RouteNote Troubleshooters: I want to see myself when I Google my artist name

When your music is live and you have your social pages up you want new fans and long-time listeners to find you with a simple Google search.

The best way to have your music and artist pages come up when you’re searched is to optimise yourself to get a Google Knowledge panel. If you don’t know what a knowledge panel is, it looks like this:

google knowledge graph panel artist page insights links social media website youtube search info bio edit customise

You can follow our guide on setting yourself up to get a Google Knowledge panel with our guide here:
http://routenote.com/blog/how-to-get-an-artist-google-panel-when-people-search-your-name/

If you’re still having issues our friendly support team will be happy to help you out so just send them a message at support@routenote.com.

The best USB audio interfaces under $200 to record/produce music in 2020

You don’t need a studio to record your music anymore, it’s 2020! We’ve got you sorted for the top recording interfaces at the best value for money.

The barriers to recording high quality channels of your instruments and voice have been broken down. Recording studios are still great, but you can get a quality, multi-track recording all from the comfort of your home for just a few hundred dollars and a little mixing know-how.

Here we’ve compiled our list of the best audio interfaces which you simply plug in through USB to start recording with high quality sound. If you’ve got a favourite that we didn’t list below then share the love in the comments and tell us why you think it’s great!

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 – $159

Focusrite are often touted as the best audio recording device-makers at their low price for their great sound and build.

The 2i2 is the middle child of the Scarlett range packing 2 mic preamps/inputs. The little box has 24-bit, 192kHz converters packed inside to offer high quality recording via a simple USB connection in a portable package.

The Scarlett interfaces are the most popular in the world and for good reason. Each purchase also comes with a bunch of software to get you making music including Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live Lite and 3 months of Splice Sounds. Find out more here.

Yamaha AG06 – $199

It’s been a few years since Yamaha launched their AG series and they’ve stood the test of time, even as many new alternatives launched.

The AG06 is a 6 channel mixer with 2 track, high resolution audio recording and playback. With phantom power built-in you can record a range of microphones and the flexible Hi-Z input allows for recording from any instruments. Studio quality D-PRE mic preamps will ensure that any recordings sound professional.

The mixer comes with built-in effects that can be applied with 1 touch for compression, reverb and tube amp simulation. Just plug in and go using the bundled Cubase AI music production software to record into. Find out more here.

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 – $189

The best of Native Instruments new line of audio interfaces, the Komplete Audio 6 offers a serious bang for its buck. There are 6 inputs that record in 192 kHz / 24-bit audio making a professional sound well within reach.

With high-definition recording, ultra-low latency, and a wide range of inputs and outputs the Komplete Audio 6 offers a wide range of possibilities in a small cheap package. Whether you’re recording instruments, microphones, synths, MIDI, drum machines, or anything else you are sorted.

For the price this is easily one of the top audio interfaces out there. Ready for recording at home, on the go, or at a gig in a size that can slip in a bag pocket. They also offer a cheaper version with less inputs at $79 if you don’t need as many capabilities. Find out more here.

PreSonus Studio 24c – $159

PreSonus offer a simple and highly capable solution to recording at home or on the go with their Studio series.

The 24c features a 2-in and 2-out audio interface with phantom power for high quality microphone recording. A built-in MIDI interface means you can connect up keyboards and modules faithfully and record them straight in to your computer with full control.

The recording interface comes included with PreSonus’ award-winning Studio One recording software to set you up with all you need to get recording. Find out more here.

Independent music is the fastest growing part of the industry

Thanks to the freedom of the internet and new platforms the power has shifted from major labels and into the hands of the artists in a new age for the music industry.

Punk helped to make DIY music a viable reality so that by the late 80s you had bands and artists making music all over the place. Whilst making and releasing music suddenly became an option all by yourself it still made a massive difference if you had connections, and you had to really luck out to get to the same positions as bands with major labels.

The past two decades have seen that power shift quicker than anyone could have predicted. With the internet becoming as globally pervasive as it has, everyone now has access to the same drawing board. We can all communicate with each other around the world in seconds and that has done amazing things for handing power back to the individual.

We have seen streaming services and digital stores explode to replace physical music for millions of people (except the odd vinyl record). With these platforms it’s given distributors like us at RouteNote the chance to team up with them to help all artists get their music heard on them.

