown.
Show comments
Whether comments made by SoundCloud users are shown below the audio clip.
Play automatically
Whether the audio clip plays automatically when the visitor views the page.

An audio clip should only be set to play automatically when it is the dominant content on the page. Visitors may otherwise be confused, particularly if the audio can be heard but is not visible without scrolling the page.

Click OK to apply the changes to the audio clip. Click Cancel to return to the page without changing the audio clip.