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“Pop Up Archive and Hearken provide absolutely critical services for reporters and news organizations. Hearken allows us to interact with our audience in a meaningful way, and with Pop Up Archive we can quickly transform audio into searchable text that makes production more efficient and online accessibility simple. These platforms are indispensable parts of any 21st century newsroom.”

—Tim Olson, Chief Digital Officer (KQED)

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Introducing an audio labeling toolkit

Earlier this year, Pop Up worked with Tanya Clement and Steve McLaughlin of the UT-Austin School of Information on a massive effort to use machine learning to identify notable speakers’ voices (for example, Martin Luther King, Jr.) from within the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s 70,000 digitized audio and video recordings. Now, Tanya and Steve are sharing DIY techniques for using free machine learning algorithms to help label speakers in “unheard” audio.

This is a huge and hugely important effort: a model that can identify a single speaker’s voice has vast potential implications for the ability to see inside audio, making the content to accessible to researchers, organizations, and the general public. That the toolkit they’re sharing is DIY means its appropriate for use by programming novices who may be working on their first audio project. Continue reading

Introducing the new and improved Audiosear.ch

In 2014, our co-founders — Anne Wootton and Bailey Smith — were very, very busy.

Every day they were commuting from Oakland, CA to 500 Startups’ Mountain View accelerator  as they developed Pop Up Archive, a business then in its infancy. They talked about developing a product that was like Google for all types of audio. Then the podcast “Serial” was released. Continue reading

Is “Oaklandish” more than just a clothing brand?

hakey-in-recording-boothThis week, we bring you a guest post from Haley Vien, a junior at Envision Academy in downtown Oakland, just around the corner from Pop Up Archive’s offices. Haley joined Pop Up Archive for two weeks in December as a full-time intern as part of a Work Learning Experience for her school. In addition to contributing to our social media accounts and helping test the Audiosear.ch clipmaker, Haley wrote this piece on what it’s like to find her way as a teenager in Oakland. Oakland is a huge part of Pop Up Archive — most of us live and work here — so we’re especially grateful to Haley for this deeply personal perspective of Oakland that we can share with the wider Pop Up Archive community.

It’s strange to be from somewhere you love, yet to not feel of that place. That’s how I feel about Oakland.

Living in Oakland but not feeling quite Oaklandish is complicated for someone who is still trying to discover who they are. I feel extreme pride and happiness to be part of a diverse, creative, and passionate community, and I’m trying to fit, but I feel like I stick out like a crooked puzzle piece. I don’t understand the lingo, I don’t know much about the local people or shops, and most of the time I don’t know what part of Oakland I am in. I don’t even own a single piece of clothing from the Oaklandish brand, which is a local clothing brand that celebrates Oakland. I have lived in Oakland all of my life, but I don’t feel Oaklandish in my soul. Continue reading

Moving beyond #blessed

Image: "Drumstick Dinner," by Wayne Thiebaud (2012)
Image: “Drumstick Dinner,” by Wayne Thiebaud (2012)

It’s easy to talk about gratitude — and much harder to practice it.

This week, we will sit down with loved ones to share food and, ostensibly, offer thanks over what we’re grateful for. So often, though, the purpose of this holiday is obscured by the stress of travel, cooking, and navigating familial tensions. To celebrate Thanksgiving, we’re sharing podcasts with two perspectives on gratitude: gratitude as an idea and a practice, and a personal story about a brief moment of thanks during a period of intense struggle. Both ground us in the spirit of this ritual. Continue reading

Third Coast dispatch: audio challenges and opportunities

Image: Chicago shoreline. Source: Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

We spent the weekend at the Third Coast International Audio Festival soaking up inspiration, ideas, and tools for making inclusive audio that reaches big audiences. Here are some of the concerns and challenges we heard.

Listening with empathy

Many attendees and panelists talked about the need to “listen with empathy” to the voices of all Americans. Much of audio storytelling is still dominated by white people who listen to NPR — people who hear stories and experiences a certain way. We need to move beyond that to new stories, and to listening that goes beyond a specific circumstance or detail of someone else’s life.
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Major improvements to Pop Up Archive

Better workflow, better prices: big news from Pop Up Archive


It’s time to let the cat out of the bag. We’ve been working behind the scenes for months to make Pop Up Archive even easier and more affordable to use, and we’re excited to chat you up about our new changes.

