RouteNote Partner With LANDR Mastering Software

We are excited to announce that RouteNote has partnered with LANDR, the online audio mastering tool that will now allow users to access professional audio mastering software for free when uploading a track(s) to RouteNote.

Users of RouteNote are now able to master as many tracks as they like while uploading using the upload tool. All tracks that you master through RouteNote will then be permanently stored in the new “Mastering History” section of your account. You will also be able to access the LANDR tool directly from the tools page.

LANDR is software that uses algorithms to master your tracks to a professional quality without any human interjection. LANDR has been (and is still being) refined over 8 years of university research with the team at LANDR featuring award-winning mixing engineers, top-level DSP programmers, musicians, producers, label owners and even a resident astrophysicist!

LANDR is already a uniquely intelligent and surprisingly high quality system but it is constantly learning and evolving using it’s adaptive engine to listen and react to music using micro-genre detection to make frame-by-frame adjustments using tools such as multi-band compression, EQ, stereo enhancement, limiting and aural excitation.

Sign into routenote.com and upload a track or head to the tools page to access LANDR and hear your tracks professionally mastered.

SoundCloud’s Top 10 Played Artists This Year

So far 2015 has been an eventful year for the music streaming landscape with two major new services (Tidal and Apple Music), plenty of controversy and record-breaking numbers of streams. With all the news around major industry services it’s easy to forget the most popular service for independent artists; SoundCloud.

SoundCloud hasn’t stayed completely clear of the headlines but seems to still be on track having almost doubled the amount of track plays since last year. Being open to everyone makes SoundCloud one of the greatest online resources for music discovery and for independents artists/labels breaking through.

With all this in mind let’s take a look at the top ten artists on SoundCloud for the past year:

01 – Drake

 

02 – Major Lazer

 

03 – G-Eazy

 

04 – Future

 

05 – Kygo

 

06 – PartyNextDoor

 

07 – Chris Brown

 

08 – Kid Ink

 

09 – The Weeknd

 

10 – Chance The Rapper

 

Apple Music Festival Coming To London

Yesterday Apple announced it’s lineup for their 2015 Apple Music Festival, a live festival that Apple plan to broadcast around the world from The Roundhouse in London.

The series of concerts will feature massive acts like Pharrell, One Direction, Disclosure, Florence + The Machine and more to come. As opposed to Apple’s festival last year, the iTunes Festival which featured 30 nights of concerts in September at The Roundhouse in London, Apple has scaled back for it’s revamped 2015 festival which will run across 10 nights from the 19th-28th of September.

Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, said: “We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year. The Apple Music Festival is a greatest hits set of ten unbelievable nights featuring some of the best performers on the planet appearing live and interacting directly with their fans on Connect and Beats 1.”

All of the performances will be broadcast around the world for free available to view live and on-demand on Apple Music. The festival will also be covered on Beats 1, Apples new radio station for Apple Music, featuring backstage news and footage straight from the artists will be accessible on Apple Music Connect.

With only four headliners announced so far we can expect to hear the other artists coming to London for the Apple Music Festival over the coming weeks. Admission for all concerts is free however only residents in the UK can apply to win tickets and additional passes are being made available through media partner giveaways.

Apple Music Festival 2015 Line-Up (so far):

 

September 22

One Direction

With Special Guest: Little Mix

 

September 25

Disclosure

With Special Guest: TBA

 

September 26

Pharrell Williams

With Special Guest: TBA

 

September 28

Florence + The Machine

With Special Guest: James Bay

 

The Top Selling Albums From First Global Release Day

It was announced earlier this year by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) that Fridays would be the new release day for music worldwide and last friday (July 10th for those out of the loop) was the first music release Friday!

The move has been taken to try and combat piracy in cases where albums are released in some countries before others and also to allow artists to focus their social-media campaigns.

In a statement the IFPI said they hope it will “re-ignite excitement and a sense of occasion around the release of new music.” They’ve received support from U.S. music retailer representative The Music Business Association as well as streaming sites like Spotify and Rdio.

The CEO of IFPI, Frances Moore, said in a statement:

Music fans live in the digital world of today. Their love for new music doesn’t recognize national borders. They want music when it’s available on the Internet – not when it’s ready to be released in their country. An aligned global release day puts an end to the frustration of not being able to access releases in their country when the music available in another country.

