These 3 stringed guitars are helping kids learn to play

There are many more ways to learn instruments these days than to just pick it up and practice for years and Loog are back with some unique guitars for aspiring guitar heroes.

Loog guitars are recreating the guitar so that kids as young as 3 can start playing and hone their skills to build up to the six stringed sword they’ll eventually wield. With a new Kickstarter project they’re hoping to give fledgling axe-wielders a new way to get started.

The Loog guitars start at a miniature 3 stringed version for kids 3 and up. The guitars are sized so that younger players can handle the instrument without it towering over them, allowing them to scale up as they grow themselves.

Next in line is the medium sized 3-stringer for 8 year olds and older. Then it eventually moves up to the Loog Pro VI, the company’s only 6 string version aimed at teenagers as young as 12.

The guitars come with a built-in amplifier and speaker so there’s no plug in required. Kids can start jamming out and learning the ropes wherever they are thanks to it’s wireless playability.

Loog have created a companion app to really help kids get on their way with unique and fun learning tools. Flashcards teach chords, educational games make learning fun, a play-along songbook gets them playing along with songs using tutorials to guide them through, and more. There’s even an augmented reality feature that uses the selfie camera to guide kids.

The Loog Mini Electric Guitar is available for $99 on Kickstarter, offering the guitar aimed at ages 3+ as well as chord flashcards and access to the full app. It’s then $149 for the Pro and then $199 for the the six stringed Pro VI.

Head over to their Kickstarter now to find out more and inspire a child to start playing guitar now.

The top 5 sites to get FREE copyright free images

Images are a powerful tool and finding the right one – whether it’s for your album artwork, an article header, t-shirts, etc. – doesn’t need to be difficult.

Getting a top class image that you can use how you want at no cost is actually really easy! Thanks internet.

Here we’ve collected some of the best places on the web where you can head to explore and download fantastic, quality images that are free to use, and free from copyright.

Unsplash

royalty free licensed stock images  Unsplash

With over 110,000 photographers contributing their incredible images making up a library of over 810,000 images, Unsplash has an incredible array of amazing images.

Freerange

Royalty free stock images licenses free to use

Freerange offers an incredible selection of stock images that are totally free to use however you like. Supported by ads rather than your purchases, their talented community of photographers earn money every time users click on ads – so maybe give them a click if you like their photos!

Flickr

Royalty free stock images licenses free to use flickr

Flickr isn’t just for images, they are also a great source of video. Now they aren’t exclusively in the business of public domain images but with more than 3 million high-quality images that are free to use how you like they are an amazing source for free images.

Pexels

Royalty free stock images licenses free to use

Hundreds of thousands free stock photos area available from Pexels, all licensed for free use under their own ‘Pexels license’. They call their work: “Empowering Creators”.

Pixabay

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Pixabay are a massive source for open licensed images with over 1 million free photos, illustrations, vectors and videos. They collate a lot of their images from other sites for a comprehensive range to discover from.

How to get music links from all streaming services in one place

Once your music is released you want an easy way for all of your fans to start listening, no matter what music service they use. Enter: PUSH.FM.

People are streaming music all over the place now; Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer – there’s a world of choice. There are even the old-fashioned crowd downloading the music they love from stores like iTunes and Amazon.

With so many ways to listen to your music, having one place where you can direct your fans regardless of what they use makes it easier than ever to get people listening.

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PUSH.FM is the solution to pushing your music further, to all the places it needs to be heard. A free service for artists and content creators with global music campaigns, promotional pages, marketing tools and much more to come very soon.

Drive your streams and take your music to the next step of its journey with PUSH.FM.

Next Big Sound update notifies you when you’re going viral

The Pandora owned music tracker Next Big Sound will now let you know when people are loving your music.

Next Big Sound is the social media and music streaming tracking platform for artists and fans that helps you know exactly how you’re performing over the web. A new update brings notifications to Next Big Sound so wherever you are you can be in the know when you’re popping off.

Notifications are a single email that alerts you to notable streaming and social spikes for all the artists you follow on Next Big Sound. ​This allows them to share data science research directly with artists and their teams, so you can spend less time looking at dashboards, and more time being creative.

In a release statement, Next Big Sound said: “Delivering data-driven analytics to hundreds of thousands of artists over the years has taught us something that may sound surprising: Data is not just about numbers. People come to Next Big Sound to find their social and streaming data aggregated in one place, but they also want to understand context surrounding that data.

