RouteNote would like to welcome Vital EDM and their channels to our YouTube Network. Vital EDM is a music promotional channel that provides the world with the latest in electronic music in a variety of sub-genres.

We love the huge selection of music on the channel with over 931 videos. Here are some of our favourites:

Electronic/Drum and Bass artist and DJ Goldie works with students from Point Blank Global Music School to record live drums for an upcoming project.

Point Blank is a music school that has courses in London, Los Angeles and online and was voted “Best Electronic Music School” by DJ Mag. If you’re interested you can visit their website here.

Shazam recently announced that they will be integrating a social media platform into their service, which gives users the ability to find the details of a song just by “listening” to a segment of it.

The announcement came just a day before the release of Apple Music, which has also integrated a social media type platform with Apple Connect where artists can interact with fans and share updates, photos and videos.

Despite this Daniel Danker, Shazam’s Chief Product Officer, refutes any competition saying: “It’s got to be a ‘better together’ strategy, because, put yourself in the shoes of the user; they don’t want strong lines between these services, they want smooth movement and that’s what delivers the best consumer experience.” Shazam has worked closely with Apple and was one of the first apps to integrate with Apple Music.

This isn’t all that’s new with Shazam however as the company has recently integrated “visual Shazaming”, a new section of the app which lets you use your camera to find information on products in store or online. This could prove a valuable tool for shoppers and could eventually evolve into a powerful device for everyday life.

Steve Sos, Shazam’s vice president for the Asia Pacific region, said “‘Visual Shazaming’ is a natural progression for the company. Our heritage is around music discovery but in recent times we’ve moved into the media and content discovery space. It means that our gateway into content is no longer just acoustic.”

You can access the new feature through a camera icon on the latest update of Shazam which is in the early stages but promises to be an ambitious development.

Universal Pictures used the app in Australia for it’s new film, Jurassic World, to present trailers, the ability to book cinema tickets and explore the film’s park on your phone when you “visual Shazam” a poster for Jurassic World.

Jurassic World's Shazam page in Australia

Jurassic World’s Shazam page in Australia

With this sort of potential for companies to integrate their products with Shazam to create unique experiences and effortless product information “visual Shazamming” could be a game changer.

The BPI (British Phongraphic Industry) and Official Charts Company have released their mid-year figures for the music industry in Britain and it seems that streaming is driving a boost in music consumption.

Every week there are roughly 480 million streams on dedicated audio services and with the release of Apple Music the figures are likely to soar even higher with CEO Geoff Taylor saying: “The launch of Apple Music will give further impetus to the revolution of music streaming.”

Music streaming has risen 80% with 11.5 billion tracks streamed so far in 2015 compared to the total of 14.8 billion tracks for the whole year of 2014. So far this year 59 tracks have been played over 10 million times on audio streaming services. YouTube has shown an even bigger rise in streaming with it’s audio/video streaming having risen by 98.2 percent from last year.

The Album Equivalant Sales (AES) – which measures the amount of physical and digital album sales along with single track download sales and songs streamed through audio streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and Google Play – shows that consumption of recorded music is up by 4 percent compared to the first six months of 2014, a massive improvement compared to last years 5.8 percent loss for first half AES.

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The launch of Apple Music and iTunes 12.2 has had it’s fair share of issues, which can be expected when a giant new service is integrated into older ones.

One of the most common seems to be with iTunes libraries becoming disordered and incorrectly linking to albums after enabling iCloud Music Library.

For whatever reason this is affecting the metadata of some libraries’ music and so until Apple fixes the issue here’s a simple solution:

  1. Close iTunes

  2. Navigate to your iTunes folder

  3. Choose a former .itl file from Previous iTunes Libraries (the most recent one available before the problems is recommended) and drag it into your iTunes folder

  4. Rename the broken .itl to iTunes Library (Corrupt).itl

  5. Rename the .itl file you just moved to iTunes Library.itl

  6. Open iTunes

This should fix any problems however make sure not to accept the request for iCloud Music Library again until Apple has resolved the issue.

Thanks to Zackadelic on the Apple Forums for the solution.

Iconic Sound have created the first ever analog instrument cable that uses “Analogue Light” to travel down the cable fibre whereas most instrument cables use copper to deliver audio signals.

The LightLead improves over regular leads as it has no loading, no capacitance, no micro-phonics, no crackling and is isolated from electric shocks.

This doesn’t mean the cable is digital as it uses no encoding, digitization or modulation and instead uses Iconic Sound’s patented optical analog technology to transfer the audio signal as light.

The LightLead promises the quality of vinyl and the clarity of optical fiber, losing no quality through interference and ground loop problems which you can encounter with regular electric copper cables.

