New Remix of Bassnectar – So Butterfly [Amazing]

by RouteBot on December 18, 2014

This is one of the best remixes of a Bassnectar track I have heard in a while, but best of all its free to download.

ERB release their mid-season finale rap battle. This time it’s a director battle between Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick and Michael Bay.

On their second channel ERB2, they released three videos showing the making of the final video. Part 3 goes over the sound production side of the videos. Where they buy their beats from, editing the trackouts, arranging the beat, recording vocals and finally the mixing stage.
Check out the behind the scenes here.

Gangnam Style Breaks YouTube

by Tom Newman on December 17, 2014

PSY’s hit from 2012 recently went on to surpass 2,147,483,647 views. Anyone with a good knowledge of binary will recognise that number to be the maximum limit of a 32-bit integer. Way back in 2005, YouTube’s counter system was built using a 32-bit integer, with the reasonable thinking that no video would reach this limit.

YouTube has this to say:
“We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. “Gangnam Style” has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!

Hover over the counter in PSY’s video to see a little math magic and stay tuned for bigger and bigger numbers on YouTube.”

Only 9 quintillion more views till we break YouTube again…

Flight Facilities – Two Bodies (Karma Kid Remix)

by RouteBot on December 17, 2014

Google Play Music is starting to rollout Songza powered playlists to countries outside of the US. The first stop for the new Songza powered playlists is the UK. Google believes that they playlists will provide an advantage over other services like Spotify and Rdio.

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The amazing DJ Earworm has just released his yearly mashup. United State of Pop 2014 (Do What You Wanna Do) features some of the most popular hits from the last years worth of pop. Starting in 2007, this marks the DJ’s eighth mix, with United State of Pop 2009 raking in an impressive 45 million views.

Through a lot of studying into the world of pop music over the last few years, DJ Earworm says he’s noticed a decline in the number of EDM tracks making an appearance. The DJ did an interview with Billboard about this shift in genre over the last year or two.

Alpine Headphones – Bringing Headphones To 2014

by Tom Newman on December 17, 2014

Alpine HeadphonesAlpine have been giants in the car audio industry for a long time now. With the release of their new headphones, this sees the company dip it’s toes into other areas. The new Alpine Headphones are the first of their kind.

“Typical standard headphone drivers simply cannot move enough air to create an immersive low frequency experience without damaging your ears.”
With a unique transducer in the headband, this gives an extra dimension to your music. The transducer aims to enhance the bass end of your track, by slightly shaking within the headband, you won’t feel this on your head, instead it will give the illusion of very low frequencies coming from the ear cups. The feature can easily be turned off, depending on the type of music you’re listening to.
The free Alpine iPhone app will analysis and order your musics energy level and deliver well mixed sounds.

The transducer and bluetooth technology will need charging. With a 10 hour battery, this should keep you going through the day, but there’s always an audio jack for conventional listening.

These things look beautiful too! A unique design, matte plastic and glossy metallic copper or white exterior, swivelling and adjustable ear cups, soft and comfortable headband, all add to the look and feel of the product.

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In the box you’ll find a soft travel pouch to keep the headphones clean and scratch free, braided audio cable with in-line microphone and remote for taking calls and changing track, and a standard Micro USB charger.

The headphones can be found in the Apple Store for US$299
Find out more on the Alpine site.

Passenger – Let Her Go (Kygo Remix)

by RouteBot on December 17, 2014

Kygo is one of the best remixers in the world and here is his version of Passenger’s Let Her Go. Enjoy.

When on the web version of SoundCloud, you’ll notice a new ‘Collection’ tab at the top. This will bring up an Overview look at your Likes, Playlists and artists you Follow. Nothing new or too exciting, but this gives you a clean central hub for all your favourite tracks and artists.

Version 3.6.0 brings this addition to iOS devices too. Android users will have to hold off till next year.

Click here to get started.

Collection Overview

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Meridian Unveil MQA – Efficient Hi-Res Audio

by Tom Newman on December 16, 2014

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Some recent advances in tech and new devices have pushed hi-res music closer to the public, but there are still a number of factors that are holding this shift from entering the mainstream. The size of uncompressed hi-res audio files greatly exceeds MP3s and other compressed audio. This is an issue with storage and bandwidth holding us back. British hi-fi company Meridian unveil a new format that’s spent years in researching and development. MQA: Master Quality Authenticated (according to Meridian) contains all the sound of the original uncompressed audio, but in a much more efficient package, ready to stream or quickly download.

MQAMQA is said to run at 1Mbps, which is easily streamable through modern 3G. This goes against the 4.6Mbps hi-res audio at 24-bit/96KHz will stream.

Meridian co-founder Bob Stuart claims MQA “brings together the three ideals of studio-quality sound, convenience and end-to-end authenticity. It uses a completely new concept of capturing the total essence of an original recording and conveying it all the way to the listener, assuring that what they are listening to is identical to the master recording”.

Many will pass this off as untrue. Real audiophiles will go to lengthy discussion to prove that the only way to gain true high quality audio, is through the original large file size files.

Bob Stuart is saying that existing formats are ‘doing it wrong’ right from capture – which means that any MQA file will need to be encoded direct from studio masters.

The next step for MQA is to gain support from record labels, producers, digital music stores and hardware manufacturers, and if all promises are true about the tech, high-res audio may come to the masses sooner than expected.