Clubhouse has announced several new features and updates for its users. The latest is the launch of the “Music Mode”, a new setting that helps users sound their best when performing on Clubhouse. “Whether you’re workshopping that new song, playing piano, or hosting a jam session with your friends, Music Mode optimises Clubhouse to broadcast your music with high quality and great stereo sound,” said the company in a post on their website. They added that users will be able to incorporate professional audio equipment for performances, like external USB microphones or mixing boards.
To turn on Music Mode while performing in a room, ‘tap the three dots and select “Audio Quality” from the menu’. Then select the “Music” option to begin a jam session. Users will also be able to hear stereo audio with headphones, a speaker, or just the device they’re using. The new feature will allow musicians, especially to collaborate with people from across the world and monetise on live events, in light of the recent Payments Feature which was launched in In India a few months ago.
Additionally, Clubhouse has included stereo support to Clips recently. So any snippets shared from performers using Music Mode will also sound great. The Music Mode feature will be rolling out on iOS first, followed by updates to Android devices.
As part of the earlier updates to Clubhouse, the app launched Clips to enable users to record and share 30-second clips of public rooms. Once the host of a room enables Clips, live listeners in public rooms will be able to access a new ‘scissor icon’, which will allow any room attendees to record a clip of 30 seconds and share on social media with a link to join the room. There’s also a Universal Search feature which will allow users to identify clubs and events easily and quickly. To start searching, scroll to the top for the search bar.
As part of the app’s objective to harness the power of India’s consumer potential, Clubhouse also rolled out the Creator First program to India in June earlier this year. Among those selected was ‘The Voice of Clubhouse Telugu’ by singer Chinmayi Sripaada and composer Ashwin Vinayagamoorthy and ‘Late Night Jam’, a long-running performance room moderated by Anirudh Deshmukh and Aania Dutt. These creators along with others have received production and financial support. The shot in the arm follows the app’s five million installs in India, with more than two million active users.
Founded by Paul Davison and Rohan Seth, Clubhouse first launched in India in March 2020 on iOS, which was followed by an Android release in May 2021. Around the same time, Twitter launched Twitter Spaces with a similar offering. Facebook, Spotify and LinkedIn too are scrambling to create similar audio products for users.
Within two months of launch, Clubhouse saw more than 5 million downloads, with 80% of the global installs occurring in India. Clubhouse, is currently valued at $4 billion, having raised back-to-back financing from investors like Andreessen Horowitz, DST Global, and Tiger Global among others earlier this year.