On the Main Menu there are 3 options. Two of which are for non-members and above, and 1 option for members.
The first for both is 'Make Music'. This option allows you to get to the actual game.
The second for both again is 'Instructions'. This will most likely tell you how to work the game, if you are not reading this article.
The final option for members only is 'Saved Tracks'. This option shows you all the tracks you have saved with your membership privileges.
On the right, there is a sidebar, showing all the tracks you have shared. These tracks will be played in the Dance Club for other players to listen to.
When clicking the option 'Make Music' an interface appears. This is where you can create your music. At the left hand side there is a side bar. You can choose different genres of music here. The current genres are as follows: Pop, Rock, Dance, Dubstep and Spooky. Members can also record their music, which can be found in the 'Saved Tracks' option in the Main Menu. Members can record their track up to 3 minutes long. You can see where about your track's current duration is, at the top of the screen. When clicking on a genre, two groups of music appear. 'Loops' and 'One-Shots'. When clicking on a loop, the music it is playing will carry on playing, and looping until switched to a different loop, or turned off. When clicking on a one-shot, it will play its small duration, then finish. When a member has finished recording, they can click the Stop button, and share their tracks. These tracks will be heard in the Dance Club to everyone in the room, as stated above.
It was first revealed on Club Penguin Magazine issue #32, which ended up getting the release date (July 10 vs July 17) wrong. As soon as the issue went to print, the date had to be postponed to have more time for development.
You are able to share your beats with other penguins at the Dance Club to enjoy, and at your igloo, unlike DJ3K, where you could only listen in your igloo.
You can also play your SoundStudio tracks in your igloo.
The shared music that was created by penguins replaces the original Dance Club music.
A sneak peek video of SoundStudio was given to bloggers if they emailed the support team asking for it.
Similar to how DJ3K was added the same day the Music Jam 2008 started, SoundStudio was added the same day the Music Jam 2014 started.
During February 2015, there was a party themed entirely after this game.
During the Star Wars Rebels Takeover, whenever you finished making the music and typed something in the filter, sound effects related to the party would play for a short time (ex. Lightsaber slashes, TIE Fighters, etc).
Nonmembers can still share music they created if one was being shared when their membership expired.
On July 6, 2016, a playlist function was added, allowing players to know in what position of the queue their music are to be shared.