“Knowing when something exceptional is happening is the first step, discovering why is what really matters. For each graph we send, we also aim to pinpoint the events that likely caused the change. We do this by including the most engaging social posts surrounding that spike.”

Pandora Next Big Sound tracking streaming social data analytics notifications

Next Big Sound notifications will alert you about:

  • Know when your audience reach and/or engagement is picking up across streaming and social networks
  • Understand what caused a spike with associated events
  • Validate the effects of the moves you’re making
  • Catch opportunities to re-engage your fans

We all know how annoying constant unnecessary notifications from apps can be so Next Big Sound have built theirs to only provide the most relevant and important information. They say: “We built Notifications atop years of historical data and data science research, so we only send you what is exceptional and noteworthy. Each notification comes with a graph and relevant events to explain why an artist is trending. Need even more context? You are one click away from more extensive reporting on Next Big Sound.

“We define an alert when the value for a day is well outside of the expected range from the previous 40 days. In more technical terms, an alert is triggered when the observed value is outside of 4 standard deviations from the exponentially weighted moving average generated over the previous 40 days. You gotta love your standard deviations.”

Notifications are free, and are for everyone. If you are already signed up to Next Big Sound, all you have to do is follow the artists you’d like to be notified about.

Not a user yet? Signing up only takes a few seconds. If you or an artist you work with isn’t already on Next Big Sound, adding a profile is a few clicks away.

5 Best Android Music Maker Apps

1. Audio Evolution Mobile Studio

Audio Evolution Mobile Studio is not often discussed but it is so powerful, it can bring you the long awaited full-fledged DAW experience. It does not lack anything you would expect to have on a moderate PC DAW but fits in your pocket. However, it does require in-app purchases.

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2. Caustic 3

Caustic offers several different fully controllable and editable sound synthesizers, a sequencer, piano roll, pattern mixer and also allows you to import your own samples and loops, record with your device and much more. The best part is that all you pay for is the app.

caustic 3

3. FL Studio Mobile

FL Studio Mobile is still very young but it keeps on delivering. FL Studio on Mac and PC has really developed into a DAW for far more than strictly electronic, regular and boring music but the mobile version hasn’t caught up yet, even though it is definitely amazingly powerful. Expect more updates for FL Studio mobile.

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4. SunVox

SunVox is one of the most underappreciated musical apps out there. Its has an old school tracker interface which can be hard to get into. On the other hand, it has a modular sound synthesis system, as well as an old school tracker sequencer, effect, USB keyboard support and a pattern mixer.

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5. Music Sketchpad 2

Music Sketchpad 2 takes the fifth spot with its full-fledged looper/sampler capabilities which not only allows you to compose, slice and combine loops but also lets you import your own, edit the sounds and add effects to them too.

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Streaming playlist strategies for indie artists made easy with this new app

A new app has launched to help independent artists and labels make the most out of playlist marketing on streaming services.

The app, created by Entertainment Intelligence, will allow it’s users to see their performance in particular playlists across different services. This allows them to find out what playlist is driving their sales the best and use that to adjust their marketing strategies.

The app will present rightsholders with a clear display of their tracks, the services they’re on, playlist curators, followers, territories, listener demographics, and even which devices are used to listen on. The UK music data and analytics company, Entertainment Intelligence say the app offers an “unprecedented insight into consumer behaviour, and the impact of playlist inclusion, with a significant level of granular data”, and that it will “empower clients to modify their playlist strategy to optimise marketing spend”.

Director of Entertainment Intelligence, Sammy Andrews said: “I am very proud of what Ei is taking to market. We look forward to working with many more labels, artists and managers who want to understand their playlisting landscape, as well as working with the rest of the industry on some amazing tools we have in development.

Sammy Andrews joined Ei this January as company Director
Sammy Andrews joined Ei this January as company Director

“There are some very exciting things in the pipeline here at Ei and we look forward to sharing those in more detail soon. We’re building tools that will take your data, clean it and present it in a way that allows stakeholders in the artist ecosystem to make informed decisions.”

Ei’s playlist data app is available to rightsholders either as a standalone service, or as part of a suite of tools that can be integrated with a clients’ existing system.

Free Music You Can Use On YouTube Without Copyright Including Tobu and Axero

There are lot’s of advantages to using RouteNote, one of them is our YouTube Tools that give you access to a whole host of music you can use for free and license-free images you can use in videos or for anything else.

