From iPads to desktop, apps have been adding SoundCloud integration. But this plug-in goes one better: you can navigate SoundCloud from an in-DAW browser, then drag and drop sounds to hosts like Ableton Live. (You can upload, too, also via drag-and-drop.) The plug-in is free for native hosts on Mac and Windows.

One major criticism: without the ability to see SoundCloud’s licensing terms, you can’t be sure if the samples you’re grabbing are something someone wants you to use. Unless I’m missing something, it’d be great to have Creative Commons search support – indeed, it’d help people who do want their music and sounds shared to make it happen, and the plug-in could even assist with metadata so you can properly credit them when the track is done.

But this does provide a glimpse of the kind of workflows that could combine online collaboration with work in the DAW. Give it a go and let us know what you think.

http://www.stagecraftsoftware.com/download/

  • http://www.facebook.com/nay.seven Nay Seven

    Testing actually, works fine in Usine .I’m of course agree with you about licensing terms,the temptation is great to use all this material ! But inside a soundcloud group for example, could be definitively a cool tool !

  • poopoo da korruptah

    awesome, i can make tunes and be on facebook and trawl teen porn on tumblr and watch lol cats vids on utube all while i make my next kick ass album. 

  • al

    cool stuff
    tried there dj app i while back looks really cool aswell although it was really buggy for me
    has the same SoundCloud integration as this
    ones to watch out for

    • Aaronleese

      Yeah – worked out a bunch of bugs lately.  Windows versions are now stable, and we added support for OSX 10.6.  Check it out!

  • warmaster

    I can’t get it to load in Logic or Ableton, sadly. I love the idea though. 

  • holls

    does it grab files that aren’t listed as downloadable?  unclear about this.  if folks are providing access to their uploaded soundcloud files, though, wouldn’t they be allowing the grabber to be used, i.e. creative commons allows this?  thanks.

    • Aaronleese

      No.  Just downloadables.  Also, we’ll be adding creative commons filtering soon as well as Facebook and twitter sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/bdbamford ben bamford

    is this similar to tim exile crowdjam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRNhR4SSdmU