Share my audio files with members

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This article will take you through the steps of making audio posts and attaching audio files to any of your posts.

How to upload audio posts 

You can upload audio files directly to Patreon from your device. These uploads will show up as an audio player. The uploaded audio will also populate in members' RSS feeds if you've enabled audio RSS for your members.

Here's how to upload audio for a post:

    1. While logged in to your creator account, click on the Create button from the left-hand navigation
    2. Select the Audio post
    3. Click the Select audio file button. Make sure your file is 512 MB or less and in one of the following file formats: .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, and .wav
    4. You can add your own artwork for your player box thumbnail
    5. Add your title (required) and a brief description of your audio post (optional)
    6. Click the Next button to select your post audience, comment settings, edit your audio preview, and add additional post settings

      When you create an audio post by uploading an audio file from your device, you may be able to turn on audio previews for your post. Learn more about enabling and customizing audio previews.

    7. On desktop, you can preview your post before publishing or scheduling your post by clicking the View icon.png button

By default, members can click the More actions button on your audio posts to download audio files.

How to remove the download link on your audio post

The ability for members to download files from your audio posts is enabled by default, however, you can disable this feature at any point. To disable audio file downloads, go to the Posts settings of your Page builder, scroll down to the Audio Settings, and uncheck the box.

To learn more about your audio link settings, please visit hide download links from audio posts.

How to make an audio post with an embed URL

If you've enabled custom RSS links for members, audio posts uploaded with a URL (e.g., Soundcloud) will not populate on members' feeds – only audio files uploaded directly to posts are hosted on members' private feeds. The section above will help you with uploading an audio file directly

You can link to audio players hosted on sites like Soundcloud via the link field. Follow these steps to share your hosted audio with members:

  1. While logged in to your creator account, click on the Create button in the left navigation
  2. Select the Audio button from the post types
  3. Click on the Embed Audio URL link
  4. Enter your URL in the textbox field. An audio player will populate
  5. The artwork on your audio player is dictated by whatever artwork you’ve uploaded to the third-party audio host. You cannot change the thumbnail artwork directly from Patreon
  6. On desktop, you can preview your post before publishing or scheduling your post by clicking the View icon.png button

We use embed.ly for embedded audio players. You can test your URL to ensure that your player will work. Add your URL in the field and click the arrow button. If you find an error next to “type,” your URL will not post properly. 

Attaching an audio file to any post type

Last but not least, you can attach audio files to any post type. You can add audio files as attachments to; Text, Image, and Video posts as well. 

What audio file types can I attach to posts?

Your audio file must be 512 MB or less, and in one of the following file formats:

.mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .x-m4a, .mpeg, .aac, .ogg, .wma, .wav, and .x-wav files. 

To attach your audio file, use the Upload button near the bottom of the post creator/editor. You’ll know your attachment is ready to post when the upload arrow disappears. 

Your attachment will show as a link at the bottom of your published post. 

If you have custom RSS feeds enabled for your members not all audio posts will populate in your members’ RSS feeds. You can learn more about how to Enable audio RSS feeds for members

How do I post for certain members only?

You can set post access by creating/editing a post under Who can see this post? You can set your post access to:

  • Everyone: Anyone can access your post — Free and paid members, as well as non-members, whether logged in or not
  • Free members only: Only free members can access your post. Paid members won't see these posts in their feeds, but the post will still be visible for non-members, locked and with an option to Join for Free to access the content.
  • Paid members only: If All paid members is on, everyone with a paid membership, regardless of tier, can access the post. You can instead turn this off and manually select the tier you want to have access to the content

If you’re a per-creation creator, you cannot simultaneously charge members and make a post for specific tiers. You can find more information about how Posts work a little differently for you in the following article: How per creation billing works

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