The small team behind LightLead have been working on it for over 10 years and are currently funding it’s production through a kickstarter campaign which you can visit here.

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The British Library and National Trust for Scotland are teaming up for a crowd-sourced soundscape across the coastline of the UK.

The aim is to create a coastal sound map with sounds from across the country provided by anyone who wants to get involved. The National Trust are asking people in the UK to record sounds from anywhere on the 10,800 mile coastline and upload it with a location, image and description to the map on their audioBoom website.

Cheryl Tipp, curator of wildlife and environment sounds at the British Library said: “There’s something really evocative about the sounds of our coast. They help shape our memories of the coastline and immediately transport us to a particular time or place whenever we hear them.”

In addition to the sound map the sounds will also be used in an original piece of music created by electronic musician and producer Martyn Ware, founding member of Human League and Heaven 17.

Ware said of the project: “I’ve had a deep connection with the coast all my life. As a kid growing up in Sheffield we’d go on family holidays to Scarborough or Skegness; I can still remember the sounds that filled our days at the seaside.

“There is something emotionally deep about our connection with the coast which has shaped our identity. That is what is so exciting about this new commission and I want to capture the sensory nature of the coastline, reflecting the diversity and beauty of the sounds of our shores.”

The project is running for 3 months until September 21st so if you live anywhere on the British coast or are visiting you have three months to contribute any sounds of the seaside from footsteps in the sand to seagulls calling, people eating ice cream and waves crashing on the rocks.

Here’s some tips for recording from the National Trust:

You can find out more on the National Trust website.

Facebook May Introduce Music Service

by Jacca on July 2, 2015

Facebook are interested in “getting into music” having held talks with major labels Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group about integrating some sort of music service into their social media platform, however as of yet there is no word what that may include though sources say they want to do something “unique”.

Facebook is currently the only one out of tech’s five biggest corporations without a music service with Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft all offering their own.

Facebook has 1.44 billion users and people spend over 40 minutes a day on average in the US so any foray into the music industry could be a game changer.

Sources say that discussions are still in very early stages and Facebook declined to comment on any plans so for now we will have to wait and see what the social media giant has up it’s sleeve.

Facebook Business, Sean MacEntee, Flickr

Facebook Business, Sean MacEntee, Flickr

Roland’s AIRA series’ MX-1 Mix Performer is designed to be your central hub for all of your electronic music gear with inputs for a wide variety of your electronic tools and enough alterable effects and settings to satisfy nearly all of your mixing desires.

The MX-1 has dozens of features that make it so much more than your ordinary mixer, here’s what you get with it:

  • 18 channel performance mixer with step-sequenced FX, transport, and tempo control
  • Three kinds of step-sequenced Beat FX (Filter, Side Chain, Slicer) with TR-style buttons
  • Six kinds of Master FX (48 variations) with large performance control knob
  • Beat FX and Master FX can be applied to any or all inputs; Beat FX are per channel
  • Combi mode rhythmically alternates the Master FX using the step-sequencer
  • Four AIRA Link USB ports support audio, MIDI, sync, and bus power (on Port 3) for AIRA gear
  • Mix mode provides six analog, one digital (stereo), four AIRA (stereo) , and two PC channels through mixer and FX
  • External mode provides 18 channels from DAW through mixer and FX (all inputs direct to DAW)
  • Control Surface mode for full DAW control via MIDI
  • DJ-style cue monitoring, quick mutes, and six fader curves per channel
  • Per-channel Tone/Filter knob with ten kinds of EQs, filters, and isolators
  • Transport and tempo control with fine, shuffle, and tap-tempo functions
  • Instantly save and recall complete setups including all FX configurations
  • Ableton Live Lite is included

Below you can watch a short tutorial and preview the power of the MX-1:

AIRA gear is intuitive and easy to learn. It’s part of what makes it so musically inspiring. But it also has a deep bag of tricks, and these can take time to discover and master. Whether you’re curious about what AIRA can do, or just wondering where to begin, these videos provide a strong base for further exploration.

This video is a short tutorial on the MX-1 Mix Performer. The MX-1 Mix Performer brings together your synths, drum machines, loops, DAW tracks, and more into a single performance-optimized mixing instrument. Combining elements of a mixer, control surface, audio interface, and step-based effector, the MX-1 is designed to be the nerve center of your electronic music rig. It’s a mixer you can play – and so much more.

From Future Music Magazine:

The Roland TB-303’s place in the electronic music Hall of Fame is certain. Its central role in Acid House saw it used and abused for years to come. Here we show you how a variety of effect pedals can be used to replicate that gritty, experimental approach.

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