This has opened up the playing field so that it is just as possible for a bedroom musician or small town band to get their music in front of the world as it is for No. 1 charting artists signed to the major labels. In fact independent artists are the fastest growing part of the entire recorded music revenue.

This is great news as it not only means that there are opportunities for everyone, but it means that more artists and independent labels have control over their creative decisions and what they do commercially with their music, name, image and so on.

MIDiA Research found that 87% of independent artists were using a digital distributor with an average annual income of $21,233. Their growth surpasses that of all over music and artists and their revenue grew 35% between 2017 and 2018 to $643.1 million for the year.

We’re incredibly proud to be part of the reason why music lovers and makers around the world can put their music out there and make it as a successful artist in a new era of music. We love working with independent artists and being a part of their journey and we can’t wait to keep helping people to achieve their dreams and get people listening worldwide!

RouteNote Troubleshooters: What audio file formats can I upload?

When you’re uploading your music to RouteNote it’s important that you upload your music in a file format that we accept.

Whether you’re releasing your music with us for free or you’re using our Premium platform; there are two types of audio file that we accept.

You can upload your music in MP3 as long as the sample rate is 320Kbps or higher. You can also upload your music in FLAC format.

If you’re having any trouble uploading your audio check out our Troubleshooter for that here.

If you’re still having issues our friendly support team will be happy to help you out so just send them a message at support@routenote.com.

Billie Eilish to sing the new James Bond theme song

Billie Eilish has been revealed as the artist behind the upcoming James Bond theme, making her the youngest Bond singer ever.

The young pop-start has been named as the singer behind the 25th James Bond film’s theme song. The 18 year old will be the youngest person to have the now notorious position of providing the theme song to ‘No Time To Die’, out on April 2nd (April 10th in the US).

Eilish said: “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”

The Grammy-nominated singer has reportedly co-wrote the song with her brother Finneas. Rumours had been swirling in the days leading up to the official announcement. Fans noticed Eilish was one of just 81 people that the director, Cary Joji Fukunaga, follows on Instagram. Eilish had also been adding images from Bond films to her Instagram stories.

No Time To Die’s producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “We are excited to announce that Billie and Dinneas have written an incredibly powerful and moving song for No Time To Die, which has been impeccably crafted to work within the emotional story of the film.”

The film is expected to be Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond. There has been plenty of speculation as to who will take his place but the directors have confirmed it will be a man.

Nord unveil their new keyboard at NAMM

Nord are known for making some of the best, high quality, beautiful, and diverse synth keyboards in the world and there’s a new one on the way.

The Nord Wave 2 is a powerful 4-part performance synthesizer combining Virtual Analog synthesis, Samples, FM and Wavetable with an intuitive layer-focused interface. With 4 independent synthesizers in one the Nord Wave 2 offers exceptional possibilities for layering both classic waveforms and samples.

With 48 voice polyphony, innovative performance features and hands-on controls, the Nord Wave 2 offers outstanding sonic possibilities with advanced layering and tweaking on the fly.

MAIN FEATURES

General
  • 4-part Synthesizer with dedicated volume/pan faders
  • Sample, Virtual Analog, Wavetable and FM synthesis 
  • 48 voice polyphony
  • OLED Displays for Program and Oscillator sections
  • 1 GB memory for Nord Sample Library 3.0
  • User replaceable samples
  • 61-note keyboard with Aftertouch 
Performance
  • Advanced Arpeggiator with Polyphonic Trig mode
  • Gate feature for rhythmic effects
  • Advanced Morph features with Impulse Morph
  • Master Clock control of Arpeggiator, LFO and Effects
  • Vibrato with 3 Delay modes and Wheel/Aftertouch assign
Oscillators
  • Analog: Basic, Shape, Multi, Sync and Noise with up to 16 oscillators
  • Samples
  • Wavetable 
  • Advanced FM with harmonic and inharmonic algorithms
  • True Unison mode
Modulation
  • LFO with five waveforms
  • Flexible syncing and routing options
  • AD/AR envelope
Amp
  • ADSR Amp envelope
  • Transient Attack Mode
Filter
  • 12/24 dB lowpass, lowpass M, band pass, high pass, and LP+HP
  • Filter Drive
  • ADSR envelope
Effects
  • FX section with Tremolo, Pan, Ring Modulation, Chorus, Ensemble and Vibe.
  • EQ section with Drive
  • Advanced Delay section
  • Reverb section with five sizes + Dark, Bright and Chorale modes

Find out more about the upcoming Nord Wave 2 here. There isn’t currently a release date or price for it.