So how did the first global release day go? Well it will be a while before we see if it has any effect on music consumption but for now here are the top ten selling albums from the first Friday release weekend:

1.Tyrese – Black Rose

 

2. R5 – Sometime Last Night

 

3. Kidz Bop 29

 

4. Owl City – Mobile Orchestra

 

5. Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money

 

6. Taylor Swift – 1989

 

7. Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic

 

8. Magic Mike XXL Soundtrack

 

9. Ed Sheeran – x

 

10. Breaking Benjamin – Dark Before Dawn

 

Apple Creating Original Music Videos For Top Artists

According to Pitchfork, Apple is producing its own in-house music videos using songs and artists featured by Apple Music.

The Apple production team have reportedly created videos for “Freedom” by Pharrell, “Phenomenal” by Eminem and “Energy” by Drake all debuted through Apple’s new streaming service Apple Music.

Apple’s next venture into the world of video is a short film named “Matahdatah Scroll 1 Broader Than  A Border” which accompanies M.I.A.’s upcoming album featuring two new songs from the singer/producer.

You can see a teaser snippet of the short film, due for release at sometime today, below:

Apple Working to Reintroduce Home Sharing For Music on iOS 9

In a tweet today Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, announced that they are trying to bring back Home Sharing for audio tracks under iOS.

The feature was removed with the release of iOS 8.4 for music on iPods and iPhones which caused an outcry amongst many users however Home Sharing is still available for video and can be used for music on Mac and Apple TV.

Apple’s iOS 9 is to introduce new built-in apps, smarter artificial intelligence, faster performance, longer battery life and the ability to use two apps on iPad at one time.

The iOS 9 beta is available to members of the Apple Beta Software Program sometime this month, you can sign up for Apple’s Beta program here.

Goldie Recording Drums with Point Blank Students

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.

Martyn Ware Part of UK’s National Trust “Sounds of our Shores” Project

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.

Apple Music Features Review and What to Expect

Apple Music, the new music streaming service from Apple, is set to release later today, so what can we expect from it?

Of course the main feature of Apple Music will be the more than 30 million tracks they have on offer to stream and take offline with you. Apple plan to continue adding to their music library with tens of thousands of additions each day and the promise of a greater emphasis on indie artists from Apple.

On top of all the tracks Apple have to offer you can also access your personal iTunes library through the iCloud with what is essentially iTunes Match integrated into the new service. These can all be accessed in the “My Music” section where your iTunes collection and streaming catalog are stored and can be played including any playlists you have created or saved.

Now this is all fairly standard for a music streaming service but Apple has a few new tricks up it’s sleeve to entice you into it’s new service.

The first new feature is Apple’s curated playlists which provides playlists based on your listening and your previously purchased music. What sets Apple’s playlists apart from other services recommendations is that they are actually curated by 300 human editors and don’t rely solely on computer algorithms. All these suggestions and playlists will be under the flattering “For You” section of the app.

"For You" in Apple Music
“For You” in Apple Music

The second big new feature coming with Apple Music is also possibly it’s most ambitious. Beats 1 – a 24-hour radio station launching with Apple Music will feature three famous DJs who will regularly host their own shows as well as a massive selection of artists coming in for guest spots and feature shows. Popular UK radio presenter Zane Lowe will be one of the regular presenters kicking off his Apple Music debut with an interview with Eminem.

Apple’s new app will also come with a “Connect” section in which artists can post photos, videos etc. and their fans can respond to them, like social media dedicated to artists and their fanbases.

As anyone who has used music streaming services will know a large part of their brilliance is the ability to discover music with ease, well in addition to the playlists and recommendations Apple gives you they have a “New” section where you can discover the best new music suggested by curators such as DJs to promote discovery of music. The “New” section will contain music videos, top tracks, lists defined by genre and more. So you won’t run out of music to listen to with Apple Music.

"New" in Apple Music
“New” in Apple Music

Apple Music will cost $9.99 a month, or $15.99 for the family plan which you can add up to 6 people on, and will be available upon release on iPhones, iPads, Macs and even Windows PCs. Apple also plan to make Apple Music available for Android users later this year as well as continuing to add features such as lyrics.

AC/DC Joining Music Streaming Services

Rock giants AC/DC have been reluctant to join the digital age of music for a long time after only allowing their music on to iTunes in 2012.

With the release of Apple Music AC/DC will finally join streaming services Spotify, Rdio and of course Apple Music.

With music streaming’s popularity increasing every year this marks another step forward in the new generation of the music industry.

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