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Soundcheck is a one-of-a-kind audio theme for WordPress perfect for bands, artists, musicians, or the like. Built with the latest web technologies, Soundcheck features a custom MP3 audio player allowing your visitors to browse, select, play and skip through tracks right on your website. Also included, is Gig/Events functionality, 4 custom widgets, 4 custom page templates, and a variety of other specific Theme Options.

Custom Audio Player


soundcheck-audio-player-widgetNeed to let your site be heard? Soundcheck comes with a custom audio player with playlist functionality and display options. Adding audio is easy:

  • Select the Audio post format.
  • Upload the audio (.mp3) you would like to be included in the player.
  • And that’s it!

Soundcheck automatically pulls the .mp3 audio files from the gallery and inserts an audio player at the top of the post, playlist and all! Nice!

There are a few other methods of displaying audio with Soundcheck. After creating an audio post, you will have the ability to place any number of audio players into any one of Soundcheck’s 7 widgetized areas. On top of that, the option to display all your audio posts (albums) on one page automatically can be done with the custom Discography page template. Beasty!

Change Track, Album, and Artist Names

You can choose to change the track, album, and artist name for each audio file uploaded to the post. To do this, you can go to the post, click on the “Add Media” icon (next to Upload/Insert audio above the post editor), and choose the audio file you wish to edit. From there you can update the following:

  • Track: Update the Title option of the audio track.
  • Artist: Update the Caption option of the audio track. By default, the Post author’s name is used.
  • Album: Updated the Description option of the audio track. By default, the Post Title is used.
NOTE: The Audio post format requires .mp3 type files to play. In order to upload .mp3 files, you must have the space upgrade.

Gigs / Events Functionality

Soundcheck - Events Widget

Soundcheck includes some basic gigs/events management. This is a great way to let your visitors know where you will be playing. Using native WordPress functionality, setting up an events page can be done with a few easy steps.

  1. Create a new post, Schedule the event, and place it in an Events category.
  2. Create a new page and set it to use the “Events” page template.
  3. Set the Events category via the Theme Options

Now that this is done, visitors can view your Events page and see all scheduled/upcoming events. As a bonus, Soundcheck comes with a custom Events widget to place in your sidebars! Hot dog!


Soundcheck includes four custom widgets to compliment various features of the theme.

  • Audio Player – Display and playback any audio post with this custom audio player widget, complete with controls, playlist, and display options.
  • Events – Display upcoming gigs/events.
  • Featured Category – Feature a category of posts. Includes variety of display options.
  • Featured Post – Feature an individual post. Includes a variety of display options.

Page Templates

To offer some advanced functionality and layout options, Soundcheck comes with four specially designed page templates.

  • Blog – Display all posts in a blog format with the option to pick a specific category via the Theme Options.
  • Discography – Show all audio posts (albums) on one page with this page template. All posts are displayed via a custom audio player with controls, playlist, and display options.
  • Events – Display all scheduled/upcoming events from a specific category.
  • Full Width – Show your content full width, without any sidebars.

Post Formats

Post formats are at the heart of Soundcheck, which includes audio, image, gallery, and video post format options. By setting a post format, Soundcheck will do something slightly different with the post to accommodate for the media type set.

For example, by setting the Audio post format on a post, Soundcheck will automatically grab any .mp3 files from the gallery and display them in a custom audio player.

Theme Options

In addition to the various supported Post Formats, there are a refined set of options available throughout Soundcheck’s Theme Options page, including:

Logo Options

  • Image Logo Upload
  • Enable site tagline

General Options

  • Blog Category Select
  • Events Category Select
  • Featured Sidebar – Home Column 1
  • Featured Sidebar – Primary

Hero Slider Options

  • Hero Category Select
  • Randomize Slides?
  • Slide Animation
    • Slide
    • Fade
  • Slider Speed
  • Slider Timeout
  • Carousel Category Select
  • Thumbnail Count
  • Page Display (enable carousel on a variety of different page types)

Audio Player Options

  • Single Pages – Display Playlist
  • Single Pages – Autoplay Audio?
  • Discography Template – Display Content
  • Discography Template – Display Playlist Button

Social Media Options

  • RSS
  • FeedBurner
  • Amazon
  • Bandcamp
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • iTunes
  • MySpace
  • Soundcloud
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • YouTube
Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. Full width content is 910.
  2. Content with one sidebar is 670 and sidebar is 200.
  3. Content with two sidebar is 430 and each sidebar is 200.
  4. Hero slider images 1600x440 max.
  5. Audio Player artwork 220x220 max.

Getting Started

After activating Soundcheck, you can begin setting it up from the Customizer, where you’ll find tools to customize colorscreate menusset up the front-page, and more.

Detailed instructions for working with Soundcheck’s unique features are included below. If you run into any issues or have a question, you can find additional help by:

How to setup the Hero Slides area?

Max Image Width: 1600×440 pixels

The Hero Slides area is the large image carousel above the primary navigation at the top of each page. At it’s most basic level, here is how to create a “Slide”, as done in the theme demo:

  1. Create/edit a Post and give it a title.
  2. Set a Featured Image. This image will be used as the large, full width image as seen in the demo.
  3. Add the slide to a special slides category (e.g. “Hero Slides”).
  4. Publish/update.

Note: The Post must be Published (not saved as a draft) for it to display in the hero slides area.

Setting the Hero Slide Category

Now that you have at least one slide created, we can set Hero Slide category via the Appearance > Theme Options > Hero Slides. Here, we will want to set the “Category” option to use the “Hero Slides” category from the dropdown list. By doing this, we are telling the theme to use the posts in the “Hero Slides” category as the themes “Slides”.

Slide Content

The theme demo show a variety of slides, some with text, an image, a gallery, a video, or just plain. Any content you add to the slides content area will be displayed over the background image (featured image). Additionally, you can set a Format for the slide. For example, if you add a video to the content area, you can assign it to be a “Video” format. This will treat the slide a bit differently in terms of styling. If you just want text, simply enter text in the slide and set the format to “Standard”.

How to create an Album?

NOTE: The space upgrade is needed to upload MP3 files.

Soundcheck comes with a custom audio player and playlist functionality built in. At this time, audio posts need to be published using the WP Admin.

  1. Create/edit a Post and give it a title.
  2. Select the Audio post format.
  3. Click on the “Add media” button.
  4. Upload one or more MP3 audio files to media manager.
  5. Set a featured image to be used for the Album artwork.

It’s important to note, when adding audio, you need to add/upload the audio to the Post itself, NOT via the Media menu. You should see all your audio files in the “Gallery” tab of the Media lightbox for a Post.

When viewing the post, you will see a fully functional audio player.

Audio Player Settings

There are a few display and control options available for the audio player via Appearance > Theme Options > Audio Player (section).

  • Single Pages – Hide Playlist:
    Hide playlist by default on single audio post pages.
  • Single Pages – Autoplay Audio:
    Autoplay audio by default on single audio post pages.
  • Discography Template – Display Content:
    Display current track content for audio players on the Discography Page template.
  • Discography Template – Display Playlist Button:
    Display the playlist button for audio players on the Discography Page template.

Update Album and Track Info

By default, the theme uses pieces of the post content as the albums info. For example, the Album Title uses the Posts title and the Artist is set to use the Posts Author name. Below are ways to adjust these more to your liking.

After successfully uploading audio to a post:

  1. Open the media manager by clicking on the “Add Media” button.
  2. Choose the “Insert Media” option on the left side of the Media popup window.
  3. Choose the “Media Library” option in the main column.
  4. In the dropdown just below, choose “Uploaded to this post

You should now see all your audio uploaded to that post. You can drag and drop the audio in order. You can also select an audio file and update it’s info (right side).

  • Title: Track Title
  • Caption: Artist Name
  • Description: Album Name

How to add an Event?

Events are setup using the WordPress scheduling feature. Here are the steps to create an events page.

  1. Create/edit a Post and give it a title.
  2. Add event details to the content area.
  3. Assign a category (e.g. “Events”).
  4. Schedule the Event.
  5. Publish/update.

Now that a Post has been created for an event, we can setup the Events display:

  • Go to My Sites
  • Click on WP Admin
  • Go to Appearance > Theme Options > General (section)
  • Set the Events Category option to use the category assigned for your events (See step #3 above).

Lastly, we need to create a page to display the event category posts:

  1. Create/edit a Page and give it a title.
  2. Se page to use the t it to use the “Events” page template.
  3. Publish/update.

When viewing the Events Page, you will see all the scheduled Posts assigned to the “Events” category.

Event City and State

The theme demo displays the City and State. This information can be added using the post excerpt. When added, the excerpt content will be shown with the Post title.

The social media icons, Twitter and Facebook, seen the the theme demo, are done using Custom Menus.

The first thing you will need to do is a new menu items to your primary menu for available social icons.

  1. Go to the Customizer.
  2. Click on Menus.
  3. In the top right corner of the customer, click on the small “gear” icon to the right of “Menus”.
  4. Check the box for CSS Classes.
  5. Select your primary menu or add a new menu if you haven’t created one yet.
  6. Click the Add Items button.
  7. Add a new Custom Link for your social network.
  8. Once added to the menu, click the menu item to display its settings.
  9. In the CSS Classes field, give it a class name of your social media link. For example, a YouTube link would have a class name of “youtube”.

Repeat this process for all of the available menu icons.

Available Menu Icons

Below are class names that can be used to add an icon to menu item links.

  • amazon
  • facebook
  • flickr
  • lastfm
  • itunes
  • myspace
  • rss
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • vimeo
  • soundcloud
  • bandcamp

Social media icons can be added to the footer of each page. These icons can be added by doing the following:

  1. Go to My Sites
  2. Click on WP Admin
  3. Go to Appearance
  4. Click on Theme Options
  5. Go to the Social Media (section)