Bose are shutting down all stores in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan

Bose are closing 119 stores worldwide meaning hundreds of job losses, saying that retail outlets are no longer needed.

Renowned audio-tech makers Bose have announced a major closure of their retail stores across the globe. All of their walk-in shops across North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia will be shut down over “the next couple of months”.

The company says that whilst they are still seeing strong sales, the majority of their retail is done online. The necessity for physical retailers that customers can walk into is no longer there. Whilst it offered a chance for customers to come in and try their equipment, the company reckons that is no longer a commodity for their business.

Bose’s vice president of global sales, Colette Burke said: “Originally, our retail stores gave people a way to experience, test, and talk to us about multi-component, CD and DVD-based home entertainment systems. At the time, it was a radical idea, but we focused on what our customers needed, and where they needed it – and we’re doing the same things now.”

They intend to keep open roughly 130 stores in Greater China and the united Arab Emirates. Additional stores in India, Southeast Asia, and South Korea will also remain open.

Sadly these store closures ultimately mean hundreds of lay-offs across their branches internationally. Bose have promised that they will be “offering outplacement assistance and severance to affected employees. Additional details, including the number of employees affected, will remain private.”

Their first store opened in 1993 in the United States and focused around showcasing their home theatre systems. They evolved with the times and now focus their output on noise-cancelling headphones, TWS devices, portable speakers and smart speakers.

Burke added: “It’s still difficult, because the decision impacts some of our amazing store teams who make us proud every day. They take care of every person who walks through our doors – whether that’s helping with a problem, giving expert advice, or just letting someone take a break and listen to great music. Over the years, they’ve set the standard for customer service. And Everyone at Bose is grateful.”

The Akai MPC One is their cheapest beatmaker yet

Akai are taking the beats outside of the box with their most compact, most affordable MPC controller yet.

The MPC One is the exciting new, all-in-one music production controller revealed by Akai at NAMM 2020. The controller works completely on it’s own so you can mix and produce tracks all using the MPC One and nothing else.

The One has a 7″ multi-touch screen that shows your tracks, sample libraries, effects and more. Using the screen alongside the classic MPC pads and all of its push buttons and knobs for control, the One offers a full music production suite of power in a compact package.

Of course it still works with your PC or Mac so you can produce using your DAW. With 2 stereo 1/4″ input/outputs and MIDI in/out you can connect up all of your instruments and devices to control and record. There are also 4 TRS CV/Gate jacks.

There are 2GB of pre-installed content so as soon as you plug it in you can start creating. Samples and loops come from a range of great sound-makers including Sample Tools by CR2, Rawcutz, F9, Decap, MSXII Sound Design and MVP Loops.

The MPC One can connect to your network, giving it access to Splice and their vast network of samples. Unfortunately though, despite being their smallest offering yet the MPC One doesn’t pack a rechargeable battery making it fully portable.

Akai are set to release the One in February for $699 / £639. Find out more about it here.

Find the perfect Spotify playlist for you and your pets

Spending time with your beloved animals can have the perfect soundtrack made just for you from Spotify.

After a bit of research Spotify found that pet owners love playing music to their companions. In fact, they found that 71% of pet owners play music to their pets and 80% believe that their pets enjoy music – so why not jam out with them?

Well that’s exactly what Spotify thought, and so they made a new, unique experience for creating playlists tailored to you and your animal friends. Over 50% of people dance with their pets and even more sing to them, so it’s time to start sharing music with them properly.

To create your playlist simply head to spotify.com/pets and then:

Step 1: Pick your pet.

You can choose from a dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

Step 2: Tell us more about your pet. 

From relaxed vs. energetic to shy vs. friendly, select which trait most aligns with your pet’s personality—it will help us pick the playlist vibe.

Step 3: Add a name and photo. 

The playlist cover will feature your pet’s name and photo so you can keep the memory forever, and you’ll also receive a personalized share card!

Step 4: Listen and share. 

Once complete, grab your iguana and get listening, dancing, or singing. Then, feel free to share (and compare) your card on social using #SpotifyPets.

Here’s what I got for me and my cat Spike: