Clubhouse, an audio social networking app, is launching a new Music Mode to make it easier to play and listen to live music.
It is reported that the new Music Mode “optimizes Clubhouse to broadcast your music in great stereo sound quality”.
The Clubhouse website does not specify what high-quality means, but it mentions that you can hook up professional equipment, such as a USB mic or mixing board, for use during broadcasts.
In late August, Clubhouse already introduced spatial audio, which makes conversations sound like they’re taking place in a room full of people instead of a flat audio call. Using the three dots in the top right corner of a room, selecting Audio Quality, and then selecting Music will enable Music Mode. Listening to the performance with a pair of headphones, speakers, or even your phone itself is all you need to do if you just want to hear it.
The Clubhouse Clips feature – which lets you capture a 30-second recording – also supports stereo sound, so if you choose to save a snippet of a performance in Music Mode, the audio quality will not be affected.
The Music Mode will initially be available only on iOS, but Clubhouse claims it will be rolled out to Android shortly afterward.
A new search option is also available on Clubhouse. Search will now be displayed at the top of the hallway in a more convenient location. Plus, using the search bar, you can also send Waves to friends, a feature that lets you quickly invite your friends to live audio chat rooms.
Clubhouse is not the only provider of live audio competition. As Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Spotify made their own versions of audio-only chatrooms this past year, Clubhouse likely learned its lesson.
All of this happened during a time when Clubhouse was still an invite-only app, making growth more difficult. Clubhouse wants to maintain as many advantages as possible now that its app is thriving.