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David Tumblr + SoundCloud = ♥

Tumblr and SoundCloud both are fantastic communities of people expressing themselves through the things they create; we think bringing them together is like a match made in heaven. So from today, we are thrilled to announce along with the fine folks from Tumblr that you can now easily share the sounds you create to Tumblr!

Here’s what we’ve made possible:

Record and share to Tumblr:

Capture any audio on-the-fly with our iPhone and Android apps and share your recordings directly to your Tumblr blog. This is super neat for impromptu interviews, commentary, breaking news, comedy or poetry – heck, pretty much anything you hear around you.

Meet Tumblr’s David at a spontaneous Tumblr meetup in Berlin? Hit the record button:

Here are some other nice recordings from Maura, Bijan, Caroline, David & Alex.

Auto-publish your new sounds and favorites:

In your advanced SoundCloud settings, you can now choose to automatically push favorites and new sounds you created to your Tumblr blog. Save time when sharing the sounds you create!

Super-easy sharing:

Found something on SoundCloud you like? Easily post to Tumblr by pushing the Share button on SoundCloud or grab the url and post it as an external source on Tumblr Audio posts.

Search SoundCloud on Tumblr:

When creating an audio post, you can now search, preview and post audio from SoundCloud to Tumblr.

Oh and in case you hadn’t noticed, we’re all big fans of Tumblr and a number of staffers use it every day for their personal blogs. Find out who does and follow at will!

Thank you team Tumblr for your hard work on getting this out in the wild. We can’t wait to see what happens when people capture and use sound in their everyday lives, ultimately making the web less silent.

David The Sounds of Your Favorite Products

It is great to see so many music gear makers on SoundCloud, uploading sound examples in order to let the the world hear their products. Of course, the wooden panels and impressive feature lists are nice, but in the end, how your new plugin or pedal actually sounds is what really counts.

Here are some examples of how SoundCloud can be used for showcasing music products:

  • Moog have created an album for showing off the capabilities of the Moog Guitar. The tracks are embedded on their website and since Moog have all their product sounds in the cloud, they can easily post them to their Facebook page as well.  There is also a SoundCloud group for tracks made with Moog gear.

  • Ableton have created a custom player that matches the design of their website. They are also using SoundCloud for hosting their Summer Music Challenge.
  • Elektron have also built a custom player for their website and uploaded a lot of sounds made with their drum and synth machines.
  • The renowned magazine Sound On Sound upload all their podcasts as well as recordings for their product reviews. The latest example is the AKG Perception 820 mic.
  • When Create Digital Music took a look at the new Reaktor version, they concluded “This story doesn’t make as much sense silent, so Jonathan has whipped up a quick sound demo…” and uploaded the sound file to their account.
  • Another way of showing what a product can do is to let some artists use it for creating tracks and then release the result. This is what Retronyms did and the result is called Outer Spaces.

We are welcoming all product makers to the cloud and hope to see more sound examples as well as creative new ways for showcasing products! If you are a product maker wondering how you could use SoundCloud, check out our blog posts tagged 101 and how-to.

David ExtensionFM Now Detects SoundCloud Tracks

Did a browser plugin/add-on ever make you switch your browser of choice? Well, for me one did and it’s ExtensionFM, build by Dan Kantor and Charles Smith, based out of NYC.

ExtensionFM is a Google Chrome extension that turns your browser become into a personal listening station, powered by your favorite music websites. How does it work? First, after installing the extension to your Chrome browser (direct install link), anytime you visit a website that hosts MP3 files, ExFM – which runs in the background – will detect the audio and index the piece of audio in your ExFM Library, creating your own personal music Library courtesy of your favorite websites you visit every day. I had the chance to use ExFM since its very early version and let me tell you that it has changed the way I discover and listen to music, not only because it works so well with Tumblr, where the people I follow have become my main source for new music. Not an audio creator myself, I’m currently listening to my SoundCloud Favorites via ExtensionFM. Whoop!

Watch this short video to see how it works:

Pretty cool, huh?

What’s even cooler is that with the latest update released last night, ExFM now also detects audio hosted on SoundCloud as well as our players embedded out there on the webbernet. Here’s what Dan and team are saying about the integration:

SoundCloud support is really exciting because it opens up a direct link from the artist’s studio into the listener’s music library. If we think back to when bands used to record music for ten’s of thousands of dollars in a studio, then produce millions of plastic discs, then ship those discs to thousands of stores, then have listeners spend 20 minutes trying to open the plastic surrounding those plastic discs, well anyway you get the point. Now artists can make music for the cost of a computer, upload it to SoundCloud and within seconds it’s inside their fans’ music libraries. Pretty incredible!

How does it look? Pretty cool, actually – see for yourself:

In the top right corner you’ll see that after clicking the ExFM extension icon, a player opens that has already detected the audio on the page I’m on. After clicking ‘Queue All’ I can now find the tracks in my ExFM Queue and play them in the background – closing the browser will not stop the playback.

Oh and want to see how this works for embedded players? Head over the The Recommender to check it out.

We like that, how about you? Try out ExtensionFM and let us and team ExFM know what you think in the comments.