The spiffed up new look of your transcripts may have given us away. We just launched an updated version of our audio/transcript player that improves playback and text-editing functionality.

The retooled player is formatted to provide optimal readability and speed up your editing workflow. Instead of a line-by-line format, the new player displays text in paragraphs, much like you’d expect from any word processing software.


We also made the transcript more interactive: audio auto-plays for whatever text you’re editing, instead of requiring you to click a play button. Keyboard commands enable you to pause or rewind without having to click at all. Finally, we streamlined the process for adding and assigning speakers.

We could go on about the new player, but you should experience its many splendors for yourself. Give it a spin and see how easy it is to review and edit transcripts.


If you’re on a paid plan, your invoice may have tipped you off as well: new rates went into effect this month. As Pop Up Archive grows and speech-to-text technology becomes more cost-effective, we’re passing our savings on to you. Take advantage of our lower rates and upgrade to transcribe more audio:

1 Hour monthly: $20 => $15
5 Hours monthly: $75 => $65
10 Hours monthly: $150 => $120
20 Hours monthly: $300 => $240
25 Hours monthly: $375 => $300

As always, we welcome your feedback, questions, and suggestions.
Happy transcribing!
The Pop Up Archive team

How to use Pop Up Archive’s plugin for Adobe Audition

 Working with raw tape often means toggling from window to window in order to align transcripts with audio editing software. With Pop Up Archive’s extension for Adobe Audition, you can simplify this process by bringing audio and transcript editing into one workspace.

We’ll walk you through the steps of setting up and using the extension in Adobe Audition.

 Download the Pop Up Archive add-on and open it in your editor

Once you’ve downloaded the Pop Up Archive add-on from the add-on store, you can open up the Pop Up Archive panel from the “Windows” drop-down menu under “Extensions.

You can snap the Pop Up Archive window into place by clicking the upper left corner and dragging the “Editor” panel in the dock.

Sync a Pop Up Archive audio item with a file in Audition

Open an audio file in Audition and transcribe by dragging and dropping it into the Pop Up Archive panel.

Once the file has finished transcribing, you can sync the transcript with your audio but selecting the Audition file and then pressing play in Pop Up Archive. Jump to any moment of interest by clicking the Pop Up Archive waveform or transcript — the waveforms sync up!

Note: Audition will sync with whatever file is open in Pop Up Archive, so make sure you have the same file open in both windows.

Search your transcript and mark key moments

Waveform syncing enables you to search for moments of interest in your Pop Up Archive transcript and mark that same moment in Premiere.

Find key moments of interest using the search toolbar. Type in a keyword and press the play button to the left of the line of text. Now toggle over to your Audition editing panel. Create markers by pressing hotkey M to indicate the beginning and end points of your clip. Copy to new and then rename this segment.

Upload more audio

Got more audio? Drag and drop audio into the extension window. Remember to select the new file in the Audition panel and press play in Pop Up Archive to sync the files. 

Open Audio Weekend

Creating better access, engagement, & sharing tools for audio

Last weekend Pop Up Archive teamed up with New York Public Library Labs and The Moth for Open Audio Weekend, a two day hackathon to prototype new tools for digital audio. The event was the culmination of work on the Together We Listen, a project supported by the Knight Foundation Prototype grant which was awarded to NYPL and The Moth in late 2015 to explore using crowd-sourcing corrections to Pop Up Archive’s automatic transcripts. Continue reading

Tutorial for Pop Up Archive’s Adobe Extension

How to use Pop Up Archive’s plugin for Adobe Audition & Premiere

As anyone editing spoken-word audio today knows, there’s no single tool that meets every production need. Working with raw tape often means toggling from window to window in order to align transcripts with audio editing software. With Pop Up Archive’s extension for Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition, you can simplify this process by bringing audio and transcript editing into one workspace.

We’ll walk you through the steps of setting up and using the extension in Adobe Premiere. Unless otherwise stated, all features are also available in Adobe Audition. The extension is only supported in the latest versions of Adobe Premiere and Audition.

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