With a RouteNote account you gain access to our music database featuring tracks from great artists like Tobu, Axero, Itro, and more free to use in your YouTube videos. Perfect for use in intros, the background of your vlogs, for scenic cutaways, or whatever your imagination can implement.

For existing RouteNote users you can access the YouTube Tools from the YouTube menu on routenote.com or by going here: routenote.com/yt_promo

If you want to add your music to the database for free use on YouTube you can get in contact at free@routenote.com.

Please note: Tracks included in our music directory have been cleared for use on YouTube only and not elsewhere.

LANDR Mastering Software Now Available as a Desktop App

After mastering 1.5 million tracks LANDR have launched a desktop application to digitally master your music.

LANDR’s new application means that you can automatically master all of your tracks straight from your Apple Mac (a Windows version is expected in the coming months). You can now master tracks as you export them from your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) as well as storing backups in the cloud.

LANDR cloud storing desktop app

LANDR’s desktop app allows you to master songs in bulk, whereas before on the website you had to master songs individually, something that you were often left waiting for it to finish. Speaking of which, using the new app; automatic, digital mastering is faster than ever as it downloads to your computer rather than being sent through an email link.

LANDR bulk mastering desktop app

As well as saving to your computer more easily the LANDR app will also automatically save everything you master using the app (and LANDR.com) will be backed up automatically onto their “super secure cloud – accessible from anywhere, anytime”.

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LANDR CEO Pascal Pilon said in a statement:

Our goal at LANDR is to make it easy for musicians to get the sound they are looking for without needing to learn complex audio tools. With this app, we’re very excited to introduce that vision directly into musician’s DAW’s where our mastering is integrated into the process of creating music.

With our bulk uploading features we hope to offer busy audio professionals a much easier workflow that gives them the great sound they are used to from Landr, much faster. We see this new iteration of the LANDR platform as the ultimate workflow experience for anyone finishing a song and craving to see how they’ll sound on radio and on streaming services.

We are already being pressured by our Windows users to release a version for them, and we hope to do that just in time for NAMM this January, along with many new features coming in the future.

LANDR’s new desktop app works with paid subscriptions, so to celebrate its launch LANDR are offering 15% off subscriptions between the 23rd and 30th of November by using the code ‘MASTERFASTER’ when signing up. This also applies to yearly subscriptions which are already discounted at 15% for a total 40% off normal price.

Get your music mastered by Landr when you upload to RouteNote.com. Create a free account and upload some music or head to the Tools section to get auto-mastered now!

Stock Photo Libraries Anyone Can Use in Their Commercial Projects: Coverarts, Videos and More.

Its not easy to find great stock photos. Within RouteNote we have a stock photo directory for all of our creators, but we thought we would also share that on the blog with the world.

Below is an ongoing list (so bookmark it) of the best stock photo sites.

  • Unsplash http://unsplash.com
  • Death to the Stock Photo http://join.deathtothestockphoto.com
  • New Old Stock http://nos.twnsnd.co
  • Superfamous (requires attribution) http://superfamous.com
  • Picjumbo http://picjumbo.com
  • The Pattern Library http://thepatternlibrary.com
  • Gratisography http://www.gratisography.com
  • IM Free (requires attribution) http://imcreator.com/free
  • Jay Mantri http://jaymantri.com
  • Public Domain Archive http://publicdomainarchive.com
  • Magdeleine http://magdeleine.co
  • Foodiesfeed http://foodiesfeed.com
  • Picography http://picography.co
  • ISO Republic http://isorepublic.com

Introducing RouteNote’s New YouTube Tools

Under the YouTube menu on your RouteNote user account you can now access two databases to help you create content for your YouTube channel.

The first database is a directory featuring websites that host license-free images for use in the background of music videos, or anything else you want to create with images.

The second database is a music directory that features free-to-use music from RouteNote, including Tobu and Axero, that video creators can use for background to their YouTube videos. Please remember artists featured in our YouTube music database have only given permission for use on YouTube and not elsewhere.

We will also be looking for new music to add to the directory for free use however we have limited placements. You can apply to have your music added to the database for others to use by contacting us at free@routenote.com. Please bear in mind you can not apply to add music that is in our YouTube Content ID program.

These databases are free to use as of right now with a RouteNote account from: https://routenote.com/yt_promo.